USA Gulf Coast Florida Anna Maria Listing #13538

Dolphin Watch - Anna Maria, FL

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77 reviews
Max. occupancy: 6 1 Queen Bed, 2 Twin Bed, 1 Sofa Bed 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom 4 dog max 
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Charming gulf-front home right on the beach - stunning views, dogs welcome

Make your vacation in Anna Maria unforgettable and stay in this charming two-bedroom beachfront home boasting spectacular views, close proximity to dining, space for two cars in the driveway, and easy access to the free trolley. You can also bring along the family dog for a small nightly fee.

There's nothing between you and the soft, sandy beach, so head out for your Vitamin D fix whenever you like. When its time to explore, stay cool in the free, air-conditioned trolley, which will take you through Holmes and Bradenton Beaches, and when you're not in the mood to cook, walk to the famous Sandbar Restaurant for a meal out. You'll also want to check out Island Museum off Pine Avenue and the vintage City Jail, and for fresh local seafood, head to Rod N Reel Pier to buy or snag your own catch of the day.

Sun-drenched and colorful, this home will put a smile on your face with yellow walls and blue accents in the living area. Sit and relax while you connect with friends at home on the free WiFi or watch a movie on the flatscreen cable TV, complete with DVD player. Make something delicious in the open kitchen or on the gas grill and savor it at the dining table, surrounded by windows that give way to views of rolling dunes, turquoise waters, and frolicking porpoises. Or dine al fresco on the sunny patio. If the laundry starts to pile up, toss it in the private washer/dryer before your turn in for the night.

Start making plans now for your gulf front vacation in Anna Maria. Book this home today!

*Please note, all guests occupying this property who are under the age of 25 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Thank you!*

City/town permit number: VR18-000023

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.




Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC

Partial AC

House rules


Kitchen & dining






Ocean view


Water view


Beach access

Gulf view






DVD player



Beach towels

Boat rental available

Shared Charcoal Grill



77 reviews

Sherrill M. Feb 2022
Beautiful weather for the entire week. Beach was very busy with long waits at the restaurants. Sure could have used a beach umbrella. The one provided at the house was broken. We couldn’t get in on arrival. The code would NOT work. Needed a local on-site person to handle phone calls, not somebody in North Carolina. FINALLY after phone calls back and forth, the lock box combo was given to us. Some compensation for the hassle would have been nice. The views could not be beat!!
Patricia C. Feb 2022
The house was comfortable, cozy, and well stocked with towels and kitchen utensils. You can hear the ocean waves breaking on the beach from the house. There were some issues with getting into the house on check in day, neither of the locks worked. The street side door did not open at all, which is a safety issue, and would have made it easier to unload and load your vehicle.
Manager response:
Hi, Patricia! We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We have verified the street-side door is opening and closing properly and apologize for any issues you had with it. The locks are being addressed. Thank you!
Randolph H. Jan 2022
This cottage is just adorable, clean and well equipped. It is in a great location on a quiet street. The views of the beach are amazing.
Kevin V. Sep 2021
The dolphin watch was an amazing experience and comes with its perfect corner of the beach. The view from the dining area is absolutely perfect and the location is far enough from the main area (not too far) to enjoy the calling waves in the evening.
Alvaro C. Jun 2021
Nice clean house and location. Looks a lot nicer in person than in the pictures. Amazing view from the dining area. Beautiful beach!! We had a great time and would definitely rent again. The only things that we didn’t like is that because you are next to a public entrance to the beach you get a lot of random people passing by so not a lot of privacy of your hanging out in the back of home and the diswasher was dirty/moldy on the inside and for some reason no programming was available on the cable box ( you can turn on the cable box but once you click on a channel it said no programming available) but besides these minor things everything was great, thanks for everything!
John F. Jan 2021
Loved the location to the beach and restaurants.
Javier O. Oct 2020
I really loved this house. It's perfectly situated and the perfect size for just the two of us and our dog. It was clean and had more than enough towels.. Even though it rained for the first few days it was still beautiful even on a rainy day. Not a lot of postmates options on the Island BTW. I would come back in a heartbeat!
Dawn C. Sep 2020
We loved our stay at Dolphin Watch! The views of the sunset were amazing!! Quick walk to the beach. Perfect 'socially distant' getaway!
Sally K. Sep 2020
Even though Hurricane Sally was in the Gulf, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Dolphin Watch. Very comfortable, great location and beautiful view!
Christie H. Sep 2020
This home was so quaint and perfect. The view alone for sunset was unbeatable! Loved that we could walk to many yummy spots, but was still in a quiet, safe area.

