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 Tortuga

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“Best Vacation”
July 16, 2014 - Kissimmee, Florida

We have a wonderful vacation. I have 2 teenagers and they enjoyed every minute. The pool was amazing. The room was clean, spacious and comfortable. Love the bathroom and walk in closet. Kitchen was spacious and have everything that you need for cooking. Love have washer and dryer in the same unit. Really good place to stay with your friends and family. The beach was steps from the resort. A lot of beach activities for everyone, paddle board rentals and jet sky. ..etc.

“Excellent location, value”
July 15, 2014 - Macomb, Michigan

Stayed at Tortuga for a second time and this resort does not disappoint! Spacious, clean, two pools, etc. Stayed in unit 153 on the bay, which has beautiful views. Cute private garden overlooking the bay. Wish the master bath had a real shower instead of jacuzzi, but that's my personal preference. They added a gazebo type feature on the gulf side which was lovely and would make a cute wedding venue. On July 3, you can see the Beach House fireworks from the beach, right across the road. The Privateers parade on July 4 also passes right out front!We will definitely stay there again!

“Old Florida charm and beauty”
July 13, 2014 - Orlando, Florida

Loved our stay here - the 2 bedroom 2 bath was updated and huge! The private beach across the street is just perfect. There are beach chairs and toys and umbrellas. Lots of restaurants close by and a free shuttle that takes you around the island. Thus will definitely become our must stay location on the gulf coast.

“4th of July Spectacular Celebration”
July 11, 2014 - Apopka, Florida

We decided upon revisiting Tortuga Inn Beach Resort to celebrate our 4th of July, after the resort manager Stacie suggested it and the festivities in the island during our pervious stay. We got a two bedroom apt in the Gardens end of the resort and were shocked by it's spaciousness and in room amenities. The staff was super friendly and more than helpful with suggestions of where to go and what to during this holiday weekend. Weather was great, so much less crowded than the east coast of Florida or Clearwater as well. Mason greeted us by name upon our checkout and was sure to ask about how our stay was. Can't say enough about the beauty and atmosphere of this resort. Can't wait to return next year for our anniversary!

“Best beach experience”
July 7, 2014 - Heidelberg

Two pools, a range of suite options, across the street on their own beach access is their gazebo, and recliners for more than enough people to use on the beach with umbrellas and towels provided. A garden walk with two small fish ponds. Beautifully situated, easy walk to the tiki bar to enjoy the breeze, refreshments, and the ever popular sunset. We've been going for six years now and it keeps getting better.

“Excellent accommodation, great service and beautiful beach”
June 27, 2014 - Tampa, Florida

We have been vacationing at this resort for the last seven or eight years. We find the service and installations to be the best in our experience. The beach and surrounding facilities. restaurants, and shopping are truly outstanding. These are the reasons we keep coming back year after year. Once you experience Tortuga Beach Resort , you get addicted and you will keep coming every year.

“Boat & Dog friendly”
June 25, 2014 - Clearwater, Fl

Can't say enough good things about our experience at the Tortuga Beach Resort. Prior to travelling to the area by boat we were uncertain about the ability to find lodging that had boat slips and was also pet friendly. With the Tortuga we found both and were very pleased with the property, staff, and location. May make the trip again before the end of the summer.

“Love this place!”
June 23, 2014 - Stow, Ohio

We stayed for a second time in Tortuga for Spring Break this year and loved it all over again. Convenient access to the beach (right across the street!) Great pools on the property. Clean rooms. Overall, just a great place.

“WOW”
June 22, 2014 - Chicago, Illinois

we made a last minute decision to stay here, and were delightfully pleased! we stayed in the studio room and everything was perfect. beautiful view of the water from inside the room and on the balcony. just walk across the street and we were on the beach. nicely decorated, beachy cottage feel. comfortable bed and pillows, enjoyed the large, dual headed shower. did not use the mini kitchen much. very clean. pool and grounds were a tropical paradise. we cant wait to come back!!!!

“Great place nice people”
June 22, 2014

Well treated Great place nice people, great, beach covered beach deck.very large white sand. Short walk or ride to good eats, there is a brach trolley as well. And Well treated Great place nice people, great, beach covered beach deck.very large white sand. Short walk or ride to good eats, there is a brach trolley as well.

“Never disappointed!”
June 21, 2014 - Des Plaines, IL

My Daughter and I returned to The Tortuga Inn in April, the only place we ever stay! If you have never stayed there you really need to! The room was spotless as usual, the people are friendly and can not do enough for you. The furnishings are really beautiful, clean, fully stocked kitchen, ceiling fans in every room just incase you don't like air conditioning. This was the first time we were there in April, we found something new! We walked to the pier by the condos, we found Star Jasmine blooming every where! We walked around and it smelled like Heaven should! It's every where! The care they take at the Tortuga Inn is unbelievable. Just in case you don't like eating out, you can cook in your kitchen, plus you can get a room with your own outdoor patio! Plus you are close to what you need, shopping, restaurants, activities, and just cross the street and you are at the beach! Beautiful clean beach, with chairs for you already there, or you can go in their pool always beautifully clean and sparkling! The best part, it is never a disappointment! We will be going back in August, my blood pressure drops just walking in the door. You really will never be sorry, if you have kids put them to sleep in their own room and enjoy yourself! It is the only place to go, I have reviewed Tortuga before, glad to say it just keeps getting better!!!

“Shockingly clean!!!!!!”
June 19, 2014 - Mims, United States

This place is great!! Location is perfect, I stayed in 2 different units and they are beautifully decorated, very comfortable, pools are awesome, walking distance to many places, staff there is very helpful and friendly. The cleanliness of this place was amazing! I have stayed in hotels, B&B's up and down the east coast from Maine to Key West and I have never experienced any place like this. Usually I get either friendly staff or a really nice place but never both. Café on property, beach , pools, very spacious rooms, and sooooooooo clean and comfortable. I traveled with 3 children and they were VERY happy. The staff here are always checking to see if everything is going well and if they can do anything to improve your visit AND THEY ARE SERIOUS!!!!!! OH! and my units had the most amazing views of the bay!!!! Just an all around fabulous place to stay!!!!!

“Return to Paradise”
June 18, 2014 - Morristown, TN

We have been coming to Anna Maria Island/Bradenton Beach for more than five years and have always stayed at the Tortuga Beach Resort. We usually get one of the Gulfview rooms however it wasn't available this last trip. The friendly front desk staff suggested one of their courtyard studios. The change was great! The full kitchen and roomy bedroom/living area were the perfect accommodations for a beach vacation. I especially enjoyed morning coffee and afternoon cocktails in our private courtyard area. I highly recommend the Tortuga Beach Resort and can't wait to go back!

“Wonderful Beach Vacation Spot”
June 17, 2014 - Tampa, Florida

My family and I recently stayed in a 2 bedroom/2bath apartment and had the most wonderful experience. The rooms and bathrooms are very large and the apartment is up to date and clean. We had great customer service and they allowed us to check in early since the room was available. The location is perfect..within walking distance to a great tiki hut bar & restaurant and very close to several other great places to eat, drink, and be merry! Beach access is right across the street and the hotel has a couple of pools as well. We had such a great time that we decided to book again for another vacation the minute we got home! I would definitely recommend this hotel for your next Anna Maria Island visit.

“A great and relaxing vacation”
June 17, 2014

I would Highly reccomend this vacation beach resort to anyone who wants to get away and relax in style. The resort has alot to offer in many ways and they treat you so well. The beach is right across the street and the area is perfect to kick back and enjoy as we did. My wife and I have been back twice and wiil plan to go back next spring..Right down the street is a great place to unwind and enjoy live music and great food.The rooms are great with the comfort of home and very Florida atmosphere. You will most definitly have a wonderful time. We did!!!

“Friendly, clean and neat, great location to eateries and beach”
June 16, 2014 - Lakeland, FL

Isn't it nice to be genuinely greeted with a smile? That's what you'll get when you enter the front door at Tortuga Beach Resort. The property is beautifully landscaped creating privacy. The rooms have everything you need: microwave, coffee pot, dishes, soaps, and storage. We stayed in one of the smaller rooms and I was amazed what they fit into this space yet, we never felt cramped. There are 1 and 2 bedroom units. There's a private pool, great food and bar within walking distance; and Tortuga's private beach right across the street supplied with loungers and umbrellas. This is a perfect place for a getaway for romance or family.

“We came back”
June 15, 2014 - Morristown, TN

We were very comfortable in our Palm Court studio. We liked the big shower, the cool ceiling fan, the convenient kitchen and the great location. Everything works; everything is clean. We liked the koi pool outside our door and the tall palms that shaded our path. The beach is right there. The sunsets are beautiful. Good food and cold drinks are steps away.

“PicturePerfect!”
June 13, 2014 - Laytonsville, Maryland

My husband and I stayed for a second time at the Tortuga Beach Resort this April. It is a beautiful property, complete with palm trees & lovely ponds. The basic room that we stayed in was both charming and spacious. You will not feel like you are in a "hotel room" while you are vacationing at Tortuga. It is within walking distance to just about everything that you could want.

“Thank You Tortuga Beach Resort”
June 12, 2014 - Washington, Michigan

The most important amenities for us, when we travel is a beautifully cleaned room and a staff that is friendly. Our garden suite was beautifully cleaned and really comfortable and very pretty. The staff was amazing. We ran into a small problem our first night and the staff was very accommodating and quick in getting the problem resolved. The gardens, pools and rooms were all very nice but to us the best thing was the way the staff handled our problem so efficiently and with a smile. Can't wait to go back next year! Thanks.

“Excellence!”
June 13, 2014

I traveled to this resort to attend my brother's wedding on their private beach. The location was beautiful, the accomodations were cozy, and the staff was wonderful. The resort even provided beach chairs and umbrellas. It was not just a destination wedding, it was a true vacation - which is often hard to accomplish with weddings. I will definitely be returning.

“Romatic Couples or great place to host your event!”
June 13, 2014 - Tampa, Florida

Loved staying at the Tortuga again! Brought 85 friends for a weekend getaway. The Penthouse was huge with upscale, clean, comfortable furniture. Well worth the money to get a QUALITY bed, nice sheets, & nice pillows. All of the rooms are great even the lower priced ones. EVERYONE was happy for a change! Safe, clean, quaint area to enjoy and relax. Staff was KIND & HELPFUL. We felt like they actually cared about our needs. As a Florida resident... we know that this is a place we can be proud to bring our friends & families too. We have stayed three times now and finally decided to give the well deserved THUMBS UP review. 
Thank you Katie & Chris.

“Paradise - Best Hands Down”
June 12, 2014 - Ellicott City, Maryland

Can't say enough about this place. The Rooms were so beautiful and HUGE! We went for spring break with our kids 7 and 10. The beach is simply amazing white soft sandy the water is clear and calm. The people that run the front are so nice and helpful. I really like the little cafe they have there - nice touch they have little one serving glasses of wine that you can bring to the beach or the pool. I will never stay anywhere else. The people at Tortuga make you feel like you are royalty! We stayed in the 2 Bedroom suite in the Gardens.

“One of my new places to stay in Florida!!!”
June 12, 2014 - Chicago, Illinois

I was standing up in my cousin's wedding in March. The bride and groom put together a list of units available for that weekend, and let me say, my unit was beautiful! Wayyy more than i anticipated. Our view of the Gulf and pool was amazing. We had our private balcony that became the "social deck" for the rest of the guests visiting for the wedding. The housekeeping staff was magnificent! We always had everything, even more than what we needed on a day to day basis! Overall, everything about our stay at Tortuga was fabulous! Would stay again in a sec!

“Wow!”
June 11, 2014 - Gloversville, New York

I stayed at the Tortuga Beach Resort on a trip for a destination wedding. Had a lot of flight delays, etc so arrived at the hotel a little flustered. Staff was so kind - they expedited the room clean up so I could get in and settled. The room was beautiful - and I loved the selection of books in the room for a poolside read. Staff was equally as accommodating at check out - I was able to use the pool even after I had checked out. I will certainly return!

“Beautiful family stay”
June 10, 2014 - Palatine, Illinois

We stayed in a two bedroom condo in the taller building towards the back of the property with the small, more private pool just off the screened porch.. And it was a perfect location for our family to enjoy a couple of days of unseasonably warm weather in December. The kitchen was fully-stocked - with so much space we had trouble finding the garbage can!The decorations in the room were just enough to give us a tropical feel - my son was especially taken with the sailboat decorations. The one thing about the room was that it was obviously capable of being split into two separate rooms - the smaller bedroom had a small fridge and microwave in the closet in the bathroom. the wall between that bedroom/separate suite was very thin. If someone else had rented that room they could hear everything going on in the larger attached condo. They had a giant bin of beach toys that was a lifesaver considering we had flown into town without any buckets and thankfully weren't forced to buy any. We spent most of our time either on the beach or at the pool and the staff was extremely helpful and friendly as well. We would love to return!

“THE BEST”
June 8, 2014 - Saint Charles, Illinois

My friend and I have vacationed for the past 10 years together. The last 2 vacations have been at Tortuga Inn. We've already booked our 3rd visit with them. It is a great place. The accommodations are wonderful. We love the fact that we have a full kitchen. The location is fantastic, walking distance to many good restaurants. Every staff member is helpful and courteous! Anna Maria Island is a great place to visit and Tortuga Inn is the place to stay. They offer all different accommodations to suit every need!

“Excellent Opportunity”
June 7, 2014 - Edon, Ohio

The Tortuga Inn was exactly what we were looking for after being at a conference in Orlando to 4 days. We were a party of 4 and our suite was exceptional. There was even a heated pool on the second floor right outside our room that we basically had to ourselves. And the best part was that it was reasonable and could rent by the day.

“Cute, Perfect and Value for your Money!”
May 23, 2014 - Whistler, Canada

I don't have anything bad to say about this hotel/resort. The staff is super friendly and very helpful and the rooms are spacious and gives you the home away from home feeling. Close to the beach, where the hotel had its own sun-beds and other utilities. We stayed in the Penthouse suite, which accommodated 6 people. Great room and it was absolutely perfect for us. The price is affordable and you will definitely get value out of the money you spend.

“Best memories made here”
May 19, 2014 - Ocoee, Florida

This spot was the site of my wedding so it was amazing. When I booked this location I had no idea what an amazing spot I was getting. I have been married 6 years now and it is still one of the best places I have ever stayed. The rooms, even the smaller ones for my guests were perfect. We had my small wedding on the beach at sunset then had my "reception" in our amazingly large 2 bedroom condo. It was big enough and nice enough to have everyone there. I cannot wait till I can make some time to go back and make more memories.

“Great Condo and Staff”
May 17, 2014 - Pepperell, Massachusetts

We had a wonderful girls weekend at the Tortuga Beach Resort in March. There were 4 of us and we rented a 2 bedroom condo. The staff at the resort were very friendly and helpful! The unit was clean, comfortable, spacious and nicely decorated. The kitchen was fully stocked with all the dishes, pans and utensils we needed. We had a unit on the second floor. There are no elevators so if you are renting on the second floor you will have stairs to deal with when bringing your luggage in and out. There is one small pool for the resort guests. During our stay the pool was very busy, especially with families with younger kids. A beautiful beach is directly across the street. We spent all our time at the beach. The resort has lounge chairs on the beach for guests to use which was a great. No extra fees!! They also have plenty of beach umbrellas for all guests. The beach is beautiful. No need to go to the pool. Within walking distance from the resort is a great beach bar and restaurant as well as several other restaurants and shops. Traffic and parking can be a challenge so being able to walk and leave the car at the resort was great. Anna Maria Island is wonderful. Definitely a great place to visit. The Tortuga Beach Resort is a great place to stay during your visit.

“Large condo, great grounds, super-clean.”
May 15, 2014 - Madeira Beach, FL

Stayed in a large 2 bed, 2 bath condo unit with another couple. Both rooms provided privacy and were very roomy. The large living room and kitchen were great as well. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and impeccably maintained. While initially the cost seemed a little pricey, when we split the cost with another couple it worked out better than two hotel rooms elsewhere. The bonus was the huge living room and kitchen. A good value overall. The beach side pavilion is great, too. Staff was friendly, and the booking, check-in & check-out process was smooth an efficient. We'll be back.

“Excellent experience”
May 14, 2014 - Johnstown,PA

Our family of four was delighted with our first-time stay at Tortuga. The little apartment was just right. I was able to do our own cooking which made it feel like home. We appreciated each day's room service...they even folded the pajamas that I had tossed on bed! I know that we tracked in a lot of sand and it couldn't have been easy to clean up after us! We enjoyed looking out over the courtyard & the children loved the fish pools & trying to catch a lizard. The beach access was great and it was very helpful to have beach umbrellas, chairs, towels and sand toys provided. We would certainly come again and have recommended Tortuga to others..

“Great Beach Getaway”
April 23, 2014 - Johnstown,PA

Our family recently returned to the Tortuga Beach resort for another great stay.
The property is clean,well maintained and well managed by a friendly and professional staff. The resort backs onto the bay and the Gulf beach is right across the street. Hotel pools are heated, clean and never crowded. The area is quiet at night and while offering a good selection of shops and restaurants for day/evening fun. Outdoor activity rentals are nearby and Tortuga is only a short drive to Sarasota or Bradenton proper.
But,who wants to leave the Tortuga??? Reservations already made for next yr.

“Wonderful location, across from beach!”
April 17, 2014 - NY

My husband and I recently spent two nights at the Tortuga. Our room had a real "Caribbean" feel to it, and there was a small gate enclosed private patio with a small table and chairs. We loved that all we had to do was cross the street to a beautiful beach. We were happy we were able to take our dog there which was one of the reasons we chose this spot . My only complaint was there wasn't a good place to take her to do her "business". Not much green space. But, I guess it is difficult because of the location. Definitely a great place to stay, close to restaurants as well.

“We loved it!!!”
April 12th, 2014 - Willowick, OH

We recently visited the Tortuga Beach Resort for the first time. It is a beautiful property! The room and entire property was clean and well kept. The staff was very accommodating. Beach access is just across the street.
We have already recommended it to friends, and we will definitely be back!!!
We loved the entire area!

“Lovely beach property”
April 3rd, 2014 - Southlake, TX

Spacious accommodations are very clean with a nice pool area and beautiful bay views. Excellent service and nice location to walk to local restaurants and shops. Beach area is directly across the street with a nice covered area and pristine sand. We loved bayside views with nice patio area for morning breakfast.

“Winter Get Away”
March 29th, 2014 - Ambler, Pennsylvania

We have stayed at the Tortuga Beach Resort for several years and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience each and every time. The staff is friendly, accommodating and always there to go above and beyond. The setting is ideal and depending on the room choice, you can enjoy vistas of the beach or bay with each setting having a pool or hot tub to relax.
The atomosphere is casual and down to earth and the location is convenient and within walking distance to many restaurants as well..

“Well Satisfied”
March 26th, 2014 - Burke, Virginia

This was our second trip and we are booked for next year already. The thing that separates Tortuga from others is the staff. They bend over backwards to be sure you have everything you need. Last year we complained about our mattress, A brand new one was being installed when we got back from the beach. This year we were cooking dinner for friends. We were short on glasses and dinnerware. One call to the front desk and we had everything we needed. We also like the easy access to the beach where you can spend hours watching the birds. Parking is convenient. We really enjoy this hide a way.

“Quite peacful”
March 21st, 2014 - Tewksbury, Massachusetts

We stayed with friends in the 2b2b unit. Room was bright , clean and updated and we were very comfortable there. All staff at the front desk were friendly and very helpful. The day of our arrival there were several empty rooms and with a family wedding on AMI coming up this year I wanted to check out the several different accommodations...and we were not disappointed and many guests have already booked at Tortuga Beach Resort for the wedding thanks to the staff for letting us wander around . The next day every room was taken but it still had a peaceful quiet feel. With that said....we were steps away from the most beautiful beach , white sand and amazing sunsets. We will be back.

“Perfect Location, great place to stay!”
March 21st, 2014 - Woodbridge, Virginia

We ended up at the Tortuga Beach Resort because our first pick could not accommodate us. We were pleasantly surprised and wil make Tortuga our first pick next time! We had a suite for the first few days, but due to bad weather up north we had to extend our stay and spent one night in one of the hotel rooms. Both places were excellent. The kitchen in the suite was spacious and had sufficient plates, pots, etc., to prepare some simple meals. The rooms were clean, the grounds were so pretty, and we were just steps away from the beach across the street, a beach designed for Tortuga guests. The pool was practically on our doorstep, which was super, and we loved that the laundry machines were free. I would recommend Tortuga to anyone who wants to go to Anna Maria Island!

“Paradise away from the beaten path”
March 20th, 2014 - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

We found The Tortuga a few years ago through a review in Southern Living ! If you are looking for non pretentious luxury you have found your spot ! The people who work there go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The Garden Apartment where we stay is just lovely ! A few short steps and you are on the beach.. And the community in which it's located enforces quiet time after 10 pm .. Just a wonderful place to feel like you've gone back to " old time Florida ! "

“Nice place”
March 7th, 2014 - Baltimore, Maryland

Our studio room was nicely appointed, a good size and clean. Overall, the "resort" was a fine place to stay. It was typical of the hotels on this island. Small pool, two story construction, but was definitely clean with nice rooms. If folks are looking for luxury, this is not the island you want. However, if one is looking for a quaint place to stay, Anna Maria couldn't be better with many locally owned restaurants serving a fresh catch-of-the-day, and small shops meeting just about everyone's needs. The staff we met at the hotel couldn't have been more helpful. Overall, we would stay at the Tortuga again.

“Beautiful clean resort”
February 22, 2014 - Maple Grove, MN

We moved here after a poor stay at a different resort. Thankfully they still had a room. We stayed in a 2 BR unit in the Palm Court North building. The room was very clean and comfortable with a full kitchen. There is no elevator in this building so if a flight of stairs are difficult for you reserve a 1st floor room or the garden apartments. We saw very attentive housekeeping and maintenance staff. They were always cleaning fixing or painting something. We had 3 TVs in our room. All were good sized flat screens. There is central a/c and heat. One thing I don't understand is why they still use keys for the rooms. That is the only thing I didn't care about. The rooms back by the bay are very quiet but very difficult to reserve. We looked for one for next February and they are already booked out. The pool is nice and clean and the beach is across the street but large with a lot of chairs. Perfect for us. There is a cute leased restaurant on property but they are really downsizing the menu. We ordered lunch and he had to look to see if he had anything to make a sandwich with. The menu looked very good but they didn't have anything on the menu......Not Tortuga's fault- they just lease the space. So, don't count on food from the small restaurant - you will be disappointed in that. We would not hesitate to stay here again. Nice staff, great clean room and super location.

“A Great Place to Stay”
February 22, 2014 - Pennsylvania

After having a rather unpleasant stay at an "old Florida" hotel in Pass-a-Grille last year, my wife and I decided to give Bradenton Beach a shot. My wife found the Tortuga on Tripadvisor for Presidents' weekend. What a pleasant surprise. We had a 2 bedroom (both kings) and 2 bath condo with a partial view of the intercoastal waterway. The place was awesome. We were far enough from the main road that there was no traffic noise. The sun and moon rises were viewed out the sliding glass doors of the large lanai. The kitchen was full size, and the bathrooms, unbelievably large. There was also a full laundry. 

