Island Real Estate Vacations NOW OPEN!

Island Real Estate is excited to announce our return to the vacation rental market on Anna Maria Island! We are happy to be your locally owned rental management company that offers personalized customer service to rental owners and vacationers as we once did. At Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, we pride ourselves in being the best in assisting with all your real estate needs and as a rental customer of our ISLAND REAL ESTATE VACATIONS division, you can expect the same superior service and qualified experienced team to meet your rental management needs!  If you are interested in what ISLAND REAL ESTATE VACATIONS has to offer, please give us a call or an email. (941) 778-6066 or Info@IslandReal.com

AMI Rental Equipment – Boats, Kayaks, Etc.

Welcome to Anna Maria Island! We are sure you will find so many fun activities to partake in while you are here in paradise. To make your vacation a little easier, we have included different rental options below and the companies that provide them.

The rentals you will find on this page are for: Golf carts, beach equipment, scooters, boats, jet skis, bicycles, kayaks, and paddle boards.

Golf Carts

We have an entire blog dedicated to golf cart rentals on the island, check it out! 

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316

Golf Coast Cart
Phone: (877) 778-7264

Fun and More Rentals
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719

AMI Beach Buggys
Address: 5348 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 773-3800

Lux Carts
Phone: (941) 254-7775

Robinhood Rentals
Address: 9802 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 920-1996

Island Scooter Store
Address: 5321 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-2255

Beach Equipment

We have an entire blog dedicated to beach equipment rentals on the island, check it out!

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316

Fun and More Rentals
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719

ABC Baby Furniture Rental
Address: 5352 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 929-1850

Just 4 Fun Rentals
Address: 5358 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 896-7884

Scooters

Island Scooter Store
Address: 5321 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-2255

AMI Beach Fun Rentals
Address: 3228 E Bay Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 896-9780

Robinhood Rentals
Address: 9802 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 920-1996

Boats

H2O Water Sportz
Address: 4110 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215
Phone: (941) 538-4290

AMI Watersports, Boat and Jet Ski Rental
Address: 505 56th St b, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 773-7175

Bradenton Beach Marina
Address: 402 Church Ave N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-2288

Cortez Watersports
Address: 4328 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215
Phone: (941) 798-3721

Anna Maria Island Boat Rentals
Address: 524 69th St, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (952) 393-1894

Jet Skis

AMI Watersports, Boat and Jet Ski Rental
Address: 505 56th St b, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 773-7175

Coastal Watersports
Address: 1301 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-4969

H2O Water Sportz
Address: 4110 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215
Phone: (941) 538-4290

Bradenton Beach Marina
Address: 402 Church Ave N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-2288

Cortez Watersports
Address: 4328 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215
Phone: (941) 798-3721

Bicycles 

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316

Fun and More Rentals
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719

Just 4 Fun Rentals
Address: 5358 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 896-7884

AMI Beach Fun Rentals
Address: 3228 E Bay Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 896-9780

Island Scooter Store
Address: 5321 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-2255

AMI Paddleboard Adventures
Phone: (941) 896-6422

Kayaks

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316

Fun and More Rentals
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719

Kayak Jacks 
Phone: (941)-538-1448

AMI Paddleboard Adventures
Phone: (941) 896-6422

Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & EcoVentures
Phone: (941) 773-1920

Paddle boards 

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316

AMI Paddleboard Adventures
Phone: (941) 896-6422

Kayak Jacks 
Phone: (941)-538-1448

Fun and More Rentals
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719

Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & EcoVentures
Phone: (941) 773-1920

Salty Buddha Paddle & Yoga Co
Phone: (941) 932-3671

Where to Rent Beach Equipment on AMI

This blog is here to make your next trip to the beaches of Anna Maria Island a bit easier and less stressful.
Below is a complete list of rental companies on the island that supply beach equipment you can rent.

