Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Info

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals – (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions

Anna Maria Island Beach Vacation Rental
Anna Maria Island Beach Vacation Rental

What Accommodations are offered on Anna Maria Island?

There are very few hotels on Anna Maria Island.  They can be very difficult to find and when they are found availability can be difficult to find.  There is one Bed & Breakfast on Anna Maria Island we highly recommend, the Harrington House Bed & Breakfast receives rave reviews and we strongly recommend it for guests looking for a romantic getaway.  Vacation Rentals are the most prevalent Accommodation option for visitors to Anna Maria Island, Florida.

What is a vacation rental?

Vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island could be a home, condominium or Multi-Family all rentals.  Vacation rental homes are a growing accommodation option for travelers all across the world. Vacation Rentals offer a fantastic value for families, extended families, friends and groups.  Anna Maria Island Vacation rentals allow visitors to stay under one roof while providing considerably more space than a hotel room.  In many instances, amenities found in Island Real Estate’s inventory offer more choices than your normal home.  Playstations, Big screen TV’s, unlimited long distance, wireless internet, outdoor bars, tiki huts, pool tables, and much much more.

Why do people stay in a Vacation rental when visiting Anna Maria Island?

Many guests choose to stay in a vacation rental for a combination of reasons — value, location, privacy, amenities and overall comfort and convenience. In a vacation rental, Anna Maria visitors are able to reserve a fully furnished beach home with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms under one roof, rather than reserving multiple hotel rooms. The other challenge with reserving multiple hotel rooms is no kitchen.  Island Real Estate’s vacation rentals come fully stocked with kitchen items needed to cook any dinner including a late or early Thanksgiving feast.  Try that in a hotel room and you will likely be disappointed.  Double ovens, blenders, dishwashers, and many other amenities make vacation rentals a perfect option for a value oriented vacation for immediate or extended family.  Don’t forget that most vacation rentals have dining tables that comfortably seat 6-20.  Be sure to check pictures of the dining table or speak with one of Island Real Estate’s knowledgeable vacation specialists to be sure we meet any table size expectations.

Is it like a timeshare? Is any ownership involved?

Vacation rentals are not a timeshare.  A vacation rental does not involve any type of ownership, maintenance fees, or commitments other than your time period booked.  Guests simply rent a vacation home for their getaway, much like a traditional hotel’s reservation and check-in process.

What typical amenities can be found in a vacation rental home?

There are amenities available to fit every guest’s recreational lifestyle. Vacation rental visitors often have access to their own private pools, spas, patios and beach decks.  Inside most vacation rentals have multiple televisions, barbecue grills, DVD players, wireless Internet access, billiard, air hockey tables, PlayStation®, Xbox game systems, and surround sound stereo systems.

What types of rental homes are available to Anna Maria Island visitors?

Island Real Estate offers fully furnished vacation rentals to Anna Maria Island visitors.  Island Real Estate’s inventory of Vacation Rental homes include private pool homes, condos, and multi-family homes. Vacation rentals are available from one to six bedrooms (750 – 4,200 square feet.) and up to six bathrooms, all under one roof. Island Real Estate boasts the largest inventory of luxury vacation rentals as well as a large inventory of Direct Gulf front Beach cottages and condominiums.

Are the vacation rental homes and condominiums individually owned?

Almost all vacation rental homes available on Anna Maria Island are privately owned. Many rental homes are overseen by real estate property management companies who manage the vacation rental, maintenance and reservation process for individual homeowners.  Island Real Estate manages both condominium complexes as well as individual vacation rentals.  Island Real Estate is also the largest Real Estate company on Anna Maria Island and assists many families make their dream a reality by assisting in the purchase, sale, and property management of beach homes on Anna Maria Island, FL.

How do I find a vacation rental that will be sure to meet my expectations?