The beach was directly across the street from the hotel. Unlike many resorts we had been to, there were plenty of seating and umbrellas available. There were also 2 pools on the property if you choose to avoid the beach. 

The area has great trails for running or walking. There are a huge variety of dining choices, but with the facilities available, you might choose to shop at Publix up the street and take advantage of the amenities at the resort. The only shortcoming that we experienced was the lack of nearby public golf if you are so inclined. In order to get on and off Anna Maria Island, you must run the gauntlet of Bradenton or Sarasota. Depending on the traffic, expect to wait in lines getting on and off.

Kudos to the excellent staff and management.

“Hidden Gem on Anna Maria Island”
February 9, 2014 - Ardsley, NY

We stayed at the Tortuga Inn Beach Resort in December 2013 during the US Soccer Academy Showcase in Sarasota,FL. I am a rather selective traveler and honestly, Tortuga was absolutely exceptional –***** 5star! Perfect for families or couples..… very spacious. The condo apartment was huge, meticulaously clean, and very well maintained. The furnishings were classy & tasteful with old world Florida feel.

It offers hotel-like lodging at a reasonable price in a spectacular location. We stayed in unit 166 which was stunning – partial bay views with lanai, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, full kitchen, granite, stone tile, high ceilings, laundry, pool a few steps away … what’s not to love?

Tortuga is really a hidden gem on Anna Maria Island. The staff is exceptional, the private beach is gorgeous. The area offers great beaches, watersports, fishing, amazing restaurants, bike riding, (where you can even have bicycles delivered to you for the week) shopping etc.. The location is ideal as its near Sarasota and Bradenton for those who like to explore while on vacation. We love Tortuga and highly, highly recommend it!

“Perfect for a beach holiday”
February 9, 2014 - Jersey Channel Islands U.K

Tortuga Beach Resort was great. The room was clean. The front desk staff could not have been more helpful. Upon our arrival, we were greeted promptly and our room was ready even though we arrived 3 hours before check in. The only complaint I have is the room we upgraded to, the Gulf View Studio, offered a very limited view of the Gulf. The palm trees and cabana obstructed the view. Otherwise, our stay was great. I loved the beach and the complimentary chairs on the beach is a nice touch. My wife and I will definitely be back.

“Highly recommended!”
February 6, 2014 - Denver, Pennsylvania

My husband and I stayed at the Tortuga in Oct 2013. We were very impressed with everything ...from the friendly staff, easy check in/check out and especially the cleanliness of our room,pool and the whole resort! We go to Anna Maria Island every January to a timeshare 2 doors away from the Tortuga and have always admired this resort; We are so glad we had the opportunity to experience the Tortuga first hand and will definately stay there again! There is only one downfall, which is no elevator. Other than that everything was perfect.

“Great condo”
February 4, 2014 - Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

This was our second time at Tortuga Beach Resort. Both times we rented a deluxe condo in Tortuga Gardens. The type of lodging varies and I can't speak to the rooms in the other areas but we found the condo to be fantastic. It is well appointed and very well maintained. The only negative was the lack of flat screen TV's but it looked like the resort was in the process of a makeover and they would be forthcoming. Anna Maria is adjacent to Longboat Key but is a much better value. Same beautiful beaches and Bay views but at a lower cost. 
The staff was also quite helpful. Condo was spacious and well decorated.
My aunt and uncle own a beautiful condo on Longboat Key and they were quite impressed with ours !

“Absolutely wonderful stay at Tortuga Beach Resort!”
January 30, 2014 - Delaware

I'm a little late writing this review. We stayed for a week at Tortuga at the end of October 2013. My husband and I have said that this was definitely one of our best vacations ever and the Tortuga Inn was a huge part of that! 

We stayed in Tortuga Gardens in a 1 BR-1 Bath Deluxe apartment with partial bay view. It was simply gorgeous! The apartment was huge, so clean, and well maintained. I can't imagine a better place to stay. We simply loved our lanai overlooking the bay. While the view was technically partial, it really was fantastic! Each morning we were treated to a beautiful view of the sunrise over the bay. 

The private beach on the gulf is really nice and just a very short walk away (about 1 minute away...okay maybe two if you count waiting for the elevator. ha!). It's directly across the street from the resort. Chairs and umbrellas are provided which is a nice feature. We spent a lot of time on the beach both during the day and at night. Sunsets were especially beautiful! We also loved the extra large gazebo on the beach. A couple of nights we sat in some chairs there and had snacks and drinks while watching the sun go down. 

We never got to eat in the little cafe. Since it was off season, I think it was only open a few hours one or two days during our trip. (I'm not sure about that, but I think that's right.) I never even got the time to look in. I didn't get into the main pool until the last day of our trip. Wish I'd done so earlier. It's really a pretty area and the pool is a good size. I think the one thing that struck both my husband and I about this resort was how well maintained it is. We actually own a vacation rental that we rent by owner. We know what kind of work goes into maintaining a small place let alone a place like this. I can tell you that each and every day we saw workers replacing toilets, painting, etc. It was truly amazing. I'm sure that they don't get a lot of time to do that sort of stuff during the peak season so it was sort of the season for maintaining, but all of the activity everyday was noteworthy.

My final note would be to say that I can't imagine someone not being happy with their stay at Tortuga. We absolutely loved ours and plan to go back again this year. (Need to make those reservations!!)

Thanks Tortuga! The Wheelers loved their stay!

“Never stay anywhere else”
January 29, 2014 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Loved this place, we will always stay here for now on! Two bedroom condo one room for the kids one for us and a full kitchen can't ask for more home away from home!! The prices weren't bad either! The view over the bay was beautiful and a walk to the tiki bar! Perfect!!

“Thank you for a great weekend”
January 20, 2014 - West Alis, WI

Tortuga Beach Resort was great. The room was clean. The front desk staff could not have been more helpful. Upon our arrival, we were greeted promptly and our room was ready even though we arrived 3 hours before check in. The only complaint I have is the room we upgraded to, the Gulf View Studio, offered a very limited view of the Gulf. The palm trees and cabana obstructed the view. Otherwise, our stay was great. I loved the beach and the complimentary chairs on the beach is a nice touch. My wife and I will definitely be back.

“Wonderful Inn in Bradenton Beach”
January 19, 2014 - Jackson, Wyoming

We stayed here at the recommendation of friends. It is a great little inn in the heart of Bradenton Beach. The room was very clean and staff were exceptional helpful and friendly. One of our favorite things about staying here was going to the Inn's Pergola across the street each evening for sunset with our friends. the interior walkways to the room are lined with tropical foliage and fish ponds. Each room has its own courtyard (shared with one other room - which was empty while we were there). Overall, a great little piece of paradise in Bradenton Beach.

“Had the Villa over Christmas week”
January 19, 2014 - Nashua, New Hampshire

Everything you see and read positively for this place is true. The "professional" photos are an excellent representation....everything very clean and well appointed. You are walking distance to several places to eat, the really nice beach across the road, and not far from grocery stores, golfing, shopping, etc. Overall just a very very nice place to stay. Room Tip: We had the Bayfront Villas South and the private pool (warm!) and bay were gorgeous

“I really didn't want to leave...”
January 9 21, 2014 - Bedford, Indiana

We booked the Tortuga Beach Resort on a spur of the moment trip to AMI and we were not disappointed! We stayed in the Garden Apts. in a spacious one bedroom condo on the second floor. Our unit was very clean with a huge shower, full kitchen, and washer and dryer with a view of the bay. There are two pools but the only one that we visited was the one located in the middle of our building. The beautiful beach is located right across the road. If I had to find something to complain about it would be that the resort is pet friendly. We heard dogs barking a couple of times which wasn't a big deal but not being a dog person myself I could have done without the dogs. Also, construction is going on next door which with the location of our unit we heard a lot of construction noise thou they didn't start working till 7:30 or 8:00 so it really didn't bother us but if you were a late sleeper you might find it a little irritating. But don't let these little things keep you from staying here. It's a beautiful place with a great location located across from a gorgeous beach, What more could someone want when on vacation :) Room Tip: If staying in the Garden Apts. ask for the second floor for a better view.

“Second Visit-Perfect As The First!”
January 8, 2014 - Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida

Once again, we stayed in the Garden Apts, fully appointed condos, so beautifully decorated a la Tommy Bahama island style, very spacious with a full kitchen, dining area, living room, and jacuzzi tub. We were welcomed back with a lovely note from the management, a nice touch. Everyone on the staff is very friendly, professional, and genuine. There are two pools, one semi-private right outside our door in our building. They have almost completed a big gazebo on the beach, perfect for a romantic rendezvous or a big party. The location is perfect if you want to bike or drive up and down the coast, to Longboat Key, for example. There is plenty of covered, complimentary parking. There are wonderful restaurants and bars within walking distance, too. There is a little gift shop and light bites spot on the property. Only issue was a very loud wedding party, there for the two nights we were there, in the building across from us. Unfortunately, there is no staff on at night, so, had to deal with it ourselves, but, not awful. Returning in February, we will be staying in the Palm Court South, want to see what that's like, but, you cannot beat the Garden Apts, for romantic getaway or for the whole family. Beautiful sunset spot! Room Tip: LOVE the Garden Apts!

“Our stay was too brief”
December 21, 2013

The Tortuga is a lovely place with access to both the beach and the bay. Unfortunately, our stay was only for one night, as we were attending a wedding. It has a variety of room options, and we chose a studio. It is obvious that the staff takes pride in their facility, keeping it clean and in good working order. The kitchenette came with standard appliances, minimal dishes/pots/pans/etc., and coffee with the coffee maker. There is a Publix grocery store less than a mile away. The bathroom had small soap/shampoo/conditioner/lotion bottles like you would find in any hotel. You could easily spend a relaxing week here. There is a garden courtyard separating the two buildings. The beach is literally across the street, and a marina on the bay is at the back of the property. It was a very quiet, calm atmosphere but that may be due to the time of the year we were there: mid-November. The staff makes every effort to anticipate the needs of their guests. In addition to WiFi, there's computer in the lobby that I used to check-in online with my airline and print a boarding pass.

“Excellent Stay! Great Location”
December 20, 2013 - Oviedo, Florida

We stayed at the resort for a wedding. The resort did an excellent job coordinating with everyone for the wedding to make sure we all got rooms. The resort offers a number of room options from single beds to 3-4 bedroom units that allowed us to stay with family. The rooms were very clean, the staff was very friendly and they made sure our visit was enjoyable. The resort is located within walking distance of restaurants, shops and most importantly the beach. All you have to do is walk across the street and you are right on the beach. The resort allows you to take chairs and umbrellas over to the beach where most places would charge you. I would recommend the resort for anyone looking for a great beach spot that has a small, local feel rather than a chain hotel/resort.

“Back to paradise”
December 20, 2013 - Lakeland, Florida

Brought my friend here! She loved it but then, I knew she would! Everything was perfect. Rented a hotel room this time. Just as nice as the 2 bedroom full kitchen. The cafe had great food. Pet friendly, quiet just perfect. Can't wait to return!

“Wow! Wonderful place for wedding, fun, and relaxing”
December 19, 2013 - Huntington, West Virginia

This was our first trip to Anna Maria Island, and we stayed at Tortuga Beach Resort based on the advise of a friend that lives in Tampa. Wow, was it a really, really wonderful place to stay, plus our family had a wedding and reception on Tortuga's private covered beach area just 100 ft. from our rooms. There were over 20 members of our families staying there in various rooms, and everyone in our wedding party enjoyed the rooms, the pool, the quaint setting, the beach, and the staff; and I mean all the staff, treated us like family! Also, it was very affordable! We will be going back again.

“Tortuga Beach Resort, Bradenton Beach”
December 13, 2013 - Oxford, Michigan

Anna Maria Island is one of the loveliest spots on Florida's west coast. Drop a hotel there that is clean, moderately priced, has a quick food and beverage counter, a lovely pool, and a friendly staff, and you've got it made. Add a beach of white sands that stretch for miles and you're over the top! We only spent two nights at this resort in December of 2013, but now back in the north, I am already trying to convince my northern friends to visit there with me later this winter. I just hope the Tortuga will have a space for us!

“Love it!!!!”
December 12, 2013

This is our vacation spot anytime we need to get away! Very relaxing, rooms are excellent, hotel is very well maintained. I would highly recommend Tortuga!!!! It was recommended to me years ago and we are still coming here! You will not be disappointed!

“Great vacation resort....”
December 11, 2013 - Coulsdon. Surrey

We have just returned from a weeks stay in a gulf view studio (rooms 218,219 & 220) at the Tortuga Inn Resort and I am happy to report that it has not changed much from when we first stayed there 6 or 7 years ago! Nice sized room, especially for two people, jacuzzi tub for two in the bathroom and double showers, great pool, just a walk over the road to a great private beach with loungers, umbrellas etc... Good value, recommended....

“Enjoyable week”
December 10, 2013 - Orlando, FL

We rented a two bedroom unit for a week. 4 adults and a 3 year old. Clean, friendly and a great cabana to sit and watch the gulf. Good location and excellent restaurants within walking distance. We will be back.

“What a great place!”
December 9, 2013 - Brush, CO

We stayed at Tortuga at a busy time. We had no trouble getting chairs at the beach or at the pool. It was great not to pay to use them. The condo we stayed in was wonderful. It was a standard size and was plenty big for four adults. I would try the bigger one next time just for fun. We will return to this resort in the future.

“Great for families”
December 9, 2013 - Tampa, FL

My husband and I, our two children, and my mother stayed at the Tortuga in October. We had a great experience - plenty of space in the room for us all, full kitchen, large bathroom, pool and beach view. We loved having access to beach toys, umbrellas, towels, and chairs. It's such a pain to bring your own! Service during our stay was friendly and responsive. We plan to stay again, hopefully sooner rather than later!

“Never a disappointment”
December 1, 2013 - Tampa, FL

I've stayed here so many times I've lost track! I come back because I can always count on the same great service, the same great view, and the same number of steps 'til my toes touch the cool white Gulf sand. The staff is always friendly and the grounds are always lovely. I love the little cafe where I get my morning latte' fix.

“Home away from home”
November 22, 2013 - Ridgewood NJ

First and foremost, I am delighted to share my thoughts about Tortuga. This past October 24 Oct-2 Nov was the 7 consecutive year for the Roths. It truly is our home away from home. Yes there are many places to choose from on the Anna maria key however Tortuga is special. Why??/ Because it brings my family together for family time and my family continues to be my most valuable resource. The staff at the Tortuga from David, the front desk and everyone that "works" there makes us feel right at home. Our grandchildren always say Gramps when are we going back to the tortuga?? That says it all.
The accomdations 153-54 and 55 are ideal for us, self contained, safe,clean and comfortable. Through my real job I had had the luxury of staying at many places thru-out the East Coast. Tortuga is number one.
We will see you all again next October. We have already started the countdown.

“Tortuga beach resort”
November 21, 2013 - Jacksonville, Florida

The staff was fabulous and very helpful in finding unique restaurants and sight seeing venues. The accommodations were extremely spacious and comfortable. Brand new kitchen; views of the gulf and the ocean.

“Beautiful, peaceful stay in paradise”
November 20, 2013 - Florida

My husband & I went to Tortuga Beach Resort for our 30th Anniversary in October. We wanted a fairly quiet place with good restaurants and nice beaches nearby. Tortuga Beach was perfect! We had a top floor unit in the Garden apartments. The decor was very pleasing; the kitchen and bathroom were updated with granite countertops, crown molding, etc. Staff is very friendly and helpful, the unit was sparkling clean, and a great place to come "home" to after a day of exploring the area. The grounds are beautiful and complete with their own beach chairs on soft white sand. We'll definitely be going back!

“Best resort for a family reunion”
November 16, 2013 - Stuart, Florida

We had an amazing stay at the tortuga this past october. Nestled between the gulf and the bay, it is clean, spacious and the staff is very friendly. This was the finest family reunion we have ever had and have made plans to return next year for even more fun.

“Four Nights in Paradise”
November 16, 2013 - Green Cove Springs, Florida

The Gardens apartments are top notch. Clean and spacious. We stayed with another couple and still had our privacy as bedrooms are on opposite ends of the suite. Our friends from Pennsylvania had not been to the area and they loved it!

“Heaven on Earth”
November 15, 2013 -Des Plaines, Illinois

Tortuga Resort is the one and only place to stay when you go to Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, or Sarasota Florida. This is the most relaxing, convenient, friendly, place you could stay. Let me tell you that I am a clean freak when it comes to rooms and pools, Tortuga never let's me down. You have every thing you need, kitchen stocked, all you need is food, if you don't want to cook there are plenty of places to eat, all price ranges. A variety of room sizes, and prices, you will find what you need. If you have children, there are rooms that have separate bedrooms, you can put them to bed and still enjoy yourself! I can not say enough about this resort, you will never be sorry. If you decide to not use the pool, just cross the street and go to the beach! It's so nice to sit relax and enjoy the water. This resort has everything, also if you need anything they are willing to help in any way. The staff is so friendly and they are very nice people that never loose the personal touch. That is very important, you never want to be treated like just a number. You will never be disappointed with the Tortuga Inn. Also they keep improving and adding things that add to your comfort. We never stay any where else and we have family on the Island and in Bradenton. Try it you will return every chance you get. Nancy Schneider, Des Plaines, il. Room Tip: They even have rooms with an elevator if needed, for old people like me!

“One night was not enough!”
November 14, 2013 - Tampa, Florida

My fiance and I were finishing up a week in Siesta Key when we decided that we'd like to stay one more night. However, all of the hotels on the beach were booked. Knowing the area, we decided to look north to Anna Maria Island. I remembered that one of my co-workers really loved Tortuga Inn and so I called them. Alec was super-friendly and was able to secure one of their studios for us for the next day. We arrived and were greeted with the same friendliness. While getting our room ready, they had towels and chairs on the beach (which is directly across the street) for us to use until check-in, which was a plus! It would be nice if the city could put in a crosswalk of some type as traffic gets a little busy crossing that road. Time to head to the room - when I hear the word "studio" I usually think small. Not so here! A huge walk-in shower and bath area, full-size kitchen and spacious bed/sitting area awaited us. Immaculate and tastefully appointed, we wished we'd had more time to stay. The one small detail that could use updating would be the television. A little too small to see from the comfort of our bed at night. We are definitely looking forward to a return trip!

“Beautiful Tortuga Beach Resort”
November 13, 2013 - Baldwin, New York

This resort is a gem! Beautiful views, the rooms are lovely and the décor is first class. Very nice location with casual restaurants within walking distance. From the staff to the guests everyone is friendly and cordial. I was there twice, once in May and once in October and plan on making it at least a yearly visit. I highly recommend it.

“Brilliant 1 night stay”
November 6, 2013 - Bridgend, United Kingdom

Spotless clean rooms and everything you need and across road crystal blue waters and White sand, very friendly staff, I booked after spending a day there and wanting to stay somewhere to have another day at the beach the following day they were most helpful and accommodating.

“Fantasy Trip”
November 12, 2013 - Connecticut

I would highly recommend Tortuga to everyone. Absolutely beautiful property amazing staff and some of the cleanest rooms I have ever stayed in. Spent the days on the beach watching the dolphins showing off and shelling. Comfortable beds. My husband and I have stayed here twice in the past two months.

“Wonderful, dog friendly, beach getaway”
November 3, 2013 - Winter ark, Florida

My family and our two little dogs had a wonderful time at Tortuga. We stayed in a 2 bedroom with a closed in patio which was great for our pet. The rooms were surprising up to date in decor (very cute and clean) and the resort has lush tropical plants which kept us cool when were not at the beach. The beach was just a few steps away with beautiful trees, white sands, and lovely blue water. And the employees were very friendly and helpful. We can not wait to go back next year!!

“Fantastic getaway”
November 2, 2013 - Jacksonville, Florida

Our first trip to the resort was in April for a family wedding. Had a wonderful time with excellent service and a very friendly staff. My husband and I came back for a "getaway" vacation in October and knew this would be the place we would always come back to when we needed to relax, enjoy the beautiful view of the Gulf.

“they were right”
October 7, 2013 - Iowa

We tried this place based on the excellent TripAdvisor reviews and they were right. It's on a beach that is not too crowded, and friendly for families, couples, everyone. The room is nice, not fancy, kind of retro. The real attraction is the dedicated beach, with free beach chairs and a nice shelter house. Clear warm water, go in and out as much as you want.

“Great Service”
October 17, 2013 - Buffalo, New York

Great time in FL for a wedding. Beach right across the street. Clean facility all around. Great people, clean rooms and AC. Pool was very nice. towels provided and covered parking. Staff was courteous and helpful. Tim & Tracy

“Nice Getaway”
October 14, 2013 - Treasure Island, FL

A quick weekend getaway. Clean rooms, kitchenette, and pool. The Gulf of Mexico is right across the street. Beach chairs and towels provided, so no need to bring your own. Restaurant on site, but also many within walking distance. Recommend bringing your bike as the bike lane is wide enough and makes most restaurants easier to reach. Traffic on this two lane road is relatively busy, but not too busy. We will go again.

“Wonderful Wedding on the Tortuga Inn Beach!!!”
October 11, 2013 - Stewartstown, Pennsylvania

We had our Wedding and Honeymoon at the Tortuga Inn on Bradenton Beach on 9/29/2013. The staff was so helpful and accommodating to all of our needs. We were very pleased with Teri and the other staff members that made our wedding such a special event. On the day of our wedding my groom was stung by a sting ray and had to be rushed to the emergency room. The staff was very helpful with providing us directions to the ER and also called in advance to ask them to rush us through the ER so that we were able to have our wedding as scheduled for that evening. We were able to get back to the resort to prepare for the wedding in a timely fashion, and the wedding turned out just as wonderful as we imagined! We loved the resort and the beach so much! The water is such a pretty clear blue color, and the sand is like white powder that feels so good to walk on. The weather was just perfect; and every day was just as beautiful as the day before! We have such wonderful memories of this resort and we cannot wait to return with our friends and family. What a very special place!!! Thanks Tortuga Inn Staff!!!

“Bit of Paradise!”
October 7, 2013 - Zephyrhills, Florida

Tortuga Beach Resort is perfect for a wedding. Our daughter just got married on Sept. 14, 2013 there. We came a day early to relax and enjoy some quality downtime with our daughter. We loved staying in the penthouse. The staff was so nice and helpful. They catered to our every need. The wedding on the beach and the reception could not have been any better. It was a dream come true for us to give our daughter and her new husband. We are looking forward to our next visit. It cant come soon enough!

“So Peaceful!”
October 2, 2013 - Tampa, FL

My husband and I stay here quite often and it is the ONLY place on AMI that we will stay. It is super clean, the staff is always friendly and helpful. The private beach is just across the street and beyond beautiful. We love it here and couldn't ask for anything to be better!

