Now Offering Ground Floor Options

Now Offering Ground Floor Options

Now Offering Ground Floor Options

We’re thrilled to share some fantastic news with all our wonderful guests! Dan’s Florida Condos now offers ground floor Runaway Bay units! We understand that while our second-story units boast breathtaking views and less foot noise from above, some guests may have limitations or simply prefer the convenience of ground floor accommodations while on vacation.

That’s why we’re excited to introduce two brand new ground floor units to our selection! Available for booking starting April 2024 and beyond, these units offer all the comfort, convenience, and luxury you’ve come to expect from Dan’s Florida Condos, with the added benefit of easy ground-level access.

Now Offering Ground Floor Options
Now Offering Ground Floor Options

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat, accessibility, or simply the ease of stepping directly outside to enjoy the sunshine and sea breeze, our new ground floor units are the perfect choice for your next getaway.  

Contact us today to reserve your spot in one of our new ground floor units and elevate your vacation experience to new heights (or rather, new lows)! 🏖️🌅

About Dan’s Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island, Florida:

Anna Maria Island, Florida is located on the Gulf of Mexico, just 50 minutes south of Tampa and 20 minutes from Sarasota.  The island offers over seven miles of beaches to explore with award winning beachside resturants and tiki bars. Dan’s Florida Condos are located in the Runaway Bay Community directly across the street from the Gulf of Mexico, with private beach access and boasts the largest heated salt water pool on the island! Pair that up with tennis, shuffleboard, pickle ball, and bocce ball courts along with a beautiful fishing pier, you will not have a shortage of activities to enjoy during your stay.  We offer 2br and 1br units equipped with everything from pots and pans to beach chairs and coolers to keep those drinks chilled!

Anna Maria Island NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge!

Anna Maria Island NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge!

Who’s up for a free week getaway on Anna Maria Island? Get in on the action by entering the Anna Maria Island NCAA Bracket Challenge!

Dan’s Florida Condos (located on beautiful Anna Maria Island Florida) is thrilled to announce our highly anticipated NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge, and this year, we’re making it easier than ever for everyone to join in on the excitement! What is at stake you ask? A one week stay on Anna Maria Island Florida at one of Dan’s Florida Condos vacation homes!


2024 Winner Announcement


You heard that right – and you don’t need to be a basketball aficionado to have a shot at winning the grand prize. In fact, some of our past winners didn’t know the difference between a layup and a three-pointer! So, whether you’re a die-hard fan or a complete novice when it comes to sports, this challenge is for you.

Anna Maria Island NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Grand Prize: The winner of our bracket challenge will receive an incredible reward: one free week at one of Dan’s Florida Condos vacation homes, redeemable between April 13 2024 and December 21, 2024. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved getaway in the sunshine state!
  • How to Play: Making your picks is a breeze. You can base your selections on anything from your favorite school colors or mascots to simply copy a friend (or often husbands) bracket in as your own! No need to stress about strategy – just have fun with it and most importantly enter so you have a chance to win big!
  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Stumped on your bracket picks? No problem! Feel free to borrow inspiration from a friend or family member’s bracket. After all, sharing is caring!
  • Submission Process: To submit your bracket, click here (or the basketball with shades on below) to sign up for an account with CBS Bracketology. You will then be presented with the option to “Join Now” for entry to the “Anna Maria Island NCAA Bracket Challenge”. Follow the instructions to submit your bracket. Brackets must be submitted before the first game tips off on Thursday, March 21st 12:15 EST.

Don’t miss your chance to join the madness and compete for the ultimate prize. Whether you’re a seasoned bracketologist or a complete rookie, there’s something for everyone in this thrilling challenge.

Anna Maria Island NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge!

If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact us and we’ll help ensure your bracket is submitted appropriately.

Let the games begin!

About Dan’s Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island, Florida:

Anna Maria Island, Florida is located on the Gulf of Mexico, just 50 minutes south of Tampa and 20 minutes from Sarasota.  The island offers over seven miles of beaches to explore with award winning beachside resturants and tiki bars. Dan’s Florida Condos are located in the Runaway Bay Community directly across the street from the Gulf of Mexico, with private beach access and boasts the largest heated salt water pool on the island! Pair that up with tennis, shuffleboard, pickle ball, and bocce ball courts along with a beautiful fishing pier, you will not have a shortage of activities to enjoy during your stay.  We offer 2br and 1br units equipped with everything from pots and pans to beach chairs and coolers to keep those drinks chilled!

