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aNNA MARIA ISLAND

 

In its early years, the only way to get to Anna Maria Island, on Florida's Gulf coast, was by boat. It wasn't until 1921 that the three towns on the island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria, were connected to the mainland. Now, although this seven-and-a-half-mile island is accessible via three different bridges, it is natural once over those bridges to feel you've gone back in time. The friendly, easy-going residents and readily apparent Old Florida heritage of the island are reminiscent of a bygone era. This laid-back culture is both a natural by-product of the serene tropical environment as well as a deliberate effort by the local governments to preserve the natural and cultural richness of the island. Because strict zoning laws prohibit high-rise development, the entire island has just two structures with more than three stories.

 Surrounded completely by beaches, the three towns are part of an island-wide program to replenish and protect the coastline from erosion. The beaches provide spectacular vistas and are home to exotic wildlife that beguile vacationers and residents alike.

We are not featuring any hotels on Anna Maria Island at this time.

bradenton

Bradenton is one of central west Florida's oldest cities. Increasingly cosmopolitan in character, the city retains its small-town charm. A number of new residential sections compliment older established neighbourhoods in both urban and suburban settings. Bradenton and nearby Palmetto's easily accessible water makes boating and fishing popular pastimes. The county's boating public is served by 30 marinas and eight boat ramps. Among the public fishing piers are the Anna Maria City Pier at Pine Avenue; the Bradenton Beach Fishing Pier at Bridge Street; Manatee Beach Fishing Pier on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach; and the Rod 'n' Reel Pier on Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria.

The Bradenton area represents natural Florida because it has not suffered many of the negative effects of Florida's booming growth. The best example of the area's unspoiled nature is the broad sweeps of white sand beaches unmarred by high rise condominiums or hotels. The beaches feature the Gulf of Mexico's emerald waters bordered by tall, shady Australian Pines. Serene natural beauty and breathtaking Gulf views give Bradenton and the Gulf Islands a kick back and relax style all their own - the perfect setting for a rejuvenating, carefree vacation.

Hotel Name Rating Location - Introduction
Holiday Inn Riverfront 3 Star The Holiday Inn Riverfront is an attractive Spanish style property set in tropical gardens, located in downtown Bradenton, overlooking the mile-wide Manatee River...
longboat key

The island of Longboat Key lies between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay and its twelve miles of white sandy beaches have helped make this a much sought after luxury resort community.  Whether you like to spend time shelling, biking, shopping, fishing, golfing or dining, the Key's relaxing activities are boundless. Tennis and golf enthusiasts will find first-class facilities here.

Longboat Key is just minutes from Sarasota and the many cultural activities the city offers including Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Ringling Museum, Sarasota Ballet and Opera, and much more. Longboat Key offers a terrific shopping experience and you can find world-class shops on St. Armands Circle, just a bridge away. Longboat Key is a private island paradise with an elegant scenic environment offering a rare combination of breathtaking beaches and a relaxed lifestyle.

Hotel Name Rating Location - Introduction
Colony Beach & Tennis Resort 4 Star + The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort is a relaxed and casually elegant all-suite family resort located directly on 750 foot of private white sandy beach on Longboat Key, a perfect island getaway on the Gulf of Mexico...
Hilton Longboat Key Resort 4 Star The Hilton Longboat Key Resort is a gulf front resort hotel, offering a Caribbean style atmosphere with its wooded walkways and decks, situated directly on 400 foot of private white sandy beach alongside the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico...
Longboat Key Club Resort 4 Star + The Longboat Key Club Resort is a resort and private membership Golf and Tennis Club, situated directly on a private white sandy beach in 410 tropical acres on exclusive Longboat Key, just off the mainland of Sarasota, alongside the Gulf of Mexico...
sarasota

Selby GardensSarasota exudes an air of relaxed sophistication. Long considered the cultural capital of Florida, the Ringling's and other wealthy families made Sarasota their winter playground, imparting the legacy of the arts early on. The powder white sands of the keys attracted more visitors and they soon developed into rustic, laid-back beach communities.