“Peace calmness and serenity!”
September 24, 2013 - Orlando, FL

Paradise! It was an awesome stay here at Tortuga. Friendly staff, clean rooms, beautiful view. Walking distance to wonderful places to eat. It was a very comfortable, relaxing and CALMING time. Can't wait to make a return trip.

“Awesome Place”
September 21, 2013 - Gardner, Kansas

This was the first time we've been to Anna Maria Island. We like the resort setting so selected Tortuga because of that reason. The staff greeted us as if we've been long time friends. They were very helpful and went out of their way to assist with my mother who has health issue. Very spacious room with everything we needed. Cleaning staff was very thorough and efficient. We'll definitely be back sooner than we expected. Lovely place. Even the bed was comfy. No complaints.

“A whole lot of heaven”
September 17, 2013 - Long Island

Paradise! It was an awesome stay here at Tortuga. Friendly staff, clean rooms, beautiful view. Walking distance to wonderful places to eat. It was a very comfortable, relaxing and CALMING time. Can't wait to make a return trip.

“Tropic rain forest in Bradenton Beach”
September 17, 2013 - Sarasota, Florida

We spent a fun weekend with no worries at the Tortuga. All you need to bring is your suit and perhaps some sunscreen. Everything else is provided. Walk carefully across the street to the beach where chairs and unbrellas are there waiting for you.
The suites are fully equipped with everything you could possibly need or want
Beautiful sunsets
The staff is accommodating and friendly.
Close to all the great restaurants on Anna Maria.

“Doorway to a tropical paradise escape!!”
September 17, 2013 - Spartanburg

This was our second time to escape to Tortuga. Our family stayed here about two years ago, tried another Florida vacation spot last year and decided we would never stay ANYWHERE but TORTUGA BEACH RESORT. The room was great. Beautifully decorated with a kitchen full of everything we needed to dine in when we wanted. We fished off the pier in the back everyday!! Caught fish that we fed to "oscar" the heron, had a manatee come over to play and dolphins race around in front of us!! Tortuga even "arranged" for rainbows while we fished. We visited the pristine white beach every morning, noon, and night, and played in the pool in between. We feel EVERYONE should find this tropical paradise escape. Tortuga is for couples, families, it's for you!!! My family will be back soon!!!!!

“What A Paradise!”
September 14, 2013 - Clermont, Florida

I have stayed at many resorts on Bradenton Beach. However, my favorite so far has been Tortuga Beach resort. This has been my fourth visit at the resort. What keeps me coming back is as follows: 1) very clean and well maintianed, 2) staff members along with housekeeping are very accommodating, 3) rooms are luxurious, beautiful, and very well decorated with a beach style, 4) the beach is right across the street, 5) lets not forget the amenities that are also provided. In addition, everything is within walking distance (restaurants, shops, & spa resorts). I can't wait to return!

“Wonderful”
September 8, 2013 - Geneva, Florida

Love this place. Our second time staying here. Even traveling with 6 the 2 bedroom 2 bath Garden Apt was spacious. Two king bedrooms with huge bathrooms, and I mean huge. Spacious kitchen, seating for well over 6. We love everything about this place. It is our go-to, kick back relax place. Enjoy the pool, complimentary beach umbrellas and lounge chairs for the beach. Hop on the free Trolly (air conditioned) and ride the Island. Everyone is helpful and friendly. I hate saying too many good things it may fill up and have no availability.!!!!

“Very nice Beach Gateway "Paradise”
September 3, 2013 - Spartanburg

My husband and I went to Anna Maria with another couple. We stayed at the Tortuga Beach Resort. We loved the location. The apts were very nice, exceptionally clean, well equipped, and décor was beautiful. We enjoyed all the comfortable seating in the living area and scenic view in screened in baloney overlooking the bay area. We are looking forward to going back to Anna Maria Island and staying back at the Tortuga . The kitchen was well stocked if you want to cook while visiting. We had two bedroom and two bath and traveled with friends. Just a short walk to the beach with chairs readily available, beach towels, and the umbrellas. It is conveniently located to a Tiki bar which we really enjoyed and attended daily for happy hour. Can not wait to visit again. Great place for celebrations. Really enjoyed renting bikes to ride all over island. We did late check in and early check out which worked out great for us working around flight times. :)

“Like being at home, only different!”
September 5, 2013 - Greenville, South Carolina

We spent a long weekend at the Tortuga Beach Resort, the weekend before (US) Labor Day with another couple. I hadn't been involved with the research and was very surprised at the accommodations. We were, essentially, in a 2BR/2BA apartment. 

Each BR had a very large en-suite bathroom. The bathrooms were back-to-back between the bedrooms so the rooms were well separated. In fact, the front BR/BA was set up so that it could be rented as a studio apartment (efficiency) separate from the back bedroom. In that case, the back bedroom would have been a part of a very large 1 BR apartment with living, dining, and kitchen.

Each bathroom had a large shower stall with 2 shower heads. Unfortunately, our second shower head only managed enough pressure to drizzle. The main shower head had great pressure. Fully furnished kitchen and full sized washer/dryer.

Our balcony looked toward the bay. I think very few apartments here have a true ocean view. This complex is across the street from the beach. Chairs, beach umbrellas and towels are supplied. All in all, a great place for a couple, a family, or a group.

“End Of Summer Getaway”
September 5, 2013 - Orlando, Florida

I took a four-day weekend to Tortuga Inn Beach Resort for a surprise birthday trip over the Labor Day weekend. What a nice resort! I had picked the resort primarily based on other reviews on TripAdvisor and I couldn't have been happier.

We had booked the South Palm Hotel Room, a large airy room, the only complaint I would have is that the bed is advertised as a queen, but felt smaller. It was clean and comfortable though. Room could use some updating, it's funny to see such a large tv (CRT) these days, but again, the room was clean and comfortable.

The draw here is the beach. While I'd prefer to have a direct access to the beach, crossing the road wasn't that big of a deal. Now we were here at the tail end of summer, so perhaps peak season is different, but we never had to wait more than a minute to cross. Wonderfully clean beach, plenty of chairs and umbrellas and the new beach-side structure is a great place to take your crepes and croissants to. 

Everyone at the resort was friendly and helpful, and there is plenty of dining to the north and south that they're happy to recommend. Leaving here was hard!

“Very nice Beach Gateway "Paradise”
September 3, 2013 - Spartanburg

My husband and I went to Anna Maria with another couple. We stayed at the Tortuga Beach Resort. We loved the location. The apts were very nice, exceptionally clean, well equipped, and décor was beautiful. We enjoyed all the comfortable seating in the living area and scenic view in screened in baloney overlooking the bay area. We are looking forward to going back to Anna Maria Island and staying back at the Tortuga . The kitchen was well stocked if you want to cook while visiting. We had two bedroom and two bath and traveled with friends. Just a short walk to the beach with chairs readily available, beach towels, and the umbrellas. It is conveniently located to a Tiki bar which we really enjoyed and attended daily for happy hour. Can not wait to visit again. Great place for celebrations. Really enjoyed renting bikes to ride all over island. We did late check in and early check out which worked out great for us working around flight times. :)

“A little bit of paradise!”
September 2, 2013 - Lakeland, FL

This is my second stay at the Tortuga beach resort on Bradenton bch,FLa. & I was not disappointed on either occasion! The rooms were pristine clean, beautifully decorated, & many am entities I did not expect! The second visit was as good if not better as the first! My brother flew in from Chgo. To celebrate his birthday! I chose tortuga for his bday getaway! HE also was most impressed. Wants to bring his family there for a vacation! Also, the staff was excellent, very kind & attentive!

“Great Beach Getaway”
September 2, 2013 - Tampa, Florida

My family of eight adults just returned from a three night stay at Tortuga Beach Resort. I can't say enough about how great the Tortuga Gardens Apartments were. We had two, standard two bedroom units, and traveled with our dogs. The apartments were exceptionally clean, well equipped and extremely comfortable. The grounds impeccable. The hotel provides beach towels, beach chairs and beach umbrellas, along with free Wi-Fi, and free parking. And, no resort fee. They also have boat slips available. It is very conveniently located. The staff was very friendly. It is however, across the street from the beach, but it posed no problem for us. We can't wait to return.

“Wonderful”
August 30, 2013 - Round Hill, Virginia

This was our 4th hotel while traveling around FL. Wonderful place! The desk clerks were friendly, knowledgable of the island and very helpful. We decided to extend our stay, but had to change rooms to do so. They made the move effortless, timely and upgraded us in the process. They offer towels for the pools(2 very well maintained pools) as well as for the beach. They also provide free lounge chairs and umbrellas for the beach as well as pool toys. We 1st stayed in the front part with a private patio- wonderful patio to store sandy beach gear, shoes, and to spend a quiet evening moment. Lovely apartment. Very clean, newly equipped full kitchen. We felt very much at home. The resort also has a large new gazebo right on the beach stocked with tables and chairs- great for lunch with the family. They also have a small carry out snack shop which is convenient. It's a quiet, friendly, accommodating hotel that we will be staying at for years to come. We've been back home in VA for 4 weeks and I already miss the hotel and the island terribly.

“Fabulous Trip!”
August 27, 2013 - Greenville, South Carolina

We spent 5 days at Tortuga about two weeks ago. We were allowed into our room early, which was awesome bc we had been in the car 8hrs with 3 boys. The front desk staff was very friendly offering suggestions of restaurants to us and our room was super nice for the money. We have never visited the Bradenton Beach area before and this definitely will not be our last. I highly recommend the Tortuga Beach Resort. However, it is not a resort per say. My husband said it best when he said " it reminds me of Melrose Place". One last thing the sunset is BEAUTIFUL!

“Wonderful resort in a great location”
August 26, 2013 - Greenville, South Carolina

Just got back today from a long weekend on Anna Maria Island. We were 2 adult couples traveling together. We looked at renting a house but most houses have a one week minimum. We were very glad we stayed here instead of a house. We had a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom overlooking the bay side. The unit was huge! The kitchen was the same size you would find in a large apartment, all granite, full size fridge, oven, etc. We also had a full size washer and dryer inside our unit. One bedroom had a king size bed and the other one had twins that pushed together to create a queen size. Each bathroom was very large with showers and 2 sinks per bathroom. The king size room also had a jacuzzi tub. There was a large screen in porch with comfy furniture. There was also a living room and dining table. 

We were in the furthest unit from the beach but our walk was about 2 minutes to the private beach across the street. That wouldn't have been like that in a house. Also the private beach has lounge chairs and umbrellas. 

The resort has a couple different pools. The building we were in has one in the center that we visited once after the beach. The pool up front has lots of lounge space around it along with noodles, floats, etc, that can also be taken to the beach.

This resort is on the south part of the island. Near by were several restaurants in walking distance. There is a trolly stop right out front of the hotel if you want to go to the north end. 

Our stay here was wonderful and we hope to return. I don't have any complaints about this place.

“We'd stay here again!”
August 25, 2013 - Florida

We were here for 4 nights and enjoyed every minute. The two bedroom two bath unit was wonderful!!! It was beautifully decorated and had everything that you could ask for. The bathrooms are very large with very nice double shower heads, double sinks, and a jacuzzi tub in the master. The kitchen was beautiful and was nicely equipped. The screened porch was very relaxing and the patio furniture was very nice. There are ceiling fans in every room and televisions and DVD players in both bedrooms and the living/family room. Everything was clean and spotless and was very nicely kept while we were there. We had a couple of small issues but they were address and fixed immediately. The beach is beautiful and beach chairs and umbrellas are provided. We will definitely be back and will recommend this place to all of our family and friends.

“Annual Family Beach Retreat”
August 25, 2013 - Winter Garden, FL

Our family has been coming to Tortuga Inn for years now and each time we stay we enjoy it more. They resort feels like home. When we first came to Anna Maria we looked to rent a home but discover Tortuga's rate were much more comparable and they had much better amenities. The staff is wonderful. The resort is so beautiful and has everything to make your stay wonderful. Highly recommend checking in for the week. A day or two is not enough. Walking distance to all the great restaurants and shops. We love having the boat slips for our boat. Full kitchen, free laundry, two pools and free beach chairs! Love this place!

“3rd fabulous stay”
August 24, 2013 - Florida

I have stayed at Tortuga multiple times in the last 5 years. Both for family vacations and girls weekends in the past and had a wonderful time. The apartments and surrounding grounds are always clean, in good condition and well-stocked. I like to cook a bit and it's great to be able to reasonably prepare an entire meal in a rental without worrying about whether or not there will be a blender, decent knives, pots and pans, etc to work with...THANK YOU! 

Some new landscaping has also been upgraded since our last visit- beautiful. 
The large boat dock out back is a real perk as well for fishing/boating.
Staff are warm and helpful for whatever you need while visiting and you will not find a better value for the amenities provided. 

We will return again next Summer!

“Great Vacation at the Tortuga Inn, Anna Maria Island”
August 21, 2013 - Halifax, Canada

We stayed in The Inn for 8 nights Aug 2 to Aug 10th and my wife and I had a great time at the Inn. The Staff were fantastic at check-in, during our stay and again at checkout. They all went out of their way to attend to us each and every time so the service was 2nd to none. We stayed in a garden efficiency suite the first night which was very nice and clean and located on the ground floor. We then moved to unit 256 which was the second floor suite overlooking the Bay which was amazing and we enjoyed the view and sunrise every morning. There were morning and evening with Dolphins and Manatee’s swimming around the dock which we could see from the sun room so location was perfect.
The grounds, pools and hot tub were all well-kept and clean at all times so attention to detail was great. Access to private beach and chairs etc was 2 min stroll across the street so there were days we never used the rental car at all. The trolley stop was right outside Inn so you could be there with no car and still manage for a week.
Restaurants, beach bars and Bridge Street were all within 10 mins walk in either direction and if did not want to walk then used the trolley so very relaxing and great location.
We travel throughout Florida several times a year for the last 10+ years and we have stayed at many different hotels, Inns and condo/house rentals in lots of different areas of FL each time and the Tortuga Inn is in the top of the list of places we have stayed at over the years. We will recommend this place to friends and family wanting to enjoy Anna Maria in the future and as well we will stay here again for sure next time we decide to vacation in the area.

Traveling Wilburys (Dave and Jan)

“Undiscovered little bit of PARADISE”
August 21, 2013 - Vincennes, Indiana

This is my second stay at the Tortuga Inn and third stay on the island. I am hesitant to make this known to the public because I feel like The Tortuga Inn is my private little paradise. The hotel is beautiful with its lush tropical gardens and the rooms are decorated beautifully in a tropical island theme. The Gulf is literally just steps away. If you are lucky you can go to the beach at night and you may be able to see a turtle coming up to lay eggs. The beach is pristine white sand and the water is a beautiful shade of clear blue turquoise. The hotel provides beach chairs and umbrellas for FREE!!! And they do not charge to park! I just can't say enough about The Tortuga Inn, it is my little piece of paradise and I plan to return many times!

“Best time ever!”
August 21, 2013 - Longwood, Florida

If your want to feel like you went away but did not want to travel too far or to one of the island where they always want to braid your hair, this is the place for you. The hotel room was clean and he staff were very friendly. Free trolleys that takes you from one end of Ann Maria to the other end. Beaches are clean and there were nice places to eat at. Beautiful sun sets. Great place for the entire family. Can't wait to go back there again.

“Bayfront North is Perfect”
August 21, 2013 - Cincinnati, Ohio

Just returned from Tortuga, stayed in the Bayfront North unit 258 from 8/14-8/18. My wife and I have stayed here 3 times now and love everything about it. Excellent location, private pool for our unit and the unit below. Staff was friendly, allowed us to check in early upon our arrival. Unit was clean, updated, comfortable and most importantly, right on the water. You could not ask for anything more from the Tortuga. Private beach with chairs, towels and umbrellas all provided for free, which is great for travellers. We were married in 2011 and had all our guests 50+ people stay here and they were more than able to acommodate. A couple loved it so much they returned and just got married down there and had a majority of their guests stay there as well. So it comes highly recommended from myself and about 100 others that have stayed there too!

“Lovely Hotel”
August 20, 2013 - Mulberry, FL

We rented a full studio on the 2nd floor with a full kitchen. It was plenty spacious. Very clean. Very spacious bathroom. The bed was very comfortable. Right across the street from the beach with easy access. Tortuga has beach chairs and umbrellas available for the guests. The pool was cleaned each day while visiting. We took our dog, which was fine, but there isn't much of an area to walk a pet. Tortuga did provide a pet waste station with doggie poop bags, which was handy. On the website, Tortuga says that the Palm South building has no elevator. Be prepared that parking is limited and you may not be able to park near the stairs to your room. If you have a lot of luggage and stuff to get to your room, I recommend a first floor room. Property is very quiet. Staff was very attentive. Café on site is very good. Beer sold in office and café is extremely reasonably priced. Excellent ice machine as well. Hotel was full but always had ice available. Very impressed with Tortuga. I was there with a business group but stayed longer for personal. Everyone in our group was extremely pleased and wants to come back. Not one compliant from anyone out of 18 rooms taken.

“Beautiful slice of paradise!”
August 20, 2013
- Florida
My family and I (four of us) recently stayed for two nights at the Tortuga Beach Resort. Our two bedroom, one bath was exceptional. The place was meticulously clean, and there was no odor of cigarette smoke, though it was a non-smoking apartment. The digitally controlled, central air system worked great. The size of the space was perfect, and the interior looked brand new with nice and comfortable decor. The bed quilts were cozy, and the ceiling fans were modern and extremely quiet. The shower's water pressure was very good. No struggle to take a hot shower. We had no issues with the beds, including the pull-out sofa bed. There was a full kitchen with all of the amenities and little extras, like packets of coffee, cream and sugar. We didn't have a reason to use any of the appliances though. Housekeeping left a full set of fresh bath and beach towels on the second day without our asking.

We stayed in the Palm Court North area which is nestled among beautiful palm trees, plants and flowers. There's a pretty, white archway that leads into the interior court yard, along with two fountains, one of them a Koi pond. The pool was clean with an array of toys for kids to use and there was covered umbrella seating. We requested a room on the second floor and a few doors down from the pool for a quiet stay, and we barely heard a peep outside our door. The door had two locks, and two chairs with a small table were outside for relaxing.

The office staff was friendly, and there was a small store immediately next door. Items, like soda were a bit pricey, but this was to be expected. There was also a small cafe, but we didn't visit it. The ice machine was right around the corner. Everything was very convenient to our location. 

The private beach is directly across the street from the resort; a two-lane road. There were plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas at no charge. The beach was clean and beautiful, of course. 

The area had a free trolley that you can ride which will take you to Anna Maria Island and the Bridge Street areas, as well as Coquina, Manatee, and Holmes Beach. (The resort is at Bradenton Beach.) The trolley stopped right in front of the resort. We had no difficulty what so ever getting on the trolley and stopping at the quaint eateries and shops, like those on Pine Avenue and at Anna's famous 100 year-old pier. The trolley ran every 20 minutes.

All together, we had a marvelous time. I highly recommend this resort to anyone who is looking for a few days of paradise staying in a reasonably priced beautiful, comfortable beach resort that's close to everything you could want to see and do.

“It keeps getting better and better!!!!”
August 20, 2013 - Poinciana, Florida

This was our third August family vacation, In May myself and 7 other girlfriends
had our 2nd girls get away, I have also been there 4 other times with other friends
and family.
I do not even think about trying another location "If it ain't broken, don't fix it" :)
We have recommended it to many of our friends who have also vowed to return.
The 2 bedroom 2 bath units are amazing and very spacious and comfortable. Kitchen great for
all your cooking, if anything is missing or not up to par one phone call to office
and you will be taken care of immediately.....from a cork screw to a big pot. Gulf beach and the sunsets are amazing? Every time we visit they are adding something to Hotel or refurbishing.
can not wait for our next trip.....probably November!

“Absolutely Amazing”
August 19, 2013

We were here for 4 nights and enjoyed every minute. The two bedroom two bath unit was wonderful!!! It was beautifully decorated and had everything that you could ask for. The bathrooms are very large with very nice double shower heads, double sinks, and a jacuzzi tub in the master. The kitchen was beautiful and was nicely equipped. The screened porch was very relaxing and the patio furniture was very nice. There are ceiling fans in every room and televisions and DVD players in both bedrooms and the living/family room. Everything was clean and spotless and was very nicely kept while we were there. We had a couple of small issues but they were address and fixed immediately. The beach is beautiful and beach chairs and umbrellas are provided. We will definitely be back and will recommend this place to all of our family and friends.

“Love, Love, Love this Hotel!!!!”
August 19, 2013 - Palm Coast, Florida

We recently had the pleasure of staying at Tortuga for the 2nd time and fell in love with it all over again. We have come to Anna Maria Island every year for the past seven years....and out of all of the properties we have stayed at this is definitely our favorite. Both times we have stayed, we opted for the Garden Apartments and have not been disappointed. We stayed this time in a "standard" room, versus the deluxe, the room was still a great size, kitchens are well stocked, lots of cooking room, dishwasher, huge fridge and glass top stove. Nice balcony, double headed shower. The beach is across the street, and as mentioned in other reviews - traffic can be kind of crazy....Tortuga has its own beach chair supply, and if you feel up to it, there are jet ski, hobie cat, paddle board rentals available close by. Several restaurants within walking distance, there is also an Island Trolley that will take you I believe for free around the island. A great restaurant at the north end of the island is the Sand Bar Restaurant - great drinks, seafood and salads...coupled with the best views and sunsets. We are already planning our next trip and can't wait to go back!

“An unforgettable family vacation!”
August 11, 2013 - Elkridge, Maryland

Our stay at the Tortuga Beach Resort was wonderful! Our condo was well furnished and provided plenty of room to spend time together or retreat to our rooms. We were able to wash clothes, which meant no laundry waiting for home! We cooked a few meals in our kitchen to save some money. There is plenty to do within walking distance! Cross the street to explore the private beach. We saw sea turtle nests marked off at various sights on the beach. The resort has lounge chairs and small beach umbrellas along with towels for use in the beach. There are lots of small shells on the beach and plenty of birds to watch, including pelicans, gulls and sand pipers. You can paddle board and jet ski right on the beach. You are within walking distance of plenty of restaurants. We had a delicious meal at Banana Cabana. The macadamia encrusted grouper was delicious! The sunsets were amazing. The resort staff was very friendly and profession. I would highly reccommend.

“Best place ever”
August 9, 2013 - Midwest

It is very hard to find anything wrong with this resort. But to be on the fair side I will say having to cross the street to get to the ocean and the beach was a bit nerve wracking. Everything else about this resort was great. The staff are unbeatable. They helped in making my trip one of the best I have ever taken. And as Dr. Phil says " this wasn't my first rodeo". I brought my dog with me ( who isn't a tiny fluff bucket ) and we were both treated like royalty. Dogs are not allowed on the beach but the staff did give me instrutions to a dog friendly beach. She was not allowed in the pool area which is something I can very well understand and it shows concern for other guests. She was allowed everywhere else and even got some time in the gift shop. This resort was bar none one of the cleaness places I have ever stayed at. The pool was very nice. The little cafe next to the office was good. The beach was beautiful. Are you getting the gist of what I am saying? Well then call and make a reservation to heaven. You will be a better and more relaxed person for having stayed at Tortuga Beach Resort. Tell them Robin sent you to get 10% off your stay. KIDDING. Really just kidding. They won't give you anything for saying I sent you. Well, maybe a smile. But that is all.

