Saturday, 21 October 2017

Florida’s best kept secret

The trouble with coastline is that, as with land generally, God stopped making it a long time ago. This is why prime waterfront properties usually command premium prices over similar residences inland. Nowhere is this more of a fact of life than in Florida where tourists and retirees flock to its shores. There doesn’t seem to be quite so much demand for properties in the state’s interior.
The city of St. Petersburg occupies a peninsular forming the northern side of the entrance to Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico and is a prime example of the magnetic pull of the ocean. Apart from having shoreline on 3 sides, it claims to enjoy sunshine for an average of 360 days a year ( yes, that only leaves 5 days for more inclement weather ! ). Not surprisingly nicknamed The Sunshine City, it is home to some 250,000 souls but is unlikely to grow much further since its location is effectively built out with only the inland option available for further development.
Needless to say, the area is a big draw for visitors, particularly from northern climes, looking for guaranteed sunshine by a warm sea. There are plenty of big name hotels such as Loews Don Cesar but savvy vacationers usually opt to stay on the much less developed island of Anna Maria which lies just across the mouth of the bay from “St. Pete”. This 15 mile long finger of sand is connected to the mainland by 3 bridges and is often referred to as Florida’s best kept secret. It has a plethora of very high quality, low rise properties available for rental and most have direct access to the water via the beach or dock. We found the best selection on www.annamaria.com.

Serenity Beach

Anna Maria Island Accommodations

Serenity Beach

Serenity Beach is a brand new construction 5 bedroom plus a den and 4.5 bathroom rental home on the prestigious Northern end of Anna Maria Island...

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Casa on the Beach

Casa on the Beach

Casa on the Beach

Newly renovated! This gorgeous "Old Florida" styled elevated cottage faces the Bay with it's own private beach area...

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Tuna Cottage

Anna Maria Island Rentals

Tuna Cottage

Tuna Cottage is a quaint 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom bungalow located in the fishing village of Cortez. Tucked away...

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