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Palm Isle Retreat-Best AMI Beach/Spa/Firepit/Bikes/2 Kayaks/PaddleBoard/65inchTV

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,640 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 28 nights


About the property

Best AMI Beach, Covered Deck, Spa, Firepit, Bikes, 2 Kayaks, 65in TV, 1660 sqft

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 Palm Isle 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 Palm Isle Retreat is an oasis of an island within a sea of Palm Trees and other flora that is really amazing. Enter the east side of this duplex into a newly renovated living/dining area opening directly into the kitchen.

Venture up a short staircase leading you to the 2 main bedrooms: one has an extremely comfortable queen size bed and the other, 2 twins. A newly renovated, shared bathroom is in between them. If you go down a few steps from the living area, you will find a bonus room, Foosball table, sleeper sofa and additional bathroom with shower. The back door leads to a relaxing patio with a hot tub, fire pit and patio table surrounded by Areca palms in a private fenced yard.

Our home is much easier to navigate than 3-story duplexes on Anna Maria Island because our first floor is on the ground level while the second floor is an easy split level. 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. This home features:

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

• Huge Yard to play in

• Large, partially roofed, front deck

• Quiet old-style Florida neighborhood

• 5 burner grill

• 65-inch High Definition LED flat screen TV with ~300 Cable channels and another TV

• Wireless Internet service with 25 MB per second high speeds

• Complete privacy for the entire home

• 8 Maximum People

• 2-3 Parking Spaces

• 2 Bathrooms including tub and shower

• Washer & Dryer

• 1,660 square feet living area

The 81st St Beach along with White Avenue Beach are "the best beaches on AMI" with their large area of shallow, clear blue water, and sand that is truly incredible. The shallow sandbar extends many feet out into the Gulf allowing our littlest guests to venture far out! You may also spot surfers in the right circumstances on this beach.

In a few minutes, you will be spending your day on the beach, 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. Common sights along the beach areas include Sea Turtle nests and bird nesting sanctuaries during special times of the year. Once in a while, you’ll come across a Gulf-side wedding!

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 nearby 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.

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.

Our kids love going to the Bridge Street Pier or taking the free trolley just 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... The Trolley stops 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).

The City Park, an easy walk or bike ride, is an open park area to play Frisbee or football.

After enjoying the beach or park, you can use the hose right next to the front door to wipe the beach sand off before relaxing in the spa / hot tub or sitting on the beautiful deck patio. You can enjoy the spa / hot tub or sit on with Adirondack-style chairs around the palm trees.

Traditional Florida flora and fauna are evident in the landscape: various palm trees of different sizes that increase your privacy including Areca Palms, Cabbage Palms, Queen Palms, and Palmetto Palms. A Frangipani/Plumeria tree creates beautiful large flower blossom clusters usually in May or June, which smell ideal and are the basis for Hawaiian leas.

Your stay includes the following as well as easy access walking or biking:

• 7 miles of white sand beaches 3 blocks from home (straightforward easy walk)

• Sandbar Seafood & Spirits Restaurant 9 blocks from home (easy walk or bike ride)

• Anna Maria City Pier with Fishing, Bait, and Restaurant 14 blocks from home (nice bike ride or lots of parking available)

• Bean Point (#1 tourist attraction on AMI) 17 blocks from home (easy bike ride)

• Manatee Public Beach and eatery (lots of people) 20 blocks from home (easy bike ride)

• Slim's Place Sports Bar 10 blocks from home (easy bike ride)

• 2 Kayaks

• Paddle Board

• 4 Bikes for riding around the neighborhood including kids bikes or to fun beaches, fishing piers and eateries

In case you would like to look at the Palm Island Retreat on Google Earth or another mapping program, it’s physical street address is:

Palm Island Retreat

414 80th St (around the corner from CrossPointe Fellowship)

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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

More Details

Rex Geissler
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2018

About Rex Geissler

Growing up in Florida, I enjoyed the best of the beaches. It was always a special time to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet with family and friends. I had heard about the beaches south of Tampa where I grew up but did not experience them until I was an adult when I went to Anna Maria Island with my 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 2016

Why Rex Geissler chose Holmes Beach

When we first saw this property, we fell instantly in love with it. There is a warmth in this home and incredible palm trees and flowers near the beach and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

What makes this house unique

The proximity to the beach, the Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms, wonderful patio, the paddle board, 2 kayaks, and the closeness to the trolley stop make this the perfect property to enjoy all that the Anna Maria Island has to offer!