Contest Fine Print:

  • Weekly giveaway includes a Saturday to Saturday stay
  • Non Transferable unless explicitly approved by Dan’s Florida Condos, LLC
  • Airfare and Transportation not included
  • CBS Sports, Facebook, or Instagram are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Dan’s Florida Condos giveaway
  • The content of this post is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos, LLC

MLB Spring Training Kicks Off in Bradenton with the Return of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2024

MLB Spring Training Kicks Off in Bradenton with the Return of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2024

Pirate City, the renowned Spring Training Headquarters of the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida, is a haven for baseball enthusiasts seeking the quintessential Florida experience. Basking in the sunshine of February and March, Pirate City offers the ideal backdrop for enjoying outdoor baseball training sessions amidst the gentle warmth of the season. Best of all, Pittsburgh Pirates practice sessions at Pirate City are free and open to the public, inviting fans to immerse themselves in the excitement of America’s favorite pastime.

MLB Spring Training Kicks Off in Bradenton with the Return of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2024

Dans Florida Condos, located on Anna Maria Island just 20 minutes from downtown Bradenton, FL offers snowbirds sugar sand beaches, award winning restaurants, plenty of sunshine, and close proximity to Major League Baseball Spring Training. Map: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/ourlocation

A little more history about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring training and their winter home, LECOM PARK

Pirate City stands out as a singular destination, distinguished by the intimate connection between its workout fields and the devoted fans who flock there. Here, amidst the vibrant atmosphere, one can palpably sense the rich tapestry of baseball history while witnessing the dawn of yet another exhilarating season.

Since 1969, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Spring Training ballpark and minor league complex in Bradenton, Florida, have served as the cherished home of the Pirates. Over the decades, it has become an iconic symbol of the team’s enduring commitment to excellence and the cultivation of talent, embodying the very essence of baseball tradition and passion.

MLB Spring Training Kicks Off in Bradenton with the Return of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2024

The two complexes underwent an impressive $20 million renovation as part of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ new 30-year lease with the city, just in time for the 2008 Spring Training season.

Among the upgrades were the installation of lights and a brand-new visitor’s clubhouse at LECOM Park, enhancing the overall experience for players and spectators alike. Meanwhile, the Pirate City minor league complex saw significant enhancements, including new offices, dormitories, renovations to the minor league clubhouse, and the addition of a fifth practice field.

LECOM Park, steeped in over nine decades of baseball history, maintains its timeless charm with a Spanish Mission-style façade that stands as an iconic architectural landmark in professional baseball. The park’s rich legacy was further acknowledged when it was voted as the top High-A facility in the 2018 Best of the Ballparks fan vote by Ballpark Digest. LECOM Park has consistently held the title of the best Spring Training destination in Florida since 2016.

MLB Spring Training Kicks Off in Bradenton with the Return of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2024

With two professionally maintained grass fields, four bullpen mounds, batting cages, and spacious locker rooms, LECOM Park offers an exceptional setting for baseball activities. Its seating capacity of over 7,500, expandable to 9,000 with standing room, ensures that fans can enjoy the excitement of the game in comfort and style.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience Spring Training baseball up close and personal in Bradenton, Florida. While you’re there, why not make the most of your trip by soaking up the sun on Anna Maria Island? Dans Florida Condos offers conveniently located accommodations just across the street from the Gulf of Mexico, only 20 minutes away from LECOM Park. It’s the perfect combination of beach relaxation and baseball excitement – a vacation experience you won’t want to miss!