A variety of industry associations have made it easier for travelers to find their ideal vacation rental.  Island Real Estate suggests you use a Property Management company although it is not necessary.  Property management
companies like Island Real Estate normally have some minimum requirements that their ownership must comply with.  A great question to ask.  How far is the vacation rental company from the vacation rental and if their office is open 7 days per week? Island Real Estate at the time of this writing is the only company to professionally rate each property using 10 categories from overall decor to bedroom furniture and kitchen supplies to name a few.  You may want to call the local chamber of commerce and in our case the Anna Maria Island Chamber of commerce and ask for feedback about the company you are considering.  Speak with a vacation specialist and be sure to list the amenities you must have and work backwards from there.  In addition, “Flipkey” is a new independent rating source for vacation rentals.  Be sure the property management company or individual owner is using Flipkey and if not why?  Perhaps their vacation rental inventory is not up to most travelers expectations?  Be sure to look up Island Real Estate on Flipkey where you will find more than 300 independent reviews from Anna Maria Island visitors.

How do I make a reservation? Is it secure?

Island Real Estate’s web site is fully secure and gives both secure and accurate availability of all vacation rentals in our inventory.  Potential guests can view virtual tours, amenity details, pictures, and descriptions on
their Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental website. In addition, book your vacation rental on-line or call a vacation specialist 7 days per week and book over our secure land line telephone system.

Do vacation rental home visitors have to stay for long periods of time?

Island Real Estate requires most of our vacation rentals to be a three night minimum.  There are few exceptions so please speak or email a vacation rental specialist for more information. Some weeks in high seasons require 7 night stays as a minimum with a Saturday to Saturday stay.

What is the difference between renting from a management company and renting directly from a homeowner?

When renting from a property management company, travelers enjoy additional benefits and services that are not typically offered by individual homeowners.  Island Real Estate’s office is open 7 days per week with a 24-hour customer service contact, concierge services, housekeeping, and the ability to search and reserve a home securely online. If a vacation rental home is not professionally managed, the homeowner is responsible for the property’s maintenance, upkeep, and customer service offered to vacation renters.  All too often the owner is an absentee owner thousands of miles away that can easily lose track of housekeeping and worse yet, maintenance upkeep.  Professional Management companies like Island Real Estate handle all the above tasks for the homeowner, ensuring consistency and quality in both customer service and the level of accommodations.

If I have questions during my stay, do I have someone I can call for assistance?

Be sure to ask the potential rental company if they have an on call emergency staff available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Many do not offer emergency contacts so you are left to fend for yourself.  Not a relaxing
situation if you need urgent assistance.  upon check-in to your home.

When renting a vacation home, will I receive room service, spa treatments, food delivery, etc.?

While all the above experiences are not automatically supplied with your vacation rental be sure to make your request and most professional management companies can assist in meeting your individual vacationing needs.  Island Real Estate offers many additional amenities, including special needs equipment, in-home massages or spa treatments, a personal chef to cook family meals, pre-arrival or after arrival grocery delivery services, child care, transportation services, and much more. Island Real Estate’s staff are local to the area so be sure to ask for restaurant, entertainment, or outdoor activity recommendations or the Island Real Estate informational website for more information on Anna Maria Island activities to do.

Is daily housekeeping service available?

While each vacation rental is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for guest arrivals, professional management companies such as Island Real Estate offers daily or mid-stay housekeeping services upon request.  These services require additional fees and we recommend you discuss your cleaning expectations with one of Island Real Estate’s vacation rental specialists.  We can also accommodate all green cleaning on many of our vacation rentals if required.

How does a vacation rental compare to a hotel stay, economically speaking?

Vacation rental homes and condominiums provide enormous cost savings by allowing guests to make one reservation, rather than multiple, for a group or family. Rates for some three-bedroom vacation homes start at just $100 per night, but sleep eight to ten guests versus just one or two for a hotel room. Vacation rentals also provide a fully equipped kitchen which offers an additional dining out savings.  A group of six could easily save more than $2000 USD for a week stay on Anna Maria Island as compared to a hotel stay.  Not to mention the frustration of finding one of the very few hotels available on Anna Maria Island.