“Doesn't look like much from the street but don't let that fool you!”
August 7, 2013 - North Texas

My husband and I we're at the Clearwater Marriott Beach Resort the day before arriving in Bradenton Beach. We decided not to stay another night in Clearwater because of the overcrowded highrise filled place. We arrived in Bradenton and Anna Marie island with no hotel reservations and walked in and looked at several hotels for hours before finding the Tortuga Hotel. At first it felt like a motel with the rooms around the swimming pool but then when we saw the map of the property and realize there was a multi-level attachment as well as detached Suites in the back we were really surprised. We rented a studio suite in the back facing the boat dock. A truly beautiful view from the room and a private patio with sitting area and privqte jacuzzi. We loved it and would stay there again and again! Next time I will reserve the detached cottage that has its own private pool!

“Perfect spot to explore Anna Maria Island”
July 29, 2013 - Orlando, Florida

Great welcome from the helpful staff. This resort is split into different forms of accommodation and we chose the two bedroom apartment, with pull out couch, that sleeps six.
The apartment was clean, tidy and had that beech feel, with great decor and furnishings. There was a full kitchen, good size bathroom and small patio outside.
The resort came with a family pool, BBQ areas set around the interior of the courtyards, shop and plenty of parking.
The beech was just a few feet from the entrance of the resort. The resort has its own area with beech chairs and umbrellas.
It was a great place from which to explore the Island.

“Perfect location, quiet area, unique beach holiday experience....”
July 26, 2013 -Essex

My family and I have recently returned from a 10 night stay in Florida....3 of these were at Tortuga beach. After a somewhat disappointing stay in Orlando(see my other review!) we were totally blown away by Tortuga. We had the 2 bedroom Bay view room. It was stunning in many ways. We had our own private garden with sun loungers and with tables and chairs, also we had the use of the large jacuzzi. Over the road was the beach and the hotel supply sun loungers, umbrellas for free which is a bonus. Our particular accommodation was fully equipped out with fridge freezer, oven, coffee machine(free supply of coffee,dry milk and sugar) washing machine and dryer..very large 2/3 person shower(ok sounds strange saying 3 person and we didn't but it was big enough for 3 people!! Hole now dug!!!) moving on.....the location of hotel was fine and with a couple of restaurants and bars within walking distance it suited my family perfectly. There is also a small shop attached to hotel and a small deli offering paninis, pancakes etc....if you are looking for an old style American beach vacation away from the busier resorts of Clearwater and Tampa then Anna Marie Island is perfect and Tortuga is the perfect base to stay....enjoy.

“Loved this Hotel”
July 25, 2013 - Canton, GA

We had our Summer 2013 week vacation here and we were delighted at the room. It was neat, clean, loved the tiled floor. The kitchenette had a big fridge/freezer where we stored out meats, a whole case of bottle water, drinks and much more. The gas stove and oven worked well and we made breakfast everyday. The cupboards were done in a lovely white lacquer finish and the appliances like the blender and toaster looked very new. We loved the white tiled walk in shower. My husband loved the covered parking and the three complimentary washers and dryers. The walk to the beach was very short and easy and there are cots and umbrellas that you can use. There is a wonderful, huge, pretty, wooden gazebo that you can relax under and watch the sea. It was truly awesome. The sand was not as smoothe as St Pete beach, but this area of Anna Maria Island, has it's own rewards, the place feels very family oriented. The buildings look quaint and has an old island feel, a very nice feeling, not big towering hotels as you would find in other touristy areas. The only negative of the room was that the a/c unit was loud when it kicked on.

“Fourth of July”
July 22, 2013 - Florida

Spent the holiday at this resort and I must say it is an excellent choice with children. We have two young toddlers and it was perfect in every way. You can see fireworks across the street at the beach, parade runs right by the resort, beach is steps away, pool is great, walking distance to restaurants and shops. We had a two bedroom, perfect for a family of four with kids who need naps and go to bed early, and a kitchen and living room for us to relax and cook a few meals at "home." I really can't think of a negative comment to say about this hotel. We live in Florida and Anna Maria Island is a tradition for us on the Fourth of July--now we have a hotel to make as part of our tradition as well!

“Wonderful place to stay”
July 9, 2013 - Salt Lake City, Utah

Great for families, right across the street from the beach, incredible pools, and huge accommodations. Close to great beachfront places to eat too. Stayed here a few times and loved it! We will definitely be going back to Tortuga on our next trip to Bradenton!

“Enjoyed Our Stay”
June 26, 2013

We stayed during spring break, always a busy time for a vacation. We stayed here with two other families, that had their own condos. Tortuga Beach Resort was absolutely terrific. We had a two bedroom condo that was beautiful, clean, and comfortable. Even during the busy spring break season the whole resort was, clean, comfortable, and quite. The staff was very kind and accommodating and always guided us to the best restaurants. The resort's location is great. It is walking distance to the Bridge Street area. Also, there is a stop for the free bus is right outside the resort. You can take the bus to the north end of the island and shop in the cute pier area, and leave your car. How handy!

“Better Every Time”
June 21, 2013 - Tampa, Florida

I have been to the Tortuga Beach Resort several times and each time gets better and better. The staff is always friendly and attentive. And, now they have a wonderful cafe that comes in handy when you're craving a latte' first thing in the morning The new tiki bar by the pool is also a welcome convenience especially on hot days when you need an icy cold beverage. The beach was particularly inviting this past May with cool, clear water that was as smooth as glass. Truly, the combinaton of the Tortuga Beach Resort and the beautiful beach made for an unforgettable getaway.

“Third Time at the Tortuga”
June 14, 2013 - Tampa, Florida

This was my third time staying at the Tortuga. As always, it was a great experience. We had the villas (159-259). It had it's own private pool. This place is very affordable and comfortable. We went through more beach towels that humanly possible...and no complaints from the staff. They cleaned our grill for us every day and the pool deck. Truly a very enjoyable time. My only complaint would be the beds are a little hard for my taste. 

I would recommend the Tortuga to any large family or group of friends. I'll be back for sure!!

“Love this place!”
June 6, 2013 - Estero, Florida

Everything about this resort is top-notch. We just spent 5 days there in May and will be returning in July for another 5 days - our fifth time there. Every unit is beautiful and clean. Everything is provided for a day at the beach and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. We live in a comparable area near Naples but still choose to visit Anna Maria Island for vacations. It is a special place for us and we always look forward to returning. Highly recommend.

“Great Place”
June 3, 2013

We spent five nights at the Toruga Beach the end of April and enjoyed it very much. Our room was very clean and fresh, the pool was great and so was the private beach with beach chairs and umberalls. Even though we were there during "Pirates' Weekend" plus a wedding, it was still quite. The bus system on the island is very convenient and free. The small attached "cafe" was great to get sodas and adult beverages, plus they have a small beverage area pool side. We will definately be going back.

“Great first visit”
May 26, 2013 - Yeovil, United Kingdom

Really clean rooms, all the facilities you need, friendly staff and fantastic location. Only stayed 2 nights but wished we could have stayed a week. Anna Maria island is lovely, traditional Florida and a great contrast to the madness of Orlando. Swam in the sea, picked shells on the beach, hired bikes and explored and ate great local food. Bit of a trek from the UK but very much hope we will be back one day.

“Great first visit”
May 26, 2013 - Yeovil, United Kingdom

Really clean rooms, all the facilities you need, friendly staff and fantastic location. Only stayed 2 nights but wished we could have stayed a week. Anna Maria island is lovely, traditional Florida and a great contrast to the madness of Orlando. Swam in the sea, picked shells on the beach, hired bikes and explored and ate great local food. Bit of a trek from the UK but very much hope we will be back one day.

“My Absolute Favorite Place to Stay”
May 10, 2013 - Nw Jersey

Rooms are clean (although a few paint touchups are needed here and there) and the screen porch in the Gardens building are wonderful! The one bedroom deluxe units in the Gardens buildings are fantastic...I recommend them highly.

Quick and easy walk to the beautiful beach, ample chairs and umbrellas. 

We can't wait to return!

“Return to Tortuga inn”
May 24, 2013 - Venice, Florida

It has been five years since last visiting Tortuga Inn. I think we have tried almost every part of compound. This time we tried the Gardens. We brought our five pound yorkie and his good buddy Oliver a kitten. We love the way the animals are treated. We always crate them when we leave for a swim. The partial view delux one bedroom apt was beautiful and bay view was breathtaking. This was the best part. Yet the bed was the most horrible, lousy, uncomfortable, cheap and sub standard for the price we paid. The pillows were flat cheap ones. La Quinta has pillow top beds and great pillows for a lot less than this overpriced room. They have also become cheap when it comes to soap, towels, and kitchen detergents. There was a time when new towels were delivered to your apt with new kitchen soaps, bathroom ect. We had to ask for more kitchen detergents for we did all our cooking no eating out. For the price one pays housekeeping should not be an extra charge no matter what beach properties are asking. I still love the views, the beach, and the idea that your pets may come to the beach with you. I will never stay there again until I read that the beds all of them have changed. My daughter told me she had the same experience in one of the lesser North villa apt. I know David Tuttlebaum is very active and will update these issues. Until then I will wait.

“Great Spot for our Wedding Party”
May 22, 2013 - Orlando, Florida

We got married on Anna Maria Island (The Sandbar, also highly recommended!) and had beach houses rented for our wedding party and family, but we had all of our guests (~40-50ppl) stay at the Tortuga Inn, and we got great reviews from all of our guests who stayed on property. We also stayed here the night of our wedding in one of the suites that looks over the back bar - great spot and nice comfortable rooms.

The beach right across the street is fabulous! The only thing we would recommend to stay away from is the little Cafe just south of the Tortuga Inn (Gulf Drive Cafe??). It is in walking distance and looks like a great little beach bar, but we tried the place numerous times and the food and service were HORRIBLE. 

But dont hold that against the Tortuga Inn. Very nice staff that was accommodating to all our needs and those of our guests.

“Tortuga has yet again lived up to our expectations and beyond”
May 18, 2013 - Littlehampton, United Kingdom

We returned to the Tortuga for the 5th or 6th time, I admit I was a little concerned with some of the negative comments made on this site and the changes that had been made. However, our welcome in reception was excellent, our room was fantastic (not sure why people say the rooms are dark, they are shaded - keeps them cool, you can always put a light on) overall our stay was perfect. 
The new café is handy and the shop by the side of the reception keeps most things you may need. The whole place was kept clean and tidy with a pride seldom seen in hotels.
All things being equal we hope to be back in 18 to 24 months - it's a long way from the UK but well worth the mileage.

“Perfect in Every Way”
May 15, 2013 - Toronto, Canada

We stayed at the Tortuga for 3 nights while attending a wedding and were very impressed from the start. Front desk staff were friendly and while they could not accommodate an early check-in, the room was well worth the wait. It was beyond our expectations! The room was absolutely beautiful! We wished we could have stayed longer. Beach was directly across the street with easy access. We will definitely go back and will definitely recommend this hotel to anyone heading down to Florida.

“Absolutely beautiful”
May 13, 2013 - Mobile

We needed a room foe just one night on Mother's Day weekend....luckily we found the Tortuga abd they had an amazing 2br/2bath. Granite, crown molding dual head showers in both baths....if we would have known what a great place it was we would have definitely planned a longer stay. Our room shared a private pool with a few other rooms. We are just an hour and a half away but we will definitely return for a weekend of r&r.

“Quaint and Lovely, Tortuga Inn”
May 11, 2013 - Lockport, New York

Late planning and a bit of luck turned into one of the loveliest places we have ever stayed!
Visited Anna Maria Island over Easter weekend and it was absolutely the best! Tortuga Inn is nicely situated approximately center of the Island and was bright, clean, spacious and an extremely pleasant experience. The beach is gorgeous and right at your fingertips. Enjoyed exploring all of the Island and would not hesitate to stay at any of the Anna Maria Island Resorts, they have a great facebook page which keeps you up to date and wanting to return again and again!

“Perfect”
May 10, 2013 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This place is the real deal. If you do your homework, Anna Maria Island is a quiet, laid back, non-party location that is ideal for a quiet getaway where you just want to relax, eat good food and enjoy an amazing beach. And this hotel makes that experience perfect! The front desk staff are the nicest, fun folk. The Gulf Room suite we were in had amazing sunset views and was a spacious, clean, quiet, well appointed home away from home. The fantastic beach is also quiet, just a short stroll away and if you're bored of the beach, the pools are also incredibly relaxing. The creperie downstairs serves good breakfast and the hotel is at a great location for walking a little south to pretty good restaurants. Even better, the free trolley stops right outside the hotel if you want to head to the north of the island to experience the good food up there too! Small(ish), privately run hotels like this are hard to find these days but this is a real find and like most things, it's not just the location, etc., it's the people that work there that also make it. Recommended! We'll be back...

“Lovely beach escape!”
May 9, 2013 - Chicago, Illinois

First of all, I love the website, which was why I chose this hotel in the first place. The Inn has excellent pictures of the rooms, and of the resort-and the pictures do not exaggerate! The rooms, pool and beach are lovely and spacious. Also, the staff at the front desk is very friendly and helpful. We felt very much at home, and will be returning next year!

“Our Second Trip Just As Perfect”
May 9, 2013 - Dayton, Ohio

We visited our favorite Florida beach again this year for another family vacation. We absolutely love Anna Maria Island but just hate that the word is getting out! This year we went during Easter week which I had heard would be 100X busier and more costly than October, well it was BUT not THAT bad! Stayed a week and stayed at our fav spot Tortuga Gardens. This time they didn't have the 2/2 Deluxe unit overlooking the bay available. It had already been reserved but the reservationist suggested the 2/2 Deluxe without the view. It was like $500 less, had all the space, covered lanai and was just as wonderful but no Bay view. We could LIVE with that! Our vacations exist of my husband, 2 children under 7 and my Momma. We have plenty of room in the 2 bdrm Deluxe and my mom enjoys her little piece of paradise in the "lock-out efficiency" portion of the condo. Our kids are small and young enough that the pull out works great (that's if they aren't snuggling with grandma)!!!! The lanai is so awesome! It really is like an additional living space. One morning while it rained my mom and husband and I all sat out there and enjoyed the storm. It is a GREAT space! In regards to the newly added cafe.....LOVE! Perfect for breakfast and grabbing drinks. I think we walked down there 3 or 4 mornings to grab breakfast for everyone. Totally convenient. If you are trying to figure out where to stay you need to seriously consider Tortuga. The trolley stops right outside, the beach is (for real) a 2 or 3 minute walk through the complex and across the street. We love this location for walkable restaurants and easy drives around the island. We do rent a car but are able to walk to a lot of places or jump on the trolley. Ohhhh and the staff is so friendly! So what are my suggestions for making Tortuga better? Add some light music to pool area, and I need a better mattress in the master bedroom. It doesn't suck all the way but I have a great bed at home and did miss it! But for the view, location and atmosphere, I will surely cope! Haha! Going back for sure!

“Perfect location”
May 8, 2013 - Boston, United Kingdom

As Anna Marie Island fans this was a no brainer. We stayed in July last year and are going back again in Sept this year. Clean, friendly, perfect location. The rooms are delightful and have all you need for a relaxed few days. Get up early, wander over onto the private beach and you can be the only person in the world as the sun rises and the wildlife begins to stir, idyllic.

“Amazing resort”
May 6, 2013 - Commack, New York

We discovered this beautiful resort last summer. The Tortuga staff is so friendly and helpful. They always have a smile on their face and make you feel welcome the minute you walk in. The resort is located on a beautiful beach and it also has nice pool area. The room are tastefully done and very clean. You can walk to lots of amazing restaurants and if walking is not your thing, you don't even need to drive your car because a trolley will take you from one end of the Island to the other for free. We will certainly go back to this beautiful resort.

“Best beach location"”
May 1, 2013 - Traverse City, Michigan

Great location for a white sand beach (across the street) had chair and umbrella rental. Fantastic snsets. King room was very clean with all amenities, updated (a little dark), felt like New orleans. Great pool area. Two pools, one was upper deck and maybe only for lap swimmers (lttle sun and few chairs), the other pool was great, clean, warm and tropical. Will definately go back.

“Anna Maria Island Gem - Tortuga Beach Resort, Bradenton Beach"”
May 1, 2013 - Tallahassee, Florida

We have been staying at the Tortuga Beach Resort, Bradenton Beach, for about 5-6 years, for an annual family visit, including Moms and pets - the accommodations have been absolutely first class and staff VERY friendly and reservations always a breeze. Beaches are pristine, dining and local shopping are outstanding, and is very close to Sarasota for arts, entertainment and more fine dining! We would recommend staying here to anyone who has a family and wants updated condo-style accommodations with all the amenities. Walking and biking paths, rentals, hobie cats, free trolleys, and lots of beach activities are all there.

“Really nice rooms and management fair.”
- April 20, 2013 - Tinley Park, Illinois

We had a room on the bay side, very clean and nice. Had a problem with our arrival after hours even though the office was notified but the management did right by us for our inconvenience. Would definitely stay there again. The location is great and the room (153 Bayside south) was beautiful and very private with a nice view of the bay. Gulf beach is a short walk across the street.

“Loved it ! Great location, nice & clean”
- April 19, 2013

I stayed in the hotel room and a 2 br apartment. Both were very, very clean and accomodating. The property is a few yards from the beautiful beach and is very clean. The staff was awsome and helpful both times i stayed there. The wifi could be iffy at times. Loved the property with the small courtyard. I dont get the bad reviews but, this is not a 6 star luxury property like a Hyatt. It has a great location, very clean, up to date and new furnishings and accomodations and very comfortable all around. I stayed in the front building which had been remodeled. The buildings in the back were new and I would consider them upscale addomodations.. Loved the layout of the 2 br apt and the hotel room was pretty large and roomy. a short walk to the restaraunts and Bridge St. Only 2 miles to Publix. They did anything they could think of to make sure the rooms were propertly stocked for guests from towels to the kitchen areas. I would definately reccommend this place in Bradenton Beach area and would come back again.

“Wonderful place to enjoy the Gulf Coast.”
- April 18, 2013 - Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Staff are friendly and helpful. The one bed room we stayed was not like the boring standard decor, but bright and "beachy decorated, with tile floor, beach, spacious tile shower and small refrigerator in room. Small store near reception desk is well stocked to keep you going. Washer and dryer are free. Short walk across the beach, supplied with towels you pick up at the nice pool heated pool, and plenty of beach lounges are there to enjoy a rest, the sun and the gulf waters. Many good places to eat nearby including "Ralphs" on the pier and Sanatoga. I will be coming back.

“Awesome Stay!”
- April 17, 2013 - Franklin, Tennessee

This is a beautiful place to stay. This was our third stay here - for yet another wedding! The location is convenient, the property is beautiful and relaxing. It is very clean and well appointed with everything you need for a day or a month. The beach across the street is beautiful and picture perfect. The staff is friendly and helpful. We love staying here!

“Clean & Convenient”
- April 14, 2013 - Ocala, FL

We stayed here for our 10 year anniversary. My husband has Crohn's disease and has to cook his own food, so we needed a room with a full kitchen. The kitchen was well thought-out and very clean, plus Publix is just down the road. Overall the room was nice, and I felt comfortable enough to walk around barefoot - and I haven't felt that comfortable in many hotels. The hotel buildings are crammed onto the property, but every other hotel on the island looks just as jammed in. Being located on the Northern part of the island means you don't get caught in as many traffic backups, because Cortez Bridge is just down the road. One suggestion to the Tortuga Inn: secure your WiFi! When we checked in, the person at the front desk seemed proud that a password was not needed, but that meant EVERYONE got on the WiFi every night, and we got bumped off several times and sometimes frustratingly were not able to get back on.

“A wonderful stay!”
- April 13, 2013 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

We stayed here spring break 2013 and had a great time! The folks at the desk were always in a good mood (they work at the beach though, so....) It's a very clean, beautiful, and well-kept property in a convenient location. They give the option of no housekeeping to save money. We did this but our youngest got sick the first night and they graciously changed out our bed sheets gratis. They have free laundry for guests so you can clean your own towels as needed (dryers are slow but what are you going to do?). You don't have to bring beach towels because they give you tokens for one set of beach towels each day.
The pool was heated and our daughters loved it. It can get a bit crowded with spring break but never unworkable. They have a bin of toys and a cabana boy standing by with cool drinks and towels. They only ran low on beach chairs once that I can recall because it was too cool and windy to go to the beach.
The resort is across the main road from the beach. This does have fairly constant traffic during spring break but cars stop to let you cross. There's a free bus running the length of the island and there's a bike lane on either side of the road. The beach is clean and the Inn provides plenty of lounge chairs (the poor staff has to drag them back near the road and stack them each night). The sand varies from soft flour to broken shells but its a lovely wide beach with a lot of shallow water and mild waves just big enough to give kids their first taste of body surfing. There is an outfit offering water toy rentals right there. Shelling isn't great but what was on offer got our 9 year old excited.
The island is small so the inn is convenient to most everything you could need. There's little need to leave the island and you're better off staying on it because during spring break the backups to cross the causeway are loooong.
The staff worked very hard to keep guests happy. We didn't have housekeeping but they were busy as bees everywhere else keeping things looking great. For some reason the TV (full cable) got stuck in the on position so they brought in a brand new TV the next day.
We did have a couple of minor complaints. For the first 3-4 days the wifi had a horribly weak signal, dropping constantly and basically unusable. Then i think someone realized a router/repeater was offline and it improved considerably. So if you have a bad signal check at the desk and see if it can be improved. The other issue is it got a bit hot at night for sleeping. We didn't get enough breeze and couldn't work out the cooling system, but it wasn't bad enough for us to try super hard, either!
All in all a great place, a great stay, and a lot of people working hard to ensure you have a happy and carefree time on vacation!

“A real nice place to stay, for a certian kind of vacation”
- April 11, 2013 - Orlando, Florida

I want to start by saying the deluxe apartments in the Tortuga inn are awesome. Now that that is said, i would not really count it as a normal hotel/motel. Think of it more like you are renting an apartment at a really nice location. The service is not designed to be a hands on effort. The pools are...not the best. I love the concept, because I enjoy a restful undisturbed vacation and that is what i get every time i go. Its pretty close to everything and the beach is amazing. Not a resort but a very nice place.

“Beautiful apartment with a great location”
- April 9, 2013

We had a great stay at Tortuga Inn and were very comfortable there. The apartment was very clean and well appointed. With two pools to choose from they were never crowded and were well maintained. Beautiful private beach right across the street and a French bistro. What more could you ask for? The quiet rules after 10 pm on Anna Maria made for a restful stay. Thank you David and Tim and all the staff!