Kitchen had everything we needed, my only feedback would be to consider leaving one cabinet empty for guests to store pantry items/ dry foods.

House was incredibly clean and so comfortable! We are already looking at when we can return!!!!
Sydney B. Aug 2020
Stayed here with my boyfriend for about a week and it was great! The beach was busy, but not crowded, everyone had their own space. The house is small but mighty! Perfect for a couple or small family. Very short walk to the beach, and you can hear the ocean from the bedroom at night! You can't really tell from the pictures but you can see the ocean from the big windows in the dining area! My only con is that in the living room there's a woven rug that can be a bit harsh on feet that are tender from walking on the beach all day so you may want to bring slippers if you don't normally wear shoes inside. All in all great place and great location and would definitely recommend!
Joshua H. Aug 2020
Loved this beach house. Smaller but right on the coast with everything my wife and I needed. Definitely will return.
Jennifer G. Aug 2020
The location was great. Right on the gulf, the beach was steps away! The home was clean upon arrival. The washer/dryer was convenient. We did not eat out so the kitchen was perfect. Hopefully we are able to return and sit at one of the local restaurants. .
Stephanie D. Jul 2020
We had a wonderful time on our 6 day stay and the house is a gem. It was so nice to be right on the beach and have a private path to the water. The house is clean, comfortable and well appointed and we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

A few tips for future travelers: There is actually an extra bonus laundry room that isn't clearly listed and can serve as another bedroom since it's fully air conditioned and has a pull out couch. This space was great for us! The blankets in the twin room are super thin and uncomfortable, we will bring our own blankets next time. We were able to hook up our Roku to the main TV to watch our fav shows and do our home workouts. Bring matches or a lighter if you plan to use the BBQ!

