REVIEWS - Ranked #2 Hotel in Bradenton Beach
“As Always, Loved It!”
Nov. 18, 2014
We have stayed here numerous times and as usual, we loved it. The units are always clean and well appointed and all of the staff are great, from those that check you in, to those that maintain the property. It's a very well located property for walking to the beach and/or dining/shopping. Also the Trolley stops right down the block and it runs the entire island. The pool at this resort was heated to a very comfortable temperature and was quite comfortable. (the Gulf was a bit chilly when we were there, so the pool was wonderful)! The North side units are our favorite, as they are a bit larger. You really can't go wrong staying at this resort.
“Live your favorite Jimmy Buffet lyric”
Nov. 12, 2014
Awesome place during quiet season. Kids? Dogs? No problem. This place is great. Before you go play your favorite Buffet albums you'll find yourself humming a song as you walk along the pristine beach or "stumble next door (200 yards) to the bar"
Oct. 24, 2014
My kids and I really enjoy this weekend at trade winds . We 4 enjoy the marshmallows. Night time was outstanding. We want to return. Lovely. The rooms are very clean. It is a good place to be with kids. Good italian restaurant. A lot of activities for kids and couples. It is a safe place. We want to return. Also price vs premises is worthy.
Sept. 26, 2014 - Wesley Chapel, Florida
Had the pleasure of staying here for my bachelorette overnight 9/27/14 with 12 other women. We had 4 cottages and each one of them was perfect. We had a wonderful time and the access to the pool, beach and trolley were very easy! We occupied an entire building of North Cottages (18-20) and one in the building next to us (17).... everything was wonderful. Pool was clea and what a great view! Office staff was easy to work with, we had no problems or issues during our stay.
I look forward to returning for a family (or at least a new hubby get away very soon)....
Your property is wonderful and there is such a dillegence in care. Great job!
Sept. 26, 2014 - Wesley Chapel, Florida
Had the pleasure of staying here for my bachelorette overnight 9/27/14 with 12 other women. We had 4 cottages and each one of them was perfect. We had a wonderful time and the access to the pool, beach and trolley were very easy! We occupied an entire building of North Cottages (18-20) and one in the building next to us (17).... everything was wonderful. Pool was clea and what a great view! Office staff was easy to work with, we had no problems or issues during our stay.
I look forward to returning for a family (or at least a new hubby get away very soon)....
Your property is wonderful and there is such a dillegence in care. Great job!
“People and Dog Friendly Place to Stay”
Sept. 25, 2014
Tradewinds Beach Resort was one of the best kept places I have ever stayed. The staff was excellent from the front desk to housekeeping. The facilities were in excellent repair: newly painted porches and interiors, new decking and clean comfortable interiors. The bathrooms were very clean with plenty of hot water. People with dogs can find an ample walking area on the grounds with clean up bags provided by the hotel. The location was within a short distance to several nice places to eat on the beach. The hotel pool area is inviting with hotel supplied floats etc. I highly recommend this resort for folks looking for a total family friendly place to stay.
Sept. 22, 2014 - Syracuse, New York
This was our first time to the Tradewinds & it was just awesome. From check-in to check-out the service, the cottage & the staff were all wonderful. The pool ,the beach , the dock just something for everyone. Found the best place & plan on coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“Perfect place to stay on Anna Maria Island”
Sept. 15, 2014 - Austin, Texas
Just returned from a perfect stay at Tradewinds Beach Resort on Anna Maria Island. We were only able to stay one night but it was pure heaven. The place is beautiful, lovely flowers and landscaping. The cottages are cute and very clean. The staff, Rene and Meagan, were so nice and helpful. I would highly recommend staying here. I know I will be back!
Sept. 12, 2014 - Geneva, Fl
Our second time staying at this resort, sister property to Tortuga Inn was reviewed by us last year.Tradewinds is a cozy, intimate cute cottage hideaway, all the annenities of Tortuga plus more. Our go to place to unwind for a long weekend. Future plan to spend a week. A great family reunion resort.
Sept. 7, 2014 - Cincinnati, Ohio
This resort was very nice. Not over the top, but enough. We stayed over a long week-end. It was steps from the beach.... Easy, across street... Beautiful, huge, clean pool with plenty of water toys provided (nice ones too!)! Cottages were all different; ours was the oldest. Maintenance folks were always on site painting, grounds work, something.... to keep the place spotless. Ours was older unit and had rub or scuff issues, but we couldn't beat the view of the sunrise from our huge covered porch and furniture. Awesome! Bed was comfy; better than Hilton! AC worked great. Plenty of hot water!! Free parking. Desk people helpful and nice! Beach accessories-towels, umbrellas, sand toys - all in perfect condition and free to use by tenants. Free laundry facilities off main office; no charge! Housekeepers in and out quickly and efficiently. We had a lovely week-end and would consider returning with family and small grandchildren.... For fishing off the pier and pool and beach. Great location!
“Look no farther...here it is!!!”
August 15, 2014 - Orlando, Florida
This is the place to stay!! Located conveniently close to everything. Just a few steps from the beach,the pool, and the inner costal water way. Theses adorable cottages are perfect for your get away. Clean, well keep property and such a friendly helpful staff you can't go wrong with staying here. Be here twice before and will be back again!!
“Great Beach Escape”
August 16, 2014 - Orlando, Florida
My daughter and I stayed in cabin #7 for a long weekend and really enjoyed it !! The cabin was well equipped with everything you could need. The property was beautiful, quiet and relaxing. It was great that we could bring our dog with us. The beach was right across the street with chairs. The office had umbrellas and beach towels so we did not have to bring our own. There was a beautiful dock on the bay side where we had some manatee sightings. Convenient trolley stops. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We did not want housekeeping because of our dog, but the staff left us a bag of fresh towels and goodies each day on our porch. Parking right outside our cabin and small lawn out front was great! #7 was very clean and comfortable. Small porch out front and BBQ area on the right side between 6 and 7. Its about half way between the street (beach on other side of the street) and the bay. Nice size living room and bedroom.
“Love. Love. Love.”
August 15, 2014 -
Tradewinds was beyond my expectations. I needed a pet friendly hotel but am very leary of a lot of them. The rooms were very clean and the grounds beautifully manicured. I love the fact there is no carpet in the cottages. I appreciated the daily housekeeping service with fresh towels and whatever we needed. The staff was very friendly. My family will make Tradewinds Resort our island destination every time we visit Anna Maria.
“Comfortable, Convenient, and Clean”
August 7, 2014 - Gainesville, Florida
We booked a one bedroom apt overlooking the bay and it was outstanding. We were looking for a quick 2 night get away that was by the beach and not too fancy. We could have stayed a lot longer! I was pleasantly surprised at how clean and well appointed our unit was. We were walking distance to the beach and multiple restaurants. The staff was helpful and friendly. We packed a lot of relaxation into those two days. Room Tip: Many units are pet friendly but beware because the beaches nearby do not allow dogs.
“Love this hotel - can't wait to go back!”
July 25, 2014 - New Port Richey, Florida
Cottage style accommodation was perfect for the 4 of us. King bed in the bedroom, queen sofa bed in the living room. Fully equipped kitchen for cooking, or plenty of restaurants for eating out. The beach is across the road and a nice pool area in the grounds. Very clean with friendly staff. Adorable Island with so many things to do. We looked online as soon as we got home to book another visit.
July 19, 2014 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Four of us stayed in cottage #2 for a few days in March 2014 before going to Disney. We have only good things to say about this wonderful property with beach on one side and bay on the other. Very clean, beautifully landscaped, charmingly decorated rooms, plenty of space for two couples, flat screen TV in both LR and BR, delightful eat-in kitchen, tiny porch to sit outside or at the pool and fishing dock for beautiful views. Short walk to the beach entrance at their sister property Tortuga. Trolley stop right out front, can walk to town for shopping and restaurants. Took in a Pirates baseball game, enjoyed strolling around the Coquina Bay Walk preserve on Leffis key. Would go back in a minute!
“Best Beach Getaway By Far”
July 18, 2014 - West Palm Beach, Florida
We have stayed at the Tradewinds Beach Resort ("TBR") (and at one of its sister properties) several times. TBR has delightful cottages which are clean, functionally appointed, and have full kitchens. The property has outdoor grills, picnic tables, a pool, and a bayside dock. The gulf is across the street. The property is conveniently located to food shopping areas, restaurants, and bars. It is by far the nicest place we have stayed at in the area and the rates are very reasonable.
“Excursion from Bonita Springs, FL to Anna Maria Island, FL”
July15 , 2014 - Bushnell, Florida
My boyfriend, Handsome Harry, had never been to Anna Maria Island so at the very last minute, called Tradewinds and was able to book a room for the next day.......a 55th birthday adventure for him. The girl that I spoke with, was very accommodating and even gave us a deal being a Florida resident!!
We took the scenic way from Bonita through St. Armand's Circle, through Longboat Key....very nice drive. We stayed in a cute cottage, which was very spacious, even with the 2 dogs in tow!! The room was nicely furnished and a fully equipped kitchen. I loved the crown molding throughout the cottage, even in the bathroom!!! Super clean room!! The tile was a bit slippery though.....
Location perfect!! Explored up to Anna Maria Island and Bridge street area!! Lovely island!! Will be back again!!
“Our Anna Maria Getaway”
June 25, 2014 - Bushnell, Florida
My husband & I have stayed at Tradewinds Beach Resort 2 times now & both times have be great! The rooms are very clean & well stocked for all our needs. We also love that they are a pet friendly resort, pets must be well behaved but are allowed & that's wonderful for people who love to travel with their furry family members. We highly recommend Tradewinds & are already planning our next visit.
“Our favorite place”
June 17, 2014 - Oldsmar, Florida
At the end of every school year, our group of 4 teachers celebrate with a trip to the beach. We have been to many places but this is our favorite. Everything from the check-in to the cleanliness of the rooms was perfect. We stayed in the 2 bedroom Gulf Drive cottage and loved the screened porch for our morning coffee. We'll be back!
“Tradewinds in Bradenton Beach Florida”
June 17, 2014 - Orlando, Florida
I have never been a person to write a review, but this place is worth my time to write one.
I also am one who never read reviews, but I did read one on this property. I have to tell you the reviews were fabulous , so I thought we would give them a try and I'm glad we did. I was impressed with the cleanliness, the staff and the property. We are going again over the 4th of July, making reservations before we ever left the property. I'm sure this is where we will stay every time we visit. I hope if your planning a visit, you give it a try you will not be disappointed.
June 11, 2014 - Louisville, Kentucky
This was my 3rd stay. Units are clean, nicely decorated with all the amenities. Really appreciate the coffee, paper towels, garbage bags being furnished. Furnishing beach towels and umbrella is really an advantage for air travelers. Just love the cozy atmosphere with the beautiful landscaping. Staff very friendly and helpful recommendations for dining and sight seeing. Would recommend furnishing larger and more sturdy umbrellas for beach. Highly recommend staying here.
“Anna Maria Island”
June 10, 2014 - Ellicott City, Maryland
Two years ago we spent 1 week in Anna Marie. We had such a nice laid back time we opted to try 2 weeks this time. Small unit, very clean, all utensils to cook, extremely efficient .My Sister - in - law came for a wk. That worked out well. Nice Pool, Great beach with comfortable lounge chairs, grocery nearby, free bus , close to town center. Would do again.
“Now it is even better”
June 9, 2014 - Ottawa, Ohio
This was about our 6th time to this resort. (starting to lose count) You may read some of my previous reviews for more details,but i would like to mention some improvements. The landscaping is better than ever. They hired a new company and they seemed to be around a lot but were very non intrusive. If i was sitting outside reading they just worked elsewhere until i went inside or left. They now have new flat screen TVs in the living room and added them to all of the bedrooms. I will sit out in the rain before i would watch TV on vacation but i would think it would be nice for kids. There was a couple of guys there the whole time painting everything (twice) and it looks fantastic. The biggest improvement is the beach. Since the recent re-nourishment project,the once considered narrower Bradenton Beach now rivals all of the beaches. We were shocked how much nicer it was. We will see you again Tradewinds.
