Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q. Can I bring a small pet?A. We have a very strict no pets policy for all our properties.
Q.Can we smoke in the property or on the balcony?A. Smoking in the property or balcony is strictly prohibited.
Q. What is the beach like?A. Enjoy seven miles of white sand beaches stretching the entire length of Anna Maria Island.
Q. Is there a supermarket on the island?A. There is a fully stocked Publix grocery store located in the middle of Anna Maria Island where you can buy from a great selection of fresh fruits, salads, fish & steaks. The free trolley will take you to Publix as well.
Q. Is there a bus service on the island?A. Yes there is a free trolley service with stops close to all of our properties. Running the entire length of the island, there is also a SCAT bus service that runs to the nearby mainland town of Bradenton.
Q. How do we get onto the island?A. There are two bridges that connect the island to the mainland of Bradenton – Cortez Bridge and Manatee Bridge. There is also a bridge to the next island south of Anna Maria Island.
Q. Where is the nearest airport?A. Sarasota is just 20 minutes, Tampa is 60 minutes drive & Orlando is just over 2hrs.
Q. Is the transportation to the island from the airports?A. There is limo service from the three closest airports.
Q. Are Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island?A. The island (although small) is split into 3 different cities. The south end of the island is a nature reserve known as Bradenton Beach, the center to the northern end of the island is Holmes Beach and the north end of the island is called the City of Anna Maria. The whole island is Anna Maria Island.
Q. How far is Disney World?A. Disney is approximately a 2hour drive.
Q. Where is the nearest large indoor shopping mall?A. Desoto Square Mall in Bradenton – about a 15minute drive.
Q. Is Anna Maria Island part of the Keys?A. Anna Maria Island is not part of the keys that lie south of Miami. It is part of the West Coast Keys that run down the coast of central western Florida. It lies just south of Tampa Bay.
Q. Would you suggest renting a car?A. Yes if you want to go sightseeing but if you just want to stay on the island you can get around by limo, taxi, bus and the local island trolley service.
Q. Where is the nearest medical facility?A. Blake Hospital in Bradenton – approx 10 minute drive. There is a nearby walk-in clinic for less serious ailments and an island dentist.
Q. Are there shops and restaurants on the island?A. Yes there is an excellent range of shops, restaurants, cafes and bistros. Individual small shops including beach and island wear for all ages, silversmiths, galleries and gifts. Restaurants range from coffee shops and ice cream parlors, to restaurants for all the family and superb dining establishments.
Q. Are children welcome in all the restaurants?A. We have many great restaurants where all the family gets a friendly welcome. Anna Maria Island has a relaxed lifestyle and friendly atmosphere.
Q. Occasionally we want to eat out without the kids or celebrate a special occasion.A. The area is known for its great mix of elegant yet casual fine dining establishments. Try the internationally famous Beach Bistro, The Waterfront on Anna Maria or Euphemia Haye on Longboat for fine dining. For great pizza try The Feast and for a wonderful sunset try The Beachhouse.
Q. Are there chairs/umbrellas for us to take to the beach?A. We provide beach chairs for all properties. We work closely with two rental companies on the island that will deliver and pick up anything you desire: http://www.abcbabyrental.com/ http://www.funandmorerentals.com/
Q. What time is arrival and departure?A. Check in is anytime after 3pm check out is 10am.
Q. Can we check out late or check in early?A. Late check out and early check in must seek approval.
Q. We are arriving late, is it a problem?A. All our properties have keyless locks. You will be given your personal four digit code 30 days prior to your arrival date.
Q. Do your provide linens for the beds and towels?A. Yes, the beds are made up with fresh linens and there is a pile of newly laundered towels in each of the bathrooms.
Q. Do you provide beach towels?A. No we suggest you bring your own or buy them cheaply locally.
Q. Do we have to clean the house before we leave?A. We ask that you leave the house in a good state when you leave.
Q. Where can we rent a spare bed or baby equipment?A. Just go to www.aababyrentals.com or www.funandmorerentals.com who will deliver and pick up whatever you order. You can book these items on their web site and they will arrange the rest with our housekeeper.
Q. If the house has a dock can you fish/swim off it?A. Yes
Q. Do you have Internet access at the properties?A. Yes, all properties have high speed internet.
Q. Are the kitchens fully equipped?A Yes the kitchens have all of the modern equipment – dishwasher, microwave, range, refrigerator small electrical appliances plus a full range of pots, pans, dishes etc. If you have any specialist cooking equipment that you require, then bring it with you. The only properties without a full kitchen are the studio units.
Q. Do you have laundry facilities?A. All properties have laundry facilities.
Q. Do you have a barbecue grill at the property?A Most properties have a grill.