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Located on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City, Beach Bums offers a variety of necessities to rent for your perfect day in the sun. The beach equipment  you can rent from here includes; Umbrellas, beach chairs, neso tents, coolers, beach carts, and even corn toss! all of Beach Bums beach supplies are high quality, and they even offer free delivery.
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316
Hours: Open everyday of the week from 9am – 5pm
Click here to see rental and pricing info

Fun and More Rentals
If you are totally unprepared for a day at the beach, Fun and More Rentals has got you covered. If you forgot to bring a beach towel to dry off, no problem, they have some that you can rent! I mean they basically have EVERYTHING you could ever need for the beach, including; Party barges, boogie boards, corn hole, beach toys, gas grills, children’s life jackets, chairs, umbrellas, and so much more! They even do beach wheelchair rentals!
Fun and More Rentals also offers free delivery.
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719
Hours: Open everyday of the week from 9am – 6pm
Click here to see rental and pricing info

ABC Baby Furniture Rental
Don’t worry, ABC Baby Furniture Rental’s offers more than just cribs and highchairs. They actually offer a lot more than just baby gear, including beach equipment. They have supplies for the little ones like baby floats, kids beach wagons, and beach toys. But they also offer beach umbrellas, chairs, and more. ABC Baby Furniture Rental’s also has pick-up locations in Sarasota and Siesta Key.
Address: 5352 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 929-1850
Click here to see pricing and rental info 

Just 4 Fun Rentals
Just 4 Fun Rentals carries all the basic beach necessities you’ll need. Their rental options include; chairs, umbrellas, wagons, canopies, and boogie boards! Free delivery is also available!
Address: 5358 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 896-7884
Hours: Open everyday of the week from 9am – 5pm
Click here to see rental and pricing info

AMI Rental Equipment

AMI rental equipment is a great way to enjoy this place like no other! White sandy beaches and a small town atmosphere with unique opportunities at every corner too!

AMI Rental Equipment

So now that you’ve arrived your noticing all these great ways to spend your time jet skiing, paddle boarding, biking and more. But where does one go to acquire these items? Here are some of the best rental companies on the Island.

Rentals on land

Bikes, golf carts, beach supplies and baby equipment can all be rented from both Fun and More Rentals  and from Beach Bum Rentals. Both of these companies offer free delivery/pickup and excellent service.

Rent scooters and bikes hourly or daily from The Island Scooter Store

Also rent electric bikes and scooters hourly or daily from Segs by the Sea

Binoculars can be rented by the hour from AMI Bird Nerd to take in our varied avian wildlife.

Rentals on Water

Boats can be rented from Anna Maria Island Boat Rentals and the Bradenton Beach Marina

Jet skis can be rented from H2O water sports  and Wavesplash Watersports

Kayak tours and rentals are available from Fun and More Rentals , Beach Bum Rentals , and Happy Paddler Kayak Tours

Exotic rentals

Flyboards can be rented from Top Gun Flyboards for a truly unique experience.

Parasailing can be done through Yolo Parasail  as well as Bradenton Beach Parasailing

 

AMI Rental Equipment
Kayak Rentals take visitor around the Intracoastal waterways.

Anna Maria Island Hotel and Accommodation Information – Hotels

Anna Maria Island is a barrier island that contains three separate cities.  Bradenton Beach is the most Southern beach and contains many condominium communities for rent as well as some single family homes.  Approximately 1,500 people call Bradenton Beach home.

Holmes Beach is the next Northern city on Anna Maria Island and has more than 5,000 permanent residents.  Holmes Beach is mostly single family homes with a fair amount of condominium’s close to the beach.  Finding accommodations in Holmes Beach needs to be done with care as it is the widest area of Anna Maria Island.  There are accommodations on the Bay as well as the Gulf of Mexico.  Many sections of Holmes Beach are not considered a flip flop walk to the beach.  There are a few thousand vacation rentals in Holmes Beach.   There are many condominium and resort rentals which can substitute for a hotel and do offer daily maid services.  Island Real Estate can offer daily maid services the same as a hotel and many agree the absence of hotels on Anna Maria Island helps to make it quaint and peaceful.

Anna Maria City is the most northern city on Anna Maria Island and much of the city coastline has wonderful views of the Skyway bridge as well as the Tampa Bay.  Anna Maria City has an estimated 1,500 full time residents and is primarily made up of single family homes with very few condominium complexes in Anna Maria.  Anna Maria City is very quiet and yes, still no hotels.  Most visitors to Anna Maria love the low key nature of the city and vacation rentals are the only option you have in Anna Maria.

Many ask why no chain hotels on Anna Maria Island?  Primarily the reason is our low key nature which also restricts drive up windows for dining such as McDonalds or Burger King.  In fact more than 30 years ago Anna Maria Island established a building ordinance which does not allow constructing a building more than 37 feet high.  I have not seen many hotels less than 37 feet high.  Have you?  Thus slowly Anna Maria Island has found other ways to allow visitors to holiday on the beaches of Anna Maria.  Vacation rental accommodations have replaced the need for hotels and most likely this will not change anytime soon.