June 1, 2014
We stayed there for 3 nights while we had our wedding on the beach. We had a group setup of 5 rooms. We dealt with James Diems, who helped us in get everything we needed and made sure we were 100% satisfied. Everything James helped us through in setting this up, was a huge stress relief on our wedding arrangements. He went above and beyond to get us taken care of and making sure everything was done correctly. He made sure he contacted us after checking in, just to verify how well things were going. We couldn't have asked for a better person to work with in doing this. Thank you SO MUCH James!!! We will definitely come see you all again!!
May 23, 2014 - Orlando, Florida
Excellent proximity to the beach, very convenient having kitchen refrigerator dining table in our cottage, North cottages are closer to the beach. Clean property. Beach umbrellas are a bit flimsy. Beach toys and towels available for use. Courtesy checkout 1 hr later was accommodated who was nice.
“Wonderful, peaceful place”
April 27, 2014 - Martin, Tennessee
We absolutely love to stay here. Very laid back; so quiet and peaceful. The cottages are extra nice and the staff very friendly. The flowers were beautiful on the grounds. Being situated between the ocean and bay made it extra nice too. Beach chairs and towels were furnished for you by Tradewinds so less packing. There were spectacular views of sunsets. We stayed for 2 weeks this year in February and we will be back. We would recommend this to anyone who wants to get away from the cold weather in the dead of winter.
“Great place - highly recommended”
April 15, 2014 - Columbus, Ohio
I did a lot of searching online to find a nice rental on Anna Maria Island for a reasonable price. We ended up at Tradewinds (Unit 21 facing the bay) and were very happy with everything about the place. If it's an option for you, I highly recommend paying the extra to stay in one of the bayside units - big porch and yard area (with grills and tables), and great view of bay. Great bird watching. Tradewinds has one of the nicest pools I saw in the area, and it's an easy walk to the beach. The grounds are lovely and constantly maintained. Very clean, and comfy bed too!
April 14, 2014 - Shelby Township, Michigan
My wife and I stayed a week at this charming low key Florida resort. It was February 2014 and the weather was sunny but a little cool...high 60s low 70s. The cottages were clean, the staff very friendly and helpful, (especially Mason), and the heated pool was very welcome. The cottages were mostly single story and we felt like we were in our own little quiet friendly community. Could not have enjoyed our stay more and reserved a cottage for the last two weeks in February for next year..2015 before we left..
We would highly recommed this resort.
April 10, 2014
We were pleasantly surprised how much we liked staying at Tradewinds.
The grounds were excellently maintained, beautiful vegetation. The resort amenities met all our needs.
Definitely would stay again.
April 2, 2014 - Hurricane, West Virginia
This cottaqe-like resort was very nice because it was very homey. The resort has about 30 1 bedroom, kitchen/living room cottages arranged along a street with a heated pool at the end over lodking the Sound. Many of the people who rent these units have been coming back for years which points up the quality of the resort. We enjoy meeting these returnees which adds to the enjoyment of out stay, 2015 will be our 3rd vacation there and we plan to stay for 5 weeks. We cam highly recommend this resort.
“Great Pet Friendly Resort”
March 27, 2014 - Belmont, Michigan
This was our second time staying on Anna Maria Island but our first time traveling to the island with our dog, Gracie. Tradewinds was wonderful place to stay. Gracie felt right at home.....and so did we. Our weather wasn't the greatest......never got to use the pool or even see a sunset, but our cottage (#8) was large enough that we weren't on top of each other during our week long stay. We had two televisions, one in the living room and another in the bedroom. A full kitchen, dining room, living room and king size bed in the bedroom. There were many nice restaurants to choose from...some within walking distance and many more just a short drive up the island. The beach is right across the street...the beach itself, is not a dog friendly beach, but Tradewinds is and we appreciate them accepting our "entire family". We would definitely stay here again when visiting Anna Maria.
“The service location and comfort are the best value on the island...”
March 22, 2014 - Elk Rapids, MI
Again this resort has a community of caring staff...excellent accommodations and location. As a plus the landscaping and maintenance of the units is exceptional...we stay for 2 months and feel like we are "home".
“Just Like Home”
March 21, 2014 - Michigan, USA
This was our second time on Anna Maria Island. The Tradewinds Resort was a lovely surprise. Only steps from Unit 13 and crossing Gulf Drive is the beautiful Gulf sands and a private beach. Steps from that point is found small restaurants and gift shops. If that isn't your idea of your vacation, you can enjoy the pool on the bay side or pick up plenty of shells to add to your collection.
We enjoyed sitting on our porch and visiting with other porch lovers on each side of us.
Courtesy laundry is available and quick response to our sensitive smoke detector was appreciated.
We certainly hope that we will be able to return to Unit 13 in Tradewinds Resort next year.Carolyn and Chuck
“Another Day In Paradise”
March 18, 2014 - The Villages, Florida
Husband & I stayed here just prior to Christmas Day and mid-February 2014 and as usual, LOVED IT!!! Our units were extremely clean and well appointed. Totally comfortable, bright and airy. We've stayed at Tradewinds numerous times and have ALWAYS had a wonderful time. Management is most accommodating and gracious. We recommend Tradewinds to all who want a relaxed vacation at a great place.
“When you need time for reflection”
March 19, 2014 - Baltimore, Maryland
Whenever I need to "opt-out," catch-up on back issues of magazines I love, or "tend my own garden," I retreat to the Tradewinds. Situated between the beach and the bay, I find no better place to read or contemplate. The North cottages are bathed in sunlight during the day, the evenings are quiet and often cooled with bay to beach breezes, and having morning coffee or an evening cocktail on the cottage's porch is heavenly. The staff is non-intrusive and the cottages are spotless.
January 29, 2014 - Norwood, CO
We LOVED it here, in the middle of condo developments there is this road off the main drag with cottages either side. We stayed in #31 in the middle of the south row. Walk west and across the street, you're at the beach, walk east to the properties pool and your at the bay side. Free trolleys run the 7 mile length of the island so you never need to get in the car. Tradewinds was charming, super clean, fair priced for the island and very comfortable. They take dogs in some units. Hope to be back here.
“Great location, quiet & safe”
January 28, 2014 - Louisville, Kentucky
We booked an extended stay at Tradewinds on Bradenton Beach by finding this resort on Bringfido.com. We were looking for a nice, clean, convenient place to stay that accepted large dogs. After reading raving reviews about their amenities, we booked our vacation in the North Cottages. For a 1 bedroom, it is quite roomy & the walk-in closet is great to hide/store luggage, etc. Our main concern was safety, cleanliness & a nice comfy bed-all were A+++! There was even room for a large dog kennel in the bedroom, since one dog prefers her kennel. The TV in the bedroom was a pleasant surprise; I even brought my ROKU & hooked it up in the bedroom to play our Netflix subscription. The wireless internet was great, the free laundry facilities were both convenient & affordable (free). We brought our bicycles & were so glad we did; be sure to check out the Robinson Nature Preserve. There is so much to do and see on this island, and Tradewinds Resort is right in the middle of everything! Thank you Tradewinds! See you next time. Room Tip: Rooms on the north side are larger & have a large walk-in closet.
“Great location, all the comforts of home.”
December 10, 2013 - Coquitlam, Canada
We have reserved Tradewinds in Bradenton on two occasions. This time we had a two bedroom suite with a peaceful view over the intracoastal waterway from the huge deck. The full kitchen had new appliances. The overall standard of cleanliness was excellent. The bed was comfortable, and the bedroom was quiet. Although we were too busy to enjoy the beach, we know that the access is easy and it is a lovely area. I cannot think of any reason we would not reserve Tradewinds for all our stays visiting family in the Bradenton area.
A few years ago our sons stayed in a one-bedroom cottage while visiting their grandmother, and found it equally charming and reasonable.
December 1, 2013 - Jacksonville, Florida
Just want to let everyone know what a quaint and wonderful time we had at the Tradewinds on Anna Maria Island. We were in town for a wedding and had a great time in large part to the location and accommodations provided by Tradewinds. The room was cozy and very well equipped much like a small apartment. Thanks so much. We'll definitely be back.
“We've booked again for next year!”
November 19, 2013 - Bournemouth, United Kingdom
We had a wonderful time at Tradewinds and booked for 2014 while we were there.
Everything we needed was provided, the cottages were well maintained and clean. It was excellent to have laundry facilities.
The beach is superb and just across the road with loungers and umberella for guests of Tradewinds. There are bars and places to eat within walking distance alternatively the free trolly bus stops just outside to go further afield.
The staff were very helpful and provided everything we needed.
We are looking forward to our next visit and many more
“Stay here! It's well worth it”
November 15, 2013 - Townsend, Tennessee
This is a great place to stay! A small property feel with well maintained grounds and great staff. The beach is just across the street, and there is a pier on the bay. The best of both worlds. Pool is lovely, rooms are clean and well kept. We traveled with my son and daughter-in-law, each had our own cottage, so time apart as well as time together. Great vacation!
“A pleasure to stay here”
November 15, 2013
Our family had a lovely time at your hotel, it was clean, a nice size room and was a short walk to the beach. The beach was fantastic, lots to do and was conveniently located close to a jet ski, kayak and Hobie cat rental place which our kids loved. The best part was coming back from the beach and relaxing by the quaint pool after a day at the beach.
The staff was very helpful and the bin of beach toys and beach umbrella was an added bonus. We would stay here again!
November 15, 2013 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
We had a short stay at the Tradewinds while visiting friends in Florida. Wished that we could have stayed longer,the accomadation was excellent as was the location. There is a lovely private beach area providing beach chairs and umbrellas,and a lovely pool over looking the bay. If you want to leave the car the free trolley bus stops outside the complex and will take you to any of the nearby restaurants. The cottages are clean and comfortable and we are looking forward to our next visit.
November 15, 2013 - Ottawa, Ohio
This was our 6th time to this resort so there is not much new I can say about this place that I ,or others have not said in the previous posts.
One nice addition they are currently working on is new flat screen TVs in the living rooms,and adding them to the bedrooms. Previously there was only one old tube style TV in the living room.
That didn't bother me because I have probably watched only about a total of 5 minutes of TV in all of our visits. It will be a bonus for a family with kids to watch separate programming in the rare event of a rainy day.
The location of this resort in Bradenton Beach is perfect for walking or riding the free trolley to the Bridge Street area for some food,drinks and entertainment. Our favorites were the tiki bar on the beach at Gulf Drive Café, and the tiki bar right on the bay at the Bridgetender.
One thing I can't say enough about is the pool at the resort. I like to check out the other resorts when I walk the beach and I have seen very few pools as large as the one at Tradewinds. You can actually swim some decent laps.I have seen a lot of pools that look like a large hot tub.
The sea was a little chilly for us so the heated pool was nice,as was the location right on the edge of the bay. There is also a private pier right off of the pool deck.
We highly recommend Tradewinds Beach Resort.
“Nice! Great for couples!”
September 28, 2013
Good location, friendly staff. One of my fav things (may not matter to everyone, but important to me!) is that the staff was always bringing towels! There was never, ever a shortage!!! Also, mostly everything is within walking distance, and if it's not, there is always the free trolley! Room was clean, pool was clean and kept. Overall we would be very likely to stay here again.
“We keep coming back. Clean and comfortable. Home away from home!”
September 23, 2013 - Johnsburg, Ilinois
We love the Tradewinds and keep coming back. Have stayed several places on the island and the Tradewinds is our absolute favorite. It is part location (central location perfect for restaurants, beach an shopping) and part the clean, comfortable units and friendly staff. We just love the tropical colored cottages and the old Florida feel of this resort. Units are cute- you know u are on vacation but feel like u are at home! Full kitchen and fridge makes traveling with kids a breeze! Free laundry, beach chairs, beach umbrellas and sand toys- even rafts and noodles to use at the pool! great pool with restrooms nearby on the bay side of the resort. We always ask for unit # 10- half way between the office and the pool. Perfect walk between both places. Staff is always willing to meet ur needs. Making our reservation for next spring today!