“Perfect family getaway”
- April 8, 2013 - Hermosa Beach, CA

We loved everything about our stay at Tortuga Beach. It's not a fancy resort, but it's very clean, well-kept, friendly, and offers an ideal location just steps from the beach and walking distance from local eateries and activities. It's perfect for families. We were in the Palm Court 2 bed/1 bath rooms - stayed in both a top and bottom floor room during our stay and liked them both. The upstairs room had an ocean view and wonderful breeze. The staff at Tortuga was accommodating and friendly, and they really provide everything you need to be self-sufficient in your own little apartment - even free laundry and internet. We would definitely stay here again!

“"Great Stay!”
- April 2, 2013 - Universal City, Texas

I was on vacation with my sister, brother-in-law and 11 yo nephew. We were in a 2 Br/1bath room location 227. We had a great view of the pool and the a bit of the ocean. The staff was great and helpful with finding out about places to eat. We were there the from March 20-26, the weekend was when a big crowd came in and because the temperature were cold on the beach people were pulling in lounge chairs from the beach across the street to the poolside since the pool was nicely heated. I found the area to be a quiet place until the crowds came in. Anyway, the property was well kept, I thought the rooms were well insulated and I am a light sleeper. The kitchen had all you needed to cook and there was a free laundry with 3 washers and 3 dryers. The beds were very comfortable and the rooms were easy to keep clean since the floors were tiled. I am pretty picky but I have to say I would definitely stay here again.

“Very Nice Resort!!”
- March 20, 2013 - Colonia,NJ

Our first trip to AMI was especially nice spending it at the Tortuga!! The resort is very clean and well kept. Our room (137A) was very comfortable,clean and nicely decorated. The ladies at the reception desk couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. Lisa set us up with several great places to eat and also helped my wife with a birthday surpise for me!! Thanks Lisa!! The beach has beautiful white sand, available beach chairs, umbrellas and a great sunset!! All in all our 4 day weekend wasn't long enough but our first trip to AMI was a nice break from the cold Northeast. We found the the island and the people to be very friendly. Look forward to going back! Thanks Tortuga!!

“PERFECT!! One Night Not Enough!!”
- March 18, 2013 - Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida

One night in the Garden Apts. We had stayed at a few other properties in town, all OK, but, thought we could do better, jotted down names, checked online when returned home. The Tortuga Beach Resort looked the most promising, made our reservation online. We received a welcome/thank you email, then, a courtesy follow up, making us aware of some beach construction happening during our visit, assuring that it would not impact our stay, which it did not at all. Check-in was a breeze at the fully staffed office, all very friendly. The room was huge, with beautiful furnishings, very clean, quiet. The king bed was very comfy and firm. Big Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. There was a separate swimming pool in that building, as well as the larger one out in front, both clean and inviting. Wish we had more time there, will DEFINITELY return!! We love the area, beautiful beaches, great restaurants, cool gift shops.

“Short Trip”
- March 15, 2013 - Florida

We had 3 friends visit us in Stuart,Fl and they wanted to visit the Gulf. I found availability at the resort for a couple of nights in trhe Garden Appartments which was perfect. Everthing was great except for the cool weather. Staff was friendly and location had restaurants within walking distance.

“Awesome Room”
- March 14, 2013 - Fonda, New York

Spent 1 week at this resort. Our room was a studio overlooking the bay. It was so quiet with a patio with a private hot tub where we spent most of our time. Short walk to some businesses with restaurants & shops.The resort supplies beach chairs,towels &umbrellas at no extra charge which was a great surprise.

“Pleasant Surprise!”
- March 12, 2013 - Tampa, Florida

I'm a Florida resident and booked this place last minute to spend some time with my family a little closer to the beach. Our dog travels with us whenever possible, so that helped to narrow our choices down to pet friendly Tortuga Inn. The place turned out to be a very pleasant surprise! Our rooms had a walled-in little private yard/entrance; well equipped kitchen, and overall everything was super clean and comfortable. Nearby is the Cortez Fishing Village with their fresh seafood restaurants. We plan to return in summer because the shade, breeze, and the trickle of the fountains in the courtyard will keep us cool even in the Florida heat.

“Tortuga Beach Resort”
- March 12, 2013 - Fairview Heights, Illinois

We made arrangements for a late arrival and found the lights on and the room waiting for us. We had a Studio overlooking the beach and the new Pergola. The staff was great to work with and fulfilled all of our requests. Housekeeping shaped things up each day and the room was in tiptop shape when we returned. This was my third stay at Tortuga and I have never had a complaint.

“What a Gem!”
- March 12, 2013 - Milton, DE

Recently we had occasion to spend a night at the Tortuga Beach Resort on Bradenton Beach. We chose the hotel because it appeared to be unique. Was it ever! The layout is beautiful with accommodations for most tastes. The staff was warm and friendly-from the minute we checked in we felt like treasured guests. We will most certainly visit again.

“Relaxing Stay at Tortuga Inn”
- March 10, 2013 - Park Ridge

This is our fifth year staying at Tortuga Inn Beach Resort. My husband and I always book a one bedroom deluxe condo which is tastefully decorated with a full kitchen, large living/dining room, laundry room, and a large screened in lanai. We loved the bathroom with the jacuzzi and the spacious walk in double shower. Our bedroom and lanai had a spectacular view of Sarasota Bay. Viewing the sunrise reflecting off the bay was a great way to start our day.
The property is well maintained from the cleaning staff to the grounds personnel. Also, the people behind the front desk are friendly, well informed, and very helpful to answer any questions. They make you feel at home.
It is nice that Tortuga Inn keeps making improvements. They recently opened the Le Petit Cafe for take out which is really convenient for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. My husband and I tried their delicious crepes. Also, this year they were constructing a pergola to get to the private white sand beach.
The location of Tortuga Inn is perfect. You can walk across the street to the Gulf of Mexico. The resort has chairs and umbrellas for your use. The beach is great for long walks and watching the breathtaking sunsets. Also, there are so many restaurants walking distance from the resort. With restaurants close by and a free trolley which stops in front of Tortuga Inn, you don't have to depend on a car.
The resort and area have everything you would want for a relaxing vacation. We have already booked our one bedroom for next year.

“Paradise”
- March 10, 2013

My friends and I take an annual girls trip and this year we will be going to stay here for 3rd year in a row. We can't think of a better beach getaway. Great location, awesome beach, and nice clean rooms. My sister also got married on the beach here last year and we had the best time ever! I highly recommend this hotel! I won't stay anywhere else in Anna Maria .

“No need to travel to the Caribbean! The Tortuga Beach Resort is Florida's tropical paradise!”
- March 9, 2013 - Maine

We have been vacationing at the Tortuga since our friends first introduced it to us on their destination wedding. We will be returning this April for our sixth time. Our seventeen year old son has told us multiple times that this is his favorite vacation! Our seven year old daughter has been counting down the weeks until we return to "our Florida home" since Christmas. The people at the Tortuga go out of their way to make you feel at home. No request is too much to ask. The location is ideal for couples and for families. The grounds are well maintained and beautifully groomed. The Tortuga is close to restaurants, shopping, and of course the beach. The Public Trolley stops directly in front of the resort and brings you from one end of the island to the other. The multiple pools are a perfect place to cool off. We have stayed in the Garden Rooms which are spacious and impeccably decorated. The Bay Rooms continue to be our first choice. The privacy and luxury of a private pool can't be beat. I highly recommend a trip to Anna Maria Island and a stay at the Tortuga Brach Resort!

“My Favorite Place” - March 8, 2013 - Massillon, Ohio
This was our fourth year. Each year the property had made new additions to upgrade the resort. The grounds people are always cleaning and pruning the resort. This was our first year in the garden deluxe apartment and the view of the bay was wonderful. The apartment is just like being in a deluxe hotel. The double shower and jacuzzi were heavenly. We loved this accommodation. The front desk staff were helpful from check in to check out. Love the new gift shop and cafe. They both have beer and wine. Can't wait to see the new pergola on the beach. I'm counting the days until February 2014.

“Great Beach getaway” - March 3, 2013 - Johnstown,PA
We have stayed at the Tortuga Beach Resort in February for 3 yrs. now and look forward to our next visit. The inn is clean & well maintained by a friendly,professional staff. The rooms are lovely and pools warm enough to enjoy without shivering. The in house cafe makes great crepes and meals to go. Located right across a small road from the gulf it is also within walking distance of restaurants and shops. The beach itself is marvelous for swimming and shell collecting. Sunsets are spectacular! In keeping with its high quality service the inn provides towels,umbrellas and lounges for guest use. Anna Maria Island has an "old Florida" feel-not a high rise in sight! There is also a town ordinance that prohibits loud parties,etc. after 10PM-it's wonderfully quiet! It's a wonderful place to relax& recharge and also close to Sarasota if more sightseeing/cultural venues are on your list. All in all Tortuga Beach Resort is great!

“LOVED THIS PLACE” - March 2, 2013 - Reston, Virginia
The Tortuga Inn was the perfect place for us to have a getaway from the Northern winter. We were able to watch the sunrise on the pier on the inter-coastal bay, and the sunset on the gulf beach! The room we had was well equipped with a kitchenette, nice flat screen, and even a bidet!
It was quiet, cozy, and comfortable. We had everything we neede provided for us, dishwashing detergent, dish soap, paper towel, ect. Although we had our own car, there is a trolley stop right in front. We can't wait to start planning our return!

“A wonderful retreat” - Feb. 28, 2013 - Sarasota, Florida
From the people at the front desk to the clean, comfortable rooms, this is a great way to get away from it all. With the Bay on one side and the beach on the other, great restaurants and friendly local people, this was a great vacation. We live only an hour away but we will definitely go back to renew and refresh often.

“Tortuga Beach Resort” - Feb. 27, 2013 - Westfield, Massachusetts
We stayed at the Tortuga Beach Resort on anna Maria Island for 5 days in January. We had a fantastic time. the location of the hotel was so convenient to beach, restaurants, shopping, etc. Our room was lovely and clean and all the staff we encountered during our stay were pleasant and helpful. The sunsets were incredible...we would definitely return and we would definitely plan on staying longer.

“A Surprising Jewel!” - Feb. 26, 2013 - Jackson, Michigan
The Tortuga Inn was the perfect place for us to have a getaway from the Northern winter. We were able to watch the sunrise on the pier on the inter-coastal bay, and the sunset on the gulf beach! The room we had was well equipped with a kitchenette, nice flat screen, and even a bidet!
It was quiet, cozy, and comfortable. We had everything we neede provided for us, dishwashing detergent, dish soap, paper towel, ect. Although we had our own car, there is a trolley stop right in front. We can't wait to start planning our return!

“Great Getaway” - Feb. 26, 2013 - New Jersey
My husband and I stayed at the Tortuga Inn for a week in Feb 2013. This was our second trip; the first was 4 years ago. On our first trip we had a room in the 'courtyard' which was so dark that we had to leave all the lights on all day. This trip we opted to stay in a gulf-facing room up front which is over the parking lot but does allow you to see across the street to the ocean. If you stay up front you have to be okay with traffic noise day and night, and guests coming and going.

The room was very clean and well cared for. We did have to pay extra to have housekeeping come in each day to tidy up the room and leave fresh towels. You can opt not to have them come in if you're not opposed to doing laundry on your vacation, since that's the only way you can get fresh towels without the additional fee. Since our last visit they have opened a cafe downstairs where you can get breakfast/lunch/dinner to take out. We had breakfast there one day and weren't bowled over by it but it is convenient. Fortunately the unit we were in had a kitchenette so we were able to bring food/coffee in for the week. The room is comfortable but not lavish. This is a basic place to sleep/eat/shower. I haven't been to any other hotels/inns on the island so I don't have a point of comparison but Tortuga does appear, at least from the outside, to be one of the better ones. The week we were there they were building a new pergola on their private beach so it was very noisy with lots of sawing and hammering, but it's hard to fault them for upgrading. The staff is congenial and very helpful.

Anna Maria Island is a lovely, laid-back place where many people walk and ride bikes to get around. There's also a free trolley that runs up and down the main street so you can hop on and off to get to restaurants/attractions/stores. I love the feel of the island. It's slow, relaxed, and there are many good restaurants to choose from, most of which you can walk to from Tortuga. We will definitely go back to AMI but if we end up at Tortuga next time we'll probably see about getting a room in the back, facing the inter-coastal waterway. I imagine it's much more quiet on that side.

“Tortuga Beach Resort” - Feb. 26, 2013 - Glen Ridge, NJ
My husband and I stayed at Tortuga Beach Resort on Anna Maria Island, FL in February (2013) and had a wonderful time. The room was cozy and had a luxurious bathroom (very modern and very roomy); the hotel was super clean; the piool area very lovely and the best is your are right across the street from one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will return again.

“This is truly a "Bit of Paradise” - Feb. 25, 2013 - Alexandria, Minnesota
February 2013 brought us to the Tortuga Inn for a short 5 days. Our first impression was absolutely amazing! From the check in staff, to the room, to the maintenance staff to the overall property appearance was impressive every day we were there! We had a 2 bdrm condo in the North Palm building which was immaculate. The pool was so warm that my 80 year old parents loved going swimming (even in February!) The short walk to the beach was great exercise for my parents and they could go over there on their own. Traffic always stopped for them to cross. Sunsets were simply amazing! The trolley stop was right by Tortuga Inn. Staff was always available for questions and there was always someone cleaning to make the property spotless. The condo was spacious and so clean. The guests we met were so friendly and even everyone on the island we met seemed very friendly. We will definitely come back and hope to stay longer next time.

“Great place!!!!” - Feb. 25, 2013 - Road Town, Tortola
Tortuga was a great place! Walk across the street to the beach which was as white sand as it could be. Room(two bedroom) was amazing! Pool in the back was really nice. We had a screened in balcony also which over looked the water and it was very nice.

“My Oasis” - Feb. 25, 2013 - Largo, Florida
The only reason I hesitate to write this review is because this gem of a beach resort will become so popular that I will no longer be able to get a reservation. The location is great and the facility is awesome. As a good friend of my said, "this is the cleanest hotel room I have ever stayed in".
Kudos to your staff who have maintained this standard on each of my many visits.

“A little bit of Paradise” - Feb. 24, 2013 - Waunakee, Wisconsin
Last year we stayed for two nights and realized we had discovered a "Jewel". We returned this year and stayed for a week. This time we stayed in the Tortuga Garden 1 bedroom with a partial view of the Bay. We could watch the sun rise from our screened porch and then walk across the street in the evening to watch the sun set over the Gulf. The rooms are immaculate and I would love to have a kitchen as nice as the one we had there. The staff is so friendly and be sure and ask them for recommendations for good places to eat. You will not be disappointed if you chose to stay at Tortuga Beach. We can't wait to return next year!

“Total Enjoyment” - Feb. 23, 2013 - Anderson, Indiana
We made this vacation spot selection mainly based on the fact that it was "pet friendly." We didn't want to leave our aging dog, Kira, behind. We were pleasantly surprised first of all by the friendly welcome we received and then by the wonderful accommodations. Our "deluxe garden apartment" was spacious, very clean and well supplied. The maid service was wonderful. We have friends in the area so we are familiar with the attractions and places to go (and there are plenty). The beach is beautiful and we enjoyed the fact that the premises had two swimming pools - one for swim and sun, the other, a little more private and perfect for swimming laps. Kira enjoyed her stay also. The only drawback is there is not much area for walking the dog and pets aren't allowed on the beach.

“Very enjoyable vacation” - Feb. 22, 2013 - Ohio
We had the opportunity to stay at the Tortuga Inn in January 2013. We rented an gulf front studio apartment. The Inn was very well maintained, and clean. We choose not to use room service but did receive a new supply of towels and toiletries left on our front veranda each day. The staff was very helpful with information about the area. Our view from the front veranda to the gulf was very nice. Walking across the street to the beach allowed us to spend each night enjoying the gorgeous sunset. We would recommend this inn and hope to stay again..

“Great Winter Getaway” - Feb. 22, 2013 - Cincinnati
We recently stayed at Tortuga Resort and took advantage of the one free night offer. We stayed in the Palm Court South studio on the first floor, with a king bed and nice patio outside. Has all you need for a several day stay. The kitchen and fridge gives the option to eat in. The room was well cleaned daily, and the bathroom and shower were roomy and clean as well. The bed was large, but the mattress was too firm for our liking.The location is across Gulf Drive from the beach, and the available beach umbrellas and chairs are great. We were a short drive to family in Bradenton. The Tortuga reservation staff is great. We plan to return.

“Heavenly!” - Feb. 22, 2013 - Cleveland, OH
This charming hideaway on delightful Ana Maria Island is a treasure! It evokes the feel of old Florida with its shaded walkways and exceptional accommodations. The staff were most welcoming and informative. I had the pleasure of staying in room 155 and I would never go to another! It is cozy, well appointed and has a lovely kitchen, plus it looks out over the bay. The icing on the cake is the large outdoor jacuzzi next to the water that was at our disposal. It is shared with only one other room and is not available to anyone else. It is such a romantic spot for a few days of heaven!

“One of the best resort ever for quiet time” - Feb. 22, 2013 - Tampa, Florida
We stayed in a one bedroom on the bay, my husband wanted to fish this weekend (Martin Luther King weekend) the room view was amazing it was like we were on a cruise ship when you looked out the huge padio window. The bathroom was large and with a Spa tube which my husband loved, we were able to cook our breakfast and dinner the Publix is right down the street. We went fishing twice a day and caught nice size Sheep Head I caught more than husband and I'm not a fisherman (lol) it was so much fun people would come up while we were fishig and inquire about the fish. We did our fishing on the hotel Pier. The front desk was amazing and accommodating, our room exceptional clean and comfortable. We will stay at this resort in March I have booked 3 rooms my daughter is getting married on Anna Marie island and the Wedding Party is staying at this Resort. The price was reasonable for beach property. Staff was very friendly and someone was always outside cleaning.

“We will be back!” - Feb. 19, 2013 - Bloomington, Indiana
We stayed in the hotel type room. This is our second time at the Tortuga Inn and each time the staff at the front desk have been very helpful and friendly. Our room both times has been clean and very comfortable. The free shuttle that you can pick up out front is very easy and convenient. The beach is great for long walks in either direction. We have found the Tortuga Inn to be quite and easy for a relaxing stay. We will be back again next year.

“Great Place” - Feb. 13, 2013 - Mansfield, Massachusetts
We stayed in a two bedroom/two bath on the Bayside with the semi-private hot tub. Loved the privacy and quiet side of the Bay which could be enjoyed from the patio area. Clean, friendly staff and neighbors. Kitchen adequate. Very convenient to see the area and just walk across the street to the beach! We would return!

“Great Stay at the Tortuga Inn” - Feb. 10, 2013 - Gibbsboro, NJ
We stayed at the Tortuga Inn Beach Resort in November 2012, for five days with our friends. This was our first time visiting Anna Maria Island. We had a 2 bedroom / 2 bath deluxe apt. with a partial bay view with a screened in porch. The apt. was in the Tortuga Garden Apartment building. The apartment was very tastefully decorated and very clean! It was nice that the cleaning staff came everyday and freshened up the bathrooms and brought clean towels. So even though we stayed in the apt., it was like staying in a hotel! The pool area was kept very nice and inviting. The weather was very cool when we were there, so we only used the pool once. The beach was across the street and they provided beach towels, and lounge chairs. It was a nice beach. Our condo unit had a washer & dryer right off the kitchen. Overall, we had a great time at the Tortuga Inn.

“Choose the Tortuga Gardens” - Feb. 3, 2013
We stayed in a 2 bdrm deluxe in the Tortuga Garden building. It was a beautiful two bdrm, 2 bath condo that was nicely decorated and very clean. We have previously rented houses for the week while on vacation. This year we decided to spend alittle more & stay here. It was well worth it. It was nice to be able to have hotel ammenities like the two pools or just grab a towel from Tortuga and just walk accross the street to the beach. We were there in mid January and had no problems getting a beach chair. The dining/living room area was big enough for us to invite family that lived an hour away to come and have dinner with us. Our rooms didnt have the updated TV's, but hopefully by next year they will be there - that's the only improvement I would make. Be sure to take a boat ride with Captain Kim on her pontoon boat (if you have six or less people) - my son loved getting off on the sandbar with her and finding shells.

“Wonderful stay” - Jan. 31, 2013 - Annandale,VA
Stayed for three nights with my wife. Beautiful property with friendly staff. We found the rooms roomy and unique with built-in book cases and beautiful artwork. Most rooms an open air central courtyard with tropical plants, palm trees, and koi ponds. Feels like staying in Hemingway's house. Our room rate was very reasonable. There are more expensive suites that face the bay or gulf. The pool is heated and the pool area is quite nice. They have a private beach just across the road with chairs and umbrellas provided by the hotel. The road is only one lane in each direction, but since it's the only north-south road on that part of the island, it can be difficult to cross because of the stream of traffic. Breakfast is not included but there is a charming french cafe on the premises that serves breakfast and lunch. . Any number of good restaurants on the island for dinner, and the Bridge Street area can even be walked to from the hotel. All in all, a little bit of paradise

“Toot Horn for Tortuga” - Jan. 23, 2013 - Oak Hill, VA
We stayed here for 5 nights in January in Room T220. Price was extremely resonable.... about $160 a night. The room is very well laid out and a lot of thought went into maximizing the small space. We had a balcony that looked over the Gulf, shared by two other rooms, but no one occupied the rooms so it was very private. The La Petit Cafe was one floor down, so every morning we ate breakfast on the little balcony.

The beach is right across the street and there are jet skiis and sailboats you can rent. There are bikes and scooters you can also rent right next door. Restaurants are within walking distance.

The only negative... and it is a small one.... is that the road is very noisy with lots of trucks. With the windows closed, though, it is quiet.

“New Year's Trip” - Jan.15, 2013 - Madison, MS
My husband I are both pilots and travel frequently. We enjoy going out west but also like the west coast of Florida. We have been flying to Anna Maria Island for years and really enjoy it. We have always stayed at the Tortuga Beach Resort. We can not say enough great things about this location. Everything is always consistently wonderful! Rooms are impeccably clean, staff is friendly and knowledgeable, perfect location within walking distance to great restaurants and the beautiful beach, and reasonable priced. Over the years we have come to know some of the staff and truly appreciate the effort and attention they have afforded us in insuring our visit to the Island is perfect. Somehow too they always manage to provide plenty of sunshine! Anyone considering the west coast of Florida, do yourself a favor and stay at Tortuga. You will be pleased and wanting to return soon! Very well run organization with an exceptional staff!

“Idyllic getaway on the water” - Jan.13, 2013 - London
We have stayed here many times now, in a wonderful studio room overlooking the bay. It has a wonderful bathroom and spectacular view of the water. The service was first class and the room very clean, comfortable and quiet. There are restaurants in walking distance, and the beach is just over the road. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.