Address and Phone:
1701 27th Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208
(941) 747-3031

Directions:

  • From Interstate 75: Exit I-75 at S.R. 64 West (exit 220 if traveling south, exit 220B if traveling north). Proceed west towards Bradenton and make a left on 27th Street East. Pirate City is approx. a mile on the left.
  • From LECOM Park: Head west on 17th Ave. West and make a right onto U.S. 41. At first stoplight, make a left onto 26th Ave. East. Follow until 27th St. East, make left. Pass Mixon Fruit Farms — Pirate City is on the right.
  • From South (Sarasota): Travel North on US 301. Cross S.R. 70 and make a right onto 38th Ave. East. Make first left onto 27th St. E. and Pirate City is a mile up the road.
  • From North (St. Petersburg): Travel south on I-275 over Skyway Bridge to Exit 5 (US19 South) and continue on US41. Cross Manatee River and follow signs for SR64 East. Take 64 East and make a right onto 27th St. East. Pirate City is a mile down on left.

To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island.  We do not receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from these posts. These recommendations are either experienced firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas have to offer.

*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.

Travel and Leisure – Anna Maria Island Best Places to Travel in 2024

Travel and Leisure – Anna Maria Island Best Places to Travel in 2024

The moment has arrived. In the current year, over 20 Travel + Leisure team members have collaborated to curate a carefully chosen list of destinations that discerning and inquisitive travelers should contemplate for the year 2024.

Anna Maria Island, home base for Dan’s Florida Condos, secured a spot among the top 50 travel destinations for 2024.

Travel and Leisure - Anna Maria Island Best Places to Travel in 2024

According to Travel + Leisure, Anna Maria Island should be on travelers’ radars for the upcoming year. The publication categorized its annual list of the 50 best places to visit, and Anna Maria Island claimed the pinnacle in the “beach vibes” section.

Travel and Leisure - Anna Maria Island Best Places to Travel in 2024

The agency praised Anna Maria Island for flying low on the popularity radar compared to other Florida hotspots, attributing its devoted following to the charming essence of a small-town atmosphere.

The report highlighted the island’s pristine shoreline devoid of towering structures, as well as its breathtaking sunsets. It also spotlighted recent additions such as the newly opened Mello on the Beach hotel in July and the Joie Inn villas, seamlessly integrating with the town’s relaxed beach ambiance.

Visit the Travel and Leisure article to read more about Anna Maria Island, Florida’s mention along with 49 other must see travel destinations for the upcoming year! (Read More…)


Looking for a spontaneous getaway? Look no further! Dan’s Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island, Florida have got you covered with incredible benefits for your last-minute vacation. The condos are located within the Runaway Bay Condominium Community, just steps from the beach, so you can spend your days swimming, sunbathing, and playing in the sand. In the evening, gather a blanket or circle of chairs with friends and family to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

Travel and Leisure - Anna Maria Island Best Places to Travel in 2024

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Dan’s Florida Condos nestled within the acclaimed Runaway Bay Condominium community are excited to announce the 2024 Social events! Here, owners and guests indulge in a host of premier amenities unique to Anna Maria Island, FL. This includes the island’s grandest heated saltwater pool, inviting pickleball and tennis courts, and a picturesque fishing pier, among other treasures. Plus, the community clubhouse plays host to a diverse array of vibrant social gatherings.

From January through March, our dedicated Social Committee, comprised of passionate volunteers, orchestrates an array of enriching social events, designed to elevate our guests’ winter vacation experience. These gatherings warmly embrace ALL RENTERS, GUESTS, AND OWNERS.

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

These events not only foster connections amongst our cherished guests but also rekindle acquaintances from seasons past. Additionally, they offer a wonderful opportunity for guests to meet and mingle with owners who relish the sun-drenched winter months in Florida.

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

All events held at Runaway Bay Clubhouse, unless otherwise announced.  

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

No-host “BYOB” happy hour at the pool  (Jan 18th, Feb 15th, March 28th) 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM 
Bring your own snacks and drinks.
Please remember NO glass containers for snacks or drinks.
Inclement Weather? We will be in the clubhouse!  

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Bratwurst Feed (Jan 29th, March 25th) Time: Dusk/Sunset    

 

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Pancake Breakfast (Jan 8th, Feb 5th, March 4th) Time: 8am – 9:30am  

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Bingo Games Night (Jan 11th, Jan 24th, Feb 7th, Feb 21st, Feb 28th, March 6th, March 20th)
Games begin at 7pm – 8:30pm
Only adults 18-years and older are allowed to participate in this event.    

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Chicken Sandwich / Hot Dog Lunch (Jan 15, Feb 12, March 11)
Time: Noon – 1pm   Watch for notifications posted on signs and bulletin boards for other special events & luncheons.