September 20, 2013 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
We stayed in hotel number 15 and were so pleased to see when we arrived (late in the evening, after 11pm) that the lights were on for us as well as the front outdoor light, so we had no issues maneuvering in the dark. Beautiful hotel/condo number 15 was, with a nicely furnished living room, kitchen, large bedroom and full bath. We especially liked the extra large walk in closet off the bedroom for storing our luggage and all of our clothes. The BED was Fantastic! Very Very Comfortable! The pool is only a few feet from number 15 so we especially loved the proximity. The pool was beautiful and I took many pictures of it while we were there. Each night we would walk across the street to the beach and watch the sunset. Especially nice were the complimentary beach loungers to sit on while we watched. Our beach area was exceptionally clean with white sand, and definitely not crowded, so we truly got to enjoy the peace of the sunset. There were others there sipping on glasses of wine, and the entire ambiance was everything you could want. We found our hotel/condo without any issues. We enjoyed the quaint town and really enjoyed the bar down the road, (can't remember the name but something like Nightlife Bar and Grill). It had evening live music which was excellent. Great Margaritas!
“Great Beach Getaway”
September 14, 2013 - Inverness, Florida
My wife and I and another couple stayed here for the first time. We've previously stayed several times at the Tortuga Inn, another resort with the same owner. The two bedroom cottage had a full kitchen stocked with all necessary dinnerware, glassware and utensils. The resort is located across the street from the beach and has a very nice pool area. All hotel personnel are extremely personable and helpful. Each resort has its own personality but you can't go wrong at either. We do not bother looking at any other resorts when vacationing at Anna Maria Island.
“Cozy cottages on Anna Maria Island”
August 29, 2013 - Lakeland, FL
Tradewinds Beach Resort is a gem hidden between the condos and tall houses along Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island. Two rows of cozy cottages stretch from the Beach side to the Bay side. The pool is a welcome change from the ocean at the end of the afternoon. Our cottage was a one bedroom and very spacious for the two of us. It was spotlessly clean and there were plenty of towels provided along with everything else we needed - toiletries, hair dryer, dish soap and a kitchen towel. No dishwasher but we mostly ate out so it wasn't an issue. The fridge was large and there was a microwave, toaster and blender too. Maid service was excellent. For the beach towels were provided and umbrellas for shade, we walked across the road to find chairs waiting to be used and our section of the beach even at weekend was not overcrowded. We walked to eat breakfast a couple of hundred yards down the road, right on the beach again. There was a handy store for flip flops and sunglasses. The best Indian restaurant was right next door. We had everything we needed and didn't even take a car - the trolley bus stopped very close to the resort so we rode that for free! We could walk down to watch the sunset in less than 5 mins! Perfect location for us.
August 26, 2013 - Port Richey, Florida
This stay was for a family wedding. Accommodations, view, deck were great. Plenty of seating inside and on the deck. Full kitchen with everything you would ever need for your stay, except the food. Ironing board and iron were also provided to press our clothing before the wedding. Washer and dryer are in the unit. We washed all of our clothes before we left. One less thing to do when we got home. We have stayed here before and will most definitely stay here again.
Thank you!! Betty
August 13, 2013 - Flora, Indiana
My wife and I spent 8 days here the first week of May. Very nice accommodations, great location, helpful staff. We have taken many trips, but this was a real vacation! It was nice to be able to just cross the street to the beach ~ enjoyed beautiful sunsets every evening. Hope to return again!
August 12, 2013 - Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut
Wonderful place to stay! We were there for my niece's wedding, so the whole family stay there. The rooms were very comfortable, nicely decorated, & very clean. The kitchen was equipped with all the essentials and more. Cute porches covered in beautiful flowering vines, we would have coffee there every morning and enjoyed sitting & chatting there in the evening. The beach was just across the road and towels, beach umbrellas and lounge chairs were available to use. It really is a cute little town, looking forward to our return trip.
“Relaxing Winter Escape”
August 9, 2013 - Central Lake, Michigan
The Tradewinds Beach Resort is a small, quiet resort that has a wonderful location. We enjoyed the opportunity to walk the Gulf beach or relax at the quiet pool overlooking the Bay. The great location provided a short walk to shopping and many restaurants. The cottage was clean, well maintained and nicely decorated. We stayed for four weeks and it was not long enough. We recommend the Tradewinds to anyone looking for a relaxing and quiet vacation.
“Just another Day in Paradise”
July 25, 2013 - Playa Vista caifornia
I have stayed at the Tradewinds many times, with lots of family and by myself, it's a great
get away and a super value. Has a wonderful Keywest style to the suites. Decorated lovely
and everything is just a short walk away, be it the beach, the pool on the bay or a morning
cup of coffee at Gulf cafe!
You'll always experience a great stay at the Tradewinds Beach resort, See you there!
“TradeWinds Beach Resort”
July 22, 2013 - Davenport, FL
We have stayed at Tradewinds on many occasions over the years. One of the best places if not the best in the area. Rooms are cozy, clean, well maintained and private. Would not stay anywhere else. LOVE THE PLACE.
“Keep coming back”
July 17, 2013 - Lowell, Michigan
I grew up on the island and haven't stop coming back. We spent many years staying at another resort until we found Tradewinds Resort. It has everything, private beach, beautiful pool overlooking the bay and the accommodations are perfect. We had four people stay for a week comfortably in a north cottage. It's close to everything yet so far away. We like the property so much that we are even thinking about purchasing one of the cottages. We highly recommend it to all of our friends and family
“Beautiful, clean little resort”
July 8, 2013 - Bradenton, FL
We stayed here over the 4th of July for three nights. We loved the location and the resort. It was right across from the beach and it had a beautiful, sparkling clean pool. Unfortunately, all three days were almost a total loss because of the torrential downpours but we got a few moments out in the sun. The one bedroom was big enough for the three of us (had one child on the pull out couch). It was the cleanest island hotel that I had ever been too. It is usually hard to get a place that doesn't at least smell musty when you are near water but there was none of that here. It was nice to have a full furnished kitchen too. We had a blind that needed fixing and maintenance was there in just a few seconds of asking. Staff was all very friendly and knowledgeable. We liked it very much and will come back again. The ONLY problem was parking. We had to park horizontally in front of our unit leaving plenty of space in front for the unit that adjoined ours. If we backed up a tinch too far, we got in the way of another pull in parking spot. When we stay again, we will ask for a unit with a "pull in" spot.
July 7, 2013
We honeymooned here 6 years ago and decided to come back. We were not disapointed. Property is kept up and still has a calm quiet feel. Private beach access just accross the street from sister resort next door.(lounge chairs includded) Bay veiw in back of property. Heated pool, and grills available. Great spot for the money. This is not a hoppin area but thats why we like it. Free trolies in area but we usually just walk to restarunts and bars.I agree with others morning coffee on the bay pier is the perfect way to start the day. Hard to leave once you are here.
June 22, 2013 - Hudson, FL
We have stayed here on several occasions for the last 5 years and have never been disappointed. The cottages are perfect and comfortable. With the kitchen and cottage fully equipped, all we have to bring is food and our swim suits. The trolley is conveniently located across the street, so we never have to drive once we arrive. The beach is also right across the street and they provide lounge chairs, towels and umbrellas.
June 19, 2013
Loved everything about the place! We were in the gulf front cottage and it was perfect! The pool is very nice & the gulf is just across the street. do yourself a favor- get up early and walk past the pool to the pier. you will get to see a stunning sunrise over the bay! Beautiful, peaceful place! We plan on visiting again.
“Laidback Get Away”
June 12, 2013 - Orlando, FL
Found this small property on Trip Advisor. I hope my review does it justice. It is hard to find, even if it is on the main street (Gulf). It has small frontage. Pull in the drive and you realize it is a small street, with beautiful trees and landscaping. on the north side of the street are a series on bungalows in Key West colors, on the south side of the street are smaller bungalows. Parking is easy, almost door front. All units are one bedroom with the exception of two units which have two bedrooms. at the east end of the street is a pool and a long pier out into the Bay. If you head west, out of the complex, cross the street and you are on a beautiful beach. The hotels provide beach towels, and beach chairs, including umbrellas. The unit we were in was nicely decorated. It had a living area, a dining area, a small kitchen and a really nice sized bedroom, with a decent sized bathroom. Our bed was a king. There is a walk-in closet as well. Outside were two chairs and a small table under an arbor. to the right of the unit, behind a small fence was a large stone table with four benches, and two grills. It also was covered by an arbor.
“Awesome stay at Tradewinds, yet again!”
June 11, 2013 - Chatham, FL
Over the years, we have stayed at Tradewinds multiple times; we have tried other locations on the island too, but none of them are as great as the time we have while staying at Tradewinds. The staff are always friendly and accommodating; the units are always in great condition upon arrival and it is a quiet location. There are also umbrellas provided for the beach which is an added bonus so you do not have to bring your own, as well as beach towels; both conveniently located outside of the office. (There are also lounge chairs provided at the beach!) The pool is also a great area to spend time. The water is always clean and every day there was someone at the pool to clean off the chairs and attend to the area to assure it was ready for the guests each day. The dock was also well kept and a great spot to fish for those guests who enjoy fishing or even just a relaxing place to enjoy the view of the bay. We always see dolphins in the Bay which is an added bonus! Overall, I would most definitely reccommend Tradewinds on Bradenton Beach to anyone. You will not be disappointed with your stay!
“Cannot wait to return!!”
June 2, 2013 - Catonvsille, MD
If you are looking to relax and unwind, you must visit Tradewinds. Lots of families and couples and EVERYONE is so nice and friendly!! Our unit was clean and inviting and we wished we could have stayed longer. The beach is white sand, the water crystal clear and refreshing! So relaxing!
June 2, 2013 - Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
We loved it here. It was clean, quiet, beautiful. Our porch faced the bay and we were able to watch the boats go by. There was a private fishing pier right there, chairs to sit on, could watch the fish. The pool was clean and beautiful. Beach across the street, not far at all. Restaurants within walking distance. Definition of Heaven - Tradewinds, for me, anyway. Place was clean, comfortable. Love it. Can't wait to come back. Loved having laundry room just in case. Beach umbrellas and towels provided. Friendly staff. I will definitely stay here again. Thanks. Deb Emery.
“Paradise / Staycation”
May 28, 2013 - Florida
My favorite place to get away and NOT leave town...love Tradewinds Resort...very friendly staff ...just pack your bathing suit and sunscreen, they supply beach towels, lounge chairs, umbrella, floats and the most beautiful private beach..why would you go any where else..cute little vintage cottages surrounded by lush tropical plants, trees and coconut palms...close shopping ..no need to drive ..the island trolley is free..picks you up right out front..do shopping, or go Island site seeing or out for drinks and dinner...my home away from home...Enjoy...
“The BEST pet friendly hotel we ever stayed at!”
May 26, 2013 - CN
We loved our 3 night stay so much in the beginning of May that we are back again now May 25-29th! We had a North cottage #18 and loved the size of it, the amenities, the ability to sit on the porch and view the Bay and the pool. Immaculate place, friendly staff.
“Tradewinds Resort -Bradenton Beach”
May 23, 2013 - Saginaw, Michigan
We have been going to the Tradewinds/Tortuga for years. Love the staff, the grounds, and the accomodations. Old Florida beats the high rises of other Florida destinations. There is no place better to relax and enjoy the uncrowded beaches.
May 22, 2013 - Mobile
Very quaint place to stay! The location is perfect with a view of the bay and beach across the street, even a pool if you desire! Plenty Of restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Loved it!!!!!
