Super location and gorgeous views of the canal and sunsets. Love the pool area and covered spot under the house. Great for paddle boards and kayak and fishing off the dock. We have rented Starfish Dreams for the past 4 summers and do love it! Only negative is that in the 4 years we have not seen any upgrades or improvements made to the home. The AC seems weak and they need a new one but it is such a perfect setting that can’t be beat. Already booked it for next year.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Guest from Bradenton, Florida for their stay in 6/2016
Husband and I stayed here for our first anniversary after being married on the island. PERFECT location. Close to the piers and a short walk/bike ride to beach. Shops and general store just steps away. Pool was amazing. Sliding doors to screened patio make you feel like you’re always right on the water. Couldn’t ask for a better home and stay. Everything was very clean and beautiful. We will be back for a week again next year!
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Aryn Dill from Clive, Iowa, for their stay in 5/2016
Perfect vacation home! Our family had a great holiday in Starfish dreams. The location on Pine Avenue was great. It was 5 minutes walk to the beaches on the west and less to the pier on the east. Opposite the house was the general store, Beach Bums bike rental shop and the free bus stop. The view from the deck over the canal and the dock was lovely, especially the bird life. The house had everything we needed for a family of 4 and the boys were impressed with the super speedy wifi that stretched right to the end of the dock! We would definitely stay here again.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Summerhols101 from Bristol, United Kingdom, for their stay in 12/2015
A little piece of paradise! Stayed at the perfect Starfish Dreams house for a few days and it was so gorgeous we cannot fault it. The house is so pretty and equipped with everything you could want. Furnishings are fresh and fashionable, comfortable and clean. A well equipped kitchen, tables everywhere, in the dining area, veranda and downstairs BBQ area. The pool is small but perfect for cooling down and floating on airbeds in the sunshine. Gorgeous comfortable brightly colored chairs on the patio were our favorite spot for an early morning cup of tea to watch the birds and jumping fish in the inlet water. The position could not be better as walking distance to the beach, pier, restaurants and general store. Anna Maria island is a beautiful place. We have visited other islands on the Gulf coast including Sanibel and Captiva, but Anna Maria Island is the best for us and we will certainly return to the Starfish Dreams house.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Shirley H. from Manchester, United Kingdom, for their stay in 9/2015
Excellent week . . . beautiful place just what we wanted! Loved the access to the canal and straight into the bay, had the perfect week! House was even better than expected and Coastal Cottages AMI made it even better! Loved the huge porch on back overlooking the water! Perfection!
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Jody D. for their stay in 5/2015
My husband and I took our 15 year old son to Anna Maria for a week’s stay at Starfish Dreams. We had a really lovely relaxing holiday and the house is perfect. Excellent position on Pine Ave with beaches, shops, restaurants and the trolley bus all within a few minute’s walk. The house itself is very well equipped with a beach trolley and chairs that came in very handy. We will be returning next year and cannot imagine a more perfect place to relax and unwind yet still have plenty going on to keep everyone entertained.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Sarah Goldsack from Surrey, United Kingdom, for her stay in 11/2014
Having stayed on AMI before, we knew that we would love the island, but the location of this home made our trip even more successful. The property is on Pine Avenue, so walking distance to both coast lines and plenty of boutiques to while away the hours. The home was spacious and plenty big enough for a family of four. The outside space was generous and the pool and the amazing view made us feel blessed to be here. We will most certainly be back to AMI and would definitely rent this property again.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor and HomeAway by Louise from London, for her stay in 8/2014
Just arrived home after a wonderful week on Anna Maria Island. As always, we had a great time on the island. This was our first year staying at Starfish Dreams . . . and like our previous rentals with Costal Cottages AMI . . . we were not disappointed. The spacious living room and kitchen were enjoyable, but it was the lanai that was most used/appreciated . . . it just added so much more space. We left the sliding doors open, allowing in the sweet, salty smelling ocean air. The kids enjoyed the pool and the guys the dock (pretty good fishing). Counting the days until next year!
Submitted via FlipKey by Lisa from Lansing, Michigan, for her stay in 4/2014
I found Starfish Dreams on VRBO and fell in love with the pictures, but I was hesitant because there were no reviews. I’m so glad I went ahead and booked this place! Everything looked just like the pictures. The view was amazing, the pool was perfect, and the place was very clean and well stocked, including being stocked with a ton of towels. There are also a lot of pool and beach toys in the garage, including rafts. There was a baby gate in the garage that could have been used for the stairs, but our 18 month old stayed away from them except for when one of us was going up/down with her, so we didn’t use it. We also brought our dog and he enjoyed the back yard, which is fenced to the water. There was no way for him to get out. We had a friend take my husband out fishing on their boat a few times and the redfish and snook were abundant. And the water was beautiful. There are a lot of places within walking distance, an ice cream shop, frozen yogurt shop, stores, restaurants, and the beach. The Sandbar Restaurant was great, but a little over priced for the amount of food you get. We had breakfast at The Relish (across the street) and Minnie’s Beach Café, both were great. We had dinner at Feeling Swell, kind of a dive, but great burgers and wings. We ended up eating at The Feast three times, everything was so delicious, and you got great portions for the price. We loved our trip so much, we didn’t want to come home. This really is an amazing house! I would definitely stay here again!
Submitted via VRBO by Tiffany Sulsa of Stuart, Florida, for her stay in 9/2013
This was the best holiday rental we’ve ever had. Right on Pine Street, where all of the boutiques and local stores are, but within 100 yards of the beach and City Pier. Fantastically appointed, with excellent quality of all the equipment, this is a really, really comfortable and well situated property.
Submitted via FlipKey by billymack572 for their stay in May 2013
This was our fifth time in Anna Maria. We have stayed in lovely properties every time, but Starfish Dreams is our best yet! We had a wildlife show every day, including the little heron who sat beside us and drank from the pool. The accommodation is top class, with clean linens, kitchen equipment, and furnishings. We’ll be back!
Guest Book entry by Bill and Carol Mackintosh of Edinburgh, Scotland, for their stay in 5/2013
Thank you so much for Starfish Dreams. From the first time we turned the key, this became our special place for the past month. We have felt so comfortable here and Chloe has turned into a Florida outdoor dog. We put her bed on the deck and she will not come inside until we carry her in at night. The pool and kayaking were wonderful. And, we feel our vacation is now complete. Yesterday two manatees came to play right off the dock. At times they were no further away than 15 feet. What an amazing experience!
Guest Book entry by Alan and Joan Fisher of Washington, DC, for their stay in 5/2013
This was my fifth winter on Anna Maria and this year we stayed at Starfish Dreams located at 426 Pine Avenue. The home is centrally located within walking distance to restaurants and shopping even for humans! Every year I have especially enjoyed going to the dog park (aka Birdie Tebbett’s Field) to romp and play and meet new friends. This year I was recuperating from ACL surgery, performed just before my trip to Anna Maria. Consequently, I wasn’t at my best and had to suffice with long walks with my owners several times a day and exercising in the pool to strengthen my leg. Water therapy wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be but I loved finally getting to the wading area of the pool to relax and “chill”! Isn’t that what vacations are for? I already have my calendar marked for January 2013 to return to wonderful Anna Maria, and this year I’ll show those boys at the park a thing or two!
Guest Book entry by Kyanne, and her owners, of Lewisville, Indiana, for their stay in 1/2013
We had a lovely stay. The house is very nice and the beds so comfortable. Love your island! Will be back.
Guest Book entry by Norma, Dave, and Lorraine of London, England, for their stay in 12/2012