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Plan your Summer AMI Vacation on Bradenton Beach!

The kids are done with school and it is time for you to plan some fun summer trips!  Why not put Anna Maria Island on your list on places to visit and have a AMI Vacation!?  With 7 miles of beaches and endless things to do, AMI is the perfect spot for your summer vacation.

Here at Duncan Real Estate we offer 100 vacation rentals for you to choose the perfect AMI VacationIsland Blessings is a brand new vacation rental with Duncan Real Estate and offers up to six people a perfect AMI Vacation!

This three bedroom / two bathroom private home is located in Bradenton Beach, one of the cities in Anna Maria Island.   Bradenton Beach is on the south end of Anna Maria Island and besides the beach, there is much for you to choose from.  You and your family could play a game of miniature golf at the Fish Hole and then enjoy some delicious ice cream at Joe’s East and Sweets!  If you are super hungry after miniature golf and need some lunch, head down to the end of Bridge Street to AMOB Pier.  Kids eat for a penny an inch which a fabulous deal and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Pier!

Enjoy many of meals while enjoying the water views and dolphin sightings while on your AMI Vacation!  Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach also offers shopping, dining, live music, and tours of the island by Segs by the Sea!  Your options are endless.

After a day on Bridge Street, head back to Island Blessings and enjoy a dip in the heated pool or relax in the jacuzzi while sipping on a glass of wine.  The kids would enjoy casting a fishing line from the private boat slip that Island Blessings offers to you while on your AMI Vacation!  If you are super tired and just ready to settle down and cool off inside, Island Blessings has two family rooms with lots of seating and TVs to enjoy a movie or to catch up on the news.

A full day on Anna Maria Island calls for a great night sleep!  You have a choice of three bedrooms at Island Blessings.  The master bedroom has a queen size bed with a flat screen TV.  The first guest bedroom has a full size bed and twin bunk beds. The second guest bedroom has a twin bed.  Wake up and enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast in the newly updated kitchen or outside by the pool.  Can you think of a better way to enjoy your AMI Vacation then views of the water first thing in the morning!

Our team at Duncan Real Estate would be happy to answer any questions about Island Blessings you may have and to book your AMI Vacation!   Just give us a call at 941-779-0304 and anyone on our rental team is ready to work with you!  You can also check out other activities on Anna Maria Island on our website – www.teamduncan.com  We have a section on our site that tells you the many things to do while on your AMI Vacation!

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Beach Weddings on Anna Maria Island

Beach wedding toesIf you are not attending the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this Saturday, May 18th you might run into another wedding party here on Anna Maria Island. Dubbed as  the “Wedding Capital of Florida” the island has become very popular for destination weddings.  Over 1000 couples per year exchange their vows on the beach. The tropical backdrop of sugar-white sand, turquoise-emerald water and spectacular sunset horizons almost guarantee a memorable dream wedding. The celebrations can range from elegant table settings to dancing barefoot in the sand. There are many great venues to choose from in this area but only a few offer the combination of having your ceremony and reception directly on the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Here are the best beach wedding spots:

Harrington House B&B
This charming Inn accommodates smaller wedding parties up to 24 guests. Say “I do” in the romantic gazebo or on the white sandy beach in front of the Harrington House.

BeachHouse Restaurant
Experience an exceptional tropical beach front location for a perfect combination of an all-weather deck with private pavilion, your very own bridal suite, award-winning culinary choices and a multitude of beach, deck and indoor dining options. The bridal magazine “The Knot” honored the BeachHouse with multiple picks for “Best of Weddings”.

Sandbar Restaurant
The covered pavillion is right on the beach allowing you to have your wedding or event with your toes in the sand. Over 750,000 newlyweds were surveyed by this wedding planning network.  Celebrate your wedding with your toes in the sand!

The Sunset by Gulf Drive Cafe
Picture Gulf waves and sunsets as your wedding backdrop in this waterfront venue. Located at the South end of the island, a team of experts will help planning the big day. The local newspaper Bradenton Herald honored The Sunset with several People’s Best Choice wedding awards.