Holmes Beach Office
Holmes Beach Office

Island Real Estate Vacations continues to offer hotel amenities in our vacation rentals.  Most of our rentals enlist in our premium linen program.  We utilize hotel quality linens which we professionally clean in our property and linen facility located in Holmes Beach.  With state of the art laundry equipment we utilize the least obtrusive cleaning process available.  Want the luxury of a Ritz Carlton hotel, no problem.  Choose one of our luxury properties.  Prefer high value like the Holiday Inn Hotel, no problem. Normally to create value most of our rentals do not include a daily maid service as you would find in a hotel.  Our standard holiday rental includes one clean at the end of your stay.  If you prefer a daily maid service similar to a hotel please ask our vacation specialists for this service and we would be happy to provide daily cleaning services.

Island Real Estate offers a free guest services area very similar to a hotel however the only difference is our guest area located at our Marina drive office is free of charge.  Don’t forget our real estate lobbies are chalked full of information on the area and things to do.  Our offices are open 7 days a week with a human operator on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Still not convinced, Trip Advisor one of the largest on line accommodations raters on hotels as provided Island Real Estate a measure of excellence when it comes to neutral reviews from visitors that stay in our rentals.

Your probably asking yourself why choose a vacation rental versus a hotel.  Firstly as we have mentioned, if you want to stay on Anna Maria Island there are not many other choices.  Rather than focus on the fact that you cannot stay in a hotel on beautiful Anna Maria Island lets talk about the pro’s and cons to staying in a vacation rental versus a hotel.  Pro – there is a lot more room to enjoy friends and family in a vacation rental.  The average 1 bedroom vacation rental is more than double the size of most hotel rooms.  Forget about it if you have more than two people.  An average high season vacation rental with Gulf Views in high season is around $1500 USD.  Take out a two hotel rooms for 4 people and the price tag will be almost $500 a night or $3500.  Pro – you can decide if you want to dine in or dine out.  Vacation rentals are equipped with full kitchens.  Bake a birthday cake or cook someone’s favorite meal.  Sure some hotels offer one burner and a hotel size refrigerator but the only holiday feast your cooking in a hotel room is a Swanson TV Dinner.  Pro – no extra fees.  Have you ever arrived to a hotel to find out Internet is not free?  More like $15 or even $25 a day.  Oops, parking is $25 a day.  Not so with our vacation rentals.  Internet is provided for free, no parking fees.  Pro – have you ever brought a DVD from home or rented one and tried to watch it at a hotel.  Does not work well.  They have their own media center and you bet, it costs more money.  Sure, renting a DVD costs money but the last time I checked there are not many DVD’s renting for $8 a movie.  Pro – many of our rentals offer PlayStation, XBox, Wii, you name it.  Once again, free of charge and included in your rental rate.   Pro – Have you ever watched a movie or your favorite weekly show on a 55″ big screen Television in a hotel.  I have never seen a big screen TV at a hotel let alone surround sound and more.  All that can be found in a vacation rental.  Pro – would you prefer swimming in a private pool or shared pool?  Share the spa with other hoteliers?  Not so in a single family rental.  You have all the privacy in the world.  Pro – ever try to fire up the barbie at a hotel?  No such thing, there

Pool Paradise
Private Pool Paradise

are not barbecue’s at a hotel.  What to do when you spend most of the day out on the water and want to grill up the fresh Grouper or Snapper you just pulled out of the Gulf of Mexico waters?  You are out of luck in a hotel but in most of our single family vacation rentals we offer barbecues.  Some homes have barbecue pits or systems seen on shows like “The Rich and Famous.”   Don’t forget outdoor kitchens pool side where you can enjoy cooking, swimming and pulling your favorite beverage out of the pool side refrigerator.  I cannot remember the last time I saw a refrigerator pool side at the hotel.   Hotels let us take cold beverages in the pool.  Yes, some do and they are some pretty fancy drinks for $10 a piece.  Pro – Storage for outside activities.  Want to bring your boat to a hotel?  I don’t think so, what about storing beach bicycles or kayaks at the hotel.  Nope, not a choice last I checked.