“Simple, clean and convenient”
May 7, 2013 - South Orange, New Jersey
Stayed in one of the cottages for a long weekend and appreciated the location, across the street from the beach and walkable to town. The pool is small but clean and has a nice view of the bay. Probably better suited to a longer stay given the cottage has a kitchen and living area, but given the reasonable price and location, sufficed for our short stay. Beach towels, chairs and umbrellas are provided, a bonus.
“The BEST pet friendly hotel we ever stayed at!s”
May 7, 2013 - CT
We loved our 3 night stay so much we are going back in 3 weeks for 4 nights! We had a North cottage #18 and loved the size of it, the amenities, the ability to sit on the porch and view the Bay and the pool. Immaculate place, friendly staff.
“Perfect little cottages”
May 6, 2013
My husband and I just stayed at the Tradewinds Resort in cottage number 19 for 4 nights and we had a blast. A friend of mine actually recommended the Tradewinds to us b/c they really enjoyed staying here and I am so glad that she did. We will definitely be back!!! It's a very relaxing place, the cottages are very cute and spacious. This is a great place to relax, hang by the pool, fish off the dock, hit the beach, walk to breakfast, etc. loved it!
“Bill & Jill G'ville florida”
May 6, 2013 - Gainesville, Florida
My wife and I stayed two nights at this great little resort.The cottages are vintage but well kept and decorated for a beach kind of place. Very clean inside and out with a great pool and just a short walk to the beach. We found good resturants and watering holes near by and only got in the car to depart. My kind of place.
it is also located in a bike friendly area if you were so inclined.Courteous drivers look out for bikers and pedestrians.
With an attentive staff and a great location we plan to return very soon.
“Anna Maria Island - tropical paradise”
April 29, 2013 - Hingham, Massachusetts
we were there for 4 nights 5 days. The facility was a series of connected 2 room apartments- bed and combo living and kitchen. It's an older facility but well maintained and very clean. What we loved was the walking distance to Bridge St and the free island trolley just across the street from the entrance. The beach is right across the street (the drawback is you have to cross the street and there is no crosswalk) but people on the island are friendly enough to stop and let you cross. There are towels, beach umbrellas and lounge chairs available to all. Our unit had a main AC unit and a second one in the bedroom area.
“Allows for 2 night lodging where most others require 3.”
April 18, 2013 - andover ma
We stayed for 2 nights and it was great. The small apartment was clean parking right outside your door. The beach wasn't inconvenient, next door and across the street. Pick up umbrellas and towels outside the check in area and plenty of lounge chairs on the beach. Location was great and the staff super friendly.
“Nice quiet and picturesque place to stay"”
April 17, 2013 - Van Wert, Ohio
We enjoyed the cute little cottage we stayed in, very nicely decorated and well equipped if you wanted to cook for yourselves.Convenient, quiet location on a tropical looking "street." Very picturesque resort, nothing fancy, but that's just our style. We loved the island feel away from the commercialized high rises found on other beaches. You do have to cross the street to get to the beach, but just a short walk and the resort provided towel and umbrellas, with plenty of chairs right on the beach. The pool looked great; we didn't stay long enough to try it out but kids there seemed to enjoy it. Neat that the resort rests between the bay and the beach. Sunrises and sunsets within a few steps from your door. We would definitely consider staying here again. Use the trolley to check out the island. It's free and fairly convenient.
“Tradewinds ticks most boxes on AMI"!”
April 10, 2013 - Rochester, MN
We stayed at the Tradewinds on AMI for 2 nights this past week. We wanted a true 'Island' experience and we felt the Tradewinds gave us just that. Check in was quick and the gentleman checking us in was a hoot, all while giving us the essential information of the resort. The resort is basically two rows of duplex/triplex buildings facing each other with a lane and parking in between. Grounds are very pretty. Parking was ample and it was SO nice to just back up right by our villa to unload/load our stuff. The villa itself was clean (albeit on the small side and a tad worn but by no means shot) and contained a small kitchen with essentials that one might need for a multi night stay. The king bed was comfortable. The bathroom is small and the showerhead and pressure was average at best. Our 3 year old had to use the couch bed and while it was ok for a lightweight like her, it would be very uncomfortable for an adult with bars and springs easily felt. We did not use the pool due to rainstorms and cooler weather at the time we were there, but it looked inviting. We did like walking out on the resort's dock and Gulf beach access is pretty close and easily walk-able.
The resort was priced at $200/nt when we stayed there, which is high end but not unlike any other decent resort you would find on AMI.
So all in all, this is a pretty good place and a quintessential old fashioned island resort experience. If you want a Hilton or Marriott beach-side, choose another island you wont find them on AMI. Choose the Tradewinds for a resort that fits its locale.
March 16, 2013 - Traverse City, Michigan
This was our first trip to the gulf side of Florida, and loved it. Tradewinds resort was just what we were looking for - quaint and laidback. Everyone was so friendly. Good restaurants are near -by and a beautiful sunset is just across the street. The staff is very helpful. We already reserved the same cottage for next year.
“ Loved it!”
March 16, 2013 - Traverse City, Michigan
This was our first trip to the gulf side of Florida, and loved it. Tradewinds resort was just what we were looking for - quaint and laidback. Everyone was so friendly. Good restaurants are near -by and a beautiful sunset is just across the street. The staff is very helpful. We already reserved the same cottage for next year.
“Lovely and convenient"”
March 14, 2013 - Morristown,Tn
These picturesque cottages have flowers and greenery on and around them. Most of them face each other across a lane that runs from the gulf to the bay. It's very handy parking your car right next to the door of your cottage. It was cool when we were there, so we used the heat, which worked well. There is a nice ceiling fan over the bed. I found the mattress and bedding comfortable. The closet was large and convenient. There is good water pressure in the shower, but you will run out of hot water if you linger too long in there. There is no TV in the bedroom, but there is one in the sitting room. The little kitchen has everything you need. Internet use and telephone calls (including long-distance) are free. The cottage was very clean. There is a nice pool and a pier. I'd like to stay at Tradewinds again.
“A Real Gem”
March 14, 2013 - Rockville, Maryland
The cottages at Tradewinds are clean, well-stocked, and convenient. There is a wonderful pool, a fishing pier, access to the Gulf and free trolleys, great restaurants and shopping within walking distance and a friendly, helpful staff. What more could you want?
We have been coming here for years and have tried other places but none can beat this gem.
Eileen and Lynn
“Please, don't make this fabulous place more popular”
March 12, 2013 - Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada
I am actually reluctant to tell you how much i enjoyed my stay at tradewinds resort. it is exceptional. the staff, the location... i am hoping to make this my forever vacation spot. but please, don't tell anyone!.
March 9, 2013
Ok, so the cottages are not the most modern, but, they are very tidy, pleasant places. The resort is a private street between the ocean and the inland waterway. The staff are very friendly, knowledgable and willing to help in any way. There is an on site laundry which is free for residents (including the driers). Because its a private street with cottages either side people meet and talk to each other. All in all an excellent holiday stay on Anna Maria island.
“Location, Location, Location”
March 9, 2013 - Raleigh, NC
Have stayed here many, many years. The Tradewinds is "old Florida" to us. You won't find high rises anywhere on AMI. The island is amazing but this resort is in such a good location. We like walking (or you can take the free trolley) to historic Bridge Street for shopping, putt putt, breakfast on the bay at Rotten Ralphs, cocktails on the bay at the Bridge Tender, and eating at many delicious restaurants. It is probably a mile or less walk. The trolley stops are right at this hotel and the trolley is free and very pleasant to use. Their pool is right on the bay (great view!) and always heated, clean and very quiet. Tends to be an older, quiet crowd that cruise this island and use this resort. This resort is small enough that you can meet your neighbors and we have always had such a pleasant experience here. They provide free towels for the pool and beach, free chairs and umbrellas for the beach. You can rent bikes and have them delivered to you. Although, we prefer to ride bikes about 10 minutes away on the northern end of the island and stay on the residential streets enjoying all the lovely quaint cottages and homes. After doing more shopping on Pine Street, that is, and having a beer on the Pier. Take in a quick bite at Jane E's and enjoy a great "old Florida" shopping experience. Be sure to take a Segway tour while you are on AMI. Visit the Historical Museum. Catch a beautiful sunset with the sun falling into the ocean every night where people applaud and play guitar. Can't go wrong with this resort. Across the street is a brand new beach entrance just built that is beautiful. Enjoy a crepe breakfast at their La Petit Cafe at the Tortuga Inn also next door. I will go back again and again.
March 7, 2013 - Traverse City, Michigan
We love Anna Maria Island but were not familiar with this resort. We were very pleasantly surprised. The staff are the greatest asset: desk, housekeeping, grounds...they are all helpful and want your stay to be a pleasant one.
The location is excellent, on a narrow section of the key, so that you are enjoying the beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway, complete with fishing dock/seating. The heated pool is on the Intracoastal frontage.
The cottage was immaculate and well equipped. There is even a covered porch with seating!
Quiet hours are respected by the people staying there, too.
Location is great in that you can walk to restaurants with great menus/choices. "Beach bikes" are readily available to rent...marina is within walking distance, as are some shops.
Again, the people want you to enjoy your stay, and you will.
“A wonderful 4 days!"”
March 7, 2013 - Bangor, Maine
We almost cancelled our recent trip due to flight problems but we were lucky and did make it to one of our favorite spots. We had stayed here before and came back again. I can't say enough good things about this hotel. It is clean, the people are friendly and the location is gorgeous.
“Great Place & Great People”
March 1, 2013 - Cherry Valley, Illinois
This was our first stay at Tradewinds Beach Resort and it will not be our last. The pictures here and on their website don't do the place justice. It really is beautiful. Our one-bedroom unit was very nicely appointed and equipped. The unit and the entire grounds were very clean and I cannot say enough about the staff. We chose this place because it was pet friendly and our yellow lab loved it too.
“Relaxation at it's Finest"”
Fe. 26, 2013 - Wallace, IN
Anna Maria Island is a Beautiful place to visit and one of the most relaxing places I have ever stayed. If you don't want to pay the high $$ to stay at the Outer Banks during the summer, try Anna Maria Island anytime! You won't find the chain restaurants or stores here, but you can cross the bridge to Bradenton if you are looking for that. The natives are friendly, the restaurants are down-to-earth, the beaches are WONDERFUL and free! You can walk around the entire island if you want! Best of all, you can find a place like Tradewinds to stay that isn't overpriced & offers you a full kitchen, bath, bed, livingroom-with-pullout-couch, cable, porch, outdoor grilling, & a pool !!!!!! Just cross the street to access to the beach!!!! Beats the hotels Hands-Down!!!! Make sure to take in the local restaurants (cash only, please) and go North for the sand dollars. Don't forget to get a pizza at Oma's Pizza; best darned pizza on the planet!!! As General MacArthur said, "I shall return"!!
“Wonderful stay at Tradewinds”
February 25, 2013 - Minnesota
We had a wonderful week on Anna Maria island at the Tradewinds Feb 8 to the 16th, 2013. Our flight came in late. I called the resort . Keys were in the drop box. The staff was very courteous; our condo was clean and neat. Only inconvenience no coffee filters and a few things like salt and pepper. Coming in late and having to find a grocery store was a little hassle at night.
Over all stay...Great! We would stay again!
“Home away from home”
February 25, 2013 - Byron Center, Michigan
We have stayed with the tradewind family for 8 years. Cottage 18 for two years & cottage 20 for 6 years. We enjoy the pool and these two cottages are just steps away for the heated, clean pool. I also enjoy " beach walk", the beach is just across Gulf drive a short walk from the tradewind office. The staff is always ready to help and they work faithfully to keep everything clean. The setting of the "Old Florida cottages" is eye pleasing, Sarasota Bay to the East and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. Dolfin play both places.
February 25, 2013 - Bellbrook, Ohio
My husband and I were looking for a peacefulwinter get away with our little cat and we found it!
