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Beach View Retreat - 180-degree Beach/Gulf Views, beach 30 feet away, Bridge Str

Bradenton Beach, FL, USA
  • Condo1150 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 - 28 nights

Perfect location on beach next to BeachHouse Restaurant, Bridge Street, Trolley

Perfect location!! Relax, relax, relax. The options are many once you enter the Beach View Retreat. Wake up to the sunrise across the Intercoastal bay on the east side of the complex. Check out the beach, dolphins and fish/tarpon jumping, and diving birds in the Gulf of Mexico through the high-powered binoculars. Head out to the white powder sand of the beach. Return to enjoy a dip or more horizontal time at our condo swimming pool. Watch the sunset into the Gulf of Mexico from the beach, from the home's living room, from the home's master bedroom, or from the home's lanai open-air patio. End the perfect day with a walk across the street to the BeachHouse Waterfront Restaurant or a couple blocks south to the Bridge Street restaurants for dinner.

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 Beach View 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 Beach View Retreat is located in the highly valued Bridgeport Condos. Sightings along the Gulf of Mexico beach and inter-coastal waterway include Manatees, Rays, Dolphins, many kinds of fish, huge Pelicans, Blue Herons, Egrets, Osprey, Terns, Gulls, and other amazing creatures. Some people even get married at the beach area and stay in the home with family! Common sites along the beach areas include Sea Turtle nests and bird nesting sanctuaries during special times of the year.

“Anna Maria Island’s Hot Spot” is now Historic Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach, the southernmost city of Anna Maria Island. Bridge Street, where the original wooden bridge was the only means of access to the island, where a beautiful fishing pier is in its place today, leading to an active street where you can Shop~Dine~Play from beach to bay. Bridge Street offers a walkable community with spectacular water views from the both the pier and the gulf beach and only a couple blocks from Beach View Retreat.

The Beach View Retreat offers everything you need for your beach stay! Just bring your food, clothing and toiletries. Beach chairs, beach umbrella, and beach toys for the kids are available in our garage level shed including a kayak. Dishes, pots, pans, linens and towels are all provided - just bring your swimsuit and enjoy! The Beach View Retreat features a master bedroom having an en-suite bathroom with large closet and a guest bedroom with its own bathroom. Additionally, there is a LazyBoy sleeper sofa in the family room. Other amenities to perfect your stay include:

• Covered Lanai/Patio with nearly 180-degree direct beach views

• Living Room picture window with nearly 180-degree Gulf of Mexico views

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

• Kayak

• Elevator access or stairwell access for handicap access at your convenience

• High Speed Wireless Internet service with 120 MB+ per second download speeds + 12 MB per second upload speeds

• Cable on the high definition flat screen TV

• New Trane air conditioning unit

• Keurig K55 Programmable Coffee Cup Maker

• 1,060 square feet living space

• 2 Car Parking Spaces

• 2 Televisions

• 2 Bathrooms

• Washer & Dryer

• Grill on lanai/patio

In less than 2 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 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.

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.

Our kids love going to the Bridge Street Pier or taking the free trolley just outside the door 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.

Come enjoy the unbelievable location of the Beach View Retreat!

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

Beach View Retreat

501 Gulf Dr N Suite #202

Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

(corner of Gulf Drive & Cortez)

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


Rex Geissler

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
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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 Condo in 2016

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 Condo unique

The proximity to the beach, the unobstructed Gulf views from the Beach View Retreat deck and from the lanai, the heated swimming pool, the kayak, and the closeness to the trolley stop make this the perfect property to enjoy all that the Anna Maria Island has to offer!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen, Beach views, Bathroom, Fan, Vanity, Mirrors,Hair Dryer,Light
      • Sleeper Sofa
        1 queen, LazyBoy Couch in Living Room, HD TV, Fan, Reading Light
      • Guest Bedroom
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, Single is air mattress/Bathroom/Fan/Vanity/Mirrors/Bed Light


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Guest Bathroom
          toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, Vanity, Mirror, Hair Dryer
        • Master Bathroom
          toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, TV, Fan, Vanity, Mirrors, Hair Dryer, Bathroom, 2 bedlights