Holmes Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1640 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Washer and Dryer
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Guest or Children's Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Large closet, window, new carpet, 3 new lamps
    Sleeper Sofa in Living Room - 1 queen
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , TV, large closet, flamingo look, window, 2 lamps, new carpet
    Bonus Room - 1 queen , Futon bed, On-suite bath, closet, games, slider glass door
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 4 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • 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
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Palm Isle Retreat-Best AMI Beach/Spa/Firepit/Bikes/2 Kayaks/PaddleBoard/65inchTV
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 29 reviews

Great house & location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great vacation and would highly recommend this property. First impressions matter and we were greeted with the beautiful landscaping and fragrance of jasmine, growing on the trellis. This property was spacious and had plenty of space for our family of five; we enjoyed the outdoor decks, the foosball table, the three tvs and of course the hot tub! Being four blocks from the beach, it was very convenient. And Holmes Beach is a great place to be. We were grateful to have a wagon, chairs, boogie boards, coolers and sand toys for our use. And when our son wanted to play volleyball at the public beach with friends, he was able to take the trolley back and forth. Easy peasy! Bikes were also available at the house, which we took full advantage of. We appreciated the owner's quick response to our questions and addressing a minor repair that was needed. They also provided a list of their favorite restaurants, which was very thoughtful. We would definitely stay here again or consider one of their other properties.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jean, Thanks so much for your wonderful and detailed review. We are so glad you "had a great vacation and would highly recommend this property." Best Regards, Rex & Michele
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Wonderful! Great location, spacious!

  • 5 of 5

I don’t want to say all the great things because then it might not be available next time we come!!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time during our stay. The house is very cozy and comfortable. It had everything we needed. Wonderful place for a family vacation.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Winter Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The bathroom renovation was terrific. But the porch extension was fabulous!!! We spent

a great deal of time out there when we were home during the day. As always we went to many of the terrific restaurants on the island and were able to spend a great deal of afternoons on the beach. This house is in a great location for everything.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Charlie & Linda, We love having you visit as we can't count the number of years you have enjoyed this home now! Glad you loved the "fabulous porch extension!" Look forward to having you enjoy the home for another 4 weeks next year. Best Regards, Rex & Michele
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Great vacation at a wonderful well-maintained property!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house in a great neighbourhood. Everything as described! We had a great vacation with my wife and our two kids ages 4 and 8yrs. Would book again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Adam for your kind review. We are glad you had a great time at our "Beautiful house in a great neighborhood." We hope that you can return to one of our homes some day. Regards, Rex
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Great home and all beach toys needed

  • 5 of 5

We loved the new front deck, the back deck, BBQ, firepit and hot tub. We found the home clean, spacious, comfortable, and nicely decorated with fun extras like beach toys and chairs, kayaks, paddleboards, foosball, spa, and 65-inch hi def TV. It was an easy walk, bike ride or drive to everywhere we wanted to go; the beach, tennis courts, Bean Point for the sunrise, Sandbar for the was very convenient. The beach at this part of the island is not crowded which is a plus. Palm Isle Retreat is located in a quiet residential neighborhood that seemed very safe. We highly recommend this home and hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Sarasota(SRQ),Tampa(TPA), St. Pete-Clearwater(PIE)
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Metres
Slim's Place Sports Bar
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Manatee Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
Interstate 275 to Tampa Airport, Interstate 75 N/S
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Sand Bar Seafood & Spirits or Beach Bistro
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Holmes Beach
Car: not necessary

Enjoy the best of the Gulf of Mexico on an island only 4 minutes 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 fire pit and take the paddle board and the kayaks on the Gulf of Mexico or the intercoastal bay and mangroves. 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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