 

Beach weddings on Anna Maria Island

 

Even if the Royal couple’s festivities are far away, Anna Maria Island has “majestic” options for your special day. If you are thinking about a beach wedding contact our Duncan vacation rental team for the perfect accommodation for yourself or your guests! Please call at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here .

 

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Private Beach on Anna Maria Island?

Florida Statute 163.035 deals with the beach rights of water front homeowners and will go into effect July 1st.  It has caused a lot of confusion for all Anna Maria Island residents and visitors that feared the island will have private beaches only.

The legislation states:

ORDINANCES AND RULES RELATING TO CUSTOMARY USE.
A governmental entity may not adopt or keep in effect an ordinance or rule
that finds, determines, relies on, or is based upon customary use of any
portion of a beach above the mean high-water line, as defined in s. 177.27,
unless such ordinance or rule is based on a judicial declaration affirming
recreational customary use on such beach.

What does this mean?

Traditionally, beachgoers walked, suntanned, fished and used the beach in front of island homes that was considered public under the customary use doctrine. Now, the beach becomes private above the mean high-water line. Cities and counties would have to go to court instead of simply passing an ordinance to designate a privately-owned beach as public under the “recreational customary use” doctrine.  Municipalities that decide to designate a private beach as public must adopt a notice at a public hearing stating their intention. Then a “Complaint for Declaration of Recreational Customary Use” needs to be filed with the circuit court in the county in which the beach is located within 60 days, providing notice to the property owner. The municipality has the burden of proving that a recreational customary use exists. For example, calling witnesses who have long used that beach, or producing historic photographs of public use.

Lines in the sand

In some communities the beach seaward of the mean high water line, sometimes called “wet sand,” is public. The beach landward of the line or “dry sand” is private and owned by the upland property owner.

However, the erosion control lines replace the mean high water lines on renourished beaches and supercede state legislation to the contrary.  “The statute is going to have a very limited application and impact given that most beaches are publicly held or subject to renourishment projects,” said Florida environmental attorney Patrick Krechowski. Where beach renourishment has taken place, the public has reasonable access to those beaches seaward of the erosion control line (ECL) according to Charlie Hunsicker, the Manatee County’s Director of Parks and Natural Resources. He is in charge of the local beach renourishment.

Gulf and Bay Beaches

ECL – Anna Maria Island

On Anna Maria Island in Manatee County,  the mean high water lines and erosion control lines are vastly different. The mean high water line is established using a 19-year average based on local tidal data established by tidal observations made at specific tide stations. The ECL along the Gulf side beach was established by engineers during state- and federally-funded beach renourishment projects. For most part of the island from the South to just about North of the Sandbar Restaurant the erosion control line runs along the dune vegetation line.  The new law will not effect this area of the island at all and will leave most of the beach open to the public.
Interestingly, the very North end of the island never had any beach renourishment and the width of the beach has changed naturally over the decades. About 10 years ago, the seawalls of several Gulf front homes were surrounded by the saltwater and some homes only had a sliver of sand in front of their homes.  Luckily, the sand came back and now the most beautiful wide beach stretches along the North end all the way to Bean Point or the tip of the island.

 

The beach on the bay side was always considered private with the understanding that people are allowed to stroll along the waterline. In order to determine the mean high water line along the bay side of the island the City of Anna Maria recently ordered a survey in the area of  the 600 block of South Bay Boulevard. The stakes reveal that the incoming tidal waters of Tampa Bay completely cover the dry sand of the beach. When walking this section of the bay side beachgoers have to walk in the water to avoid trespassing private land. A similar situation occurs in the area by the newly remodeled Rod ‘n Reel Pier. It has its private section of the beach robed off and people will most likely get wet toes to pass this area.

If you need a tip on the perfect spot to relax on the beach stop by our office on historic Pine Ave and chat with our knowledgeable staff. They know the island by heart and are happy to share their island secrets. Call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.

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Turtle Season starts!