Sarasota boasts world-class museums and arts venues. Sarasota is also rich in lush natural beauty. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, set on Sarasota's sparkling bay, is an orchid research center with beautiful and bountiful grounds that showcase these and other exotic blooms. The Gulf Coast Heritage Trail, the state's first ecotourism trail, winds through Sarasota County.

Hotel Name Rating Location - Introduction
Golden Host Resort 2 Star + The Golden Host Resort, Sarasota's "in-town" resort property, is situated on 5 acres of tropical landscaping...
sarasota LIDO beach (lido key)

Lido Beach is located on Lido Key, half a mile southwest of St. Armand's Circle, and boasts stunning beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, year-round lifeguards, acres of recreation area along the bay, spectacular views, playgrounds and pools for lounging at Mid-Key public beach. For those visiting Lido Key in search of peace and quiet, enjoy one of the hidden white sugar sand beaches and relax your days away.  The southern beach portion offers views of the skyline of downtown Sarasota and the Gulf and features a picnic area shaded by Australian Pines.

Enjoy the charms of St. Armand's circle, just a short walk from many Lido Key areas. Superb exclusive shops, galleries, exotic boutiques, sophisticated restaurants and nightlife are all located on St. Armand's Circle. While there, visit the center of St. Armand's Circle to see The Circus Ring of Fame, a "sidewalk of circus stars." A must for any kid at heart! Or, if you are more the romantic type, treat yourself to a special view of this island by a horse-drawn carriage, a perfect evening treat.

Hotel Name Rating Location - Introduction
Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel 3 Star + The Helmsley Sandcastle is a Pink Stucco family friendly resort hotel situated on 600 foot of white private sandy beach on Lido Beach, offering a relaxing and sunny flavoured ambience with a storybook seaside setting...
Holiday Inn Lido Beach 3 Star The Holiday Inn Lido Beach has a casual beach resort ambience with a Florida decor situated across the street from the Lido Beach, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay...
siesta key

Siesta Key beachSiesta Key is renowned for its ribbon of sugary beaches, some of the widest and most popular in the country. Since the 1987 "Great International White Sand Challenge," the sugar fine sand here has been officially top rated every year. Independent judges selected Siesta Key's sand over 29 other entries, including the Bahamas and Grand Cayman, as the whitest and most powdery  sand in the world.

Siesta Village is a vibrant area filled with boutiques and eateries. Bright umbrellas dot the casual outdoor cafés and in-line skaters and bicyclists share the sidewalks with those strolling through this lackadaisical community. Board one of the colourful Siesta Key trolleys for an overview of this beautiful barrier island.

Hotel Name Rating Location - Introduction
Siesta Beach Resort & Suites 3 Star The Siesta Beach Resort & Suites is a Mediterranean style landmark hotel ideally located directly across the street from the world famous pristine white sands of Siesta Beach on the Gulf of Mexico and the fabulous Siesta Village, a charming collection of boutiques, gift shops, galleries and fine restaurants...
VENICE

Beach photoOne of the few cities on Florida's West Coast without a barrier island, the soft white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico form the western boundary of Venice. Fourteen miles of beaches from Casey Key to Manasota Key offer unparalleled recreational opportunities including swimming, sunbathing, fishing and boating. Shelling is also a favourite pastime and golfers enjoy excellent courses in the greater Venice area.

A historical treasure, Venice is a Florida Main Street City; its downtown graced by northern Italian architecture and beautifully landscaped boulevards that date back to 1925. Oscar Scherer State Park, located five miles (8 km) north of Venice, comprises 1384 acres of pine and scrub flatwoods on the banks of a small tidal creek. The park contains streams for canoeing, a swimming lake, campgrounds, nature trails, bicycle paths and picnic areas.

With its casual style, Venice is a pleasant getaway for the vacationer who wants to relax and enjoy the Florida sunshine.

Hotel Name Rating Location - Introduction
Holiday Inn 3 Star + The Holiday Inn is a traditional style, full service hotel, located .5 mile to downtown Venice and one mile from the beaches, with dining and shopping within walking distance...

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