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared
without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.

Gulf Island Ferry: A New Ferry Service Bringing Beachgoers to Anna Maria Island

Gulf Island Ferry: A New Ferry Service Bringing Beachgoers to Anna Maria Island

The long-awaited Gulf Island Ferry Service in Bradenton is finally becoming a reality, and it’s set to make waves this summer! The commencement of this new service is marked by the induction of two stunning 50-foot catamarans, proudly named Miss Anna Maria and the Downtown Duchess. These ferries represent a significant effort to enhance connectivity within Manatee County and alleviate the burden of tourism traffic.

Designed to provide a convenient and scenic mode of transportation, the ferries will serve as a lifeline between Bradenton and the picturesque beaches of Anna Maria Island. With a capacity to accommodate up to 49 passengers, they promise to offer a delightful journey for both residents and visitors alike. Guests staying at Dan’s Florida Condos, 2br and 1br vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island, will have another mode of transport when taking in the breathtaking views of sea life and sunsets of Bradenton Beach.

Elliott Falcione, the esteemed Executive Director of The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, expressed his excitement over this new venture, stating, “We look forward to continuing to provide easy, accessible travel opportunities throughout Manatee County.” Indeed, the introduction of this ferry service will offer a refreshing alternative for those seeking to explore the beauty of the area without the hassles of road congestion.

The Gulf Island Ferry Service is scheduled to kick off in late summer, and passengers can avail of the service at a reasonable fare. A one-way trip is priced at $8, while an all-day pass can be purchased for $10, with special discounted rates for children and senior citizens.

The ferry’s operation hours on weekends, from Friday to Sunday, will be between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., with hourly stops between the charming downtown Bradenton Riverwalk and the idyllic Anna Maria Island. Imagine embarking on a leisurely journey across the serene waters, soaking in the sun and the coastal breeze while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the region.

For those eager to plan their trips and get more details about the ferry routes, the official ferry website offers a wealth of information, including a handy map. This online resource is sure to guide passengers in making the most of their island-hopping adventures.

Gulf Island Ferry: A New Ferry Service Bringing Beachgoers to Anna Maria Island
Gulf Island Ferry – Dans Florida Condos

So, get ready to embark on a new and exciting chapter in Bradenton’s transportation history. Whether you’re a local looking for a quick getaway or a tourist eager to explore the gems of Manatee County, the Gulf Island Ferry Service is set to provide a delightful and memorable experience. Book your tickets, bring your sense of adventure, and prepare to set sail on an unforgettable journey to Anna Maria Island! 🏝️🌊

For more information and updates, visit the official Gulf Island Ferry Service website

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

Last Minute Vacation at Dan’s Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island!

Last Minute Vacation at Dan’s Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island!

Looking for a spontaneous getaway? Look no further! Dan’s Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island, Florida have got you covered with incredible benefits for your last-minute vacation. The condos are located within the Runaway Bay Condominium Community, just steps from the beach, so you can spend your days swimming, sunbathing, and playing in the sand. In the evening, gather a blanket or circle of chairs with friends and family to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

Last Minute Vacation at Dan's Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island!

With open availability this spring and summer, here’s why you should pack your bags and head straight to our sunny paradise:

1️⃣ Beautiful Anna Maria Island: Nestled on the stunning Gulf Coast of Florida, Anna Maria Island boasts pristine white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking sunsets. Experience the ultimate relaxation in a serene and picturesque environment.

2️⃣ Fully Stocked and Comfortable Condos: Our condos are designed with your comfort in mind. Enjoy spacious and tastefully decorated accommodations equipped with modern amenities. Whether you’re traveling solo, with your partner, or with family and friends, we have the perfect condo to suit your needs.

3️⃣ Spectacular Views: Take in the mesmerizing sights and sounds of nature from your private screened in balcony.

4️⃣ Endless Activities: From water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing to exploring nature trails and cycling at Robinson Preserve, Anna Maria Island offers a wide range of activities for everyone. Indulge in waterside dining, boutique shopping, and vibrant local culture during your stay.

