AMI has ‘hot ticket’ for summer tourism
July, 2012 | By Rick Catlin | Islander Reporter
If the good weather that followed the passage of Tropical Storm Debby remains through late August, expect an abundance of visitors to Anna Maria Island, says Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman. “If we don’t get a storm like Debby, it’s going to be a great summer season, better than last year,” Brockman predicted. “There’s been nothing but good news from the rental agents and owners. Tourism to the Island has not slowed down since a brief spell in May. Usually, June tourism is slow, but not this year,” she said. Read article here...
BB P&Z approves 3 resort beer-wine applications
July, 2012 | By Mark Young | Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board met June 28 for the first time since four members resigned in May after an April decision to deny the city’s joint development agreement with the BeachHouse Restaurant pitted the commission against the P&Z. Read article here...
Best Florida Destinations for Families
Family Circle Magazine, April, 2012 - By Ellen Parlapiano
Anna Maria Island ranked #5 this year in the to 10. Special mention of Tortuga Beach Resort! Read entire article...
Upswing in tourism seen as local economy’s savior
Bradenton Herald | January 9th, 2012 | By JOSH SALMAN
MANATEE -- Hospitality businesses throughout the Suncoast believe a strong peak tourism season will turn the tide on the recession. And with so much riding on this season, a few slow months could prove devastating. But tourism-driven businesses in Manatee and Sarasota say 2011 closed on a solid note, and they’re predicting even better numbers for 2012. Read article here...
Tropic Isle Purchased
BRADENTON BEACH | December 2011
Developer David Teitelbaum & partners are expanding their Bradenton Beach resort portfolio. Last week, they purchased the Tropic Isle Beach Resort at 101 22nd Street, located across from their SeaSide Inn Beach Resort.
The 15-unit Tropic Isle was purchased from Iberia Bank on December 2, 2011 & cost $1.2 million. Plans include spending about one-half million for a complete “make over”. “We will bring Tropic Isle up to the high standards of our other resorts” according to Teitelbaum. “Opening is scheduled for mid-February”. Read article here...
Tortuga resort to add amenities
September 6, 2011 | By Lisa Neff | Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach City Commission, in three consecutive votes Sept. 1, unanimously approved a controversial expansion at one of the Island’s most popular resorts, Tortuga Inn on Gulf Drive. Read article here...
Tortuga seeks to expand services
August 17, 2011 | By Cindy Lane | AMI Sun staff writer
BRADENTON BEACH – Anna Maria Island Resorts owner and manager David Teitelbaum will be seeking city permission this month to expand services at Tortuga Beach Resort to include food, storage and laundry space and construct a chickee hut on the beach across the street.
In a letter to Tortuga and Tradewinds room owners last week, he said after working with Bradenton Beach Building Official Stephen Gilbert, it is now cleared to request approval from the city to install a takeout café and gift shop in the office area, increase its laundry and storage facility in the Gardens building and install a chickee (or porgola) on the beach that the resort owns. Read article here...
2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
May 28, 2011
Tortuga Inn & Beach Resort has won a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
Congratulations! You've earned a Certificate of Excellence. Travelers have shared their opinions on TripAdvisor and they are impressed with the quality of your business.
TripAdvisor awards this certificate to properties who consistently receive excellent ratings from our members. We think your 4.5 rating is something to be proud of and we hope you do too.
Travel in "turtle time" at the Tortuga Inn in Bradenton Beach, Florida
Wilmington Women's Travel Examiner | by Kerry Bennett | Apr. 30, 2011
When you’re lucky enough to find a vacation spot you really love, the icing on the cake is finding the perfect lodging that you can come back to time after time.
The Tortuga Inn in Bradenton Beach, Florida, has just been added to this travel writer’s list. Tucked away on a narrow strip of land along Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to Sarasota Bay, the Inn is upscale but up to date, laid-back yet luxurious. See article...
