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Pool Side Retreat, Deck Beach View, Firepit, Yard, Kayak, PaddleBoard, 3BR/2Ba

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,520 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Pool, Patio, Deck w/ Beach+Gulf Views, 3 BR/2 Ba, 1630sqft, 1st floor of duplex

Florida's best kept secret, Anna Maria Island, features beautiful white sugar sand beaches, older Florida charm, award winning restaurants, year-round golf courses, and pristine shopping all within easy walking and driving distance, or a ride aboard the free 'Anna Maria Island Trolley', which stops near your next vacation destination, the Pool Side Retreat. One of the few places in the world where the sunset is regularly applauded, this tiny slice of paradise stretches for 7 miles into the Gulf.

The Pool Side Retreat features the entire 1,660 sq ft first floor of the two floor home with a split plan and wonderful terracotta tiles. The kitchen features granite countertops, a new dishwasher and is fully stocked with dishes and towels. A master en-suite unit featuring a queen size bed joins a 2nd queen-size bedroom and a third bedroom with a twin over full bunks. There is an additional pull out sofa in the family room. Other amenities to perfect your stay include a:

• New Pool with large Sun Shelf and many Sitting Shelf's

• 2 Kayaks

• Paddle Board

• Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms and comfortable chairs

• Big Yard

• Crows Nest third-floor balcony makes enjoying the sunsets and night-time stars an incredible experience

• High Speed Wireless Internet service with 72 MB per second speeds

• Cable on the high definition flat screen TV

• New Trane air conditioning unit

• 1,660 square feet living space

The Pool Side Retreat is the independent first floor of the home, while the second floor can be rented separately through the Gulf View Retreat listing (property # 557191). Each floor is a completely self-sustaining, independent unit with its own BBQ, patio furniture and entry way. Both floors can be combined for family reunions, retreats or multiple family vacations if you contact us, where both floors would include:

• Complete privacy for the entire home

• Sleeps 18 People

• 6 Bedrooms and 2 Sleeper-Sofas in common areas

• 12 Beds of differing sizes

• 5 Car Parking Spaces

• 5 Televisions

• 3 Bathrooms

• 2,600 square feet

• 2 Granite-Countertop Kitchens

• 2 Washers & 2 Dryers

• 2 Grills

• Private Crows Nest third-floor balcony makes enjoying the sunsets and night-time stars an incredible experience

• Private New Pool with large Sun Shelf and many Sitting Shelves

• New Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms and comfortable chairs surrounding it

• Open lanai and patio

• Big Yard

• Wireless Internet service with 20MB per second speeds

• 6 Bikes for riding around the neighborhood including kids bikes

• 2 New Trane air conditioning units

• 1 Paddleboard

• 2 Kayaks

• And much more...

Our home is much easier to navigate than 3-story duplexes on Anna Maria Island because our first floor is on the ground level and the second floor is one easy set of stairs. Other homes on the island tend to require climbing multiple flights of stairs up or taking elevators because their homes begin on the second floor and go up to the third floor.

If you rent just the Pool Side Retreat, then there are a few 'common' areas for the two floors including the pool, yard, fire-pit, toys and 3rd story 'Crow's Nest' deck. Contact us for a Reunion Retreat where you can rent both floors including the entire house for special occasions.

In case you would like to look at the Pool Side Retreat on Google Earth or another mapping program, the physical street address is:

Pool Side Retreat

2208 Avenue C

Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

(If you know Bradenton Beach, this location is right near the only S-curve on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, which encourages traffic to slow down as well.)

In less than 2 minutes, you will be spending your day on the beach at Sunset Park, or venture out a bit further and hang out fishing in one of the many great spots nearby. Sightings along the Gulf of Mexico beach and inter-coastal waterway include Manatees, Rays, Dolphins, many kinds of fish, a wide variety of birds, and other amazing creatures. Some people even get married at the Sunset Park beach area and stay in our home with family! Common sites along the beach areas include Sea Turtle nests and bird nesting sanctuaries during special times of the year.

While some prefer the isolation of the nearby beaches, others opt toward more people at the public beaches. If that is your desire, venture to Coquina Beach at the south end of Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island, or Manatee County Beach at the west end of Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, or Anna Maria Pier at the east end of Pine Avenue for the intercoastal/Tampa Bay access. Anna Maria Pier is a special place where many times you can see fish, rays, dolphins, and manatees swimming underneath you as well as fish from the dock and have a nice meal or an ice cream cone at Two Scoops Ice Cream Shop. (The Pier is currently under repair, Winter 2017.)