The only downside was we found the customer service for Vacasa very impersonal. We could not get any basic questions about the house answered prior to our trip. When we had an issue getting into the house with the code, we could not speak to anyone local (though it was resolved after about an hour through their customer service hotline). And when I left my laptop charger at the house, I had to pay $25 just for housekeeping to look for it, even though it was never found. It would have been nice to have a reliable and friendly contact.
Mike T. Jul 2020
We needed a place to get-away to stay safe and healthy during the COVID pandemic. This lovely beach cottage totally fit the bill. It is beautifully decorated and very well stocked with most everything you need to settle in. The spectacular view of beautiful blue-green Gulf and the white sand beach from the huge windows keeps you in a peaceful state of mind. Cannot wait to visit again.
Sarah V. Mar 2020
I love this little house! It’s all you need. Fantastic access to the beach, a great place on the patio to have all meals, and walking distance to all of Anna Maria that you can get.
Kerry U. Jan 2020
The location is perfect. Front row seat to beautiful sunsets nightly. A short walk to Pine Ave. and amazing restaurants. Very comfortable clean and relaxing.
Tegan C. Oct 2019
Loved the close proximity to the beach. Very private and quiet, yet convenient location.
Perfect for a romantic getaway, or a couple with 2 small children.
We would definitely stay at this property again.
Pablo B. Oct 2019
The house has a wonderful decoration and all the facilities, as well as the perfect location as it is within walking distance from the beach. It was definitely what we were looking for and we are surely going back another time for what Anna Maria has to offer!
Robin B. Sep 2019
This was our second stay at Dolphin Watch. It is an adorable and comfortable beach cottage. It would be perfect with a second bathroom :-)
Elisabeth C. Jul 2019
Great place to celebrate the 4th of July. Beautiful view of the fireworks and easy beach access.
Stacey H. Jun 2019
Well appointed quaint cabin- perfect for 4😘
Cheryl G. Mar 2019
We loved our stay at Dolphin Watch! Perfect location, cute little place, perfect for a family of four. The outdoor space can use a little TLC, also a couple of extra blankets would have been helpful during our stay. Overall a great week for our family!
Karen W. Mar 2019
I can't say enough great things about this wonderful beach house! We had an absolutely perfect week, and the house was comfortable, well stocked, convenient to lots of shops and restaurants, and just everything you could want in a beach house. We would definitely come back!
Danette G. Dec 2018
Love the great beach location. Kitchen was well stocked for cooking. House had almost anything you'd want....beach chairs, fishing rod, washer and dryer. Comfy beds.
Mark P. Nov 2018
My wife and I stayed in this beautiful home for our 20th wedding anniversary! This was our 5th visit to the island and was our favorite place to stay. The proximity to the beach is amazing and the house was probably the cleanest home (or hotel) that I have ever stayed in! Would definitely recommend for a couple or small family!
Kelly A. Sep 2018
We stayed for our anniversary. Very cozy and quiet. Will rebook for next year. Walking distance to restaurants
Timothy R. Aug 2018
First of all the process with Vacasa was seemless and easy making the whole experience better. The property was amazing. Described perfectly and exceeded our expectations. Perfect location, perfect amenities and nothing was short of a 10 out of 10. We will be rebooking our next trip tonight after just getting back yesterday!
Anthony B. Jul 2018
Wonderful location, location, location. As a photographer, I'm going to try earlier in the year next time. Shooting sunset makes eating out after at top restaraunts nearly impossible locally with early closings.

4 step entry was very nice for my elderly parents who spent most of their stay watching people going to and from beach through the big picture windows in the dining room. Great view from the dining room.