“Perfect for our New Years trip” - Jan.10, 2013 - South Bend, Indiana
We stayed here over the New Years holiday and it was the perfect location. Short walk across the street to the ocean, we walked down the beach about 10 minutes to several restaurants, all excellent food and an ice cream shop as well as little souvenier shops. There is also a sidewalk all the way down, we always felt safe, and even a free trolly that will take you anywhere on the island. Our room was on the 2nd floor and gave a beautiful view of the very well kept landscaping. Really nice to open your door and see palms right there. The room itself was perfect, bigger than we expected (king size room) Everything was always clean and the decor was nice and comfy. All staff that we came in contact with were very friendly and helpful, always smiling :) It was a great stay!

“A piece of heaven” - Jan.6, 2013 - Hainesport, New Jersey
My first experience staying on Anna Maria Island, I found a piece of heaven at The Torguga Resort. The view is amazing from my 2nd floor guf view studio, the room was beautiful, clean and comfortable, and the staff was very friendly. I didn't want my vacation to end and can't wait to return again.

“Spectacular efficiency room directly on the Intracoastal Waterway and steps from beautiful Gulf of Mexico Beach” - Jan. 5, 2012 - The Villages, Florida
Three nights in paradise for the New Year holiday. All was perfect and it was pet friendly for our two little ones. Quiet, clean and perfectly located. Boat slips are also available. Small French take out with great food also on premises.

“Christmas Vacation at the Beach” - Jan. 5, 2013 - Lutz, Florida
The accomodations were spacious, comfortable and beachy. This was a great place if you are traveling with a dog. Some places may tolerate pets, but the Tortuga Inn was pet friendly. The staff was very helpful about giving you information regarding the area, but also very respectful about your privacy. The take-out restaurant made excellent paninis. I also enjoyed the master bath as I could almost lie down in the tub.

“Romantic Anniversary Celebration” - Jan. 5, 2013 - Plant City, Florida
My wife and I wanted to do something special to commemorate our 10 year anniversary before I left for Afghanistan. The Tortuga Inn website caught my eye and we are both so glad that it did! We stayed in one of the 1 bedroom 1 bath deluxe suites and I must say I agree with other posts that say the pictures do not do it justice. The room was huge with nicely done with granite countertops, tile flooring, a jacuzzi tub and large shower. Although the nightly rate was a little more than I initially intended to spend, once I saw the room I was glad I went for it. I really doubt I could have got comparable bang for my buck nearby.
Lisa, the hotel concierge, was amazing. After contacting Lisa with a couple of ideas, she pro-actively coordinated an amazing stay for us that included a couples massage at the local spa, rose petals and champagne in the room, and a vow renewal ceremony on the beach all at a very reasonable price. Awesome!
The only reason I did not give an excellent rating was that there were some maintenance issues with the jacuzzi- one of the faucet knobs wasn't tigntened down and kept falling off, and the jacuzzi jets weren't working. Kind of a bummer.
Still, by the time our stay was done we both had the romantic boost and memorable anniversary experience we were seeking. Definitely a recommended experience and we are interested in another stay there. Thanks Lisa and Tortuga Staff!

There is actually a lovely beach across from the Inn and if you're up to it, you can walk all the way to the tip of the island. (the entire island is 7 miles). If you do go, please visit the french restaurant in town. It is fantastic in all ways. The service and the food are New York five star all of the way.

“Everything you thought it would be and more.” - Dec.30, 2012 - Douglas, Mass.
This Inn is exactly what it seems to be; it is first class all the way. The rooms are spotlessly cleaned, the staff is friendly and helpful. Each room is huge with a first class touch to all of the furnishings. Although you are not on the tip of the island (the Anna Maria Beach section), there is not much up that way that would compare to this kind of class. It's worth the peace of mind to stay here, rent a bike (they deliver) and ride to the tip of the island (takes about 15 minutes or so depending on how fast you ride.)

There is actually a lovely beach across from the Inn and if you're up to it, you can walk all the way to the tip of the island. (the entire island is 7 miles). If you do go, please visit the french restaurant in town. It is fantastic in all ways. The service and the food are New York five star all of the way.

By the way, there was a huge wedding party having a party one evening; when we closed our door and jumped in bed we didn't hear a thing: sound proof is nice!

Make sure you go to Bean Beach on the Anna Maria side; it has green waters and white sands. All it all , the inn allowed us to explore the island and enjoy our stay. We will return.

If you want to see pictures, go to loreenritter.com. Right now it shows the Anna Maria Island pictures, but if it doesn't, scroll down on the left to "see more on Flickr" click there and go to the Anna Maria file.

“Wonderful Service and Smiles” - Dec.30, 2012 - ambergris caye belize
We traveled from Belize and stayed at the Tortuga Beach Resort visiting our Family. When we arrived the Staff were all smiles, Welcomed us , and were so friendly! The room was beautiful and clean as well as the grounds. We hope to have our family reunion there next year! Thank-you for eveything!

“Christmas 2012” - Dec.28, 2012
This was our 2nd Christmas on AMI at the Tortuga Inn. We spontaneous decided to head south again before Christmas. We called them and they had a unit that fit our needs exactly. I am very picky about my accommodations....very clean, well-appointed, up-to-date, full kitchen, baths, etc. Two of the little things that I like are that the units we have stayed in (Bayside and Garden Deluxe Apt) are really well lit throughout the unit from overhead to lamps and all the light switches are marked as to what turns on what.....I hate constantly figuring out what switch does what and by the time you leave you finely have it figured out. You can have maid service or choose not too depending on the length of your stay. We had it included but did use it and everyday, they respected our privacy, and left clean towels, kitchen necessities and took the trash. My husband wants a place that offers the "one-stop" entertainment for our kids ranging in age from 10-17 when we aren't out doing something and the Tortuga offers that too...2 pools, the beach on the Gulf side and the boat dock to fish to your heart's desire on the Bay side. We saw dolphins everyday either Gulf side or bayside. My kids hopped from beach, to pool to dock, catching everything from redfish to grouper to puffer fish and many more. There is a beautiful Blue Heron that lives in the area and came over every time they fished to get in on the bait. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The parking is accommodating for big SUV's (not all places are). We will return in 2013.

“An Amazing Place” - Dec.28, 2012 - Riverview, Florida
December 2012 my son was married on Anna Maria Island and we chose the Tortuga as the hotel for the wedding party and guests. We had an amazing experience. The staff was friendly, accomodating and extremelly helpful. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the property as well as the well appointed, clean, and well upkept rooms and suites. We had the opportunity to see many of the different accomodations since we had so many people at the Inn and each stayed in different buildings on the property. As a business traveler that spends more than 100 nights a year in hotels, I have to give this property one of the highest ratings. Staying here will make you smile and feel that you you got an excellent value!!! P.S. Make sure to try the crepes!!!...I I would cook breakfast for myself until I tasted the food....DELICIOUS!!!!!!
Room Tip: As I stated I was in many of the suites. I would stay in any one of them again....and plan too!!

“We had a great time!” - Dec.20, 2012 - Manasquan, New Jersey
We were staying at the Tortuga Beach Resort to attend a December wedding on Anna Maria Island. We had the room overlooking the bay and watched the sunrise from our room every morning. It was absolutely beautiful and incredible. Our room was clean and really, really nice. We would ask for this room again. Overall, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They were able to accommodate all of our needs/requests. Loved the overall ambiance of the resort. The beach is right across the street and was great! We would definitely recommend to others and will stay there again when we come down to visit family.

Room Tip: The sunrise from the room (256) overlooking the bay is incredible.

“Wonderful customer service” - Dec.17, 2012 - Monroe, North Carolina
Of all the hotels I called this was the first one that answered with a live person who was more than willing to help and didn't seem to think I was a bother with all my questions! Beverley listened to my needs, made a couple of suggestions, and they were perfect! Everyone there was friendly and accommodating! location was perfect and rooms were clean and laid out nicely. I will definitely return!

Room Tip: A room near the front pool is ideal

“Wedding Guest” - Dec.13, 2012 - Parlin, New Jersey
I was on Anna Maria Island for a wedding this December and decided to make it a vacation. I loved the tortuga, my room was nice and clean. The staff was great. The beach is a walk across the street. I utilized the free trolley for transportation all over the island. I hope I can come back soon.

“Amazing experience” - Dec.6, 2012 - Manasquan, New Jersey
What a wonderful, quaint hotel. When we pulled up I felt like I was driving into Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville, very tropical. I got excited the minute I saw it. We were only there from Friday-Sunday for a wedding, wish we could of stayed longer. All of the staff were exceptional. everything from our check in, telling us a bit about the island to our check out, which they were absolutley wonderful, our flight was delayed 5 hours and they definelty took care of us. Our room was gorgeous, we had the 2 bed/2 bath garden apartment, we have 2 teenage girls so we need the room and the price was great, It was decorated beautifully and very clean, we ended up with 2 extra kids our second night, but no problem because the couch in the living room was a pullout, easy peasy. The island itself is absolutley adorable and can;t wait to get back to experience more of it.

“Fantastic getaway!” - Dec.6, 2012 - Washington, United Kingdom
We live very hectic lives in DC. We were invited to a wedding in Bradenton Beach in December 2012 and took a few days to celebrate our friends' promise of a lifetime of love. The flights were awful, the taxis were expensive... but the hotel was fabulous. They are super accommodating (we arrived in the middle of the night and were able to get into our room), have nicely kept rooms, a very beautifully manicured property, & beautiful views of the water. The front desk staff provided excellent customer service, the gift shop and cafe on property were extremely convenient for us, and they are right across the street from the free trolley, numerous restaurants, and the calm of the glittery oceanfront. This trip added a much needed calm to our lives and we cannot wait to return!

“Tortuga Beach Resort, Bradenton Beach” - Dec.1, 2012 - Lakeland, FL
We just dropped in Tortuga Beach Resort "by accident". We were visiting the area and decided to stay overnight. Every hotel we drove by was closed, until we drove by Tortuga Beach Resort, and we are very glad we did. The price was great, and the room was absolutely beautiful and super clean. We are already planning to make our next visit an extended one, and will definitely stay there again.

“Tortuga Beach Resort - Exceptional!” - Nov.29, 2012 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
We just returned from another wonderful stay at the Tortuga Beach Resort. This time, we stayed in a Garden Deluxe 1 bedroom with a partial view of Sarasota Bay...and didn't want to ever leave. Every morning, we sat on the lanai and enjoyed watching the pelicans fly toward the bay. The furniture and decor make you feel like you are in the Tropics. We enjoyed the huge kitchen, dining room, comfortable living room, bedroom and a bathroom with double sinks - fit for a King! The Tortuga is right across from the beach...it's so convenient to just walk a few steps and you're right on the beach. You can watch dolphins, sandpipers and pelicans. It is a picture-perfect location. We have stayed at other resorts on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key...all were nice, but The Tortuga is our favorite place. The staff is very helpful and recommended many new places to eat nearby. We love it so much that we've already booked our flight to come back in January!
Room Tip: The top floor rooms in the Bayview Gardens area are spectacular and worth the extra money!

“cabc” - Nov.25, 2012 - Palm Beach Gardens FL
Just returned from our 5-day stay at the Tortuga and can say it was the amazing . We stayed in a Garden 2-bedroom apartment and absolutely fell in love with it! So clean! Our 11 yr-old grandson stayed in the 2nd bedroom and felt like a king with his own television and refrigerator. The staff were very helpful and eager to please. Being across the street from the Gulf and able to walk to Gulf Drive Cafe and Beach House (both have great food) were a definite plus. There is no doubt we will be back there again.

“Tortuga Beach Resort is to be recommended” - Nov.25, 2012 - Ottawa, Canada
We arrived on Anna Maria Island just after 6 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012. To our surprise, the first 6 hotels or motels we encountered were closed, even though most still had an "open" sign out or lit. Travelling north-to-south, Tortuga Beach Resort was the first place that was open. While being the only place open might not be a great reason for selecting a hotel, we were extremely satisfied with our stay. The reception staff were very friendly on arrival and departure. They offered good advice and directions on local activities like tennis and golf. The facility is well maintained and attractive. The room (248A) was spotless. The floors are all hardwood or tile and were very clean. The bathroom, including the white tiles of the shower, gleamed. The kitchen was well-equipped. It was a nice bonus to have a full kitchen for the price one usually pays for a room only. Another bonus was access to a washing machine and dryer. I went loaded up with quarters only to find it was free for guests. The hotel is right across the beach from a long, beautiful beach. And there are many fine restaurants and stores in close vicinity. We liked the area enough to want to go back and when we do, we will definitely look into staying at the Tortuga Beach Resort again.

“Tortuga Beach Resort” - Nov.18, 2012 - Ogunquit, Maine
I recently traveled to Anna Maria Island for a destination wedding. The bride and groom recommended this hotel, and since they are both in the hospitality industry, there was no reason to look any further. From my initial conversation with Lisa, who was extremely helpful and nice, my contact with the hotel was a pleasure. Our unit was huge, comfortable and had more amenities than we expected. Since we were there for five nights, it was great to be able to spread out and have plenty of room for the three of us. The location of the resort was convenient to everything, and we all loved the fact that we weren't in the typical Florida high-rise hotels. Such a beautiful area!

“Maid of Honor” - Nov.15, 2012 - Tampa, FL
11/9/12-11/11/12 for an Italian wedding. From the moment I stepped in my room I thought,"wow, this place is immaculate"! My pet-friendly room in the South Palm Court was perfect for my little poodle to hang out with us on the private patio. The wedding was beautiful at sunset. 45 minutes later we were eating and dancing in the penthouse. A short walk down the street to Gulf Drive Cafe and the Beach House. Pool is heated! Great for a winter visit! Liked the tropical feeling and the Koi fish.

“Again a great stay” - Nov.11, 2012 -
Stayed this time in unit 270 with family, had a partial sea view great screened balcony. We have visited here before in several different sized units but are never disappointed. The units are imacculate well equipped and from arrival to departure you are well looked after. We will be back again I have no doubt.

“A Little Bit of Paradise!” - Nov.9, 2012 - Chicago, IL
This was my second visit, but it certainly won't be my last. You can't beat this resort for great location, service and a great bargain. I couldn't stay a week, but got their special - stay four nights for the price of three. Such a deal! I upgraded my accommodations from the year before and had a wonderful condo with a screened-in lanai right off the master bedroom so I could feel the great gulf breeze. Everything is spotless and the kitchen is nicely equipped so you can cook in if you like. They've upgraded their facility since I was there last year. The office is new and they've added a small shop where you can buy wine, souvenirs, sundry items. There is a handy bistro as well with breakfast, lunch and dinner items.

“AWESOME PLACE TO STAY” - Nov.1, 2012 - Orlando, FL
I had always wanted to stay here and finally got the chance. I was not disappointed. The room was very clean. The staff was friendly and very accomodating. They have a pier at the rear of the property and a private beach across the street with lounge chairs provided. The room had kitchen ware even though it had no kitchen in it, which was great because no one thinks to bring these things. The overall atmosphere was friendly and beautiful. I would definitely stay there again and try one of the studios or 1 bedrooms there. Even though I did not have the staff clean my room they left extra towels and toiletries outside my door. The Inn is also within walking distance of many restaurants and shops. Kudos to the staff.. they are terrific.

“Once again, it was great” - Oct. 30, 2012 - Orlando, FL
My lovely wife was turning 50, I let her pick anywhere she wanted to go. Her choice was the Tortuga. This is our 13th or 14th time we have visited them. Needless to say, we will be back again. It offers everything we are looking for in a get-away place. Dog friendly, dock for our boat & clean comfortable rooms. Thanks Tortuga for making her 50th celebration wonderful. See you soon. really love this place. A real find. Oh and we were there for a wedding which was simply amazing on the beach, just a fantastic time.

“GREAT WEDDING RESORT” - Oct. 28, 2012 - Longwood
We had the best time here. Our 2 bedroom sweet overlooking the pool and the gulf was awesome. An added bonus was the patio just outside the kitchen. We booked a total of 10 rooms with no issue......eryone was happy. Private beach with umbrellas and umbrellas....jet skis available..............Livin' the dream. We will be back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Wonderful Resort!!!” - Oct. 27, 2012 - Sarasota, Florida
My Husband and I just had our Beautiful wedding here and it was wonderful!!! It is such a beautiful beach and resort to have a wedding. Our guest were so pleased with there rooms and loved how beautiful and spacious they are!!! The wedding coordinator and staff at Tortuga are awesome and helped us have the most amazing wedding!!!! I highly recommend for anyone looking for a beach venue for your special day!!!!

“Tortuga Beach Resort - Anna Maria Island Florida---Wonderful Place!!” - Oct. 27, 2012 - Saint Louis, Missouri
I have stayed on Anna Maria Island many times as well as got married on the island and I have always came back to the Tortuga. This place is absolutely a perfect get away..right on the beach, wonderful staff and perfect resort. I have stayed in a number of the rooms and have not found one yet that did not exceed my expectations. Anna Maria is a quiet beautiful place with many places to eat, shop, swim, relax and the Tortuga fits right in. The rooms are nice, very roomy and give a beachy feel that is within steps of the private beach with free beach chairs. If you are looking for a place to visit on the island I have seen no other that compares to the Tortuga. The staff is very friendly and willing to help you do whatever they can to make your stay more comfortable and perfect. I have never had a problem staying here ---with anything! There is a free trolly on the island that takes you wherever you want to go and runs all day or if you want to walk the island is only 7 miles long from end to end--filled with dining and shops. I without a doubt recommend the Tortuga --I will come back again and again as I do every year!

“Tortuga Beach Resort Review” - Oct. 23, 2012 - Muncie, Indiana
Just returned from the Tortuga Beach Resort in Bradenton Beach Anna Maria Island, Florida. We had such a wonderful time that I wanted to share the news. The resort was so much more for the money than I expected. Our room was huge and had two bedrooms, two baths, a dining room, living room, kitchen, laundry room, and screened in deck. The decor was beautiful and exceptionally clean. From checking in to checking out the staff was very friendly and accomadating. I will return here year after year as the pools were spotless and the ocean was warm. The parking was free which is rare these days. We really love this place. A real find. Oh and we were there for a wedding which was simply amazing on the beach, just a fantastic time.

“Girlfriend's Getaway at Tortuga Inn” - Oct.20, 2012 - Saint Louis, Missouri
My wife and I visited Tortuga Inn for four days and three nights, courtesy of (my wife's) win of (a) Girlfriend's Getaway contest on Facebook. We weren't expecting the wonderful experience that we received. I tell you without reservation that everything was fantastic (without exaggeration)! The staff is pleasant, approachable (which is not always the case at some hotels and/or vacation locations), knowledgeable and more than willing to assist in any way possible. The suite was far above anything we expected, as we had two HUGE bedrooms (king-sized beds), each with their own bathroom, a spacious living room area, full, completely stocked kitchen, a veranda with a great view, a heated pool outside of the bedroom window, just steps away for use and convenient parking with elevator access from the parking garage to our floor.

Tortuga Inn is located on Anna Maria Island, across the (draw)bridge from Bradenton, Florida. Anna Maria Island is seven miles long. When you arrive, you can park your car and leave it parked, since the island has a FREE trolley (yes, I said free) that runs every twenty minutes and takes you within feet of any place on the island that you wish to visit. Be advised, however, there are so many restaurants and shopping places on the island, you'd need a few weeks to visit them all. But, we only had four days, which is hardly enough time to enjoy this peaceful and beautiful place.

Anyway, my wife and I are so grateful to the staff at Tortuga Inn, from the front desk to the housekeeping staff, to the "handyman" that directed us to the local churches, to the cafe next door with the excellent croissants. We offer to all of you our heartiest "thank you", with the promise that we will return in the future.

Last, for anyone that wishes to have a few days of pure luxury, Tortuga Inn is the place. Out of ten stars, we give Tortuga Inn a "fifteen"; yes, it is really "that good".

We pray that Tortuga Inn will continue to have great success, that the rooms will always be filled to capacity and that everyone will have the time of their lives, a beautiful, exciting and peaceful vacation experience, like we did. Tortuga Inn will not be forgotten by us, guaranteed. Anyone that comes to us seeking a place for a fantastic vacation experience will be sent your way, because everyone deserves to experience this luxury at least once in their life. Again, our thanks to all of you and we will see you again sometime in the near future.

“PARADISE” - Oct.19, 2012 - Orlando, Florida
I decided to do a girls trip for my birthday...something laid back and relaxing. I found this place online and thought it was cute. When I got there i was surprised just to how cute and clean it was. It brought a smile to my face when i checked in and went to my room. They allowed us to check in early which was great and the room was extremely clean. All of us girls thought it was the perfect room and place for what we came there for. We only spent two nights and after the first night they supplied us with more towels, soap, coffee and dishwasher soap, without us even asking. I love the sliding glass door which we left opened alot. The beach was amazing. Just a short walk across the street and they supplied the chairs, umbrellas and towels. It was spectacular! We all decided that we are going to make this an annual girls trip...we didnt want to leave. And I am already making plans to go back! It was a memorable experience im looking forward to repeating!

“Excellent Vacation Getaway” - Oct.18, 2012 - Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
Excellent service from making our reservation to check-out. Our room/suite was incredible, perfect for all of our family to gather and relax. Beautiful beach! Excellent Pastry cafe! Beautiful property! Boat slips available. We are really looking forward to our next stay at Tortuga Beach Resort! We couldn't think of staying anywhere else. Outstanding!

“Wedding Paradise” - Oct.17, 2012 - Rochester, New Hampshire
Our daughter chose Anna Maria Island for a "destination wedding". In looking for a hotel that could accomodate family and friends traveling to the wedding, they decided on the Tortuga Beach Resort. We couldn't be happier! We rented a suite that was very spacious and comfortable. The majority of those attending also stayed at the resort and every report was exemplary. Friendly staff, great location. It truly is paradise!

“Only place we stay. Best on the island.” - Oct.17, 2012 - Tampa, FL
Only drawback, have to cross the street to get on the beach, but you can dock right at the resort. Charter fishing? Pickup at the dock! Semi-secluded, peaceful. Friendly staff. New takeout cafe on premise.

“Perfect Getaway” - Oct. 16, 2012 - Tampa Florida
If you're looking for the perfect spot to get away for a week or a weekend, look no further than the Tortuga Inn Beach Resort on Anna Maria Island. The genuine hospitality of this property is surpassed only by its beautiful surroundings. Soft, sugary white sand, gentle Gulf water, and a tranquil atmospher combine to create the perfect setting for good ol' fashoined R & R. I have been coming here for more than five years and always stay at the Tortuga Inn. It's a great place to stay whether you're planning a family vacation with the kids or a romantic weekend with your spouse. Staff is always freindly, room are always clean, and the grounds are always impeccably maintained. I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else....the Tortuga is my 'home away from home'.

“Great weekend getaway” - Oct. 8, 2012
The Tortuga Inn is perfect for a romantic getaway or a vacation with the family. There are many accommodation options. Our "room" was a gorgeous, spacious, well-appointed apartment, which was wonderfully well-priced, as well. The beach location is perfect. I love, love, love this little inn!