5️⃣ Relaxation and Rejuvenation: Leave your worries behind and unwind by our sparkling salt water heated pool or take a soothing dip in the Gulf of Mexico just across the street. Pamper yourself with spa treatments, yoga sessions, or leisurely walks along the beach. Your vacation is all about relaxation and rejuvenation.

6️⃣ Tropical Paradise All-Year-Round: Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the beauty of Anna Maria Island. With availability in July, August, and September, you can enjoy the island’s charm during the quieter, less crowded months.

📞 Book Now! 📞 Don’t let this last-minute vacation opportunity slip away. Contact us today to secure your stay at Dan’s Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island. Unforgettable memories and a tropical paradise await you. Get ready for the vacation of a lifetime!

Last Minute Vacation at Dan's Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island!

#AMI #DansFloridaCodnos #AnnaMariaIsland #LastMinuteGetaway #TropicalParadise


To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: http://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared
without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.

Runaway Bay Pool – Upgraded and Grand Re-Opening!

Runaway Bay Pool – Upgraded and Grand Re-Opening!

Dan’s Florida Condos (located within Runaway Bay Condominiums, on the sunny shores of Anna Maria Island, Florida) boasts the largest salt water pool on the island.  The pool is considered one of the best amenities of our community, and is a central hub for much of the family fun and socializing.  It has the added benefit of being heated, which allows comfortable enjoyment year-round.

Over the last years, and specifically the last 6 months, Runaway Bay has made considerable upgrades to the pool.  This started with all new loungers and chairs deployed around the deck of the pool area.  Last year all the pavers were replaced with upgraded and non-slip materials.  This spring of 2023, the pool had a major overall including reseal of the pool interior and a complete overhaul of the back flow and new filter platform and pumps.  As summarized by one of our owners, “The pool is now as good as new”.

Two dozen of our loungers are currently in a “re-slinging” project which will also refresh them to new.  Once this project is completed, we will have access to almost 40 additional loungers’ poolside for family and guests to gather, relax, and soak up the Florida sun.

Runaway Bay Pool - Upgraded and Grand Re-Opening!

This all could not have been done with the support of the Runaway Bay Board of Directors, Operations team, and volunteers which are made up of both our onsite and remote owners throughout the globe.  What a monumental transformation!

When you are ready to return to Anna Maria Island to enjoy your next family vacation getaway, we will be ready to welcome you at any one of  Dans Florida Condos one or two-bedroom units.  Please visit our Rates and Availabilty section of our website when you are ready to come on down for a swim!

We’ll see you at the pool!

Anna Maria Island Featured on NBC’s Today Show with Hoda and Jenna

Anna Maria Island Featured on NBC’s Today Show with Hoda and Jenna

Recently the production crew from NBC’s The Today Show, featuring Hoda and Jenna visited Anna Maria Island, Florida. They featured a story about Ashley and Dino, a couple from California who visited the island for a family vacation back in 2020. They found a simpler way of life on Anna Maria Island, consisting of no high-rise hotels, chain resturants, and fell in love with the turquoise waters. So much so, that hey decided to relocate their family of 4 as full time residents just a year later!

Ashley and Dino have a background in interior design and home remodeling. To help fund their relocation, they purchased a 4 bedroom hotel which desperately needed some TLC. Over the next year, they put in hard word and sweat to bring out the charm of their little island paradise and celebrated their grand opening in October of 2021.

Anna Maria Island Featured on NBC's Today Show with Hoda and Jenna

Dan’s Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com) owner Dan O’Connor (wow that was a lot of Dans in a short sentence) has a story that mirrors that of Ashley and Dino. After visiting the island over a decade ago, Dan knew there was something special about Anna Maria Island. “I find joy in sharing our slice of paradise on Anna Maria Island with others, and find a special satisfaction helping other family’s create lifelong vacation memories”.

You can find more information about Ashely and Dino at www.hodaandjenna.com. Feel free to reach out to Dan’s Florida Condos if you would like to more information or would like to experience Anna Maria Island for yourself.


Anna Maria Island Featured on NBC's Today Show with Hoda and Jenna
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5th Annual #BookDirect Day

5th Annual #BookDirect Day

Today we are celebrating the 5th annual #BookDirect day.

The #BookDirect initiative was first organized to educate guests about the advantages of bypassing third-party channels to book directly with management companies and homeowners. Today is the 5th anniversary of this movement, which falls on a quite unique date sequence of 2/2/22!  How fun!

