Anna Maria Island FAQs

We definitely recommend you purchase a comprehensive trip cancellation insurance to cover any unexpected occurrences that could result in your need to cancel or modify a reservation.

AMI Locals is proud to partner with CSA to offer travel insurance.  If you would like to purchase this optional add-on travel protection, please call our Reservations team at 941-757-8226  option #1, or email   

If  you are interested in knowing more information and details about this guest protect travel insurance policy, don't hesitate to reach out to us  with any questions. 

Should you elect to decline this coverage with your booking, you do so fully understanding and agreeing to our AMI Locals Terms & Conditions and cancellation policy.

50% of the total reservation is due at the time of booking, included in that amount is the $100 reservation fee, and the final balance due must be received by 60 days prior to your arrival. If paying by credit or debit card the remaining balance will be automatically charged to the card on file at the 60-day prior to arrival mark. If you would like a different card processed, you must let your property manager know prior to this date. All prices are subject to 12% sales tax. Every reservation is subject to a cleaning fee and a damage fee/security deposit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  You may cancel your reservation up to 60 days prior to check-in for a full refund 1) less a $295 processing fee and 2) less 3rd party travel insurance fees, if applicable.  After that time, or for reservations made on or less than 60 days in advance of check-in, your reservation is non-refundable. 

To cancel a reservation, notify AMI Locals Reservations as soon as possible.  Initial notice by phone is acceptable, but follow-up in writing is required; email from the address associated with the reservation is acceptable as written notice.

For canceled reservations with a check-in date more than 60 days away: We will refund all amounts paid 1) less a $295 processing fee and 2) less 3rd party travel insurance, if applicable.  The refund will be made to the original payment method.  If we cannot issue the refund to the original payment method for a reason outside of our control (e.g. the credit card has been cancelled), we will issue a check less an additional 3% fee to cover our credit card costs.  The refund will be processed within ten business days of your notification to us.

For canceled reservations with a check-in date equal to or less than 60 days away: We will place the property back on the market and attempt to re-rent it.  If we can re-rent the property, we will refund all amounts paid 1) less a $295 processing fee and 2) less 3rd party travel insurance, if applicable, and 3) less any re-rent price deficiency.  A price deficiency can result if, for example, we are unable to re-rent for the full time period or if the daily rental rate had to be discounted to fill the property.  We do not make any representation or guarantee that we will be able to re-rent the property.  The refund, if applicable, will be sent no more than 20 business days after the departure date of originally planned stay.

If Guest needs to shorten their stay or change to a different property, the normal cancellation policy applies.  No changes are permitted during the stay.

AMI Locals strongly recommends Guest purchase travel insurance prior to the stay to avoid costs from covered events, including some cancellations.  Please contact AMI Locals Reservations if you are interested in adding travel insurance, offered by a third party, to your reservation. You may also secure your own, independent travel insurance to cover your trip and stay.  AMI Locals Reservations can share more information about the travel insurance from our partner and the advantages of using them vs. one you find elsewhere.

AMI Locals reserves the right to cancel any reservation subject to issuing a full refund.

Check-in time is 4PM. Check-out is 10AM. Typically we are unable to accommodate early or late check-ins, as we need to get the home thoroughly cleaned and ready for your arrival, and our next guests.

No problem, we have electronic door locks on our homes and each guest will be provided with a unique code to be able to enter the home on your own schedule.

No, we do not recommend this under any circumstance.   AMI Locals is not responsible for receiving or delivering any items you send to your rental property, and we are not able to hold items at our office ahead of your arrival.  
We suggest calling  Island Mail and Print  for details about their secure Package Receiving Service at  941-778-1991 

We continue to monitor the impact of coronavirus in our community.  Currently, masks or face coverings are required to enter public businesses or restaurants, and anywhere that social distancing is not possible.  Please click this link to be directed to our AMI Locals COVID-19 Information page.

No, in order to ensure our homes are cleaned to the same standard for every guest, we cannot permit this. Our team of professional cleaners conduct a detailed and thorough clean of the home, as well as commercially launder all linens and towels from the home at a commercial laundry facility after each guest departs. This is for all of our guests safety and to ensure a quality experience in our homes for every single guest.