If you're in the mood to tour around the rest of the island, catch the free trolley around the corner and it will take you to any of the beaches, restaurants, shops or grocery stores along Gulf Drive anywhere on Anna Maria Island. Take the trolley to the old historic Bridge Street area of Bradenton Beach to enjoy the Key West style restaurants and shops. If you enjoy painting or photography, the sunsets are among the best in the world.

Enjoy live music nightly and dinner at Manatee Public. By timing it right (usually 7pm), you can enjoy sea creature (fish, eel, and shark) feeding by the owner while enjoying Ice Cream at Holy Cow Ice Cream.

A lovely sunrise can be enjoyed along the Coquina Baywalk. Bean Point and Coquina Beach are great beaches to visit along with Sunset Park next to our home.

Just across the Cortez bridge on the south side of the island, is the old school Florida fishing village of Cortez, where restaurants have excellent seafood and some have live music. Swordfish Grill is our favorite on the dock.

Our kids love taking the free trolley around the corner up to Anna Maria Pier and looking for fish in the water (especially in the morning to early afternoon when you can see well through the clear water), talking to the fisherman, and eating at the restaurant or getting ice cream at Two Scoops. The Blueberry Pie ice cream is my favorite... Trolley stops by the home every 20 minutes from about 6am to 10pm.

We have 3 favorites for breakfasts: 1) Rod & Reel Pier, 2) Ginny's & Jane E's, and 3) The Donut Experiment (fun for the kids but not completely filling).

Eco tours and on the Gulf and Intercoastal via boats, kayaks and jet skis are always nice. The Ringling Museum in Sarasota is great.

The Regina is a sugar barge that sunk just off our beach during a storm in 1940. It is in about 20 feet of water just 150 feet or so off the beach. It is marked with a buoy. The Regina is 10th Florida Shipwreck Underwater Archaeological Preserve.

There is a small reef of rocks about 150 feet northwest from the Sunset Park Beach directly west of our home. I like to swim out to it and then dive down 8-10 feet to see colorful fish like the striped Sheepshead, etc.

The Herb Dolan Park, an easy five block walk or bike ride on 26th Street North and Avenue A, is an open park area with a terrific view of Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Sound and Tampa Bay. The Herb Dolan Park features picnic areas, basketball court, playing field, swing set, play structure and a Kayak launch. If you're in the mood to tour around the rest of the island, catch the free trolley out the back door and it will take you to any of the beaches, restaurants, shops or grocery stores along Gulf Drive anywhere on Anna Maria Island. Take the trolley one stop down (or stroll along the beach the one mile) to the old historic Bridge Street area of Bradenton Beach to enjoy the Key West style restaurants and shops. If you enjoy painting or photography, the sunsets are among the best in the world.

After enjoying the beach or park, return home to use one of the two outdoor showers next to the beach toys or the pool to wash the beach sand off and jump in the pool waiting for you. Kick your feet in the water of the heated pool with a special sun shelf for toddlers or adults to sit on with Adirondack-style chairs. The pool, 5 feet deep at its deepest, includes two more sitting shelves on the that are around 18 inches deep. One of those extra sitting shelves on the far end has a soaker spout to massage sore backs. Enjoy the traditional landscaping of Florida with various palm trees of different sizes that increase your privacy including Areca Palms, Queen Palms, Fishtail Palms, and Palmetto Palms. A large Frangipani/Plumeria tree creates beautiful large flower blossom clusters usually in May or June, which smell ideal and are the basis for Hawaiian leis. Relax in the soft green grass of our Zoysia lawn next to the pool tossing a ball or playing a game of Corn Hole or Golf Toss. Head up to the Crow's Nest deck and watch the dolphins swim by in the Gulf of Mexico next to the beach.

Please see the listings on the VRBO website (using a slash and the listing number below) to see reviews from our properties:

977187 - Beach View Retreat - Anna Maria Island

557191 - Gulf View Retreat - Anna Maria Island

614098 - Pool Side Retreat - Anna Maria Island

933895 - Palm Isle Retreat - Anna Maria Island

1021349 - Dolphin Pool & Beach Home - Casey Key

1021417 - Sea Turtle Pool & Beach Home - Casey Key

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Bradenton Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1520 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Outdoor Shower 1 - outdoor shower , Head shower and feet/leg shower
    Outdoor Shower 2 - outdoor shower , Head shower and feet/leg shower
    Main Bathroom - toilet , shower , 3/4 bath: shower, sink, toilet, pocket door more work space
    Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Family Room sleeper sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen, reading lamp
    Nautical Blue Room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Large mirror, white dresser with five drawers, reading lamp
    Beach Sunny Yellow Room - 1 queen , 32-inch Cable TV, large dresser, closet, 2 mirrors, 2 lamps
    Master Green Bedroom - 1 queen , Master Bedroom + Bath: Queen bed, TV, dresser, ceiling fan
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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Pool Side Retreat, Deck Beach View, Firepit, Yard, Kayak, PaddleBoard, 3BR/2Ba
average rating of 4.8292685 based on 41 reviews

