We booked this with one thing in mind: location, location, location. Resort Sixty-Six is situated right on the beach at Anna Maria Island, FL. It is roughly half-way between Holmes Beach and The Sandbar at the North Point on the Gulf.
The outside has been recently renovated by the management, with attention soon turning to updating the inside of the units. The pool is a great added touch at the beach. The management and entire staff were friendly, courteous, helpful and pleasant - obviously taking pride and pleasure in their work - all with local tips, happy to share, making sure the guests enjoy their stay - even for long time, returning veterans such as ourselves.
We had a 2nd floor, 1 bedroom unit with an ocean view. Although slightly dated, the units' interiors were clean, spacious, adequate window views, tile floors and everything worked in the entire unit from the kitchen to the living room, plus plenty of ceiling fans, working A/C, and a wireless WIFI router in each unit. There were brand new gas grills available with a pleasant courtyard and The Beach Bistro restaurant right on the premises (a personal favorite, not to be missed).
Having been vacationing on Anna Maria Island from childhood since the late 60's, I wasn't disappointed. Usually staying in vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island, my wife wanted to use her RCI exchange week instead. I have a natural bias against timeshare travel due to personal experience and reluctantly agreed. It is hard to not succeed on Anna Maria Island and I was very pleasantly surprised. My experience has shown timeshare travel to be average at best. Resort Sixty-Six is definitely above average.
We rented beach bikes for a week from a local rental place which they delivered to our unit. We brought our own beach chairs & umbrella. On the one day that it rained, we drove a short distance south to St. Armand's Circle for the shops & restaurants just off of the Sarasota coast. The rest of the time was spent unwinding and relaxing on the beach and exploring on the bikes the perfect, low-key, unspoiled treasures that Anna Maria Island has to offer. Development on Anna Maria is restricted to no more than 3 stories high with most only 1 or 2 stories. It is a true, undiscovered, well-kept secret that still has most of Old Florida with it.
Make sure you eat breakfast at The Old IGA (which I still remember as the old IGA grocery store). It's been completely remade into a very cool, eclectic bookstore, bakery, coffee shop, restaurant, home furnishings, folk art place, complete with free WIFI - the creme brulee french toast is to die for, There's always the Waterfront restaurant across from the City Pier along with The Sandbar just up the street, The Sign of the Mermaid and other great places to eat, exploring is half the fun. Lots to see and explore, best done on bikes or scooters all over the Island.
We alternated between cooking for ourselves having stocked up at the local supermarket, and enjoying the fantastic local seafood at several local restaurants, always at our choice and happy to do either.
The long walks on the beach at sunrise and best, at sunset will never disappoint and are spectacular. The locals AND tourists are friendly and happy to stop and share their memories, tips, and stories - a unique place indeed. All done at Resort Sixty-Six on the beach, with a pool, and one of the best restaurants in the entire state with fabulous views and great service. If you're looking for clean, friendly service on the beach with a relaxed, unique local flair, this is it.
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