Bradenton is an area rich in culture and heritage where vacationers can find a unique blend of authenticity and an eclectic lifestyle. This location has a lot to offer, from Florida’s Spanish heritage to its scenic beaches. If you are a traveler who loves to explore, Bradenton has many local events you can enjoy. 

We have a list of the prominent local events you can look forward to when planning your trip here in 2023. Let’s take a look. (more…)

Everyone traveling to Anna Maria Island wants to experience the island’s rich culture, pristine beaches and laid back vibe. There is a lot that this location offers to its visitors, like activities, adventures, museums, parks, trails and much more. 

However, traveling here during the peak season can be enjoyable but expensive since there is a constant influx of tourists. If you wish to save money on your vacation and enjoy all the island offers, here are the top five ways to save money when visiting Anna Maria Island.  (more…)

Are you planning to go on a beach vacation? If yes, Bradenton, Florida, can be your right spot! There are many vacation spots, beaches, museums and restaurants that you can visit for a rich experience. Bradenton has a rich history, culture, and fantastic ambiance, ensuring you spend a relaxing time here on your holiday. 

However, if you are traveling here on a tight budget, you may also need to enjoy some inexpensive or free things. Bradenton has multiple scenic destinations that you can experience at no cost. 

Here are some free things to do in Bradenton: (more…)

Everyone wants their Anna Maria vacation to be a relaxing experience with minimum hassles and more enjoyment. Where you live during your vacation also contributes to your overall experience. While going to any new destination for a vacation, tourists generally have two options for accommodation – either staying in a hotel or a vacation rental. 

While some prefer residing in hotels, others with big families, extended stays or privacy concerns choose to live in independent units. You can consider your preferences and travel needs, no matter which one you choose while vacationing in Anna Maria Islands

Here are some factors you can consider to make a conscious decision according to your requirements. You can then decide if you want a hotel or a vacation rental.  (more…)

Anna Maria Island is a haven for vacationers with its crystal water, clear blue skies and white sandy beaches. Its laid back vibe provides a perfect opportunity for relaxation and fun if you are looking for a nice romantic getaway. Besides, if you want to spend time with your special someone, Anna Maria Island is a great place for a date night too! 

There are plenty of activities and attractions that you can do with your partner on this island situated off the coast of Florida. From romantic sunsets to exquisite dining, here are some of the best Anna Maria Island date night activities you can plan for the perfect evening. (more…)

Bradenton, Florida, is an excellent destination for tourists and locals alike. This place is a great vacation destination with its beautiful beaches, exciting attractions, and stunning natural beauty. You can find something for everyone here, whether you are into adventures, sightseeing or a beach body. But do you know what’s even better? A day trip from Bradenton! 

The location is close to some of the best nature parks, piers and beaches. From Sebring and Lake Placid to Myakka River State Park and Anna Maria Island, you can experience multiple destinations during your day trips. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or a relaxing getaway, here are some of our favorite day trips from Bradenton, FL! (more…)

Bradenton and Anna Maria Island are hotspots for tourist attractions for their beautiful beaches, sunsets and relaxed lifestyle. Many travelers love to come here to unwind and get away from their busy lives. You may also be debating taking a trip to this charming island with your loved ones. But what if your schedules do not align? Will you cancel your entire trip?

Vacations in Anna Maria Island can be highly beneficial for you. You can better experience the island to its fullest, especially if you travel alone. If you are worried about accommodations, there is no need to be. We at Anchor Down Vacation Rentals have you covered. 

In this blog, we provide you with increasingly convincing reasons to stop putting off your trip to Bradenton. (more…)

When you’re looking for a break, the year-round sun and warmth of Florida is the perfect destination for a getaway. The decision to head to the Sunshine State may be a no-brainer, but planning all the details – from where to go and the fun you’ll have to where to stay – seems like a list that keeps growing rather than shrinking. Cross off two of those daunting tasks by choosing an Anna Maria Island getaway and a vacation rental with Anchor Down. Bloom Lagoon is a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom vacation home in Florida with room for up to eight guests and two pets to enjoy the paradise that is Anna Maria Island. From the moment you step in, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a home away from home while being close to all the Anna Maria Island fun and attractions you desire.

Book Bloom Lagoon Property Here!


Island Rest & Relaxation

Guests looking for a fun and exciting stay on Anna Maria Island will find everything they’re looking for and more at Bloom Lagoon. Stylish furnishings and finishes can be found throughout the home, in bedrooms as well as living spaces for plenty of comfort. Enjoy being close to exciting activities and shops, the beach, and countless other ways to keep you busy during your stay.

Exterior Features

Arrive at the home and pull into the large half-circle drive that leads to a larger parking area. The landscaped area in the front of the home features soft grass and mature vegetation, including towering palm trees. The mix of cool and bold colors and textures of the outside of the home reflect the style you’ll find inside. The entrance to the home is guarded by a small, covered area so you can stay out of the sun while you set your bags aside and open the door. Once you’ve made yourself at home inside, step out into your outdoor oasis. The backyard of the home features an open area where pets can run and do their business away from the outdoor entertaining area. There is also a large stainless steel BBQ grill in the area for cooking outdoor meals. The covered patio off the back off the home features Adirondack-style seating where you can relax in the island weather. Just beyond the patio is the fenced-in pool area that boasts a pool and spillover spa. The patio and pool area are closed in with a lanai that keeps the bugs away while you enjoy the outdoors.

