My wife, my 5 year-old daughter and I spent a week here from June 16-23. We were in unit 101. Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give this property a 5.5 or 6. To me, this just means that I’d probably stay here again, but only just barely. We plan on returning to Anna Maria Island, but I’ll be looking hard for a better property next time out.
First, the good part: location. The Coquina Beach Club is not, strangely, anywhere near Coquina Beach. It is north of Bradenton Beach. If you have a good map of AMI, it’s just south of where Gulf Drive takes a sudden swerve north of the public Bradenton Beach. The beach near the Beach Club is great, and the property is directly on the beach.
The Club has a small pool that it is well maintained and clean. During the later parts of the day, it is mostly in the shade, which we enjoyed.
This was our first trip to AMI, so we didn’t realize that most of the beachfront properties in the Bradenton Beach area do not actually have rooms on the ground floor. To maximize use of a the high-priced land, they have parking on the ground floor and then the first floor is where the second floor would normally be. For travelers, this means you’re going to have to carry your luggage and supplies up a flight or two of stairs unless your property has an elevator. The Coquina Beach Club does not have an elevator. While this is not a deal-breaker for me, it is a major inconvenience if (like me) you bring a lot of stuff with you for a week of vacation. It would have been nice if the property information contained the fact that the property was laid out in this fashion.
Our unit was of a reasonable size: two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a nicely updated kitchen and a living room/dining area. The kitchen was great, but the rest of the unit was full of bad, uncomfortable furniture. The sectional couch was very uncomfortable, and the dining table had chairs that were so uncomfortable that we only used it for its intended purpose once. The kitchen itself was stocked with quite a few cooking implements, but the pans were so bad that I ended up going out and buying a cheap nonstick skillet so I could make pancakes that didn’t look like cinders. There was no place in the master bathroom to hang up towels, let alone the inevitable wet swimsuits. There were TVs in the living room and both bedrooms, but they were small and one of them didn’t work well. The DVD player did not have a working remote.
This is not a bad property, but the unit we stayed in did not show much evidence of care on the part of the owners.
I'll be posting a full trip report in a bit.