Lee Greenwood makes Affaire magical
AMI Sun | By Pat Copeland | sun staff writer
ANNA MARIA – It was another magical evening at the Affaire to Remember as country music star Lee Greenwood brought down the house with his performance at the Community Center's 27th annual fundraiser.
After singing a couple of his most well known hits, Greenwood brought out two of his band members for a selection of songs and then returned to the stage after the live auction and sang his most famous song, "God Bless the U.S.A." among others.
The event, which hosted a record crowd of 360 brought in $224,000 for the Center's programs and services. A part of that total was the cash call, which brought in $50,000 for scholarships for children so no child gets turned away for inability to pay.
One table having a great time was the "Men's Night Out" table (pictured below) with Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker; County Commissioner John Chappie; Elliott Falcione, manager of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau; Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt; Joe Pickett; of the Florida Gulf Coast Sports Commission; developer and tourist development council vice-chairman David Teitelbaum; Jack Rynerson, of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority and Tom Aposporos, president of the Longboat Key/Lido Key/ St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce.
At the BB&T table, Johathan Schneider, said, "I thought the Affaire was awesome. I can't imagine how much time people into it. Our entire table was impressed."
Tickets were "flying off the shelf" for chances to win a television, a diamond necklace and earrings and the pick of the live auction. Winners were John van Zandt for the television, Sherry Knowles for the jewelry and Cindy Thompson for pick of the live auction. Thompson picked a one-week stay in Costa Rica in the Galati family's condo. See article...
Tortuga awards wedding contest prize
The Islander - March 2, 2011
The couple attended the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce’s Island Wedding Festival Feb. 26-27, and received their prize basket during a poolside party at Tortuga Inn in Bradenton Beach Feb. 26. Click to view.
Win A Wedding Contest at Tortuga.
Starfruit Productions - Sage Hall, 02/27/2011
Great video of our 2011 Wedding Contest winners receiving their prizes, along with our 2010 contest winners and David Teitelbaum at Tortuga Beach Resort. View video here...
Try Tortuga Inn and Tradewinds for wedding parties
AMI Sun article, 02/16/2011
Look no further if you want a beach-to-bay resort for a large wedding party, anniversary or family reunion. The award-winning Tortuga Inn Beach Resort and Tradewinds Resort offer luxurious apartments with heated swimming pools, private beach, fishing docks and boat slips on Sarasota Bay. The two resorts can accommodate up to 450 guests in a variety of tropically furnished configurations. Read entire article...
Florida: Anna Maria Island -- Tortuga Inn and white sand beaches
Lisa M. Ruth - The Washington Times - Dec. 2nd, 2010
Each unique property has charm, character, and flavor, and the abundant choices offer amenities for every type of visitor. Perhaps the best part of staying in Anna Maria is the moderately inexpensive price. You get first class beach-accommodations at a bargain.
However, the jewel in the crown of Anna Maria lodging is Tortuga Beach Resort?
Owner and developer David Teitelbaum created a property that mirrors the values of Anna Maria -- inviting, warm, and wonderful. It is unpretentious but elegant, welcoming but non-intrusive, and provides updated amenities with a traditional charm.
Every detail of the property is perfect. The tropical plantings, the three pools, the private beach and private boat dock protect guests from the hustle and bustle of mainland, letting them relax and enjoy.
A Florida Secret
North American Travel Journalalists Association
Favorite place to stay - The jointly owned and managed Seaside Inn Beach Resort, Tradewinds Resort and Tortuga Beach Resort http://www.annamariaislandresorts.net/
Admittedly this is a tough one given the multitude of other outstanding accommodations - some more upscale and larger and some more rustic and simple. So while I have enjoyed other locations, this stands out for several reasons. Mostly it is a bargain in that you get very clean, very neat and comfortable lodgings with effectively used spaces and none of the bells and whistles a family or couple might not need or want to pay for - an excellent value. These beach front lodges are surprisingly isolated and devoid of crowds even in peak season while not far from anything. Read full article.
