Q. Are the pools heated?
A. Pool heat is provided at no cost for all of our homes but is largely dependent on the weather. During the winter months the temperatures will occasionally drop low enough that the heaters will turn off. Heaters are usually set at between 75 and 80 degrees and are not adjustable.
Q. What time is check-in and check-out?
A. Check-in time is after 3:00 pm and check-out is before 10:00 am. We will try to accommodate an early arrival as best as we can but most homes are not ready to be occupied before 3:00 pm. We are unable to accommodate a late check-out as the home needs to be cleaned for the next arriving guest.
Q. What should I bring with me?
A. Every home is fully equipped with all the essentials of home. All bed and bath and kitchen linens and towels are provided but we do recommend bringing beach towels and we provide starter paper and soap products. For health and safety reasons there are no food products provided at your rental home. 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.
Q. Is there a supermarket on the island?
A. Publix is the main supermarket on the island and is located at the corner of Manatee Ave. and East Bay Dr. for all of your needs. There is also a Walgreens and a CVS as well as several other shops in the same plaza.
Q. Is there a grill?
A. Most of our homes come equipped with a propane or BBQ grill. Please ask about your specific home.
Q. Do you provide cribs, high chairs, or other baby equipment?
A. There are several companies that provide equipment rentals for your stay and offer free delivery and pick-up. www.abcbabyrental.com
Q. Where can I rent bikes, etc.?
A. There are many companies like Adventure Away, Beach Bums, and Just4Fun that provide bikes, kayaks, boats, and all sorts of items to make your stay more enjoyable. Most offer free delivery and pick-up. Please see the local area guide on our website for more information about local vendors.
Q. Is a car necessary?
A. Anna Maria Island is only 7 miles long and most of our homes are only a few blocks or less from the beach. There is a free trolley that runs the length of the island and has stops every 2-4 blocks. There are several other transportation companies on the island that operate off of tips as well. If you would like to do anything off of the island we would recommend renting a car or other transportation.
Q. Where can I keep my boat?
A. There are several marinas based on the island that offer both wet and dry storage. Bradenton Beach Marina is closest to most of the homes we have available.
Q. What is there to do on the island when I’m not at the beach?
A. We have an extensive local area guide on our website here: https://www.edgewatervacationhomes.com/local-area-guide.asp. You can also check out www.localjaw.com
Q. How far is Disney?
A. Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld are all approximately 2 hours away.
Q. Where can I fish and do I need a fishing license?
Q. Are there beach chairs and umbrellas?
A. We provide furnishings for the home only but some homes have chairs and other beach equipment that has been generously left by previous guests.
Q. Are there beach towels provided?
A. Some homes have beach towels provided but we always recommend that you bring your own or buy when you arrive.
Q. Do I need to clean before I leave?
A. We ask that you leave the home in good condition on your departure. Please see your welcome book when you arrive for specific check-out procedures.
Q. Where is the nearest airport?
A. Sarasota (SRQ) is the closest at only 20-30 minutes. Tampa (TPA) is about an hour, and Orlando (MCO) is about 2 hours away.
Q. Where is the nearest indoor shopping mall?
A. The closest shopping mall is Desoto Square in Bradenton which is about 15 minutes away. University Town Center is about 30 minutes away and so are the Ellenton Prime Outlets.
Q. Is there internet?
A. All properties have internet provided and most have WiFi. For those homes with WiFi, the network and password will be provided with your welcome packet.