Wish the house had a raised deck or something. The near ground level aspect of the house, did reduce the view of the water over the dunes. Maybe a spiral staircase from the laundry room area up into a small viewing 'steeple' with room for 2 seats would make this house perfect, 5 stars.
Jacob S. Jul 2018
Becky G. May 2018
We love this place...three years in a row for one week here.. our favorite rental on the island! ... and we have rented numerous places...
Grisel T. May 2018
This was our first visit to Anna Maria Island. We went for our wedding anniversary and fell in love with the place. The island and the little cottage were everything we were looking for. We loved the amazing panoramic views, the beautiful sunsets, the fact that it is just steps from the beach yet feels quiet and secluded, and also that we could bring our dog with us. We could not think of a better place to enjoy a relaxing vacation. Now we can't wait to be back every year!
Linda V. Apr 2018
The sunshine yellow interior makes for everything bright and happy! Comfortable bed and well appointed. Beach chairs and beach towels were available which was great. Loved our stay!
Lorna K. Mar 2018
Lovely little cottage on the beach. Great place to have a relaxing vacation.
Anonymous . Oct 2016
"The house is wonderful! We do not want to leave!"
Sarah V. Apr 2016
My son and I loved the house and the location. It was just the right size for the two of us. We cooked in almost every night, sat at the dinning room table or the outside dining area, keeping an eye on the sky for sunset. We lounged on the beautiful beach each day, taking long strolls around the northern tip of the island, seeking out seashells. My son spent a few days exhausting himself on a skim board. I think I read 3 books.... a wonderful time!
Gerald J. Mar 2016
Thanks to several of the Island Realty staff for your assistance in arranging our stay.
Nye F. Oct 2014
We have rented through your office 5 times and have always enjoyed our stays!
The G. Jun 2014
Trouble free stay - very happy!
Billy S. Jan 2014
We came to stay here during a major storm, while were bummed about not getting much beach time, the house was beautiful, clean, and comfy-like-home! We were literally stuck inside for 4 days straight and because this house was so lovely, and fully equipped...we all had a wonderful time. My husband and 9 year old son played football on the playstation. My daughter and I did some baking and we all watched the storm through the panoramic view of the gulf! Beautiful Home!
Swanson F. Dec 2013
Loved it! Amazing week in spite of the cold temperatures. Thank you.
Harter F. Nov 2013
This is a wonderful property and we enjoyed our stay. We plan to come back to this location.
Johanns F. Aug 2013
This was the best accommodation we ever stayed in! The panoramic view is fantastic. The rooms are lovely equipped. We loved it! See you soon. Thank you so much for your great work!
James . Apr 2013
Great place, terrific view!
Terrie G. Apr 2013
Beautiful property - suffice to say we didn't want to leave!
Kling F. Jan 2013
Island Real Estate was very helpful, they removed the tarp that was noisy in the wind *immediately* upon our mentioning the problem. Thanks!
Mark . Jan 2013
Perfect location- we will return to 12108!!
Terry A. Dec 2012
We love the house, it is absolutely adorable! The location is perfect. It is our new favorite place on the Island! Hope to see you next year!
Esther . Oct 2012
What a wonderful place to stay. Will definitely return in the future.
Bolzon F. Oct 2012
Lovely sweet yellow cottage with the perfect location! We had the most wonderful time- thank you!
Paul . Sep 2012
Great location & cottage helped us cope with the cold weather.
Carol . Aug 2012
When I walked in the house, all I could say was WOW! Very comfortable. Furniture and linens clean and cared for. Everything was provided.
Rachael D. Jun 2012
We had a wonderful stay. Everything was very clean & well cared for.
Strickland F. Jun 2012
We loved it here! We would love to come back. House had more than expected.
Jonathan H. Jun 2012
We love the position of 12108 on the beach, in the dunes, and close to The Sandbar resturant, yet very private & quite!
Denis . May 2012
Love the colors, nice floor, warm feeling- bright- wonderful. Good size for single family of 4. Also nice TV & great to have WiFi and DVR. Nice windows.
Virginia . Mar 2012
Wonderful house- can\'t wait to stay here again- hopefully next year!!
Berghoff F. Mar 2012
Es war ganz wunderbar hier auf AMI. Unser Haus war großartig. Vielen Dank für alles!
Amy . Mar 2012
This property is amazing! We loved our stay!
Rollie . Mar 2012
Property met or exceeded expectations developed over years of experience in renting beach properties in Florida and North Carolina...We would again rent this property. We came to the island without reserving lodging in advance. We set out on an adventure and found it. Thank you.
Pierre . Feb 2012
Very nice stay. Love this property. Hope to rent again. Will recommend to friends. Love the WI-Fi internet.
Karen . Feb 2012
I've rented many beach houses and this has by far been the prettiest and cleanest. The robes were great. So was the telescope.
Ginny S. Feb 2012
Again, an excellent experience. I\'m very impressed with your cleaning crew - They do A++ work!
Varnes F. Jan 2012
Another great vacation at this adorable beach house!! See you again next year!
Neslop F. Jan 2012
As always we loved it. Enjoyed the table and chairs outside - we were able to spend more time outside. See you next Spring at 12108 Gulf and 207 Coconut this Fall.
Von F. Dec 2011
What an extraordinary rental property - perfect for my vacation. I hope I can come again to this lovely home, a PERFECT vacation for me; rest, renewal, sun. Thanks for being apart of that!
The F. Dec 2011
Your staff was especially helpful this time, as I had some logistically juggling to do! Thank you!
The F. Sep 2011
It was again 'paradise on earth'! Shopping, dining, going to the beach - everything is great and completely without any stress! We love it!!! Thanks again for your great work! AMI & Island Real Estate ROCKS!!