“Another Amazing Anniversary @ Tortuga” - Oct. 8, 2012 - North Georgia
Celebrated our 19th anniversary (the 2nd here at Tortuga) in September. Off season provides a nice quiet experience. Our Dogchild always with us and one of the many reasons we love Tortuga. The weather was rainy but we had a couple of good days. Alot of standing water around the resort which you had to walk through to get to the room. No way around it. They did the best they could to remove it. We stayed in the Palm Court again in a studio, love the tropical feel with the private patios. Plenty of room and again took advantage of the full kitchen and grills. Ate in most nights to keep costs down. New check in area looked great with the granite countertop. Didn't try the new restaurant. Loved walking down to the Gulf Drive Cafe for breakfast on the patio while dolphin watching. Then walking the beach back to the resort. Spent as much time on the beach as we could with the rain. Excited to see they plan to build a new pergola on the beach. We love this place and will be back as many times as we can afford. THANKS GUYS!!

“Gorgeous Accomodations in a Gorgeous Setting” - Oct. 4, 2012 - Greenville, South Carolina
We stayed here a year ago and absolutely loved it. There was one incident where it got a bit loud across the hall but otherwise we had no trouble. The view to the Gulf was breathtaking, the rooms were decorated beautifully and I highly recommend the enormous shower with two heads. All around fabulous. We hoped to go again next week but it was booked so we are going somewhere else. Highly recommended! Enjoy! The beach access is directly across the street and the inn is close to local dining establishments.

“Gorgeous Accomodations in a Gorgeous Setting” - Oct. 3, 2012 - Greenville, SC
We stayed here a year ago and absolutely loved it. There was one incident where it got a bit loud across the hall but otherwise we had no trouble. The view to the Gulf was breathtaking, the rooms were decorated beautifully and I highly recommend the enormous shower with two heads. All around fabulous. We hoped to go again next week but it was booked so we are going somewhere else. Highly recommended! Enjoy! The beach access is directly across the street and the inn is close to local dining establishments.

“Great find on Anna Maria Island” - Oct. 1, 2012 - Ithaca, New York
For our first stay on this island, we loved the "old Florida" feel of Anna Maria Island (Key West for grownups), and Tortuga Inn provided the perfect spot to enjoy the island. The office staff was so helpful and friendly - from choosing a room while booking the reservation over the phone to mapping out restaurants, shops, beaches and bike trails once we arrived. The atmosphere is very relaxing. Small French cafe right on the property sells great coffee to start the day. Our queen room overlooking the front parking lot was cute and clean with a nicely updated luxury bath. Our room was near the pool, which thankfully shuts down at 10 p.m. for quiet hours. Great access to private beach, right across the street. Rental bikes were delivered to us - a fun way to see the island. Highly recommend Tortuga.

“A Spontanious Wedding To Remember” - Sept. 29, 2012 - Mount Dora, Florida
The day we were getting married was exciting and spontanious. Lisa Bean at Tortuga offered to perform our wedding ceremony. The garden area near the pool was a perfect spot for our vows. Photos by the bay and at the beach to follow. Sounds wonderful,right?? Well, we never expected this story! We drove to the Tortuga, where we were to be married.....it rained! Even harder as we got out of the car. The staff welcomed us with open arms and towels to dry us off. Reschedule the wedding? No way! Through the expertise of Lisa and support of Tortuga staff, we were married in THE GIFT SHOP of the Tortuga Beach Resort! What a wonderful experience! The ceremony will always be remembered as special because of the staff at Tortuga and we look forward to returning in the future.

“Very Relaxing place to stay” - Sept. 19, 2012 - New York
Just spent Saturday to Wednesday here. We hated to leave. The place was very clean and very well layed out. The foliage, ponds, etc are beautiful. It is a nice location right across from the beach but also on the inlet side. The people were helpful and friendly. The pools were well located. It wasnt too busy so that might have added to the peacefulness. Easy walking distance to the tiki bar, fish house and bridge street. The trolley stops are right in front of the entrance. Easy to get any where. I would greatly recommend it...only downside were the birds that would wake me up every night fighting in the bushes on the bay side..:)

“In one word: perfect” - Sept. 3, 2012 - Saint Paul, Minnesota
I struggled with what to rate this hotel. I know they aren't extensive with a spa or breakfast buffet...but if you go in with reasonable expectations and really want a great family location, this truly is five stars. First off, we have stayed in the past in both the older and newer gardens buildings. This time we stayed in the older building, two bedroom, one bath unit on the second floor. The full kitchen had everything you'd need including dish washer detergent and coffee filters. We really enjoyed the daily room service. The pool is small but well maintained with many community toys for sharing. Towel service, well stocked front laundries store, free washer and dryer use. The small crepes to go store was EXCELLENT. would highly recommend the crepes....good prices as well. The location is fantastic within walking distance to many restaurants, across the street from a fabulous beach. Included in your stay are multiple beach chairs and umbrellas, even though it was labor day weekend, they didn't run out. Overall, I would highly recommend this location and truly enjoyed our time here.

“I wanna go back...” - August 30, 2012 - Lafayette, Indiana
What a beautiful place. The room was just perfect, a wonderful home away from home. It was quiet, and very Island-like. The lush garden atmosphere keeps this little Inn almost undetected from the outside world. There was parking under the building right next to the elevator. There were two pools. One for people with children, and one more discreet in the center of the Inn. The staff was warm and friendly. I would want my business run by such fine people. The beach was just across the street. The inn provided umbrellas and lounge chairs free of charge. I felt like it was our little stretch of beach! The sandwiches at the french cafe were excellent. I will stay at Tortuga Inn whenever I come to Florida if it is available. The last time we stayed at the Hilton on Long Boat Key. It was nice....but this was perfect.

“Beautiful!” - August 25, 2012 - Vincennes, Indiana
This place is a hidden gem! I say hidden because of the beautiful lush tropical trees that almost hide the inn from the street! The rooms are decorated with a turtle theme. The showers are huge! The gulf is just a very short walk across the street. To top it off they have FREE lounge chairs and umbrellas for the guests to use at the beach, thats right FREE, I have always been charged at least $18.00 a day for chairs elsewhere! The front desk staff is very friendly and offer suggestions on places to eat and thigs to do. I almost didnt write a review because I wanted to keep the gem a secret and all to myself!

“Tortuga Inn & Resort, Anna Maria Island, Florida” - August 20, 2012 - Poinciana, Florida
Just had my 5th stay at the Tortuga Inn....I would love to say it gets better every visit....but the excellence we experienced on our very first stay is what keeps bringing us back. They have added a new welcome check in area and a wonderful little french take out service. Had sandwiches and an amazing breakfast on this visit. Very convenient to leav e beach and pick up a snack. Of course, 6th visit will be in the near future!

“Perfect Get-Away” - August 17, 2012 - Pinellas Park, Florida
We recently stayed at the Tortuga Inn and found it to be very clean, comfortable, and almost like home. We stayed in a unit in the Bayfront Villa South. It was very spacious, and accomodated the 3 of us very nicely. The virtual tour is a very accurate description of the accomodations. This was our 2nd trip to Anna Maria Island, and as one of our favorite places to vacation we will definately be staying at the Tortuga Inn again. Make this your choice...it's a good one!!

“Perfection!” - July 24, 2012 - Friendswood
This summer was our second stay at Tortuga Inn. My husband and I celebrated our 20 yr. anniversary at Tortuga in June 2011, and were very pleased. We loved it so much, we decided to bring our children this summer - June 2012. I can't say enough about the bay side villas. The upstairs bayside villa south is so very romantic with the most gorgeous view of the bay - sunrise and sunset are surreal. The view from this room is spectacular - it stretches across the entire width of your room. Women will love the oversized bathroom......you could fit an entire family inside the enclosed shower (two shower heads), and next to it is a very large jacuzzi tub. You also have private access to the downstairs jacuzzi that fronts the bay - gorgeous view. Bayside north was perfect for our family of 6. Plenty of space with 2 bedrooms and a sleeper sofa. Nice kitchen with everything you need to cook. Two bathrooms that are very spacious with double sinks in both. The villas are upscale in their decor and very updated from countertops to flooring. The view from the north villa is also spectacular. I can't say enough about the attached patio at bayside north. Very large and gated to your very own private swimming pool that literally faces the bay. Take two steps from the pool, and you are IN the bay! It is absolutely amazing. You simply cannot get a better view than this - you are right on the water. The maids made sure we always had plenty of towels and replenished our kitchen and bathroom toiletries daily (we stayed 4 nights). The Publix grocery store is under 5 minutes away. It was such a short walk to the beautiful, pristine, white beach. The water is so clear, it is just amazing. There were days the ocean was more like a swimming pool. A major perk at Tortuga are the complimentary beach towels, umbrellas, and lounge chairs. You just can't ask for anything more. Tortuga takes care of all of your needs. We intend on making this a yearly tradition for our family. I almost forgot......the lush, tropical floral and foilage that surround the grounds is just gorgeous.

“Spacious, quiet, clean” - July 24, 2012 - Texas
3 girlfriends and I stayed at the Tortuga Inn the last weekend in June. We rented a 2-BR, 2 BA garden apartment. It was great- plenty of space, decent kitchen, clean, and the Inn itself is right across the street from the beach. There is dedicated covered parking in each building, which is a plus. The beds are comfortable, bathrooms are a nice size.

There is a Publix within a 5-minute drive, so stocking the fridge was easy. We had sandwiches for lunch one day from the on-site cafe; they were tasty and we could stay on the beach while a couple of us made the sandwich run across the street. I would recommend this if you are looking for a low-stress, low-key beach weekend, away from party crowds and noise.

“Garden Apt - 2 BRM Deluxe” - July 16, 2012 - Lincoln, Nebraska
We stayed in the Garden Apt - 2 BRM Deluxe for the second time. The exact same room, however, this time we rented the extra bedroom in the apt for our kids. This time they had their own room, bathroom and we even had access to another closet. This is a roomy apartment that is very clean and well kept. There is a washer/dryer in the unit and I can't stress how important that is during a beach vacation! We washed our suits/clothes every day. Not every room has a w/d in the room, but this larger unit does. So nice. The location is nice and the beach is excellent. Plenty of chairs and towels. My small children love the pool, which is very warm:) We were here in 2011 and since then they have added a new coffee/sandwich shop. Absolutely wonderful. This is a very casual island so keep that in mind if you are visiting. No dressy clothing needed unless you are going to the 'Beach Bistro' which is EXCELLENT.

“Spacious & clean with great location” - July 9, 2012 - Tampa Bay
My family and I stayed here for 4 nights in June and had a a fun, relaxing time. We had a condo situated on the side of the building with a partial view of the Gulf of Mexico and it was light, clean and spacious. The photos on the website don't do it justice. The kitchen was modern and the rooms were tastefully decorated with tile floors throughout (a plus for allergy sufferers). The beds were very comfortable (even the pull-out was comfortable, according to the kids and they know their pull-outs!). The pools were clean and never over crowded and the private beach had lots of beach chairs available and the hotel provides beach umbrellas for those who want them. Overall we had an enjoyable staycation and will definitely recommend it to visitors to the area.

“Great Experience” - July 5, 2012 - Wauchula, Florida
My wife and I stayed here last year and had an excellent experience. The condo we stayed in was immaculate and we had access to a dock for our boat and a private beach across the street. Will definitely come back to the Tortuga on our next trip to Bradenton Beach!

“Quiet and beautiful” - June 26, 2012 - Reston, Florida
y family and I were there last August for my sister-in-law's wedding. The place was beautiful and we had our own private beach right across the street. We would definitely come back for a quiet relaxing visit.

“Perfect location on Anna Maria Island!” - June 19, 2012 - Reston, Florida
We have stayed at Tortuga Inn twice within the last 6 months. The first time we were in a condo with another couple and the second time my husband and I stayed in the hotel. Both stays were very enjoyable. The staff was helpful, friendly, professional, and wanted to make sure we enjoyed our visit on Anna Maria. All the accommodations are quiet, clean, and very nicely appointed. They also think of everything you might need for the your stay including towels & chairs for the beach, which is just across the street. We have stayed at other locations on Anna Maria, but they do not compare to Tortuga Inn. Thanks, Ellie & Tom B.

“Great Stay!” - June 13, 2012 - Apopka, Florida
We really enjoyed our stay. The room was clean and the grounds were beautiful!! Front desk very friendly and helpful!! Even though it was across the street from the beach they have chairs on the beach for you, beach towels and umbrella's to use. They suggested some great restaurants including the Rod & Reel which we loved!!!

“Another Enjoyable Stay!” - June 11, 2012 - Weeki Wachee, Florida
Listen ya'll. This is the second my family and my friends stayed here. The place is very nice and very clean. The staff is also very courteous and friendly. They were all very professional. Guess what...we already booked our stay for next year. If you are looking for place to stay in Anna Maria Island, stop looking. This is definitely were you need to be!
Thanks,
Joe

“Great Spot for a get-away!!!” - June 11, 2012 - Riverview, Florida
Just left there this morning and already miss it. We were in 157 and 258. Two Bedroom/2bath, private pool overlooking the inter-costal. Beautiful sunrise, quiet and relaxing. Anna Maria is a well kept secret for sure. The staff at the Tortuga were great! Very nice people there.

“Relaxing” - June 4, 2012 - Doylestown, Pa
My husband and I have stayed at the Tortuga on 4 different occasions. The hotel is very peaceful and perfectly located for all the things we like to do on vacation. It's directly across the the street from the beach where we ususlly position our selves on beach chairs under unbrellas that are provided by the hotel. We usually end our day with an evening dip in the lovely perfectly heated pool. We walk in the morning, rent bikes and enjoy "walking" to the local restaurants for dinner. The staff is great, clean beach and pool towels always available. Some times it's just the simple things that make all the difference. Can't wait to return next March.

“Loved it and will return” - June 4, 2012 - Gloucester, Massachusetts
We stayed in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath standard apartment..it was beautiful, clean and plenty of room for 4 of us. It was so quiet. Beautiful kitchen, living room, lanai, 2 bedrooms with King size beds and 2 beautiful and spacious bathrooms. I loved the huge walk in shower. Walk in closet with ironing board and iron. The other bedroom had a microwave and small refrigerator, it could have been locked off and rented separately. Washer & Dryer..everything you could possibly need. Maids came in and cleaned and left coffee and clean towels everyday. I could have lived there it was so comfortable.The pools were nice and there are beach towels, umbrellas and plenty of chairs on the beach with is right across the 2 lane street...We will be going back. The office staff are very helpful and there is a computer in the office for guests use. Maintenance was so fast to come and replace a light bulb and fix a blind. The property is well maintained and kept spotless clean..Nothing to worry about here..just come & relax..loved it !! The beds were so comfortable..slept so good here..

“Most wonderful place in the world to stay” - June 1, 2012 - LAKE WALES
The Tortuga is the most wonderful place in the world!! The setting is so tranquil and relaxing, the views are exquizet!! We have been visiting for 14 years and we will keep going for all our years to come! The staff is AMAZING they are always so kind, happy, and helpful! They Always have a smile on their faces, which make us feel at home. We have been in most all the rooms and they are so clean, decorated to the max with a beach theme. Love them!!

“Romantic and exquisite” - May 27, 2012
Can't imagine a better, more amazing, place to have celebrated our anniversary at. We stayed in the semi private rooms on the bay and were thrilled with the view, the room, the bathroom, the service, having actual French food for breakfast at Le Petite Café and the ability to grab an umbrella and some towels and walk out to the private beach. Can't recommend Tortuga enough!

“Great Vacation Spot” - May 26, 2012 - Belding, Michigan
Great spot that we return to year after year. They have a new Bistro on the premises. We have not tried this yet. We are booked again for next year, which supports my review. Can't wait!

“Tortuga Inn for Destination Weddings” - May 25, 2012 - Portage, Michigan
Anitra and the staff were very accommodating and made the wedding planning process a breeze. They even helped us put together and disperse wedding packets for all of our guests. Our friends and family that stayed at the resort absolutely loved it! The resort and rooms are fantastic. They look just like pictures we saw online. The front desk staff were never without recommendations and maps for everything you wanted to know about Anna Maria Island. They made great suggestions for dining out and other activities. We couldn't have asked for more of our Tortuga experience. We can't wait to come back!

“Fun, relaxing and beautiful” - May 20, 2012 - Ithaca, New York
I enjoyed staying here very much. The atmosphere was luxurious, calm and very catering. The staff want to meet your needs and they go above and beyond to make sure the guests are happy. My room was very clean, I had all the luxury a 5 star should offer and I also had the comforts of home. I would recommend this property to anyone. Its pricey but sometimes you just have to splurge to enjoy the benefits of a luxury exotic vacation!!

“Best of both worlds” - May 19, 2012
We stayed in room 157 (bay front) and shared a semi-private pool that looked over the bay. It was quiet, scenic, very comfortable and clean. We had a private patio for our unit by the pupil, two spacious bedrooms with private baths And an ample kitchen. The staff was discreet and very helpful. We could walk out onto the dock and fish in the bay. The beach was across the street but it was a short walk to the private beach and we did not mind it. There were chairs and towels and beach umbrellas for our use. Very easy and convenient. The water was clear blue and lovely. The only (small) caveats would be that the small private pool did not get skimmed each day and some debris accumulated and the jet ski concession next door on the beach parked some vehicles along the beach line and encroached on some waterline space on the beach. These were no deterrent to our enjoyment of the trip. We all recommend a stay here!!

“Great resort for families” - May 2, 2012 - Washington DC, District of Columbia
We were greeted by very friendly and helpful main desk staff. Our suite was located on the ground level and we loved the private fenced in patio. The kitchen was very clean, and we enjoyed cooking fresh seafood for dinner - a much better value than the local tourist restaurants. The highlights of the resort are the ability to see sunrise at the dock and sunset on the beach each day without leaving the resort. The courtyard pool was too chilly to swim in, and the large main pool was delightfully warm and filled with toys for my daughter to play with. We highly recommend stopping in the cafe each morning for freshly made croissants and crepes. We would definitely stay here again.

“Friendly staff and good value” - April 25, 2012 - Orland Park, Illinois
We've been here for 5 days and checking out tomorrow. We had rm 227. Nice space with a good kitchen, large shower, and good size bathroom. They have two pools with a private beach across the road. Tortuga provides beach chairs and even umbrellas. There are also a bunch of pool toys for the kids. They recommended several places to eat like Mr Bones and Cortez Kitchen. For breakfast nothing better then Peaches. It's small but but friendly and great food. The only negative was out bed. It needed to be retired. They could also use some slip proof strips in the shower. The tile gets slick. We would come back again. Very reasonable.

“Just as pictured on website!” - April 23, 2012 - Buffalo
Our stay was during Easter week. Due to an early flight, we arrived before our Palm Court North unit was ready, but the front desk called us while we were having lunch at the City Pier to let us know when it was ready. I was pleasantly surprised to find that our lodgings were exactly as pictured on the Inn's website and everything was spotlessly clean. We were on the second floor overlooking the pool and were able to see a slice of the Gulf through the palm trees.
I had to do laundry halfway through the week and it was a bit of a schlepp to the laundry facilities. The only other minus was that our bed was not very comfortable.
All appliances were very clean and worked great and it was very quiet at night. Plenty of room for a family with a teenager and college student. Loved the easy beach access across the street. The beach was absolutely beautiful and there was never a shortage of chairs, umbrellas or towels. Another plus was the delicious coffee served at the cafe. I stopped making my own in the morning!
The Inn is very conveniently located on the island and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. What was especially helpful was that we were able to rent mid-week to mid-week; you are restricted at lots of other places, especially during a holiday week, to Saturday-to-Saturday rentals. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful.

“Beachy Wedding” - April 18, 2012 - Chicago, Illinois
My husband and I just got back from a quick 3-day trip to Anna Maria Island for a wedding.
We flew into it Tampa, picked-up our rental (had to get a convertible), and made our first stop to St. Petes for lunch at Cha Cha Coconuts on the Pier. The menu was nothing to rave about, but the view off the pier was nice and Rum Runner house drink was tasty. Then, we were off to Anna Marie Island to check-in to the Tortuga Inn & Beach Resort. The drive was beautiful and the island quaint.
The Tortuga Inn has a B&B feel. The rooms are not huge, but spacious and clean. Plenty of pool/beach reading material is provided on bookshelf in the room for you borrow. The lobby shop provided you with plenty of wine, beer and water for you to buy at a very nominal price...$2 beer -- can't get any better than that! The pool is small, but the inn's private beach is just across the street with plenty of beach lounges and umbrellas to use. The sand on the island is beautiful....soft, white, powder that you just want to dig your toes into.
Great places to eat:
Gulf Shore Cafe for breakfast (ordered loosely scrambled eggs and actually got what we asked for!)
Beachhouse
Sandbar

“Paradise!” - April 16, 2012 - Pennsylvania
We just returned from spending our 20th anniversary at the Tortuga Inn. We stayed in room #219, a Gulf Front Suite from April 11th -15th. When we 1st opened the door, we were pleasantly surprised! The room well surpassed our expectations in every way. The bathroom was AWESOME! The room was very clean and well equipped. The beach is located right across the street…what an unexpected surprised to learn that we did not have to pay extra for chairs and beach umbrellas….That was much appreciated! Thank you!! Restaurants and shopping were easy to get to with a short walk as was the free trolley. We dined at the Gulf Drive Cafe, The Beach House Restaurant, Uma Pizza, Island Time Bar and Grille, Rotten Ralph's, The Rod and Reel (Our favorite!) and Ginny and Jane’s for excellent coffee and breakfast sandwiches. We also drove down to Sarasota for some shopping at St. Armand’s Circle. All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a better vacation! We highly recommend it!

“Pleasant Experience at the Tortuga Inn” - April 15, 2012 - Pittsburgh, PA
Stayed at the Tortuga for 9 days with four children and wife in their 2br/2Bath #244 in Palm Court South. Overall was a very clean accomodations and the convnience to the pool was excellencet. The beach as many has said is just across the street and even with 7,5,2 and infant boys was not that bad to walk to. As we were their for wedding and other parties were also at the facility we got to see many of the other rooms and all rooms lived up to expectations. Would highly reccomend for families and truly did seem like the nicest accomodations on the island. Views are great of sunsets and the staff was accomodating. Would not hesitate to reccomend to anyone that is traveling in that area.

“Sand, Salt, Sea, and and Island Oasis” - April 12, 2012 - RI
Although this review is tardy, it is well worth the time to write. We booked a few nights at Tortuga during mid Februay (15th ++) and we enjoyed every moment. While the Southwest Gulf Coast has always been our favorite, we've never stayed on Anna Maria before.....and we can't wait to visit again. We adored our lodging and we were particularly impressed with the cleanliness of our unit (244) and the property. The staff was extremely pleasant and conscientious. Frankly, our booking was by phone and THAT experience was a positive and memorable one, too! We appreciated the chairs waiting on the beach and the accessibility of new, clean beach umbrellas, and the staff member calling us prior to check in to let us know our room was ready any time we were. The close proximity to local restaurants and the option of hoping on the trolley was also a plus. I'm so looking forward to visiting again...and probably AGAIN! JV

“Amazing” - April 11, 2012
We held our wedding g on Tortuga's private beach on Easter weekend. The Bayfront South will forever be a part of that memory. The birds and water, with the beauty of the room and the friendliness of the staff... Staying at Tortuga is a decision I will never regret.