Interior Amenities

Step into the home and take in the open great room. Wood-looking LVP floors spread throughout and host beautiful furnishings. Just to your right when you step in is a cozy dining area with seating for five at a round table spotlighted by a unique chandelier. In front of you is the living space that boasts stylish furnishings with touches of beach tones and décor. A large sliding glass door leads to the outdoor living space. Another dining area boasts a rectangular table that seats four, meaning everyone has a place to enjoy a meal. The cozy kitchen boasts modern, stainless steel appliances accompanied by a myriad of cupboards and drawers that hold everything you need to prepare and serve a home-cooked meal. Spacious counters offer enough prep room, making any meal a breeze.

When your day on Anna Maria Island is done, or you need a nap between adventures, relax in a private bedroom. The floors of the living space continue into all the bedrooms. The master suite boasts a king bedroom set with two-night tables and lamps, as well as private access to the outdoor space. A wall-mounted flat-screen TV keeps you entertained in the evening or early morning, or whenever you want to watch a show in private. The en suite bath boasts a shower stall and single-sink vanity. Kids will love sharing the second bedroom, which features a twin-over-full bunk bed with storage drawers beneath the lower bunk. The third bedroom boasts a queen bedroom set, spacious closet, and flat-screen TV for your entertainment. The bedrooms share a hall bath with a shower stall and single-sink vanity. There is space for everyone to enjoy an Anna Maria Island vacation!

Anna Maria Island Getaway with Anchor Down

No matter when or how long you plan to stay on your Anna Maria Island getaway, Bloom Lagoon will give you all the excitement, fun, and relaxation you’re looking for. Contact us today to book a memorable island stay that will have you coming back for years to come!

Vacation rentals are a significant investment. Whether it’s a single rental or multiple, you probably already know that managing rentals can be a daunting task as a property owner. Besides collecting the rent checks, there is more to being a landlord. But as you juggle a myriad of responsibilities every day, it becomes tricky to devote enough time to ensuring everything in your property is in order. For example, there will be times in summer when the AC will stop functioning properly, and you are miles away. Also, you may not be able to handle emergency calls when you have other businesses to run, and that’s where a property manager comes in to help. If you are a property owner at Anna Maria Island, Anchor Down Vacation Rentals is here to take the burden off your shoulders. Below is why you should consider hiring us as your Anna Maria Island property management.

Setting the Right Rental Rates

As a landlord, you may not know how much to charge in terms of rent. You might find yourself setting the rates too high, scaring potential customers away, or undercharging and failing to cover expenditures. However, you don’t have to go through this when hiring a competent property management company like us is an option.

A great property management company takes time to run deep market research to ensure you avoid fraud cases and vacant properties. Some things they consider before setting the charges include an area’s average rental rate and economic factors. Depending on the season, they will help you determine when to increase the rent on your vacation rental, guaranteeing you outstanding returns.

Strategic Marketing and Advertising

Knowing how to list your commercial property and which websites to use is not always easy. However, a property manager knows the best avenues to explore that will lure clients, such as Airbnb and HomeAway. Even better, they list your rental on their sites providing visitors with direct reservations allowing them to save money as they will avoid third parties.

Take Anchor Down, for instance. With firsthand knowledge and experience, we can take magnificent pictures of your property while drafting persuasive advertising materials that will entice potential renters.

Proper Maintenance of Property

One of the most important reasons to engage a property management company is their coordinating maintenance and repair efficiency. The good news is that majority of these companies have trusted service providers or maintenance crews; therefore, you don’t have to worry about making endless calls.

Whether there is a crack in the wall or the slightest leakage, the property maintenance company will ensure it’s fixed on time. From roofers and landscapers to plumbers and electricians, they always have someone to call when any issues arise. The best part is that they get work done at fair rates, saving you money while making more from the tenants. But there is more to what they do to please your tenants. They always ensure that the properties are immaculate and ooze the homely aura guests need to give you excellent positive reviews.

Great Customer Service

Exceptional consumer service is essential for any business to succeed. However, relationships tend to break down when customer service skills are inadequate. With time, this will lead to vacant rentals. But that doesn’t have to happen. Property management companies have the experience, knowledge, and resources to meet and exceed guests’ expectations.

With the customers satisfied, not only will they come back, but they will also refer other people to stay at your vacation rentals. And from the fantastic reviews these delighted guests leave, you can be sure that more guests will be reserving your vacation rentals. With higher demand, you can confidently charge higher rates per night, hence more profit.

Saves You Time

Taking care of a property is not an easy task. Besides consuming time, it also requires a lot of effort. But with the role of many landlords, this always isn’t manageable. From spending time with their families to having 9-to-5 jobs, it becomes challenging to create extra time to oversee tenants. In some cases, you may own properties in different states that all need your attention! And that’s why hiring a full-time Anna Maria Island property management company is essential.

You don’t have to worry about answering phone calls at 2 a.m. from complaining guests as you can be sure they have things under control. With their expertise, they can effortlessly make sure everything is running smoothly.

Contact our Anna Maria Island Property Management Team

If you are a property owner on Anna Maria Island and you feel that managing your rentals is overwhelming, look no further. At Anchor Down Vacation Rentals, we help relieve your work and give you the peace of mind you deserve. With less to do, you can smile as you check your account balances. Being locals of this glorious place, we know what guests are looking for, and we strive to deliver. Contact us today to have a better and more profitable experience with your holiday rentals.

We talk to a lot of vacationers, and we’ve come to the conclusion that there are two types of trip-takers.

  1. Those who pack methodically, 24 hours before departure, according to a detailed list.
  2. Those who throw random things into a suitcase minutes before it’s time to leave. 

Whatever kind of packer you are, we have some ideas on how to prepare for your Anna Maria Island vacation. This is a beach town, so you’re probably expecting to bring a selection of swimwear and sunglasses. That’s good – but it’s not a complete list of what you’ll need. 

Let’s take a look at what you’ll be doing and where you’ll be going so you know how to pack accordingly. (more…)