Not only are vacation rental owners facing the same issues regarding the often-high commissions set by listing sites, but also guests themselves frequently end up paying more for the same stay.

5th Annual #BookDirect Day

For the past ten years I have used VRBO/HomeAway as my advertising venue for the rental of Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com). I have two lovely 2br and 1br units located on Anna Maria Island (Central Gulf Coast, in Bradenton Beach, FL). Both units are located in Runaway Bay Condominium community, which offers guests top notch amenities and a friendly environment.   It’s such a treat having direct beach access right across the street from our home away from home! A few years ago, VRBO/Homeaway was purchased by Expedia and immediately began changing their business profile.

The first thing was to add a “Service Fee” of 7-13% to our rates all of which was passed on to you the renter. At the same time, we could see no benefit to you in return for paying that fee.  We feel as that extra money could be used to purchase a margarita while resting your feet in one of the many beach side bars of Anna Maria Island, FL.

VRBO/Homeaway began acting like any other rental Property Management Company and has continually harassed us to accept their “BIN” (Book It Now) feature, whereby they control the entire transaction, communication, etc. removing the “personal touch” of booking directly through an owner.

Additionally, they removed the option to contact us directly (phone/personal email) in order to address any questions about the unit or the Island and accommodation. Thus VRBO/HomeAway is no longer an advertising or networking venue, rather a booking site which only priority is to drive the profits for shareholders.

5th Annual #BookDirect Day

I am excited to participate in the #BookDirect movement by continuing to offer a “booking fee free” website at www.dansfloridacondos.com. Check out Dans Florida Condos to take advantage of a Booking fee free experience. You’ll also find additional information on Anna Maria Island, FL, Runaway Bay Condominium community, along with pictures, guest testimonials, and an updated Blog of events happening on Anna Maria Island and Dans Florida Condos.

Did you know, that the average traveler spends $237 to big box booking sites like VRBO, HomeAway, and Airbnb!!!  They could be using that on a golf cart rental, fishing trip, or several rounds of drinks!

Six ways to Save $ By #BookDirect:

  1. Try and #BookDirect with the owner or property manager. If you want to book one of our properties, please visit our website, call/text 773-598-9717, or email me at dan@dansfloridacondos.com.
  2. Search on Facebook for the name and location to see if some of your favorite properties have a website or a Facebook page. From there you can contact the owner/manager and #BookDirect. You can like my page by doing a quick Facebook Search “Dans Florida Condos” or visiting facebook.com/dansfloridacondos
  3. Search for your perfect vacation rental on any of the big box listing sites. Identify your top choices, noting the property’s name and location. Use your search engine (i.e. Google) to search for the property name and city and possibly the owner’s name to find their #BookDirect website.
  4. Check for traveler reviews on the major websites (google business page for example). If there are a decent number of good reviews for a listing (say 10+), and the listing has been posted for at least a few months and had confirmed bookings (this information is usually included on the site), chances are it’s a safe bet. If the owner were in the habit of doing things like unjustifiably canceling reservations or wrongfully withholding security deposits, the listing would have been pulled or you would see this mentioned in reviews. (It’s important to note that the big listing sites will not remove negative reviews at the request of the owner/manager unless they violate the company’s guidelines.
  5. Consider purchasing trip insurance from a third-party; the coverage will likely be broader — and may cost considerably less — than that “covered” by a listing site fee.
  6. Explore alternative payment methods. The owner may be able to provide adequate information so you can use checks, bank transfers, or other methods with confidence and save an additional 3%.

If you have any questions about the changing Rental By Owner market or #BookDirect, you are welcome to reach out at any time. Please also take the time to “Like” our facebook page at www.facebook.com/dansfloridacondos.

Here’s to starting a new #BookDirect adventure together, declaring independence from greedy profit hungry Big Box listing sites, and returning to a more personal Vacation Rental By Owner experience for us all. #BookDirect

 

Check out this interesting roundtable by #BookDirect enthusiasts!

To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from these posts. These recommendations are either experienced firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of the best” that the Anna Maria Island and Runaway Bay Condominium community and the surrounding areas have to offer.


*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.