We found it at Tradewinds Beach Resort in Bradenton Beach, FL. We have stayed at many
places that allow an animal but were disappointed either because the place was too old or
too dirty. Not so at Tradewinds. There are cottages that are pet friendly and some that are not. All these cottages are well maintained, the staff is so friendly and helpful, and the Bay is right behind their swimming pool. The Gulf of Mexico is just across a 2-lane street. So EZ to get to, and Tradewinds provide umbrellas and chairs are already at the beach. Nice clean, not crowded beach. Just a delightful visit.
“Wonderful stay in a quiet relaxing atmosphere”
Feb. 25, 2013 - Champaign, Illinois
This was our second year staying at the Tradewinds Resort. We love the cottages and stayed in one of the north cottages which was a little bigger than the one we stayed in last year. The extra square footage made a difference.These cottages are just what we are looking for. Clean, up to date, but with a bit of the old Florida charm. We loved the walk in closet, so we could store all our stuff out of sight. Every morning we took our walk on the beach The heated swiming pool was just what we needed in late afternoon. The free trolly was a great part of the experience. We almost newer took the car out during the entire week we were there. This is a well run place. We have already scheduled the same cavin for next year.
“Wonderful old Florida cottages”
Feb, 22, 2013 - Madison, Al
We stayed in cottage #5 or 6 (can't remember now.) The front of the cottage was lush with plants and flowers. Our one bedroom cottage was very nice and very clean. They have a wonderful dock on the bay that we visited to see fish and one evening a dolphin! The pool was wonderfully heated and made our visiting grandchildren very happy! The beach is across the street but is no problem to get to. The chairs, umbrellas, and towels are provided. A lovely, quaint old Florida feel. Just what we were looking for. Would love to stay for a month or so in the winter. The office staff was wonderful to help us with all our questions. A great winter getaway.
February 21, 2013 - Fernandina Beach, Florida
We loved the "old Florida" feel of this little resort. Easy access to the bay and beach was great. The unit was one of the cleanest we've ever rented! The staff was helpful and friendly. Couldn't have asked for a better place to get-a-way, yet it was easy to go into Sarasota for dinner altho places in Bradenton Beach were great.
“Love this place”
Jan. 19, 2013 - Florida
What a great property. We stayed in the Gulf Villa, which can be either a 1 or 2 bedroom. It was very comfortable and had a great screened in porch. The bay side is also beautiful. There is a short walk down and across the street to the private beach. Will stay here again.
Jan. 4, 2013 - Plant City,Florida
My wife and I had our 14th anniversary January 8th , and only having only 1 day and night to "get away" I actully stumbled across the Tradewinds Resort in Brandenton while looking through the hundreds of ...Snobby chains. :)
I have more of an Old Florida attitude, never being one for..actually Avoiding, the big name places and locations so I took the chance after reviewing the pictures on the Tradewinds Resort website.
Dont let the crowded location at the street fool you , this place is an amazing location , close to home , and although its sandwiched between all the others, the second you pull in the drive , you could never tell your in the middle of Bradenton Beaches Resort row !
Cottages ! Not Rooms or Cubicles,Amazingly clean and fully stocked with all the essentials, full size appliances ,Long front porches, chairs and BBQ areas, Beautiful landscaping, awesome heated pool ,and catch Monster speckled trout right from their private back dock overlooking Sarasota Bay ! Guld Beaches is right across the street with their own privte beach area reserved for guests, and some of the Friendliest, personable staff I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with !
I will Definately be going back when we get the rare chance to get away for a day or 2 !
“great peaceful week”
Jan. 4, 2013 - Charlotte, North Carolina
we spent the Christmas week at Tradewinds although the weather did not cooperate the resort was great. Everyone was helpful and brought a bunch of extra blankets to keep the chill off. We have stayed before and it is a very quaint old time florida style cabins. We had a 1 bedroom that was perfect everything we needed was there and we fully enjoyed the peaceful time. We had our German Shepherd dog with us and she fully enjoyed people watching while there. Directly across from the beach and on the gulf you can watch the sun come up and the the sun go down. Very nice location.
“A Must-Stay Resort”
Jan. 2, 2013
If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing vacation in an 'Old Florida' setting then Tradewinds on Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to stay. Thoroughly recommended! Great value for money and superb location near stunning sandy beach and intra coastal waterway.
“It does not get much better than this, around here...”
Jan. 1, 2013 - Chicago, Illinois
This area of Florida is rather old school, family oriented, and not a lot of development, maybe a few condo building over 4 floors on the island, otherwise, its cottages and small condo/villa buildings, and almost anywhere, is close to a great beach to relax, walk, fish, swim, and play all day..or night.
TradeWinds is a great little gem in the somewhat more sterile or modern lodging, as its very inviting and relaxing, small and intimate, both in the cottages, and also the pool, or the short walk across road to a great beach. They have chairs/umbrellas and towels for guest, as well you have the Tortuga Inn for more options, cafe, pool and laundry. I stayed there 4 years ago, and had a great stay too. My sister lives in Orlando area and she comes to Tradewinds with her teen daughter for a girls weekend, her husband for a romantic getaway, and sent my wife and I here for the NYE week after Xmas.
It has a great feel, the cottages are simple and refined, the kitchens are new, as are the baths, and atmosphere is one that makes you sad to leave it behind. They also have great BBQ areas next to the cottages, under flower covered porches and nice stone tables inlayed with spanish tiles.
I cant think of anything to say negative, we had a toilet bust, and the repair guy was there in minutes and was polite and took a few minutes and off he went with a smile. Its all good here.
One nice thing about this location is the access to many places for eating/drinking or food/grocery. Be sure to visit the Cortez Seafood Shack and fish market on 119th, and also the Rod n Reel, as well as Starfish, and Sand Dollar at sunset...
The parks are gorgeous, here, DeSoto National Memorial end of 75th is lovely to hike or day trip for a very raw beach in nature, the way it was before anything was built.
“Great Place for Family Vacation”
Dec. 30, 2012 - Orlando, Florida
We stayed at Tradewinds Resort the last week of September 2012. We had an awesome stay. The resort was beautiful. Every member of the staff was accommodating and helpful. Definitely planning on returning to Tradewinds Resort in 2013. The feel of the resort was very inviting.
“Our 4th vacation at Tradewinds”
Dec. 11, 2012 - Ottawa, Ohio
This resort is situated on one of the narrowest part of the island.You have the bay right next to the heated pool at the back of the property,and the beach just across the street at the front.It is within walking distance to the Bridge Street area with many restaurants,bars,and shops.There is a lot of repeat guests who come here year after year.We met another couple from Ohio that own a beautiful resort at Kellys Island on Lake Erie (Venture Resort)and they keep coming to Tradewinds time after time.On the advice from the Tripadvisor Anna Maria Island travel forum regulars we found the little inlet across the bay on Palma Sola blvd.where manatee hang out and we got to watch about 6 of them up close.In the near future Tradewinds is supposed to install computerized flat screens (Activision)in both the living areas and bedrooms so that will be nice if the parents want to watch something different than the kids on a rare rainy day.Thank you for another perfect vacation Tradewinds.
“Tradewinds Beach Resort”
Nov. 30, 2012 - Westminster, Maryland
My husband and I stayed at the Tradewinds Beach Resort this past summer for a 4 day mini vacation and loved it. We would definitely go back. It was peaceful and quiet, nice pool, easy beach access, clean rooms and very comfortable. Pat, Summerfield, Fl.
“Laid-back and Lovely”
Nov. 26 2012 - Chatham, NY
Finally found a place that epitomizes what 'getting away' is all about. The Tradewinds is beautiful, well-maintained, and an all-around lovely stay with an even lovelier staff. Sarasota Bay is right out the window (in the apartment we stayed in) with 'jumping' fish and colorful sunrises. Right across the street is the beach on the Gulf of Mexico where beach chairs are always available (as well as the clearest, bluest water and loads of egrets and pelicans). A great all-around get-away vacation!
Room Tip: The Bay Villa rooms are right on the water with lovely porches
Nov. 9, 2012 - Broadview Heights, Ohio
We heard about this hotel through an AAA site. We spent a long weekend in April 2012 there. The cottage was very roomy and clean. It was charming and the outside areas were gorgeous with beautiful flowers. The pool was right there with plenty of chairs. It was fairly quiet the whole weekend, even considering there was some large group there. The beach was a 5 minute walk across the street. Every night there was a beautiful sunset at the beach. We had a nice relaxing long weekend. I highly recommend Tradewinds and the whole Anna Maria island vacation.
“Excellent Place to Stay”
Nov. 7, 2012 - Auburndale, Florida
We've stayed at many of the resorts on Anna Maria Island and we enjoyed our stay here more than any of the others. The people are friendly. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. The property is well maintained. It's a great place. We've already booked to come back next year.
“This is what Florida is supposed to be like”
Nov. 6, 2012 - London, Canada
My boyfriend and I flew into Orlando from Detroit and spent two days at Universal, but wanted more of a relaxing vacation, which is exactly what Tradewinds gave us. I had been to the island many times before, but this was his first time and I wanted him to have the perfect island experience, which is why I chose Tradewinds. I had been to other hotels on the island, but none of them felt quite as authentic as Tradewinds. The cottages are clean, spacious (even the smallest ones), comfortable, and welcoming. The location is perfect, situated with the Gulf on one side and the bay on the other. The fishing docks here are the best in Bradenton. A short walk to The Beachhouse restaurant, pier, and docks. The trolley will take you anywhere you want to go on the island and stops are numerous. The pool was clean the whole time we were there and there were always more than enough lounge chairs for everyone. Plus side: they have lounge chairs on the beach, so if you're flying you don't have to bring your own. There is also jet ski, kayak, and catamaran rentals right beside Tradewinds' beach. The staff at the hotel are friendly, professional, and helpful. If you're looking for a relaxing, laid-back vacation with perfect sunsets, Tradewinds is the perfect hotel for you.
“Lovely and relaxing stay at Gulf Drive Villa”
Nov. 6, 2012 - England
We chose Tradewinds on it's great TA reviews and we were not disappointed.
The resort is small and runs across the island from bay to beach (almost) and the staff are all very friendly.
Our Gulf Drive Villa #35 comprised of kitchen, bathroom, lounge with sofabed ( DD said it was uncomfortable), sleeping area (separated by sliding doors) with lovely King size bed and separate BR with queen sized bed. The accomodation was spacious enough for our family of 4.There are plenty of closets and chest of drawers for storage and everything was immaculately clean with daily housekeeping.
There is a lovely small heated pool facing the bay and a little jetty from which we fished and watched the birds, fish, crabs and one day we could even see a dolphin swim past, a wonderful experience. At the beach opposite the Tortuga Inn (2 mins away) you can use free sun loungers and free towels and umbrella's are provided at reception. The resort was quiet although during the day the road in front of our unit was busy and noisy but at night time it was quiet and despite being light sleepers we were never disturbed by any cars.
A bonus is the free trolley that stops just outside the resort and runs all day at 20 min intervals- a great way to explore the Island. Publix and Walgreens are about 1 mile away and stock everything you could need.
Would we return? Definitely but I would try and reserve the 2 BR bayside appartement for the view of the amazing sunrise and the peace and quiet away from the road.
“A perfect spot for relaxing, with all you need on hand”
Nov. 1, 2012
We travelled from UK to see friends in Florida but wanted a few days relaxing on the Gulf Coast. Trade winds was everything we needed. A beautiful row of shutter boarded units running away from the road so quiet but convenient for the trolley bus. A pool at one end and the beach at the other was great. The units were well appointed and beautifully clean. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. We will come back when we've saved up the air fares!
“A favorite spot”
Oct. 31, 2012 - Flora, IN
It is a very quiet place, yet close to the gulf. We get away from home simply to relax. We spend a lot of time walking the beach and watching the water. We are close enough to walk to several shopping areas. The restaurants are very good, most people are friendly. The cottage is clean and very comfortable. All the staff are very friendly and helpful. We look forward to coming back to the Tradewinds.
