LA Buena Vida - Bright Beachy & Canal front! Steps to Beach, Pool/Spa, Dock, Dogs OK

neighborhood of Anna Maria Vacation Rentals
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1897 sqft.
  • Pets Allowed


Welcome to La Buena Vida!On Anna Maria Island (Anna Maria, FL)Managed by Once Upon A Beach Vacation Rentals, a locally owned and operated boutique vacation rental agency.The waterfront 3-bedroom home has a private heated pool, spa, and dock! This home's location is second to none, just steps to the bayside beaches and easy walking distance to Bean Point gulf side beaches & Pine Avenue.We invite you to explore this well taken care of canal front home! This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is spacious and the perfect opportunity to experience the Island lifestyle! This home is located on the north end on a quiet street on Anna Maria Island. On a wide canal and has its own private composite dock with 80 ft of canal frontage.Enjoy the open ...

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  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Satellite / Cable
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bed Linens Provided
  • Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Children welcome
  • Luxury
  • Senior Friendly
  • Snowbird & Monthly Stay Rental
  • Activities / Restaurants Guide
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dining Area
  • Dock
  • Outdoor Gas Grill
  • Terrace / Balcony

Location Info

This little town at the northern tip of Anna Maria Island—full-time population 1,800—is beloved for its beachy ambiance, but it isn’t stuck in time. In the last decade, investors have snapped up many humble 1960s-era concrete-block residences and built multi-story mega vacation rental homes in their place. Now, nearly 70 percent of homeowners are rental owners. That means a constant turnover of weeklong visitors, who bicycle or ride their golf carts to scenic Pine Avenue to shop, dine and stroll to the Anna Maria City Pier and the Rod ’N Reel Pier, with their knockout views of the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Venerable institutions like the Island Players community theater, a weekly farmers market, and the Studio at Gulf and Pine art gallery, which its variety of hands-on art classes, help create a sense of community.


Nightly rates range from $500.00 to $1,500.00


About Owner

We are Mike & Nikki Kaleta with Once Upon A Beach Vacation Rentals & Property Management, full-time island residents, and a husband and wife team who solely own and operate our boutique luxury vacation rental agency on Anna Maria Island, Florida. We currently manage 30+ throughout the island on behalf of our owners. We relocated here in 2016 after we fell in love with the small town feel of this beach island paradise and built our small business from the ground up with the passion to share this beloved island with others. It is our utmost goal to make every one of our guests instantly feel at home as a 'true local' in one of our unique, pristine, meticulously designed and luxurious accommodations. From small beachside bungalows to sprawling...

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Check-In Time : 04:00 PM
Check-Out Time : 10:00 AM
  • Pet(s) Allowed
  • Suitable for Children

General Policies


Max Occupancy: 8 (Sleeps 6) 

Max Cars: 3 
City of Anna Maria: VR21-000043 

The information provided online, though deemed accurate is not guaranteed. It is subject to errors, omissions, change of price or withdrawal without notice.

House Rules

*Beach Gear Equipment (Provided by VayKLife Gear):Assorted beach gear items may be onsite but not guaranteed. Every reservation now includes a credit towards personalized beach gear rental included with your stay (chairs, cart, umbrella, bikes, coolers, games, and so much more). Simply make selections prior to your stay and we will have at your home for you!Pets are accepted with prior approval only if they meet our pet policy guidelines, max of 2, < 65 lbs each, and with payment of $100 (<4 day, $200 (4-14 day), $400 (15+ day) per pet per stay.NO SMOKING.Registered Guest must provide copy of ID, be at least 25 years of age and be present throughout entire stay.  Standard occupancy is 2 persons per every standard bedroom, an addi...