Old Florida Charm & Fun Still Exists on Anna Maria Island
BIRMINGHAM PARENT - Carol Muse Evans -
Tortuga Beach Resort was named "Best Place to Stay."
If you've dreamed of taking your children to the "old Florida" you remember visiting as a child, it still exists - on Anna Maria Island. Life is really laid back on the island, located about an hour southwest of Tampa, Florida. It is like a hidden jewel and a step back in time in Florida history and tourism, and though tourists abound, it doesn't feel "touristy." As one restaurant owner put it, "What we're selling here is relaxation." And relax, you can. Families who just want a great beach trip will fi nd everything they need here, and very affordably priced. Beaches are just steps from resorts and condos that dot the beach line, and very little walking and steps are involved. You've still got the beautiful, white sand of the Florida Gulf Coast here, but the sand's a little fi ner, and crushed shells are also part of the mix. In fact, there's a multitude of shells here, if your family likes shelling. Surf's up a little higher here, and the water is crystal clear, blue-green.
Read full article...
Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine
Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival - March 19, 2010
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the third annual Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival on Florida's Gulf Coast. We stayed at the charming Tortuga Beach Resort - situated right along the intracoastal waterway and across the street from a private beach. Read full article...
Robert E. Hunt Beautification Award
January 26th, 2010
The Image Manatee Committee is proud to present the 20th Annual Robert E. Hunt Beautification Award to the Tortuga Beach Resort. Tortuga Beach Resort is a beach-to-bay luxury resort conveniently located on Anna Maria Island. In 2003, David Teitelbaum acquired the resort and over the next six years, totally repositioned, renovated, and refurbished the property. The resort includes six unique buildings of hotel rooms and suites nestled within lush landscaping and swaying palms. With its tropical charm, and scenic sunsets, Tortuga Inn truly embodies island vacationing. Whether it's relaxing at the sparkling gulf-side sundeck and pool or fishing off the private dock overlooking Sarasota Bay and the Intercoastal, the property at Tortuga Beach Resort is a friendly little paradise found right here in Manatee County.
Read the Herald Tribune article here...
Wanna Buy a Condo in Paradise?
Business buzz - November 23, 2009
The combination of stingy banks and short sales has created some genuine opportunities for cash buyers, says David Teitelbaum, who manages several resort properties on Anna Maria Island and who is a real estate agent there as well. His flagship property, which gets good write-ups and is managing nearly an 80 percent a year occupancy rate, is Tortuga Beach Resort. Read full article...
"Best of the World" List - World's 14 Best Islands
by Chris - Islands Magazine - November, 2009
Islands Magazine selected ANNA MARIA ISLAND as "THE WORLD'S BEST QUAINT ISLAND" - in it's November, 2009 LIST OF THE WORLD'S BEST 14 ISLANDS. Tortuga Beach Resort was chosen as it's favorite resort on Anna Maria Island.
AMI Weddings Boost Tourism
By Rick Catlin - The Islander - August 12, 2009
Anna Maria Island's wedding industry has grown from about 50 weddings a year five years ago to nearly 1,000 in 2008. And a large number of the members of wedding parties return to the Island as vacationers, said Caryn Hodge, marketing director for the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. Read full article...
By Wanda McKinney - Southern Living - March 2009
The motto of Florida's Anna Maria Island says it all: "Welcome to paradise without an attitude." Our Insider's guide helps you make it your own slice of heaven. Read full article...
Writers experience Island wedding scene
By Tom Vaught | sun staff writer - Apr. 22nd, 2009
If you're going to write about something, you should experience it first. That's what Lynn Walker did with her husband, Kevin Baker, when she researched her article on Anna Maria Island recently to do articles for Southern Bride magazine and Romantic Destinations Travel. Read full article...