“Amazing Anniversary Weekend Getaway”
Oct. 31, 2012 - Seminole, Florida
My husband and I drove about an hour from the St. Pete area to "getaway" for a long weekend to celebrate our Anniversary. After much research, we settled on Tradewinds Beach Resort because of the reviews and quaint Key West style villas and its proximity to the most gorgeous beaches in Florida. We had a comfy king bed, separate living room and full kitchen well equipped for our needs. Although we ate every meal out, we fixed appetizers and cocktails and enjoyed the amenities on the property: the pool and scenic dock on the bayside. Each morning we'd grab a complimentary umbrella and towel to walk across the street about 500 yards to the private beach with supplied chairs. The morning water was perfect to rent and learn how to paddleboard! The hotel was easily within walking distance of cute shops, restaurants and beach bungalo bars to relax and celebrate. We truly had a wonderful time that we were happy to recommend to our friends after returning home. A real gem!
“Charming beach getaway”
Oct. 31, 2012
A quaint & beautiful street of cottages on a quiet & comfortable beach. Each cottage has all the amenities you'll want or need and includes beach umbrellas and chairs. The landscaping is lush and tropical. Lovely restaurants and shops nearby. Easy public access transportation if you need it. Great vacation spot.
“Comfortable clean place to stay”
Oct. 24, 2012
Pet allowed pet resorts are few. Great place for pets and their owners. Beach right across street. Nice dock for fishing. Room had a nice kitchenette in case you want to stay in. Would stay again in the future.
“Cozy and welcoming”
Oct. 17, 2012 - Johnsburg, Illinois
We have visited the Tradewinds several times and will continue to return to this adorable property. The staff is always kind and helpful and very knowledgable about the island. They are willing to answer questions and they treat you like family while you are there. The accomodations are clean and comfortable. We try to stay in Unit 10 because we love the open kitchen and the large bed, but we have stayed in other units and they are also very nice. We return every year and have never had any problems with the accomodations or the staff. The trolly stops right out in front and the central location is perfect, in walking distance to shops and restaurants. We have stayed in other places on the island and Tradewinds is our favorite. We are already planning our trip for next year!
“Amazing time on a great island”
Oct. 16, 2012 - Soquel
We have been on a trip around the US so have stayed in a lot of places. This was probably our favorite accommodation. The cottage was so comfortable and had everything we needed. I was able to do laundry at the office and everyone was so helpful and friendly. We rode the free trolley from one end of the island to the other and ate at some really good restaurants. If we ever are going to Florida again we will certainly plan on staying there.
“OUR LITTLE PARADISE”
Oct.16, 2012 - Clearfield, Pennsylvania
This has been my third trip to the Trade Winds Resort. I took my daughter and her two children this October 2012 and we enjoyed it so much. The children first visit to the ocean and they enjoyed the pool at the resort. The rooms are very clean and cheerful and the staff was very accomodating. They were very helpful for me to get around to see different attractions. So nice to have the umbrellas, towels, and sand toys for the kids. The ocean and bay were within walking distance and had chance to view the sunsets. Plan to return in February with my friends from Missouri. G. Stiner
“Very Happy with our Stay at the Tradewinds Beach Resort”
Oct. 16, 2012 - Jacksonville, Florida
This is our second trip to the Tradewinds. My wife and I stayed here in April and were so happy with our stay that we came back in October. The cottages are located between the bay and the beach. You can reach either within a few minutes. If you want to venture into Bradenton or Sarasota, there are several scenic routes to follow. The Tradewinds has been a great place to stay. The rooms are very clean and well equiped. The units have a full kitchen. If you are looking for a place a the beach, you should check out the Tradewinds.
“Very Pleased With Our Stay At Tradewinds Resort!”
Sept.29, 2012 - Mount Dora, Florida
Spending our Honeymoon at Tradewinds could not have been better. From the easy check-in to the end of our stay, we have no complaints. The cottage was clean and comfortable, with all needed amenities. The bay and beach were both within walking distance, providing beautiful sunrises and sunsets. If you are looking for a quiet and romantic location on Anna Maria Island, this is it!
“A too short stay in paradise”
Sept.26, 2012 - London, England
This was our 3rd visit to Anna Maria and the Tradewinds resort and sadly only for 1 night this time. However, I cannot fault this resort, great location, pleasant and helpful staff, small but clean and well located pool. Rooms a great size, comfortably and immaculately clean. Perfect stay and we will certainly be back next year.
“Wonderful relaxing stay at Tradewinds Resort”
Sept.16, 2012 - Congleton, UK
We had a perfect week staying at Tradewinds. The resort is small and the cottage was clean comfortable and cosy. The resort was extremely well maintained, the location perfect, and the staff at both Tradewinds and the sister resort Tortuga were very friendly and informative. The pool area was clean and secure and very relaxing. The fishing pier was wonderful to watch sunrise and sunset. An array of local wildlife including osprey. pelican, dolphin and even a shark can be seen from the pier. The beach is just a stride away and the water was a wonderful 86f whilst we were there. Very nice long walks along the beach either to the North or South, with friendly people along the way. Everything you need is within walking distance once you have investigated the area. If you feel like a change of scene, the free trolley bus that stops right outside of the resort is so convenient and air conditioned. We ate both in and out. Local fish and sea food was excellent. Beachhouse restaurant was a five minutes walk and a great place to eat with your feet in the sand to watch the spectacular sunsets. Our holiday overall was one of the best ever, as the Island is a very laid back and relaxing place to be. We will return again for sure. Thank you Tradewinds.
“AMAZING AND FRIENDLY RESORT”
Sept.14, 2012 - Hialeah, Florida
My family and I was very pleased with our stay at tradewinds resort. My wife and my two kids enjoy the resort very much. The cottages are perfect and conftable and the staff keep the rooms and the area clean at all time, the pool was very clean, The staff at the office was wonderfull and profesional and very friendly. Love the laid back feelins of the resort. The cottage are collorf- and the garden and porches are very relasing and beautifull, this little :PARADISE: remind me when I was a little kid back in my birth island of cuba. The private beach at tradewinds really was beautifull and just steps away from the resort, the restaurant are also close to the resort and the trolley came right in front of the resort. This is the best location in annamaria island just like us cuban say( FANTASTICO) I will def-tell all my friends and family to stay here, we are already planing vacations with friends and familys for next year. I lived in miami and I love it but is way to croured, Thats why I need the peace went i travel, and I founded in the beauty of tradewind resort,Thank you and your place is #1 to us and is goin to be also for my family and friends.see you pronto" " GOD BLESS"
“How can you not like Tradewinds”
Aug.27, 2012 - Grand Rapids, Ohio
We have been coming to Tradewinds for a couple of years and we love it. I have not written a review before because the vast majority have been very positive. I felt compelled to send a review after reading so many negative responses from a group that stayed in August and found it unpleasant. Tradewinds did respond to the reviews, but unfortunately , their responses were removed. It seems that there was a group of a people that booked the resort and were eventually asked to leave due to their behavior. I must tell you , Tradewinds is a family oriented resort. It is not a spring break type with loud parties till dawn. It is a quaint cottage style resort that brings in a variety of people of all ages. It is very clean and well kept. The foliage is beautiful as it wraps around the porches and buildings, pergola style. There are patio areas between the cottages that provide a grill and cement patio table and seats. The beach is across the street, but only a few steps and you are enjoying white sand, dolphins, and sometimes the sight of manatees. The resort provides you with chairs, umbrellas, and other fun beach toys. At their sister resort, Tortugo, which is only two buildings down, they have a take out restaurant with excellent food and great coffee. They also have a convenient store where you can get most any necessity. The pool is toward the back of the resort with a view of the bay. You also have access to a huge pier for fishing and just enjoying the sites of the bay. Everything you need is within walking distances or you can take the trolley for free. The trolley stop is actually right out front. So, please don't overlook the great qualities that Tradewinds has. I would highly recommend it.
“Heaven by the Beach”
Aug.19, 2012 - Hudson, Florida
Tradewinds is our favorite "getaway" location. The cottages are perfect and the staff keeps the area and rooms clean and the visit quiet and relaxing. The kitchen has everything you need for a long weekend. Shopping is close by, if you forget something. They provide beach stuff for kids and adults. Throw your suit in bag, grab some food and enjoy the beach, pool and local shopping. The trolley is right across the street and easy to catch. Wouldn't stay anywhere else.
“Quaint and Quiet”
My family was pleased with our stay at Tradewinds. The laudry facility was closed for repair and we were allowd to use the hotel laundry facility for free. Our unit was spotlessly clean and freshly decorated. We found the staff accomodating and professional. There was an extremely rude family staying at the resort but that can happen anywhere. The resort has a clean pool and very nice dock facility on the bay. There is a private beach access less than thirty yards away. While there are no sidewalks on Anna Maria Island, a pedestrian walking path is provided and the free trolly is very convenient. The hotel provided beach towels, chairs and umbrellas free o f charge. We really enjoyed the Tradewinds and would stay again any time!
“Great Place, Great Time”
Aug.16, 2012 - Seminole, Florida
No high rise condos, gentle people and totally customer focused staff at the Tradewinds. When we arrived, we ask for a different cottage. The imediate response was which cottage would you like and just a minute. Arrived on Thursday, not many people. But on Friday the Floridians from the central part of the state filled the place. What better endorsement. Charles Lambeth
“Memorial Day Weekend”
Aug.14, 2012 - Ormond Beach, Florida
My husband and I took our 6 year old grandaughter over Memorial Day weekend..we found this place on internet...we were not disappointed in anything...very clean..staff was friendly..loved the laid back feeling of the resort....the rooms were large...the pool was great...will go back again. The trolley came right in front of the resort so it was easy to travel around the area. It looks just like the picture on the internet and the brochure..no surprises...what you see if what you get...
Aug.5-6th, 2012 - Ellenton, Florida
We received a 2 nite stay annonymously...and what a great treat...very cute,clean and great location to everything.Would def tell friends to stay here.Thank You ...your place is #1 with us.
August 5, 2012 - Saint Petersburg, Pennsylvania
Overnight getaway for my husband's birthday. The place is beautiful & the staff very nice professional Villa was clean and quiet. We will be going back. My only issue was the parking situation. I'm not sure if they have parking for guests. The People next door had several guests that parked in our assigned space and in the grass right @ our front door.
July 22, 2012 - Wesley Chapel, Florida
I went with the family for a weekend getaway 2 BOYS 8 &12 and the hubby. We thought it was so cute cottage very clean !!! This little gem of a getaway was everything I hoped for. From the min we arrived the recepionst was sweet as can be ,providing a map of the island and the great places to go! We ate at the sandbar ,go early beat the crowd it was good ,can eat inside right on the beach or outside in the sand has a little gift shop! The private beach at tradewinds really was beautiful duringthe day we saw dolphins and we saw them upclose 5 feet away amazing!!! and then went back to see the sunset again amazing and more dolphins !!! The pool was also very nice very clean kids loved it !!! Very relaxing time ! I would recommend this place to everyone, good rates cute place clean!!!! You do NOT have to pay extra for the towels to the beach the umbrellas or chairs nice lounge chairs !! and parking is free !! all perks comapred to a lot of places i looked at !! go you will not be diappointed !! cant wait to go back !
“Wonderful Stay and Pet Friendly too!”
July 13, 2012 - Native Florida
We stayed at this hotel in September 2011 for 4 days. It was very quiet, had the place pretty much to ourselves. Loved the nice porches out front, the individual BBQ grill areas, and the beatiful view of the bay. Nice kitchen area, the only downside was not enough kitchen towels and no pot holders. No big deal. They will even leave you a bag with everything you need outside by your door each morning, which was great. Anna Maria is very laid back. We even managed to find a sunset cruise that allowed me to bring my pups on board for their first boat trip. Would definetly go back again!