The official start of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Season was May 1st.  Loggerhead nests were already found on Captiva Island and Longboat Key. This indicates that Anna Maria Island will soon see its first nest as well. For over 30 years the volunteers of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch have made tremendous efforts to help our sea turtles. They are monitoring 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline. Each morning the beaches are walked and new nests are getting staked and observed for the next two months. After about 60 days the little hatchlings are making their way to the water during night time. Once the nest has hatched, it is getting inspected and shells are counted. Sometimes straggling hatchlings are left behind and get saved. So far, the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has protected 4454 nests, counted 301 694 turtle eggs and helped about 271,680 hatchlings.

You can show your support for the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch by adopting a sea turtle nest laid on Anna Maria Island. A plaque of your choice will be placed for a $100 tax-deductible donation. There are also Turtle Talks organized which take place every Tuesday at 10 am at the CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Stop by and experience a 35 min presentation which informs via video and photo displays, Q&A session and other interactivities.

There are a few simple rules all of us enjoying this island can follow to make it another successful turtle season this year. The mother turtles and the hatchlings are easily distracted by artificial lights that appear visible on the beach.  Unfortunately, disorientations happen every year.  If you encounter a nesting mother do not take flash pictures or disturb in any way. Loggerheads don’t have a “reverse gear”. For that reason, beach chairs or other items left behind on the beach can become deathly traps for the turtles. Also, sand digging is fun but fill in any holes after your beach day.

The turtle season runs until Oct. 31. and the 2018 hatchlings will return to this region once they reach maturity in about 20 years.

 

If you like more information about the Turtle Watch volunteers stop by at our office 310 Pine Avenue. Our team has some past and current members.

Are you looking for a beach front rental to be close to the natural display of nightly nesting activity? Call our rental team at 941 779 0304 to secure the best spot on our beautiful white beaches or send us a quick message here.

 

 

 

 

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Bodacious Oasis – Anna Maria Paradise Found!

Welcome to Bodacious Oasis! You found Anna Maria Paradise in this beautiful 4 bedroom home. The house with its quiet location on Magnolia Avenue invites to take in all of the Florida lifestyle.  It features an open floor plan and can accommodate 8 family members very comfortable.  There are plenty of places to hang out as a family. Let’s start with the kitchen. Enjoy family meals, cocktail hour, and preparing your favorite meal in the fully appointed kitchen.  With generous space for all of your groceries, updated appliances, granite counter tops, it sounds like a fun time to use all the comforts of home to prepare your family feasts! If grilling is your choice of cooking have a steak dinner or the fresh catch using the provided gas grill.

There are also two large porches with plenty of seating to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon cocktails on those warm summer evenings.

Enjoy your private swimming pool with outdoor seating surrounded in lush tropical landscaping. There is a wading end on one side of the pool if you just like to keep your toes in the water. Mix it up with going to the beach. The bay side beaches are only a short stroll away. If you prefer the stunning Gulf beaches talk a pleasant walk along Magnolia Avenue to one of the many public beach paths. Bodacious Oasis provides a beach cart, beach chairs and toys.

Feeling tired after a long day in the island salt air? Splendid interiors, supremely cozy beds, and flat screen TVs in every bedroom make falling into bed that much more enjoyable!

There is a lot to do close by on popular Pine Avenue. Small eateries, boutiques and the Historical Museum are just some of the fun activities.

If you have a larger party consider renting Sea Mist next door as well. This well appointed 3 bedrooms sleeps 6 guests in total.

Please contact our vacation team at Duncan Real Estate if you are ready for a fantastic stay at Bodacious Oasis. The house accepts 14 nights stays and has openings for the winter season 2019. You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick inquiry here.

 

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The Silver Kings Are Back! Bring the Tarpons on

Anna Maria Island is home to one of the best fisheries in the world and tarpon play a major role in making this area a key destination for anglers. Tarpon are a large fish that usually weigh anywhere from 60-280 lbs. They are prized as one of the top sport fish to catch. Known for their acrobatic stunts and long runs when hooked, Tarpon are a migratory fish that make their run through the waters here during the months of May and June. These fish can be found off the beaches or in the passes on the North and South end of Anna Maria island. Tarpon can be targeted using live bait, thread fin herring on an incoming tide and crabs are best on a strong outgoing tide. Be aware that these fish can be spooked quite easily. Positioning your boat strategically can be a determining factor in catching one of these beasts. Circle hooks and a long leader line are essential when rigging your fishing rod. Whether you are an avid angler or this is your first-time fishing for tarpon, Anna Maria island is your one stop shop for these marvelous fish.