Island spring break is family affair
By Rick Catlin - The Islander - April 2009
Don't look now, but Anna Maria Island could be over-run with spring breakers this week and next. Islanders and beach goers, however, can rest easy. Spring breakers on Anna Maria Island are not the same spring break crowd that over-runs Panama Beach, Clearwater Beach, South Beach and Daytona Beach at this time of year, Island accommodation owners and managers say. Read full article...
National publicity sparks interest in Island
By Cindy Lane | sun staff writer - Jan 4, 2009
Vacationers longing for a laid-back, old-time Florida beach vacation during the holidays found it on Anna Maria Island, courtesy of USA Today, Baltimore Magazine and the Internet. Read full article...
Marianne Cushing Blog Post
A Hidden Island
Anna Maria on Florida's West Coast promises a sunny escape for the winter weary.
By Suzanne Loudermilk
Definitely come here for the sunsets, but plan to stay for the sunrises, too. Anna Maria Island - a wisp of a seven-mile island along Florida's West Coast - is a place that revels in the end of day. Read entire article.
Laid Back Low-Cost Florida
by Kitty Bean Yancey
Been looking for a place that's low cost, unpretentious and fun? Read entire article...
Tortuga Beach Resort. Old Florida Charm & Old Florida Style.
eCity of Travel.com Article by Ken Panton
Read entire article.
Islands Magazine Visit
Chris Tauber with Islands magazine visited us recently. Read what he had to say on his blog:
Islands Magazine Blog
Check out the video footage below from Chris Tauber's visit:
Nestle yourself in at the charming and casual Tortuga Beach Resort, where you'll find serene and lovely apartment suites, hotel rooms and studios set amongst lush foliage and tropical flowers. True heaven for families. Two shimmering pools and a fishing pier on the Intracoastal and a private beach entrance and do we have to leave?
Only if it means we can scoot down the road to the Tradewinds Resort, a true gem of a spot where pastel-colored cottages with flowering vines on the arbors line a private, palm-tree-filled oasis. Tranquility reigns supreme here as it does all over the island so once you arrive, go ahead and adjust your watch to laid-back island time.Click here to read the entire article
Bradenton Area Tourism Leaders Appointed to
Statewide Marketing Council
BRADENTON, Fla. (July 10, 2007) - Taking their places among some of the tourism industry’s best and brightest, Susan Estler, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (BACVB), and David Teitelbaum, board member, Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) have been appointed to VISIT FLORIDA’s 2007/2008 Marketing Council. Click here to read the entire article
Overlooked: Anna Maria Island
from Elliot - first aid for travel, July 17, 2007
Just when I thought I had thoroughly explored Florida's coastline and discovered its best vacation destinations, I stumbled upon a place like Anna Maria Island, a quiet resort area near Bradenton, right across the bridge from Longboat Key. Click here to read the entire article
Five hidden, affordable beach destinations
by Molly Feltner, SmarterTravel.com Staff - May 14, 2007
Last summer, when you were sitting in an endless traffic jam waiting to get on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard or laying down a month's pay for a family trip to Maui, you may have wondered if your relaxing beach vacation was all worth it. There must be alternatives, you think and you're right, there are. With a little guidance, you can still find beach destinations unmarred by development, with opportunities for adventure, culture, great food, and yes, even reasonable prices. After doing thorough research and consulting with numerous other travel writers, I found five places in the U.S. and Canada that fit the bill. Click here to read the entire article
Finding a new Florida
TRAVEL COVER STORY By Karen Jones and Gina Salamone
There’s no better way to beat the winter blues than with a quick trip down to Florida, and you won't find many New Yorkers arguing it of the 77 million travelers who visited the Sunshine State in 2005, 11.9 % were from New York. But where to spend the weekend? Miami’s got nightlife and dining, and Orlando’s great for family fun, but sometimes all you need on a winter getaway is sand, surf and a few good meals. For a lower-key escape, consider two Florida destinations that might not be on your radar. Click here to read the entire article.