Dogs are allowed under certain conditions and ALL animals, including service animals, must be disclosed and approved prior to arrival. We cannot accept cats. The pet fee will not be prorated by number/size of dog or length of stay. Fees are associated and charged due to the extended cleaning, deodorizing, and depreciation caused on the home. This fee is assessed for ALL animals, including emotion support animals. 

If any of the following are found to have been violated, AMI Locals will charge the primary card on file an additional pet fee to cover the costs to replace/clean up:


  •    NO Animal is allowed in the Pool or Spa at any home
  •    NO Animal is allowed on any of the Furniture, including beds
  •    You also must pick up bodily waste after your pet at all times (both on rental premises and on public property).


If a pet causes any damage to anything in the house (i.e. furniture, walls, doors), that item will be replaced and the guest responsible will be charged in full for that item without exception. In the event that the renter brings a pet without obtaining authorization a 25% surcharge on the total cost of the reservation will be charged and AMI Locals also reserves the right to terminate the rental agreement immediately without refund. Please understand that not all homes allow pets; some of our properties do not allow pets under any circumstances.


If you require an exception to this pet policy for your service animal, please provide AMI Locals with your specific request and details, and we will provide you with reasonable accommodations for your stay. 

2 pets maximum. Weight limit of 50 lbs max total for 1 or 2 pets. NO Dangerous Breeds, aggressive, or intimidating animals are allowed. Owner(s) of the animals are responsible for any damage, property damage, medical expenses, and/or excess cleaning that occurs due to the pet. We can require that any animal not in compliance with this be removed from the home without refund. In addition to this, any animal that urinates or defecates in the home, or is not well trained and is wild, and/or out of control, may also be required to leave the premises without refund. 

“Bodily injury”, “property damage”, or medical expenses for which any insured may be held liable arising from or in any way connected with any “dangerous dog” owned or under the control of any:

  1. Insured; or
  2. Any tenant residing on the insured premises; or
  3. Any guests/visitors on the insured premises.

“Dangerous dog” means:

  • Any purebred or crossbred dog comprised of any of the following breeds: 
    • Pit Bull-type,
    • Rottweiler,
    • German Shepherd,
    • Husky-type (including Siberian breeds),
    • Malamute,
    • Doberman Pinscher,
    • Chow Chow,
    • Any Wolf-dog hybrid, or
    • Any other dog that has been known to have bitten anyone where the injury required medical attention, or where any insured or any tenant, guest or visitor of the insured knew that a dog was potentially dangerous.

Claiming a pet as a service animal, when it is not, is a criminal offense.

Please call our reservations office with any questions about this policy at  941-757-8226

Yes, all of our homes have wireless internet access. The WiFi codes are provided upon check-in.

AMI Locals provides preliminary supplies of the following:
- 1 small bottle of Palmolive dish soap
- 2 dishwasher tablets
- 1 roll of paper towels
- 2 rolls of toilet paper per bathroom
- 1 small bar of hand soap per bathroom
- 1 trash bag per trash bin
- and a sanitary strip on each toilet.

After these items are used, the guest will be responsible for purchasing these items to cover their needs as they determine necessary. We dispose of all pantry items, food, or drink items that are left after a guest departs, even if these items are unopened. We do this for all future guests safety.

Yes, please feel free to use them at the pool and at the beach and ensure that they make it back to the house. Any missing beach towels will be charged to the guest.

Yes, the beds are made up with fresh linens, beach towels, bath towels, and kitchen towels for every arriving guest. All linens and towels are professionally laundered at an off-site commercial laundry facility to ensure our strict quality standards.

Almost all of our homes are within a five-minute stroll from the beach.

Yes, we do provide beach towels, but we do not guarantee any other beach equipment will be in the home.
Our AMI Locals Concierge can assist you in renting from local rental companies that we do recommend - and who will deliver all desired beach items to your vacation rental property.

Yes, nearly all of our properties have at least one set of Washer and Dryers.
Some of our multi-unit buildings have shared laundry facilities, as well.