Here is a few recommendations on guides in the area, 941-447-1063 is Captain Carson & 941-812-5256 for Captain Colby Gregory. Need a place to put your boat? See below for a list of all of our vacation rental homes with canal access.

Duncan Real Estate Vacation Rentals

If you find that perfect canal vacation rental, give our rental team a call today at 941-779-0304 and we will get you all “hooked” up!

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Bay Watch – Bradenton Beach Vacation Rental that Can’t be Beat!

The views from Baywatch are just one of the many amenities this Bradenton Beach vacation rental has to offer!  A cozy 2 bedroom/2 bath condo in Bradenton Beach that sleeps up to 5 people.  You will enjoy views from the kitchen, dining room, and living room.  Step out onto the covered porch and sip your morning coffee while watching the sunrise over the bay.  You can also enjoy peeks of the Gulf of Mexico from the porch off the living room.

When you arrive at Baywatch, you enter into a bright hallway with the eat in kitchen to your right.  The kitchen is very well equipped and you will want for nothing.  You can also have a more formal meal in the dining room while enjoying the views of the sparkling waters!   Rest and relax in the open living room after a day at the beach or a stroll during sunset.

The master bedroom offers a king size bed with an en suite bathroom.  Baywatch also has a second bedroom with a queen bed and 1 twin for the family of 5.  This Bradenton Beach vacation rental can sleep up to 5 people very comfortably.   During your stay, you have a washer and dryer available for your use so that you can wash all of the sand off of towels and bathing suites.

Want to fish, take a dip in the pool, walk to the beach or shop for local flare?  Baywatch is the perfect Bradenton Beach vacation rental for you!   You literally can walk to anything you would need from Baywatch.  The beach is 3 houses away, the pier to fish off of is just steps away from your front door and the pool is just down the steps.  Bridge Street is just south of you in Bradenton Beach filled with shops, restaurants and fun bars to enjoy the island lifestyle.  If you are tired from a long day at the beach, you can use the free island trolley to get you to Bridge Street for an evening of entertainment.

 

Look no further for the Anna Maria Island getaway!  Baywatch has it all and is ready to rent.   Give a member of Team Duncan at Duncan Real Estate a call today to book your Bradenton Beach vacation rental!  941-779-0304

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Beach Rentals with Duncan Real Estate

The beaches of Anna Maria Island are one of the world best and Duncan Real Estate has you covered with our beach rentals. Just pack your swim suit and sunscreen!

Check out Sunrise Vista if you prefer the very North end of the island. The house is located on the bay side very close to the tip of the island. Known as Bean Point named after the first Anna Maria Island settler George Bean this is the most serene place on the island. Also enjoy views of the lighthouse of Egmont Key to the North.

The center of the island is called Holmes Beach and you will find more condo complexes along the beach. Nautilus 104 and 117 are a perfect for a great short getaway. Each condo offers 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and the well sized resort pool. Once you stay at Waters Edge 110 N you will never want to leave. The direct Gulf views are fantastic and the sunsets are the best free show every night! Each one is truly different. Playa Encantada is also a very sought after resort. There is a 14 night rental minimum.

Island Time 2 is located on the South end and just steps away from the boutiques and restaurants on Historic Old Bridge Street. The best part…. the oversized deck looking out over the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Picture yourself listening to the lull of the waves, relaxing and being on Island Time.

Holmes Beach has great beach front rentals

Beach at Playa Encantada

 

Please contact our vacation team at Duncan Real Estate. We are happy to find you the best beach getaway for your holiday needs. You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick inquiry here.

 

 

 

 

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Pier to Pier Paradise – the perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental!

Pier to Pier Paradise is a one of a kind Anna Maria Vacation Rental with Duncan Real Estate and ready for you to rent!  This brand new luxury vacation rental home is three stories high and situated on the north end of Anna Maria Island.