Great house for two or three families

  • 5 of 5

Our family rented the bottom portion of the house while my sister and her family rented the top. Overall, it was an amazing vacation! The house is clean, comfortable, and large enough to accommodate all 5 of us with room to spare. The master bed was very comfortable. The shared patios and pool was perfectly sized and the adjacent yard made for a great place to stage inter-family soccer games. Beach access is a pleasant but brief walk down the road and I felt safe crossing all the streets with my young children. We would definitely recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad "it was an amazing vacation!" Thanks so much for your kind review. We hope you can come back again! Regards, Rex & Michele
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Home sweet home - simple and cosy

  • 5 of 5

We stayed tow weeks and we felt at Home, we had a very great Christmas holidays. The house is very accommodate for our family (4 adults and 2 kids). It's a very nice place to stay with young children, you have access to every thing you need (pool toys, beach toys, travel cribs, booster sit, etc.), and the beach is very close, just a road to cross. The view from the deck is amazing. We had a chilly week, and the house is very well heated, and big enough to live together comfortably. We highly recommend this place and we definitely will come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words. You were a pleasure to have and we look forward to your return! Rex
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Loved It

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time. Pool was perfect for grandchildren. Owners are very easy to work with and always pleasent. This is the second time I haves stayed at this home. I would recommend this place for a great vacation

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location and Clean Comfortable Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 really enjoyed the location and amenities at Pool Side. The short walk to the beach was so fast and easy and having the beach chairs and an umbrella along with a cart to pull them was a plus. The chairs and umbrella were new and clean. The unit came with several beach towels and lots of beach and pool toys also. This made our traveling much lighter! The location was perfect also. It was nice to be just a few minutes to several restaurants, the trolley, and shopping. Our experience was just wonderful and we highly recommend this property to others!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great accommodations! Very clean! Comfortable and cozy place! Will stay here again!

  • 5 of 5

We all had a wonderful trip! Rex you were awesome very responsive and informative! We really appreciate that. Close to the beach and everything in the island. One of our best vacations ever! Unit was clean and comfortable. Pool was great and enjoyed by all of us. We will be back again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing view from balcony! Great walking distance to beach! Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

This pool side retreat was so great! We had other family upstairs, so it was so nice to have all family in one house. We had 4 adults and 7 kids in entire house. Plenty of room for everyone. The beach was a perfect walking distance. The house had everything we needed. It was very clean when we got there. We loved the pool and the lights were a real nice touch! The balcony gave us an amazing view to the ocean. We went on dolphin tours one day at sunset. Highly recommended! Everyone enjoyed that very much! Hopefully one day we can stay again! Thank you so much Rex and Michelle for letting us use your home for week!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rex Geissler
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Rex Geissler

Growing up in Florida, my wife enjoyed the best of the beaches. It was always a special time to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet with family and friends. Michele had heard about the beaches south of Tampa where she grew up but did not experience them until we went to Anna Maria Island with our family. We fell in love with the area. And since my husband is from Colorado and we live on a mountain property named Quartz Mountain Ranch, the island beach gives us an incredible contrast to the mountains.

Rex Geissler purchased this house in 2014

Why Rex Geissler chose Bradenton Beach

When we first saw this property, we fell instantly in love with it. There is a warmth in this home and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

What makes this house unique

The proximity to the beach, the unobstructed Gulf views from the Crows Nest deck, the brand new swimming pool, the new Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms, the paddle board, the 2 kayaks, and the closeness to the trolley stop made this the perfect property to enjoy all that the Anna Maria Island has to offer!


Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Sarasota(SRQ),Tampa(TPA), St. Pete-Clearwater(PIE)
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
The Kokonut Hut Bar at Gulf Drive Cafe
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Manatee Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
Interstate 275 to Tampa Airport, Interstate 75 N/S
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Sharkey's SeaGrill
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Bradenton Beach Sunset Park

Enjoy the best of the Gulf from this property 90 seconds from the beach! Sunset walks along the incredible Gulf of Mexico. Gulf view from our home, closeness to the best beaches in the US. New pool with a sun shelf and fire pit. Great restaurants and the peace and quiet of seclusion are waiting at your Anna Maria Island Retreat!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Discount if paid by checks more than 6 weeks before rental begins
3 payments possible if booked more than 4 months out
USA Credit Card Fees - 3% extra
International Credit Card Fees - 6% extra

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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