          Location Type

            • Beach View
              180-degree views of the beach with no obstructions from the award-winning BeachHouse Waterfront Restaurant + Bar to further north on Bradenton Beach
            • Beachfront
              35 feet to the white sand beaches of Bradenton Beach
            • Downtown
              Bridge Street is "AMI's Hot Spot” with boutique style shops, restaurants and fishing pier is a couple blocks from Beach View Retreat. Enjoy sunrise over Tampa Bay in am and sunset into Gulf in pm.
            • Near The Ocean
              Just a few steps from white sand beaches and Gulf of Mexico.
            • Ocean View
              180-degree views of the Gulf of Mexico with no obstructions for hundreds of feet
            • Oceanfront
              White sand beach next to the amazing Gulf of Mexico, which is far warmer water than in the Atlantic Ocean
            • Water View
            • Waterfront


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Iron & Board
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Elevator
                          Elevator for easy access and parking space directly below condo at foot of stairwell where kayak and beach toys are also located
                        • Garage
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                          High Speed Wireless Internet service with 120 MB+ per second download speeds + 12 MB per second upload speeds
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                          1 dedicated parking space in covered garage and 1 visitor's space first come first serve
                        • Telephone
                          Nationwide free calling. Phone number provided after booking.
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove


                                • Dining
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                    • DVD Player
                                      Blue Ray and DVD movies provided
                                    • Games
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Spectrum Bright House Networks cable
                                    • Television
                                      TV in living room and master bedroom
                                    • Toys
                                      Beach Toys
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Balcony
                                        • Boat
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Golf
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                        • Lanai / Gazebo
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Water Sports Gear


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair accessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool
                                                  Large heated pool
                                                • Heated Pool


                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • churches
                                                    • marina
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • library
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins
                                                    • synagogues
                                                    • water parks
                                                    • zoo

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • outlet shopping
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • 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

                                                                • roller blading
                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • paragliding
                                                                • parasailing
                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • surf fishing
                                                                • surfing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • water tubing
                                                                • wind-surfing

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  26 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  We loved this place as much on the 14th day as we did on the first day. Great view and location!

                                                                  Al S.

                                                                  We travel a considerable amount compared to most retirees and seldom go back to the same location. This place is an exception. We wanted to book it for next year. We are in Hilton Head and heading to Myrtle Beach. Wish we were still at this Beach Retreat.

                                                                  Great views

                                                                  Maria D.

                                                                  Within walking distance of everything.

                                                                  Had a great time.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks Maria. Glad you had a "great time." Hope you can return one day. Regards, Rex

                                                                  Nice stay.

                                                                  Tom L.-

                                                                  The kids loved it. The sliders will help the noise and another chair/couch would be nice.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks Tom! Glad your "kids loved it." The two new sliding glass doors that will match the picture windows are now in at the contractor and we are scheduling the installation currently so should be all finished shortly. The handyman is coming by today to look at the rocker and will replace it if needed. Regards, Rex

                                                                  Beautiful place to stay

                                                                  Robert K.

                                                                  Would highly recommend. Fantastic view of the beach and gulf. Easy walking to rest. and beach. Seems to attract an older crowd around pool. Early morning traffic loud with pickup trucks and tractor trailers. Since we are early risers this was not a problem. Would stay again.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Dear Robert, Thanks for your wonderful words that you "Would highly recommend. Fantastic view of the beach and gulf." Regards, Rex

                                                                  Perfect beach views

                                                                  Terri W.

                                                                  Great location across from the beach and near many fabulous restaurants. Condo is well stocked for relaxing vacation.


                                                                  Sharon L.

                                                                  We had an incredible five days at AMI Holiday! Beautiful views, breath taking sunsets, delicious food and the condo was nicely cleaned and very comfortable. The owners were sweet and friendly. Their recommendations for food and places to go did not disappoint. We will definitely go through AMI Holiday again when we go back! #amiholiday

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Dear Sharon, Thanks so much for staying at our home. We are so glad you "had an incredible five days!" We hope you come back again! Best Regards, Rex & Michele


                                                                  Bradenton Beach, FL, USA

                                                                  Enjoy the best of the Gulf of Mexico from the home itself or 30 feet away from the beach on an island! Morning sunrises across the Tampa bay and Sunset walks along the incredible Gulf of Mexico. This home has unbelievable beach views and Gulf views with high-powered binoculars from our home, closeness to the best beaches in the US. Great restaurants and the peace and quiet of seclusion are waiting at your Anna Maria Island Retreat!

                                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                                  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

                                                                  26 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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