Family vacations, whether they last a weekend or a month, are a great opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones. 

How can you make the most of your time in Lakewood Ranch? 

We have some ideas for great family activities, and we invite you to check out our list of fun things to do. When you’re ready to finalize all the details of your Florida trip, make sure you talk to us at Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We can help you find the best place to stay depending on who in your family is coming and how long everyone is staying.  (more…)

What do you look for in a golf course? Are you impressed by setting, by scenery, by level of difficulty? 

Maybe you’re an avid golfer with a competitive streak or a recreational player who simply enjoys the peace of a well-landscaped fairway. We like golf courses with personality. We look for good design, accessibility for every possible level of golfer, and a good use of environment and landscape. We appreciate smart holes and a natural setting. 

In Florida, golf is a year-round activity. It’s one of the reasons so many people flock here in the winter months. Who doesn’t love a tee time in February?

We’re highlighting some of the best Lakewood Ranch golf courses today. 

What makes Lakewood Ranch such a special place for golf? 

It’s unique. 

Lakewood Ranch is one of the most celebrated and sought-after master-planned communities in the country. It covers more than 30,000 acres and 50 miles outside of Sarasota, near Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast. The multi-generational neighborhoods and 55+ communities provide a residential sanctuary that’s just minutes from shops, restaurants, entertainment, and recreation. Full-time residents and part-time visitors enjoy clubhouses, fitness centers, pools, pickleball, tennis, and miles of trails and parks. 

There’s also a lot of golf. 

There are five Lakewood Ranch golf courses in the community alone, and then visitors have another 82 golf courses to play that are less than half an hour from Lakewood Ranch, including 42 public courses, six municipal courses, four plantation courses, and 29 private courses.

Lots of options. 

Let’s take a look at the golf courses you don’t want to miss when visiting Lakewood Ranch, Florida. (more…)

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…)

 

Every traveler looks for something different when it comes to the place they’ll stay while on vacation. 

When you decide to visit Anna Maria Island, on Florida’s serene Gulf of Mexico, you’re not going to find a lot of the chain hotels and high-rise condos that many other beach communities have. We’re a bit different – more about making you feel at home. Our vacation rentals are cozy homes away from home, where you can cook, relax, spread out, and enjoy the slower pace of all your days off. 

So how should you choose your own vacation rental on Anna Maria Island

We work with vacationers all the time, helping them decide on the place that’s going to serve their needs and those of their traveling companions. We’ve put together some things you should think about before you book. 

There are plenty of options here, but don’t take too long deciding. Properties book quickly, and you don’t want to miss out on the vacation home of your dreams. Take a look at these tips, and then let us know how we can help you plan the perfect beach getaway. (more…)

Welcome to Anna Maria Island! If you’re planning a vacation here, you can expect warm waters, dazzling sunsets, and lots of local shopping, dining, and entertainment. We aren’t like other beach towns, and it’s our unique qualities that keep visitors coming back every year. 

At Anchor Down Vacation Rentals, we want to help you have the best possible experience. We love this part of Florida’s Gulf coast, and we’re proud of the properties we provide to travelers like you. 

One of the first things you’ll have to decide when you’re planning your getaway is – where will you stay? 

Anna Maria Island is a seven-mile barrier island just south of St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay. The entire island is divided into three separate towns. Each town has its own main street, full of restaurants, shops, art galleries, specialty shops, and opportunities for entertainment and recreation. 

The towns on the island are:

Anyplace you stay will undoubtedly be lovely. But, we want your vacation to be just right, so here are some of the things you’ll want to think about when you’re deciding where to stay when you visit Anna Maria Island (more…)

Whether you’re visiting Anna Maria Island for a weekend or staying for a season, you don’t want to simply have the tourist experience. 

You want to know what it’s like to be part of the culture and community. 

We understand that – it’s part of what creates a memorable and meaningful travel experience. As we welcome visitors to their vacation rental homes here, we like to help them put together a unique trip that will mean more than just going to the beach and filling up on seafood. 

We want you to feel like a local. 

Here are some of the ways you can experience Anna Maria Island like a local. (more…)

What does your bucket list look like? Most people have that list of goals they want to accomplish and things they hope to see before it’s too late. 

When you’re coming to Florida’s Anna Maria Island for vacation, you need a separate bucket list just for the trip. 

Trust us, there are a lot of things you just don’t want to miss. 

First, let’s introduce you to the island.  (more…)

Anna Maria Island is on the west coast of Florida. Neighbored by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, there are three separate towns along the seven-mile-long island. These are Bradenton Beach on the south end, Anna Maria on the north side, and Holmes Beach settled in between.

You won’t find high-rise condos and luxury hotel chains here. There’s less commercialization and more chill. When you visit, prepare to drive slowly. Speed limits across the island top out at 35 miles per hour. All three towns are extremely walkable, and the beach is never far away.

Each beach town also has its own restaurants, shops, live music, and entertainment. These attractions can be found on Main Street in Holmes Beach, Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.

We can provide dozens of reasons to visit Anna Maria Island, but for the purposes of this blog, we are narrowing those reasons to three.

Come in the summer, when the beaches are full of sunbathers and swimmers or in the winter, when the water stays warm and the sunsets are majestic. Just make sure you visit.

Here are the top three reasons you should.
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