Pier to Pier Paradise is just a short walk to the Rod n Reel Pier, the City Pier, Pine Ave and literally across the street from the Tampa Bay.  You will enjoy water views from nearly every room in the house and amazing sunsets for the rooftop deck.  Talk about location – it doesn’t get much better then the north end of Anna Maria Island!

Pier to Pier Paradise offers 4 bedrooms each with an en suite bathroom  plus additional half bathroom.  Every bedroom at this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental has its own private TV.  On the second level of Pier to Pier Paradise offers a beautifully decorated bedroom with a king-sized bed and a marble tile walk-in shower.  Also on the second level is the living room and entertainment center, dining room, kitchen, game room, 2 terraces facing the Gulf of Mexico.  On the third level are the three remaining bedrooms as well as a lounge with bar, TV, X Box and a terrace with a rooftop access.  The master bedroom is located on the 3rd level offering a kind-sized bed, desk, and a large window facing the inter coastal bay so you can wake up to the sight of the palm trees swaying and the sun rising over the water! The en-suite off of the master has marble countertops, two sinks and a walk-in tiled showered.  Just down the hall is the 3rd bedroom with two sets of twin bunks and decorated in an  adorable whale theme for kids.  The en-suite bathroom for this bedroom includes two sink and a shower with a tub.  The last bedroom offers a king-sized bed, tiled walk-in shower and a private terrace that overlooks the neighborhood and all of mother nature that Anna Maria Island offers.

The backyard of this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental is beautifully landscaped and faces the beachfront, so you can enjoy the sea-breeze while you lay out by the pool or cook up some burgers on the BBQ grill. Relax in the spa as you listen to the rustling of the palm trees, or take a break in the shade under the covered, tiled deck and cool off under the fans. Have a snack at the bar while you watch a movie on the outdoor TV.

Team Duncan would love to book this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental for you.  Please give us a call at 941-779-0304

 

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Bring your Boat to Duncan Vacation Rentals!

Any Anna Maria Island traveler knows about our world class beaches but how about bringing a boat next time to one of our Duncan Vacation Rentals? There are several canal areas on the island to pick from. If tucked away on the North end, the Key Royale neighborhood or right on the bay along the center and South of the island the water views will make you want to stay longer.

Anna Maria City

Seagull Way Vacation RentalOn the very North end are side streets off South Bay Boulevard that offer deep water access without bridges to Tampa Bay. Check out Seagull Way if this is what you are looking for. Wake up in this gorgeous 3 bedroom home and have your coffee in bed while overlooking the outstanding view of the bay. The well kept grounds offer your own private retreat.

 

 

Boat access at Haupia HosueAlso in the city of Anna Maria are other sides streets off Gulf Drive that offer canal access. These canals require passing low bridges to reach Bimini Bay and Tampa Bay. Haupia House and Emerald Surf  are located on Hardin Avenue and offer beautiful and serene canal views. You might see a manatee swim by or jumping fish during mullet season.

 

 

Holmes Beach & Key Royale

Port Royale offers great boating on Anna Maria IslandThe bay side of Holmes Beach and Key Royale are a boater’s paradise. Many homes are on a canal or face Tampa Bay directly. The rental miminum for most of these homes are 28 nights due to city rules. If you like to relax for a month and enjoy all the boating and finishing right from your back yard consider Port Royale or Redfish Cottage as your home away from home.

 

 

Bradenton Beach

Bay Winds offers water viewsSome Condos and homes along the center and South of the island are located directly on the Intercoastal Waterway. Watch boats and kayak paddlers come by and enjoy observing our plentiful wildlife. Birds like herons, manatee or dolphins are just some of the animals you encounter in these waters. Bay Winds is a condo complex that offers a beautiful view and fishing from the private dock. Bring your own boat or rent one for a day or longer.  Unit #112 has 2 bedrooms and #113 sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.

 

 

 

Please contact our rental team for more information on these or other Duncan Vacation Rentals.  We are happy to assist you finding the perfect place for you. Please call our office at 941 779 0304 or send us a message here.

 

 

Contact us or call Duncan Real Estate today at 941-779-0304 to speak with our knowledgeable real estate specialists.