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Policy

CANCELLATION POLICY: Please review the details of our Cancellation Policy page or Terms & Conditions at booking. We encourage you to review as OUR POLICIES HAVE CHANGED as of MARCH 25, 2023. We continue to offer refunds of deposits for cancellations (for stays of 28 days or less) made greater than 60 days to arrival, however all cancellations are now subject to a non-refundable booking admin fee. We continue to offer our US Citizens guests (with exception to residents of NY and HI) the option of purchasing CSA Travel Insurance directly with us. We strongly encourage all guests to purchase Travel Insurance in the event of any unforeseen eventualities. Refunds or credits are not provided for COVID-19 related cancellations, weather or beach c...

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(Based on 6 reviews)
- 01/01/2022 -

Wonderful property!

"La Buena Vida was the perfect spot to escape the cold and enjoy all that Anna Maria has to offer. We cannot wait to return! The location is ideal - a few blocks away from both the bay and gulf beaches and also only a short walk to Pine Avenue and Rod & Reel Pier. Surrounded by palms and mangroves, the house and yard are private and quiet and offer a perfect combination of sun and shade. We especially appreciated that the lovely small pool and adjoining spa were well heated, enabling us to use them almost every day, despite some cool January temperatures. The small dock provided canal access for our kayaks and a peaceful spot for wildlife viewing. The house is light-filled, well laid out and attractively decorated. The kitchen had everything we needed (even a waffle maker! ) and there was an ample supply of linens and beach towels. And the very comfortable sectional in the living room had plenty of pillows for lounging on those rare indoor days. The house was immaculate; you would never know it is a pet-friendly property. When we had an issue or question, Nikki and Mike were quick to respond. We really cannot say anything negative to say about our stay at this property except that it was very hard to leave!"

- 08/01/2021 -

Nice property and location

"Nice location to beach on north end. About a 8 minute walk to full beach access. There's a closer access but you only have access to a small small strip of beach. Rod and Reel pier is just about 5-6 minute walk. The home was well appointed. The kitchen had everything needed in terms of utensils etc but no condiments provided etc except salt and pepper. The bedrooms were good. Good mattresses. The only draw back was master bathroom was located in the hall not connected to king bedroom and was a tub/shower enclosure just a regular small bathroom. The pool was nice just very small and was 90% in the shade The spa area of the pool was nice. They provided beach towels and chairs as well as a wagon to transport to beach if desired. The owner was excellent in communication. We had no issues that needed any attention during our stay."

Host Reply
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review as it was a pleasure hosting you! We do our best to communicate everything that is in the home including all your necessary beach gear, linens, towels, kitchen supplies, and starter set of amenities. While we would love to we simply can't keep opened condiments and spices due to health and safety concerns, especially now. The spa and dock are great and we love the location of this home as well. We greatly appreciate your feedback on the bathroom layout and the homeowners are actively working on a small renovation to make the master bedroom more of a 'suite' for our future guests. Thank you!
- 08/01/2021 -

Great house and location

"House was perfectly located, walking distance to everything. Love the backyard, the pool setting was beautiful. The house was beautifully decorated and had all the kitchen utensils you need."

- 07/01/2021 -

Amazing Vacation

"This property is gorgeous, practical and comfortable. The location was great and the waterfront is peaceful. The pool is refreshing and relaxing. We slept great, the beds are so comfortable. We rented a golf cart and were able to get around the island easily with the location. the property has ample parking. the owners were very responsive and accommodating. We would totally stay here again, loved it."

- 07/01/2021 -

2021 Summer Vacation

"We had a GREAT time at our stay at Once Upon a Beach: La Buena Vida. The house was perfect for our family of 5. This was our 3rd visit and the first time we stayed on a canal. With teen/ pre-teen this was great for kayaking and paddle boarding. The walk to the "bean point" was about 5min (apprx 3 blocks). The walk to the bay was about half the distance. Biking to piers and Pine Ave was a daily occurrence for us. We just love biking the neighborhood north of Pine. The house itself was perfect for the 5 of us. We loved the layout and all the windows looking out back. I love a house where you come in on a lower level and can leave all pool and beach stuff downstairs and then go up. It keeps all sand outside and out of the living area. Kitchen was perfect size and well equipped. Overall everything about the house was great for us! We love visiting AMI!"

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