What if I require handicap accessibility?

Be sure to speak with one of Island Real Estate’s vacation rental specialists for additional information on which home would best meet your parties needs.  Many of our homes are ground level or supply elevators and we do have a few choices on Anna Maria for rental equipment such as Beach Wheel chairs.  We have been told that Anna Maria Island supplies some of the most handicap accessible beaches in the state of Florida.  Many of our beach access points are dead end streets and the beach is very flat without hills to climb.  For more information on the perfect beach for your vacation give Island Real Estate a call.  877 778-6066.

May we bring pets?

Island Real Estate does have many vacation rentals pet friendly.  Many Anna Maria Island visitors attempt to sneak their pet into a non-pet friendly home and this is highly discouraged.  Most professionally managed homes have cleaning crews that review the tell tale signs of non-authorized pets.  Unauthorized pets at the very least will require significant fines and worse yet, immediate eviction.  A secret of many vacation rental owners and property managers is to enlist the help of their neighbors to inform us when a pet is on the premises.  Please don’t be a casualty of not following a home’s guidelines.

How do I check-in to my vacation rental once I’ve arrived on Anna Maria Island?

Island Real Estate’s office is centrally located on Anna Maria Island and uses an expedited check in process that takes minutes.  We know your anxious to get to your vacation rental after a long flight or long drive and the last thing we want to do is to delay your arrival.  Be careful, most other Vacation rental companies on Anna Maria Island have a lengthy rental check in process that can take up to a half an hour on high demand rental weeks.  Most high demand weeks Island Real Estate sets up their outside tiki hut so we are outside ready to move you on your way.  Island Real Estate also offers a gift bag with a few goodies and lots of Anna Maria Island local activities and restaurant information.

Is there a check in and check out time?

Absolutely, check in time for Island Real Estate is 3-5 PM and check out time is 10 AM.  Whenever possible Island Real Estate makes every attempt to allow for an early check in or late check out.  Very often due to same day
incoming or outgoing visitors we cannot accommodate early or late check times.  Be sure to ask a vacation rental specialist for more details on your Anna Maria Island vacation rental with pool specific circumstance.

Do all vacation rentals have a telephone, Internet access and cable television?

Vacation rentals are furnished with BASIC cable television and television.  Anna Maria Island’s BASIC cable television offers local channels as well as a few other stations.  Channels not included in BASIC cable are ESPN, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and movie channels.  If you have a very specific channel you wish to see while on vacation be sure to ask about channel accessibility concerning the vacation rental of your choice.  Island Real Estate does have several vacation rentals that offer German and Spanish language channels.  Not all vacation rentals are equipped with internet or wireless internet.  Island Real Estate’s website does provide searching only rentals with internet access however please be careful as internet service and wireless internet services are entirely different.  Be sure to check the amenities table on Island Real Estate’s website or check with a vacation rental specialist for more information.  Island Real Estate does offer a computer, printer and small office set up in several of our luxury vacation rentals.

Are vacation rental homes rated for their quality and services?

Unfortunately, AAA does not rate vacation rentals in the Anna Maria Island area.  Island Real Estate does rate each vacation rental in 10 categories to ensure the amenities you expect can be met in any vacation rental that contains the star rating you demand.  Another fantastic independent source that Island Real Estate uses is Flipkey.  Flipkey sends a survey to past visitors of each vacation rental and asks for a rating from one to five.  In addition another fabulous source for independent reviews is .  Island Real Estate touts the most reviews on Anna Maria island by almost 2X.

How do property professionals get paid?  Is there a commission tacked on?

Typically individual property owners pay property managers not the guest.  In some cases travel agents charge the guest a reservation fee and the travel agent passes the guest to a local property management company to ensure at a local level the travelers vacation rental expectations are met.  Typically there is a small reservation fee applied at the time of reservation as well as a cleaning fee and state and local taxes for the rental service being provided.

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