Con – Most hotels allow you to cancel anytime for more money.  A hotel cancellation policy is easier than a vacation rental  however Island Real Estate does offer travel insurance for your stay with us.  Yes it is more money but the last time I checked hotels offer lower rates if you waive your right to cancel at any time.  Perhaps a hotel offering cancel anytime as a standard is nicer than a vacation rental but would you prefer to have the choice to waive that option and save money?  Con – Many hotels have restaurants within the complex.  Is it nice to go grab a $10 beer down at the hotel bar or pick up some food?  You bet, how about visiting the grocery store, picking up what you need with a little pre-planning and using a local concierge service to deliver any meal you want from all Anna Maria Island Restaurants.  Does this take a little pre-planning in a vacation rental as compared to a hotel.  You bet but there are still lots of options to have food delivered to your Island Real Estate vacation rental.

Too much information you say about accommodations?  You just need to stay on Anna Maria Island.  Well it is time to call Island Real Estate and we can help you find your perfect hotel like accommodation.  Our vacation specialists are on staff 7 days a week.  Make it a great day and hope to see you on Anna Maria Island soon!

Kid’s Korner on Anna Maria Island – Top things to do

Welcome to Kid’s Korner, the best place to stop by & see the latest happenings for us kids on Anna Maria. Hey Anna Maria Island kids, do you have any fun activities planned for this summer while visiting Anna Maria Island? If not, I’ve got plenty of exciting things for you to do. With a diverse choice of activities always going on, summer on A.M.I. – Anna Maria Island Kid’s corner is never a bore.

So, let’s start with some fun summer lessons.

Surf Camp Participant 2011
  • To begin, there is a surf camp run by Eternal Summer Surf Camp that occurs on White Avenue beach every Sunday from early July to the middle of August.  Instructors will give instructions & demonstrations on how to surf & let you surf tons yourself.
  • Also, there are sailing lessons by Bimini Bay Sailing happening right now. They offer 6-hour teaching courses by experienced sailors. You can choose your boat that best fits you, & go out into the water as they teach you the basics on sailing.  You’re sure to learn some new skills during this summer.

Next are the camps.

  • Anna Maria Island Community Center offers a youth & teen program called “Summer My Way”  that involves sports, arts & crafts, field trips, specialty camps, & much, much more. You can pick & choose your activities & join many others as you enjoy your summer, your way. Find out about the specialty camps, or choose a camp. You could choose one week or every week, just a specialty camp, or just the field trips.
  • Also, Crosspointe Fellowship Baptist Church runs a Vacation Bible School for K-5th graders for one week in the summer, July 16th-20th from 9 a.m. to noon. They plan to go on many adventures & uncover mysteries. Find out more at at www.CrosspointeFellowship.com. Your summer is sure to be a blast no matter which way you toss the dice.

Looking for something fun to play with?  Here on Anna Maria Island, we have equipment rental shops. These rental stores have a great variety of merchandise – you can rent anything from golf carts to sail boats & everything in between.

  • For example, at Beach Bums on Pine Avenue, you can rent different types of bikes & boards, kayaks, golf carts, & more. My family & I have rented a golf cart previously, & they’re pretty cool. On Anna Maria Island, they let you drive your golf cart on the street, so it’s pretty awesome.  But because they allow you to ride them on the street, your parents will be the ones doing the driving, while us kids get to ride in style. These golf carts vary in size, color, & designs, & you could have one for just 2 people, or one for you & your entire family. They offer the free use of helmets & life jackets with rental. Their bike types include regular two-wheelers, quad-bikes, cruisers, tricycles, tandems, electric & surrey bikes, along with bike seats for babies & toddlers. They have nature hikes & other kids activities you’re sure to love, as well.
  • What’s more, Bimini Bay Sailing offers rental sailboats for a small fee. You can choose your sailboat & how long you wish to rent it. They  offer Sunfish, Lasers, Zumi, & everything in between. They go from an hour to a month, & delivery is optional. More facts can be found on the same site as their sailing lessons. These rentals are a unique way to get around the island.

So no matter what you do or when you do it,  at Anna Maria Island Kid’s corner it’s certain you’ll have a great summer here on Anna Maria Island.

Segs By The Sea On Historic Bridge Street

Segs By The Sea On Historic Bridge StreetDiscover the Charm of Old Florida with Segs by the Sea.  Segs by the Sea offers: scenic tours and custom rentals of the very popular and innovative SEGWAY Personal Transporter.  You can also rent electric bikes, beach cruiser bikes, and paddle boards.   So make sure that you stop in to Segs by the Sea and find your Anna Maria Island adventure.  Conveniently located in the heart of Historic Bridge Street, just 1 block from the beach!

 

SEGWAY Tour Options Include 1 Hour – 1.5 Hour – 2 Hour:

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