“Very Well Maintained”
July 4, 2012 - Amelia Island, FL
Although our weekend in the sun did not go as planned due to a tropical storm, the Tradewinds was an excellent choice. From the architecture, you can tell it has been around a while, but the cottages are updated and exceptionally well maintained and very clean. The kitchenette was well supplied with dishes, blender, etc. We were able to park our boat & trailer at their sister resort two doors down at no charge. A couple of cautions are the ceramic tile floors get pretty slick when wet and read their cancellation policy. We will return again.
“It just keeps getting better”
June 5, 2012 - Ottawa, Ohio
This was our third visit to this resort,and we will keep coming back.Most reviews mention the"quaint cottages"the "olde Florida feel"and it is so true.When we sit on the patio,surrounded by tropical foliage and palm trees,it feels like your own little beach bungalow.About every thing you need is provided including dishes,silverware,pots and pans,coffee maker,iron and board.There is a nice grilling area next to the cottages.There are a lot of great restaurants and bars within walking distance,or the free trolley,which has a stop right in front of the resort.The pool and area is very nice and large,with plenty of loungers.The private pier is right off the pool area.The beach,just across the street,is spectacular.Loungers,beach towells,umbrellas are provided.There is a rental place on site for sail boats,jet skis etc.We rented stand-up paddleboards twice,a lot of fun.Now for the highlight of our vacation.We were about 30 feet out from the beach in appx.3 to 4 ft. of water when a pod of 5 manatees swam right up to us.We could literally reach down and touch them.Over at the Tortuga Inn(Tradewinds sister resort) the Le Petite cafe and gift shop is now open with an extensive menu,beer,wine,snacks,T-shirts etc.Thank you Tradewinds for another great vacation.
“Most enjoyable experience”
April 19, 2012 - guelph
We stayed at the Tradewinds for 7 days during February 2012. We found the location to be great, fronting onto the bay and across the road to the Gulf with a lovely beach. The grounds and pool area are lovely- very well kept. The private fishing pier was great for fishing and just sitting. The hotel is well situated for all local restaurants, yet the area is very quiet and relaxed. Staff were very helpful and had good local knowledge. We found our unit to be simple, yet very comfortable and spotlessly clean upon arrival. Could have used basic condiments in the kitchen such as salt and pepper, otherwise it was very nice. Would return.
“Very pleased with this little gem”
April 11, 2012 - Athens, Georgia
Stayed the week of April 1 in units 20 and 25. We had an original reservation beginning April 4, but added the first part of the week later. Jake handled my reservations and did a superb job. Both units were spotless and housekeeping kept the units tidy during the week (fresh towels, trash removal, etc.). The housekeepers work extremely hard each day...I'm not sure they even have time for lunch! We had to move mid week (end of added reservation) into a similar unit (original reservation). The unit we moved to was a little smaller, but still ample for our party. We were labeled an 'in-house' move and told that the folks coming into unit 20 were also an 'in-house' move. I questioned the young lady at the front desk regarding two in-house moves? Seems like everyone was playing fruit basket turnover to wind up in just another one bedroom unit, not to mention housekeeping had to do some extra work. We vacated unit 20 and moved across the drive to unit 25. The next morning unit 20 still sat vacant. I believe the 'in-house' move showed up sometime that afternoon. I have worked in the hospitality industry and I honestly believe the young lady at the front desk did not want to put forth the effort to figure out a way to keep everyone from having to move. I asked if the owners were coming into unit 20 and she said no. Never could get a clear answer on this move. I probably should have asked to speak with a manager. This was really the only disappointment I had in the property and I would stay here again. Other family members were pleased also! Thank you Tradewinds!
“Lovely cottages. Great location. Pleasant stay.”
April 9, 2012 - St. Petersburg, Florida
We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay in cottage #4. It was cute, clean, and had everything we needed. My husband and I took our grandchildren for a spring break beach getaway. Great pool and fishing pier. We saw dolphins from the pier. The beach is across the street, but has all the amenities ready for you. Lounge chairs, umbrellas and beach toys for the kids. Several restaurants were within walking distance, so we never got in the car. The trolley to Anna Maria island stops nearby, so we went to the city pier one day. All this, and we were able to bring our new puppy, as some of the cottages are pet friendly. All in all, a perfect spot.
March 27th, 2012 - Saint Louis, Missouri
After spending a week in Orlando at a very noisy resort, the Tradewinds was a breath of fresh air (in more ways than one). Quiet, very friendly, clean cottages, beautiful beach within walking distance and so much more. We're senior citizens and enjoyed the relaxed, quiet environment. The location is close to a variety of good restaurants and shopping areas. The staff was always friendly and helpful. Try it - you will definitely enjoy the experience. Lou F
“Cute, clean cottages ..perfect location”
March 23, 2012 - Winnipesaukee, NH
We rented cottage #31 for a week, which was clean and perfect for two but lacked storage for a long term rental. We were happy we chose this location on Anna Maria where we could walk to places. It has a nice pool area and the beach across the street. Enjoyed watching the dolphins and fishing from the pier. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We found a few really good restaurants like the Island Creperie at Bridge Street and The Waterfront restaurant across from the City Pier.The free island trolley was a nice bonus. This is a good choice for a couple or family (in the 2 bedroom) who is looking for a low key, clean accomodation in a good location.
“Wouldn't stay anywhere else”
March 10th, 2012 - CT
Have stayed at the Tradewinds for 3 out of the last 4 years it's so pretty and so quiet enjoy that there are few kids.
“Beautiful, Restful, Comfortable”
February 29, 2012 - Erie, Pennsylvania
Tradewind Resorts is the best vacation "find". The setting is quite attractive--pastel cottages, well manicured tropical landscape, beautiful blue waters. The cottages are clean, well equipped, quiet, and conveniently located. Management is attentive and knowledgable, giving us many suggestions for activities and dinners. The beach is just across the street and beach towels, umbrellas, and lounge chairs are provided. The pool and fishing pier located at the other side of the resort were also enjoyable. Two nice features of our vacation were the free trolley that travels the length of the island and poor (no) cell phone service. The resort provides free local and long distance calls but it was truly pleasant to disconnect from reality for a while. We can't wait to come back--next year we want to stay much longer.
“Clean, reliable, efficient”
February 27, 2012 - New York
We've rented this place on a spot, while looking for "escape" from a vacation property we've rented previously. TradeWinds is a quiet, comfortable and very clean place. Since we rented at the last moment we had to switch suites in the middle of our weekly stay. Both suites are nearly identical, consist of 2 rooms - bedroom and dining/ living room. As the ocean was a bit chilly, having a heated pool was a big plus.
February 14, 2012 - Riverdale, Maryland
Ok the tradewinds is a wonderful little getaway. It's very close to tampa as well as orlando. This resort is a small cluster of cottages. It is very quaint well kept up and has Good accommodations. The resort is pet friendly. 1 of the best features is that you are only have to cross the street to get to see the beach. You should note that this beach is regularly rated as 1 of the best on the planet. Fabulous. We've been back several times. It lacks a formal fitness center to the best of my recollection, but the beach is very popular with runners and surfers.
“Unpretentious, good location, good pool”
January 30, 2012 - London, United Kingdom
Clean, comfortable, everything worked, quiet location Pretty surroundins. Would go again.
“Another wonderful week”
Novemebr 29, 2011 - Ottawa, Ohio
This was our second visit to the Tradewinds Resort and it was just as great as the first.I think the property looks every bit as good as the pictures. The staff keeps the rooms and grounds immaculate,and they are so friendly. As a matter of fact,we could not believe how friendly everyone we met on the island was.Must be something in the water. On the first day there,David,the president of Tradewinds showed us his restaurant in progress at the Tortuga Inn (Tradewinds sister resort a couple of properties to the south) It is going to be called "Le Petite Cafe by Island Creperies" Island Creperies is a popular french restaurant on Bridge Street.They are also going to have wine and beer etc.for take-out.They will also deliver to your room at Tradewinds.David said they should be open in about a month. On the third day we jumped on the free trolley to go bar-hopping.We knew all the names of the places we wanted to go by reading the Anna Maria Island forum on this site,but we didnt know where they were.The nice lady driving the trolley let us know where to get off and which way to walk.It was never a long walk,lots of stops along the route.Our three favorites were the Tiki Hut on the beach at Gulf Drive Cafe, (A very short walk from Tradewinds) The Anchor Inn,and the Drift Inn,(friendly locals). The rest of the time we hung out at the beach and the heated pool during the day. We cooked breakfast every morning,and ate out at some great places for dinner. Our one regret is that we have about 15 years before we can retire and move to this beautiful island "sigh" But we will be coming back yearly until then.
“A Piece of Old Florida Still Exists on Anna Maria Island at Tradewinds Resort”
October 23, 2011 - ames, ia
My family's recent stay at Tradewinds Resort on Anna Maria Island was one of the highlights of our entire vacation to Florida. Tradewinds' brightly painted pastel cottages along with the beautifully manicured landscape and grounds made us feel as though we were stepping back in time. At the same time, our spotlessly clean, well-appointed cottage anticipated our every need, providing every convenience whether we were spending time inside or heading to the beach. Moreover, Tradewinds' unique location provides access to a beautiful private beach as well as a pool and pier overlooking Sarasota Bay.
In addition to being terrific hosts, the owners of Tradewinds Resort are active participants in the community. I know this, because I purchased our two-night guest package provided by Tradewinds in a silent auction for the American Cancer Society's Race For the Cure.
My only regret is that we did not stay longer.
“Very Nice and Quiet.” October 2, 2011 - Hollywood, Florida
Was only here for 1 day because the reservation that was made got mixed up so we got put in the wrong location. Despite that the place was lovely in my eyes. Very peaceful, next to the beach and a very relaxing atmosphere. I am hoping that I can go back here again and I think anyone that books this place will be satisfied if you are looking for a relaxing get away.
Room Tip: Book way in advance of your trip. I heard some people book over a year in advance to get the very nice locations on this property.
“Peaceful, wonderful relaxation.” Sept. 27, 2011 - Bradenton, Florida
This short get away was just what I needed. The rooms were spotless, the amenities were everything needed for a restful, yet fun get away. The Tradewinds Resort is in the midst of all sorts of entertainment. Yet you can be thoroughly comfortable just lounging in the suite or by the pool or on the beach. If you need anything it's just a call away.
Room Tip: This location would be wonderful for any type of reunion. You can stay in your own suite but be very nearby to other couples or family and still maintain your privacy. It's just truly a great place to get away or vacation
“Super Clean, Super Staff, Super Stay” - Sept. 25, 2011 - Bradenton, Florida
What an absolutely beautiful spot the Trade Winds Resort on Anna Maria is. The location is perfect, the staff are helpful, happy, ready to assist with any needs you may have. The rooms are so clean and shiney without the antiseptic smell. The pool is sparkling and just right. It was a wonderful, quiet, restful, relaxing three days of sun and rest. I will recommend the Trade Winds to everyone I know in and out of Florida. What a great place!!!
Room Tip: While you may not need the 2 bed/2 bath #23 Unit it is certainly worth the extra money to have the beautiful view of the intercoastal and the upper deck for early morning coffee.
“Nice and Relaxing” Sept. 16, 2011 - palmetto, florida
Love this place...... Nice and relaxing..... Will be back again.
Room Tip: We had room 19 and it was right near the pool
“Home away from Home! We loved it!!” August 29, 2011 - Tampa, Florida
We loved the cottage feel with a lovely little side yard to grill and a front porch patio. The natural light in the cottage was great - it felt like "home". It was super, super clean. One of our favorite features was the proximity of the cottage between the bay and the beach. My husband and son thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk just a few paces out to go fishing on the dock and we all loved how easy it was to walk to the beach. The pool on the property was lovely, too. We really appreciated the "pet friendly" feature and it truly felt like "home away from home". Our little Jack Russell Terrier was very happy to be welcomed, too. Thank you Tradewinds for a wonderful visit and we will definitely plan to come back as much as we can! Room Tip: The North Cottages are very nice because the front window faces South - so the natural light is perfect.