Please check the amenities section of your chosen home before booking, or speak with one of our AMI Locals Reservation Agents to make sure.

We have created some "how-to" videos to help assist you with some of the technology you may find in and around your vacation rental home.  If we still don't answer your question in one of these videos, please contact our fabulous Guest Services team - they will be able to assist you!

No, you do not need to clean the house: however we ask that you leave the house in a good condition when you check-out, follow our check out procedures, and inform our Guest Services team of any pertinent information relating to your stay.

Our individual pools are typical residential pools, but most vary in size and shape slightly. They are on average around 14'x28', or around 400+ square feet. Please see our individual property pages for photos or contact an AMI Locals Reservations Agent with any questions.

Yes. We heat our pools December-April as a courtesy to our guests.
While we do heat our pools during the winter months, we do occasionally get cold spells that can send the temperatures down into the 30’s. This will cause the pool water temperature to drop and the pool pump will no longer be able to heat the pool, and it automatically shut down temporarily as a safety feature. Your In-Home Rental Binder will have more information, and our AMI Locals Guest Services team will be available for further assistance as well.

Not at this time, no.
The effects of Red Tide can vary significantly within short distances, and it can move and change rapidly. For the most up-to-date information, please visit Mote Marine Lab’s beach conditions map.

Yes, the kitchens have all of the modern equipment you will need to cook most meals. If you have any specialty cooking equipment that you require, please bring it with you.

To ensure our guest’s health and safety, we do not include pantry items. Anything that could have been contaminated by a previous guest is discarded prior to the next arrival.

Almost all of our properties have a Propane Gas Grill and the use of it is included with your reservation. Please see our individual property pages for photos or contact an AMI Locals Reservations Agent with any questions.

We do allow events to take place at our homes under certain circumstances, but it must be cleared with AMI Locals ahead of time and approved by the home owner in advance. The proposed event must comply with all City/County/State Laws and Ordinances at all times.

To host an event at one of our properties, we do require the following:
- prior approval by AMI Locals and the Home Owner
- at minimum: a $1000 event fee 
- a double cleaning fee will be applied to rental total
- event insurance is required to be purchased by the guest (host of the event)
- we must have a signed copy of our AMI Locals terms and conditions
- we must have a signed document from the guest (host of the event) with all the details describing the event
- If a local permit is required, this will be a requirement for the guest (host of the event) to acquire as well.

Please call AMI Locals with any questions. 

Two draw bridges connect the island to the Bradenton mainland, the Cortez Bridge and the Manatee Bridge. Enjoy the spectacular views as you cross to our beautiful 7-mile island paradise! There is also a bridge to the next island south of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key.

The island (although small) is split into 3 different cities. The south end of the island is Bradenton Beach, the center to the northern end of the island is Holmes Beach, and the north end of the island is called the City of Anna Maria. The whole island is Anna Maria Island.

There is a great free public trolley provided by MCAT with stops close to all of our properties that runs the length of the island.
There is also the Monkey Bus, a company that has a bus that will come and pick you up and bring you anywhere on the island. The Monkey Bus is offered for free, they just ask that you tip your driver so remember to bring some cash along for the ride.
You can also rent bikes or golf carts from several local companies to get around in true Island style, or there's always Uber or Lyft and taxis for convenience.

Yes, it is the most convenient way to get around if you want to go sightseeing or visit nearby Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa, etc. - but if you just want to stay on the island you can make use of the free MCAT trolley!

There is a fully stocked Publix supermarket/grocery store, conveniently located at 3900 E Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.

Yes, there is an excellent range of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bistros. Check them all out on our Things to Do page. There are Individual small shops including beach and island wear for all ages, galleries and gifts. Restaurants range from coffee shops and ice cream parlors, to restaurants for all the family and superb dining establishments. Anna Maria Island has a relaxed lifestyle and friendly atmosphere.

Blake Hospital in Bradenton – approximately a 10 minute drive. Bradenton Urgent Care - walk in clinic is located in Bradenton - approximately a 15 minute drive. For emergencies, call 911. Anna Maria Island emergency services will respond quickly.

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