“A little slice of heaven!” August 11, 2011 - Tampa, Florida
The Tradewinds is a quiet, quaint, clean place to stay. The staff are friendly. The location is perfect near Bridge Street Circle and great restaurants. We stayed here for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and will be back. If you are looking for a quiet Key West Style place to stay without the madness, this is for you! The people of Anna Maria Island are welcoming and eager to please. Thank you for a memorable anniversary.
“Nice and clean” July 29, 2011 - Orlando, Florida
This is a 1 bedroom unit across the beach. They provide all you need to make your stay enjoyable.
“Beautiful resort, beautiful island” July 20, 2011 - Ottawa, Ohio
This was our first,but not our last visit to this resort.We arrived late July 13th and they left a key out,and the lights and a/c on.We were able to check out late on the 16th due to a later flight.Very accomodating,friendly staff.There is about 35 units here,so it feels like you have your own little beach house.No elevator here folks.With the exception of one cottage,they are all ground floor.The pool and grounds are kept spotless.We saw manatees from their private pier on the bay,and dolphins at the private beach,how cool.Some reviewers didnt care for the road crossing to the beach,but it is a really short walk across and to the left. It is only 2 lanes and 25 mph speed limit.I saw a bunch of drivers stop for people waiting to cross.Very friendly locals too.Incidentally most of the condos on the island are WAY across the street.There was a mix of younger couples,older couples,couples with kids and couples with pets.Everybody i talked to there really enjoyed the place.Go with no fear,you will probably want to go back,as we do. Steve and Sandy
“Can't wait to go back” July 12, 2011 - Clearwater, Florida
It was our 6th year to visit the resort. We anticipate our next visit from the time we drive out to go home. I would reccomend this resort to anyone. It's absolutely wonderful. Quiet, clean, secluded....like a little hideway. We have kinda made it " Our home away from home". Look forward to our next visit in the fall of 2011. It's the place to forget your troubles...
“As advertised. Clean with many amenities” July 9, 2011 - Orlando
Our first stay at Tradewinds for four nights was all we anticipated. Single story buildings with 2 or 3 side by side units in each. We had a separate bedroom from the living and kitchen areas and was fantastic (unit #16 North.) Kitchen had all the particulars needed from fixing coffee to a full meal. Beautiful pool and bay waters within 100 ft.; while the sandy beach of the Gulf of Mexico was a short walk across the road. Very quiet at night and the staff were pleasant and accomodating. Having stayed at their sister facility "Tortuga Inn" just a couple doors away, we highly recommend either for your leisurely stay on Bradenton Beach. Room Tip: Units with the higher numbers are furthest from the road.
“In love with Anna Maria Island/Tradewinds Resort” June 23, 2011 - Ontario
We initially booked for a week in May but added a day on the beginning and three days at the end and we have to say we could barely tear ourselves away. What a gorgeous resort, lovely staff, working constantly to keep things up and that was without daily housekeeping which we opted not to take opportunity of as our dog would not have liked strangers coming in and out. Great to have been able to take our nearly 14 yr. old mostly lab to a place he was most welcomed. He even got to eat with us at the Cortez Pier Fish Market Restaurant!! He was also welcomed in St. Armand's Circle and Rotten Ralph's Pier Restaurant and at the resort by so many wonderful fellow cottagers. Beautiful grounds, tastefully decorated, clean, little cottage with everything we needed. Loved the beach, the pool, the pier for fishing (only thing is it should be open for those of us who like to fish early in the morning or later at night, as access was initially cut off when the pool was closed...quickly rectified thanks to management who left one of the gates open & allowed us on the pier after hrs....much appreciated as we were paying guests after all and love to fish) Take a pontoon boat out for a day if you are comfortable!!! Amazing!!! Rod and Reel Pier for manatee sighting was awesome!! Our dog swam along the Causeway on Manatee Rd. every day sometimes with dolphins! What more can I say except I'd like to come back to #24...our little private porch was delightful...the free trolley that runs up and down the Island was so handy...and the sunrise and sunsets gorgeous. I could go on & on but I won't except to say this is one of the most beautiful, untouched places left on the face of the earth!!!! Thank you!!!
“We love Tradewinds and will keep going back!” June 20, 2011 - Fishers, Indiana
This was the second time we stayed at Tradewinds and we will keep going back. The cottages are beautiful inside and out and are always very clean. The access to beach and bay are just a two minute walk either direction. The staff is so friendly and very accomodating. My husband and I both enjoy the time we spend there and hope to go back very soon.
“Fantastic resort and great vacation” June 17, 2011
Enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend. Beautiful island and very comfortable resort with all we wanted.
“A relaxing vacation spot-wonderful room!!!” June 16, 2011 - Wheaton, Illinois
My family and I stayed at the Tradewinds Tortuga on Bradenton Beach over our spring break. We stayed in the unit directly overlooking the pool, which was wonderful! The unit was so spacious, well appointed and convenient! I would sit on the deck with my glass of wine, read my book and watch the boys in the pool! It was just ideal! The staff was very helpful and courteous. The unit was cleaned daily-fresh towels and other toiletries were refilled-we didn't have to lift a finger! The beach is directly across the street. Towels and chairs were plentiful-no need to hunt around for a spot. Lots to do and see-we will definitely return and highly recommend staying at the Tradewinds Tortuga Inn, especially the unit overlooking the pool! Fabulous!
“Total relaxation, outstanding customer service, can't wait to return” June 15, 2011 - Winchester, Virginia
We must say our trip started out less than stellar. Never having been to AMI, but having read what a glorious place AMI was and having a few extra days at the end of a business trip to Miami, we contacted the AMI Chamber of Commerce for available accommodations on the island. It was Easter weekend, so we didn't hold out much hope of easily finding a place. The fellow at the Chamber gave us the name of a member of the Commerce - - we took it sight unseen and upon arriving late in the evening, found it to be horrible, run down and nothing like what their web-site represented, and that's being kind; we stayed one night and decided to find something more suitable the next morning (we shall leave this place unnamed, unless specifically asked). Now on to the good stuff . . we were so fortunate to stop at the TRADEWINDS RESORT. We were greeted in a most professional manner by Donna. She graciously allowed us to see several different cottages and choose the one to our liking; she offered a "walk-in, last minute" discount and explained all the amenities and features of the resort. She also provided names and locations of restaurants and grocery stores. We cannot say enough good things about our cottage; it was so clean and spacious, with a well stocked kitchen and bath. The grounds were lush and beautiful. We were provided with complimentary umbrellas and towels for use at the beach, as well as chaise lounges on the beach, which was a very,very short stroll across the road. The large, clean and well-maintained pool on the bayside was a great place to spend the afternoon reading or fish-watching when not on the beach. There was a nice laundry facility on the grounds, which also included books and dvds. The free island trolley stop just across the road was handy as well. What started as a potential vacation disaster turned into a totally relaxing, beautiful stay. Room Tip: The three cottages we saw were all very nice.
“Wouldn't stay anywhere else in Bradenton area” June 13, 2011 - Shelter Island, New York
Have been vacationing in the Anna Maria Island area for many years and have stayed in four or five different places over the years. Tradewinds Resort is BY FAR the best place to stay. It's very clean, the employees are sooo very nice and helpful. It's quiet and very convenient to the beach and shopping.
“Enjoyed every minute” June 5, 2011 - Atlanta, Georgia
We picked this place for the previous reviews for peace and quiet, amenities;pool, access to beach, dock, and close restaurants. And it lived up to its reviews and more. We liked the cottages with the flowers handing over the porches, the access to umbrellas and chairs for the beach. Oh the beach was clean and beautiful with plenty of room for everyone. At night the place was quiet so you could sit out on the porches and enjoy your beverage of choice. The grounds were well maintained and the people there were very personable and helpful. Also thinking of having the whole gamily join us for a small family get togther there. Lots of things to do for all ages. Over all we highly recommend this place and will return in the future soon.
“Ahhhh.....a little piece of heaven......” May 30, 2011 - London, England
We stayed here for a few days in May 2011. We had hoped to stay at the Tortuga Inn, but they were full. However, we were not at all disappointed. The rooms were super clean and the staff were friendly and helpful when we saw them. Even though its a small cottage type resort, everything felt very private.
This is not a 5 star luxury resort....it is a beach cottage, but it was lovely with all amenities you could possibly need including a fitted kitchen/coffee maker/oven microwave, etc.... dvd player and dvd's from the front desk.
They provide you with anything and everything you could possibly need for a fantastic beach holiday including beach toys for the kids, parasols and towels. A great pool and easy access to nearly anything you could need, we had a fantastic time.
I have read ac couple of unfavourable reviews of the resort and all I can say is that we never had any problem and i feel that even if we had, a call to the front desk would have sorted any issue out very quickly. The staff were very helpful and even offered to move us to the Tortuga for a few days when there was availability because they knew that that had been our first choice. We declined, we were extremely happy with where we were.
To all the Tradewinds staff and management, thanks so much for making our short break a memorable one and we will definitely be back!
Room Tip: All rooms are great. You can book with no worry.
“Tradewinds is the Best Pet Friendly Resort Ever!” May 17, 2011 - Tampa, Florida
This is my first time staying at the Tradewinds Resort. and I was somewhat apprehensive and nervous about staying at this pet friendly hotel. I have been told I have an "attitude" but since I am a chihuahua, I know that I expect and deserve the best! Tradewinds did not disappoint. All the people and dogs were very friendly and I felt right at home. I stayed at one of the northern cottages and it was very roomy and very clean and almost like brand-new. All the people that worked at the Tradewinds were very nice and helpful. They even offered to take care of me when my parents wanted to go to the beach after we checked out. I was supposed to go to some stupid pet boarding place but instead I was invited to join my parents. (it was cheaper I heard them say) I made sure I was on my best behavior while being on vacation so I will be to enjoy another stay at the Tradewinds Resort.
“PERFECT, just what we needed.” May 15, 2011 - Norwood, Massachusetts
If you are NOT looking for a fabulous retreat that is quiet, relaxing, comfortable, clean, and friendly with beautiful beaches, a beautiful pool, dolphins swimming by, pelicans flying around, gorgeous romantic sunsets, and a great selection of places to eat and have yummy cocktails all at bargain prices then I'm sorry but Tradewinds on Anna Maria Island is not for you. But if you are willing to leave your troubles behind and visit what we think is a PERFECT getaway that might be just what YOU need then bring your flip-flops, sun block, swimwear and beach hat and we'll see you there because we are definitely going back.
“Exceeded our expectations, Family Friendly, Great Customer Service!” May 12, 2011 - Golden, Colorado
I recently stayed here with my wife and two small children (5 year old and 5 month old). Wanted something quiet, small and not a mega-resort. Friends had stayed at their sister property - Tortuga - a year before and suggested we stay here. It was perfect. Small cottage with 1-bedroom and a full kitchen. Perfect for a 5 year old on the pull out couch and our infant in the pack-and-play in the bedroom. We loaded up on groceries for breakfast and lunch and dinner (only ate out for dinner twice). The front porch was great for coffee in the morning and just relaxing and watching the palms sway. We spent Mother's Day weekend (May 6-10th) plus a few days. The staff was wonderful and always smiling and always making sure our stay was comfortable. Price was reasonable for the island and the location is great. Granted, you have to cross a very busy road to get to the beach, but its worth the short walk. Beach area is clean and far enough away from the public beach that it is not super crowded. Small pool overlooking the bay is peaceful and perfect for relaxing after too much sun on the beach! We look forward to visiting again in the future. Trolley stop right out front and their sister property Tortuga is just two properties down the road towards the Bridge Street District. Highly suggest having dinner at "Eat In Here" down in Anna Maria as well as "Banana Cabana" in Bradenton Beach (just walking distance down past the Beach House.