“Very clean and everything we needed” - March 23, 2012 - Midland, Michigan
My daughter and I stayed in the Palm Court South hotel room at Tortuga Inn on 3/4/12 - 3/10/12. We had a microwave, refrigerator, toaster and coffee maker with Folger coffee, so we could save money and make our breakfast and lunch in the room and just eat out for dinner. We don't like to eat out all the time, so we went to the local grocery store on the free trolley and bought our groceries. They provide dishes, silverware and dishsoap also. The pool was wonderful and peaceful and there were kids toys and water noodles to enjoy.The grounds were well kept and felt tropical. The beach across the street was gorgeous and provided chairs, towels and umbrellas at no cost. We thought our room was very clean and they cleaned our room daily. We rented a double scooter for the week at the hotel next to Tortuga Inn. We were able to lock our scooter up under their carports at night. We decided to get a scooter so we didn't waste time on waiting for the trolley. We wanted to enjoy every moment we had of our vacation. The only thing we didn't like was we had a hotel room that had a joining door going into the next room that locked, but it was very noisy and you could hear the other room talking and it was hard to sleep. Luckily my daughter and I brought ear plugs so we were able to sleep. And the only other thing is the bathroom didn't have a bathroom fan which made it steamy, but not a big deal. I would definetly stay here again but would request a room without a joining door to the room next door. On the morning we checked out we ate breakfast at the hotel's cafe and had crepes and crossants that were very good. The hotel office also has a store you can buy beer, wine, and travel necessities you may have forgotten (aspirin, toothpaste, etc.) The pictures you see on the website look just like the room you will stay in. We were very happy with our stay at the Tortuga Inn. The staff is friendly and helpful with questions you may have about the area and they provide you with a map and tell you where all the neat places the trolley goes to around the island. We also really liked the Icecream shop down the road called Big Olaf Creamery. We went there every other night for icecream.

“Nice place to take it easy and enjoy each other.” - March 14, 2012 - morristown,tn
Very clean, comfortable and convenient. Large shower (no bath tub) with good water pressure. There is a bidet. Small kitchen (refrigerator, gas stove, sink and dishwasher) with cookware, utensils, cloth items, salt & pepper, dish detergent and Folgers coffee pods all provided. Free long-distance phone service and wi-fi. Nice bedding. Lots of books on the shelves (I left my paperback there when I finished it.) Ceiling fan is nice. Air conditioner a little loud but cools effectively. Lovely beach across a 2-lane road. Good restaurants a short walk away. March weather was perfect. Short sleeves with shorts by day and long sleeves with shorts at night. Great ocean breeze.
Room Tip: Ground floor studios at Palm Court have little patios. There is a virtual tour on the website.

“Good value with special rate” - March 11, 2012 - New York
We just got back from a week long say at Tortuga Inn. It was so much better than I expected. First, the room was so clean that I didn't have to worry about a thing. Our room overlooked the pool and had an outdoor table and chairs perfect for watching the kids n the pool. We could also see the beach and the sunsets. The furniture was new and comfortable, bathrooms were large with ample towels. The kitchen was immaculate and well equipped. We also enjoyed a new cafe thats part of the hotel, they serve french food, coffee and crepes. It was nice to get coffee or breakfast. It was a very enjoyable very low key atmosphere. Incredibly relaxing.

“Orange County, NC ” - Feb. 15, 2012 - New York
This review is for the Palm Court South hotel room at the Tortuga, the least-expensive accommodation. Because we took advantage of a “4 nights for the price of 3” special, we felt it was an especially good value. The positives: Check in was fast and friendly. The room was consistently very clean, and we made use of the microwave and fridge to save $$ on breakfast and lunch. The inn supplied dishes and dishwashing supplies, which came in handy. The room was attractive, with built-ins, two rocking chairs and a small table, and there was plenty of storage. Large shower and plenty of towels. Small touches that would have been nice: a suitcase holder, some small throw rugs next to the bed (Cold tile in the morning--bring slippers!) Just a couple of negatives: There’s no exhaust fan in the bathroom, so one person can’t use the vanity mirror while the other is showering. Not sure why—they could easily vent it to the outside. We tried opening the little window, but it didn’t help. Biggest complaint: We were only separated from the adjoining room by a regular door. I could hear their cell phone ring, so you can imagine what the TV was like. Apparently this is because these can be rented as two-room suites, but if they’re going to rent them separately, they should install thicker doors. The resort itself was very nicely landscaped and there was ample parking. Two pools were available to us, but the seating area around both is limited. I had the impression that the resort was beachfront, but you do have to cross a busy two-lane road. The beach is a very short walk, though, and it’s great to have the chairs and umbrellas out there already. The inn furnishes a beach towel per person per day (basically large thin bath towels, some need replacing). All in all, we would return—especially if we could get another 4-for-3 deal--but would book earlier and use the detailed floor plan on the website to reserve a better unit.

“Wonderful” - March 9, 2012 - Pensacola, Florida
We went to Tortuga Inn in May 2011 for our 20th anniversary and it was wonderful. The room was spotless and felt like a little beach home rather than a sterile hotel feel. The staff was so friendly and helpful, they answered all our questions about the lovely island and made us feel very welcome. We rented the gulf view room over the office. Very spacious room, wonderful bathroom, and decor was so beachy and cute. Small kitchen was very nice. The whole property was well managed and pretty. The pool looked nice but with the beautiful beach right in front of the hotel, we stayed at the beach all the time. We are from northwest florida and spend a lot of time at the beaches, and we can say that there is something special about the beach at Anna Maria Island! Beautiful! Beach chairs, umbrellas, and even beach towels are all provided by the front office. Will definitely return to this gem on the island!
Room Tip: All rooms are wonderful. The gulf view is nice but from across the street and not right on the gulf...

“Beach Resort ideally located at wonderful beach” - March 3, 2012 - Edinburgh, Scotland
We returned to Tortuga Inn for the third year running in February. Ideal weather and a wonderful beach were a large component of this vacation. We rented a ground level inland waterway apartment for four - two from Scotland with two friends from Toronto. We could complain about some deficiencies when we moved in but we prefer to recognise the instant attention by the management to everything we brought to their notice. This year's apartment had a smaller common dining/sitting area than our apartment last year and this was only slightly inconvenient when we had guests - infrequently in our two week stay. The apartment was in all other respects beautfully located and provided with all conveniences. It's availability for two weeks is a major plus factor for us because we were not looking for the longer stay which is more common. Anna Maria Island is not typical N America in that all the restaurants are not chains and demonstrate a delightful degree of individuality. Sea food is, of course, a major aspect of menus and we find this totally agreeable.

“Lovely spot in paradise” - March 10, 2012 - Philly
Just recently returned from a short (2 night) stay at the Tortuga Inn on Anna Maria Island. Our accomodations were clean as a whistle and well appointed for a 1 room unit, on the second floor overlooking the gardens. With a queen sized bed, fridge, microwave, coffee pot. Perfect for us for a few days. The entire property is much larger than it gives the appearance, as it extends from the gulf side to the bay side. The staff at the front desk were very friendly. The grounds are well kept, with lush Florida plants and trees and the pool is just large enough. Across the street is the beach access. Plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas to go around. There is even a small "bistro" on property, with what looked like a fairly large selection of food and beverages, although a bit pricey, but in truth probably not out of line with the surrounding eateries. It is a condo owner property, so we don't know how different the other units are but from peeping in windows, what we did see looked equally as nice. The Tortuga would definately be a return destination.

“Lovely Holiday Getaway” - Feb. 23, 2012 - Richmond, Virginia
I was supposed to stay with My Dad in Longboat Key, but he double-booked his spare bedroom and relegated me to the Tortuga Inn. Thank goodness! The place is just across the road from a white sand beach and beautiful gulf coast waters. The room was very clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. Housekeeping did leave a bucket and mop in the room, and after I put it outside the door noone ever came to get it, even though I called the front desk. They have a little canteen off from the front desk where you can get bottled waters, wine, soft drinks and beer. Not too pricey, but the Circle K down the street is more reasonable. They have a kidney shaped pool that is supposed to be heated, but it was a little chilly. I happened to arrive during a little cold snap MLK Weekend. I would definitely recommend this place, and plan on staying there again. They also have two bedroom suites with kitchens and what have you.

“Great for those traveling with children” - Feb. 18, 2012 - Boston
Recently we checked into the Tortuga Beach Resort for a little R & R. At first I was shocked that the hotel was nothing more than a motel on a busy road. But, then, I saw the studio we rented and I was very impressed. They had done a very expensive make over and it was beautiful.This is definitly a place for the older set..( 70-80 years old) but we didn't feel out of place as there were other families there visiting thier grandparents and we always had someone to play with in the pool after a day at the beach. The little french restaurant they were opening downstairs was a great place for us to get a breakfast in the mornings before heading out for the day. The croissants start at $2.50 each and the breakfast crepes at $7.50. With coffee and bottled water..it usually ran both of us about $20.00 each morning. There is a Publix Supermarket on the island and most people just buy al their groceries there for the week.

There is a free trolly service which is wonderful and everyone uses it. It runs on island time...meaning that we would sometimes walk the mile to the restuarant before the trolly stopped. But, I think it starts up with more frequency as the season gets underway.

The motel is not on the beach, but across from the beach. They provide chairs and umbrellas. There was no gift store there when we were there in February, but, they were building one. So, make sure to bring all kids medicines etc with you.

Overall, it was a pleasant stay and did the trick. I have recommended it to my mother and her friends.

Room Tip: The studios over the office are the best buy.

“Great Place!” - Feb. 12, 2012 - Wauwatosa
This was our 5th trip to Anna Maria Island in the past 4 years. We've stayed at other places that were nice, but Tortuga is the best so far! We stayed in 164 in Tortuga Gardens. The unit was very large, immaculately clean, tastefully decorated, with a screened in lanai overlooking the bay. The huge shower and big whirlpool tub in the bathroom was a treat. The pools were warm and it goes without saying the beaches are fabulous. The only disappointment was the front desk staff. They weren't friendly. I had 3 brief encounters during our week stay and almost felt like I was intruding on their other work. That aside Tortuga is a beautiful property.

“A wonderful property with excellent rooms even at the basic level” - Jan. 30, 2012 - Seattle
This hotel is right across the road from the beach and provides beach chairs for lounging away the day. Even the most basic rooms are large with fully equipped kitchen areas and walk in showers. The multi bedroom suites are largel very beautiful apartments and those on the inland waterway have complete privacy. Bradenton Beach's quiet time bylaw ensures peaceful evenings and nights.

“Excellent choice. Amazing location. Very clean.” - Jan. 22, 2012 - Altamonte Springs, Florida
Excellent choice. Amazing location. Very clean. Excellent staff and service!

“Just as wonderful as I remembered!” - Jan. 11, 2012 - Orlando
We stayed at The Tortuga Inn over New Years weekend. We had a gulfview studio and it was lovely. This was our second stay here and it was as wonderful as we remembered. From the time I made our reserverations and changes, thanks Tom, you were great, to when we checked out everything was perfect.
The Inn is just across the street from their private beach and wonderful view of the gulf and is with in walking distance of shops, restaruants and bars. Our room was cozy, clean and the tub was heavenly. What I loved is that they supplied their guests with toys for the pool for kids, umbrellas for the beach as well as chairs. So if you are flying in you don't have to go searching for these things. Would highly recommend, the staff is very freindly and the property is so well maintained. We will be back.

“We always look forward to going back” - Jan. 9, 2012 - London
We returned to Tortuga for the 4th time, had a lovely room facing the bay that we have had before. There is a kitchenette, large bathroom and a pool shared with another room. The views are amazing. The only suggestion we have is that larger bath towels would be appreciated. Beach umbrellas provided.Hope to go back for longer next time. They helped with luggage and everyone was very pleasant. Room Tip: Overlooking the bay is lovely

“Amazing” - Dec. 13, 2011
We rented the two level waterfront house by the dock. My family has traveled a lot and also have stayed on siesta key often. I think our stay at the tortuga was one of my favorites. The house was beautiful , very clean, very tastefully decorated. It was perfect! We had our own pool since we rented the whole house and it was cleaned daily. The grounds were so beautiful, lush an tropical. I am already planny my next visit!

“Gorgeous place” - Nov. 22, 2011 - Middletown, Ohio
Our expectations of the room were exceeded by far. Our 2 bedroom 2 bath condo was huge. Both rooms were like master bedrooms with both having a master bath. The pools were clean, well maintained and the location was close to the beach and walking distance to anything we wanteded/needed to do. We would definitely stay here again.

“Paradise Awaits You” - Nov. 20, 2011 - Hamilton Square, New Jersey
Tortuga is a paradise. All rooms are spacious. Stayed in two bedroom condo. Very clean rooms which are cleaned dailey. Full kitchens and coffee supplied. Nice well kept grounds and pool area. The Gulf is only steps away. Beach chairs are on the beach ready for you. Towels & umbrellas are available at the office. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Owner was on site during our stay. We were attending a wedding and I recommended the Tortuga to eight (sixteen people) other famiy & friends, all were happy with the Tortoga. Shops, places to eat and for beverages are all within walking distance. Cannot wait to go back. T. Beers, Hamilton Sq. N.J.

“Great hotel & great location!” - Nov. 20, 2011 - Burlington, New Jersey
We stayed at the Tortuga Inn on Anna Maria island for 4 nights in November and just loved it. The location was great- on the beach and bay as well as within walking distance of restaurants and shops. The hotel was immaculate, the pool sparkling and warm and our room was beautiful. We would definitely visit again!
Room Tip: Rooms on both the beach or bay side are beautiful.

“Pleasantly Surprised” - Nov. 13, 2011 - Chicago
When my previous arrangements for my visit to Anna Maria fell through, a local friend made arrangements for me at the Tortuga Inn. I had a two bedroom condo unit and when I arrived in the evening, I was a bit disappointed because the Inn appeared to be just a glorified motel. I was hoping to have something right on the beach. Once inside the unit, however, I was really pleased with the spaciousness and the cleanliness of the place. The kitchen area especially was well-equipped and they even had coffee supplied for the next day! The best part about the location is that it is just a walk across the road to a beautiful private beach with beach chairs waiting! There were also many good restaurants and shops (Bridge Street) only a short walk away and there was a free trolley stop right at the Inn if I needed to go into Anna Maria or Holmes Beach. Best of all, the service was incredible and it was quiet!! Even though there were families at the resort, there wasn't a lot of noise and quiet time was enforced from ten at night to seven in the morning. I definitely look forward to my next visit to Florida and the Tortuga Inn.

“Best place to stay!” - Nov. 6, 2011 - Clearwater, Florida
We got married in Anna Maria Island October 29, 2011 and stayed at Tortuga Inn for 4 nights and it was amazing! The room was fantastic and we had such a great time. The staff was super friendly and the place was very clean. We will definitely be coming back!

“BEST PLACE TO STAY ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND” - Nov. 5, 2011 - Lake Placid, Florida
The Tortuga Inn is the "Best place to stay on the island." The units are immaculate (I have stayed there several times) and the staff are especially accommodating.They have beach chairs waiting for you on the beach as well as umbrellas and towels. The units are beautiful, spacious, and extremely clean. You will really enjoy the pool and the beach directly across the street. Also, you can have a bay view in the back of the complex, which is also beautiful.
Room Tip: All you have to do is call and the staff will help you.The website is a must and shows you all the types of units. The units really look as good as on the website.I prefer the rear units (known as the Tortuga Gardens). They are very spacious and beautifully decorated.

“Great Place” - November 2, 2011 - Buffalo, New York
Stayed for 4 days for a wedding. We had several of the rooms reserved for a number of guests. From the two bedroom suites to the rooms with king bed and little kitchenette. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the kitchen and kitchenettes had everything you would need. The showers were great and clean. The pool privacy was nice. The staff was friendly and helpful. Parking was never a problem with plenty of room. The beach was across the street. Be careful crossing it can get busy. Close to several restaurants and stores. Really liked the quiet time at 10:00. The rooms were stocked with books for reading. Nice touch. Would stay again. We're remodeling while we stayed. They were putting a small cafe.
Room Tip: All rooms seemed very good

“A lovely place!” - October 27, 2011 - Athens, Georgia
We stayed in a motel-type room at the Tortuga Inn about ten years ago and enjoyed our stay, so we booked a large two-bedroom apartment (Tortuga Gardens Deluxe #270) this past October when we came down to Anna Maria Island with friends. The apartment is incredible! Very nicely furnished and well kept. The bathrooms are wonderful, with a large tub in one and walk-in tile showers with two showerheads in both! Could have spent the vacation in there! It's a great location with easy walks to bay and beach. The staff is very helpful and friendly; even with two wedding parties going on over that weekend they addressed all our concerns with charm and grace. We'll stay there again for sure.

“AWESOME!” - October 25, 2011 - Kansas City
We stayed in the Tortuga Gardens Deluxe 2-bedroom unit (#160) for a week in mid-August. It was INCREDIBLE! We had my husband & me, our daughter & her boyfriend and my 22-year -old son. Our bedrooms were outstanding! The showers to die for! My son slept on the pull-out sofa and he can sleep anywhere, so this worked fine for him. The place was VERY VERY clean and the staff cleaned it daily and provided fresh towels and more if we asked. Having a full kitchen was great and saved us money by eating breakfast and lunch in every day. I used the washer and dryer every day. The pool in the middle of this complex was nice to take a dip after coming back from the beach. We loved our screened in porch during the mornings and after dark. No expense has been spared in the furnishings and construction of this unit. The staff was very helpul over the phone when I was making my reservations. I had to change them 3 times due to adding family members and changing dates. Our first night we stayed in a unit with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. While it was nice, the unit we stayed in was TRULY INCREDIBLE! The beach is across the street and we spent every day but one there. We used the umbrellas that were available at the front building at no charge as well as the beach chairs when we got to the beach. We didn't use the front pool, but there were always people in it when we walked by. The whole complex is VERY CLEAN and BEAUTIFUL! We had a WONDERFUL WEEK and this is one of the Top 2 nicest places we have ever stayed. In fact, my son asked if we had to go home. :)

“The Tortuga Inn is Wonderful!” - October 20, 2011 - Palm Harbor, Florida
We have enjoyed the excellent accomodations, very friendly staff, and beautiful views several times. It gets better every time. We'll are going back again soon!

“Nice place!” - October 18, 2011 - Green Bay, Wisconsin
We love Bradenton Beach, we had spent 2 weeks there at a vacation rental in 2009 and were heading to southern Florida and decided to take the time to spend some quality time on this beautiful beach. Called the Tortuga Resort while on the road and booked two glorious nights in one of their studio units. The property is right across the road from the beach, they provide chairs and umbrellas. The sunset on the beach is outstanding! We were planning to go to the Beach Club for dinner and opted to go to Publix's deli and enjoyed a bottle of wine on the beach instead. The resort is very relaxing and quiet! The staff was very nice! We arrived very late and our keys were in the box by the office, the layout is a little confusing at first especially in the dark! We would definitely go back. The Studio unit is perfect for 2 people, it has a complete kitchen and everything you would need to even stay for an extended time!
Room Tip: Gulf view or bay view rooms look outstanding! There were none available, the garden is nice too!

“Great Place” - October 17, 2011 - Apopka, Florida
This is the best place I stayed. The staff is great, the rooms are clean and beautiful. Right across from the beach. It's the second time I stayed here and definitly will be back. Tortuga makes you feel like you are in paradise.
Was here Sept 18 - 21. Nancy M

“Exactly as described! Paradise!” - October 17, 2011 - Dayton, Ohio
My family and I just returned from Tortuga on Sat. October 15th. We stayed a week but I wish we could have stayed another week! It was exactly what we wanted. My husband, myself, 2 kids (ages 4 and 6) and my mother all stayed together in room 266/266B (Tortuga Gardens). It was perfect. The apartment was huge, clean, well maintained and offered a great view of the bay. The lock-out or "mother-in-law" suite offered more than enough privacy for my mom to escape when she needed some down time. She had her own entrance and a mini-kitchenette area but she really didn't use that. The kitchen and laundry area in the main apartment is soooo big and beautiful! We got a lot of use out of the lanai. We kept the sliding doors open at night to listen to the water and got a great breeze flowing through the entire apartment. The pools were great, the walk to the beach was easy. Plenty of umbrellas and beach chairs and toys for the kids at the pool. They are working on some renovations right now that are going to make Tortuga even more perfect. A small cafe/store/gift shop area by the front pool. That's exactly what they need. We didn't always want to run to the room or leave to run to a restaurant. A place to grab a quick bite/snack/drinks on site will be awesome. My only other suggestion? A little bit of music at the pools. Just something "light" and mixed genre of music for everyone. Several of us made that comment while hanging around the pool. Nothing too loud to disturb other guests and maybe cut it off around 8 p.m. or so. Other than that it was perfect. We loved the location in proximity to the trolley, restaurants, shopping, etc. Staff and owner were all extremely friendly. We WILL be returning!

“Escape to a little paradise” - October 16, 2011 - Miami, Florida
great stay very relax beautiful rooms, friendly staff will be back!!!!

“Highly recommend” - October 10, 2011 - Chattanooga
Tortuga Inn is an amazing place to stay. The location is right across from the beach. Rooms and grounds make you feel like you are in a slice of paradise. They are very accommodating and provide all you need to enjoy the island and beaches. Super friendly. We plan on returning several times a year and will stay there each time. They are the best on the island.

“Tortuga is REALLY AMAZING”” - October 6, 2011 - Phoenix
Stayed at the Tortuga Inn for 8 nights in September 2011. Right from the beginning they where very helpful and knowledgeable in answering our questions and helping us choose the right accommodations.
Two small kids and two adults stayed in a ground floor 2 bedroom, 1 bath apt with a nice kitchen. It was a tad on the small side but spacious with the fenced in outdoor area. THE only minor issue I would say is that if cooking for multiple people we could have used a few more pots and pans. Otherwise the place was immaculately clean and had a nice beach vibe.
There are 2 pools, both very cool and have everything you could need. The main pool is heated perfectly and has plenty of chairs and tables around it. Very nice, social place to relax and/or meet others that are staying there.
Beach is right across from Hotel and the included chairs and umbrellas were a very nice touch, The sand is really soft and the waves are perfectly gentle for small children. We always felt very safe and were able to really enjoy the beach, The provided beach toys came in really handy as well.
Let me tell you the best part of this wonderful place. The people that work there. They make a point to try to get to know you and provide personal service. They are VERY attentive to small details and take a lot of pride in their place. EVERYTHING was cleaned daily and the management patrols the property and keeps the place in tiptop shape.
We left a bag behind and management was sooo wonderful. They went through our room, brought all of the items we left behind to a private shipping store and it was packed and ready to ship within a few hours. This was after many, many phone calls from us in a panic. They were EXTREMELY helpful, understanding and professional!!!
We enjoyed our vacation there sooo much and would not hesitate to recommend Tortuga Inn for anyone looking to have a relaxing vacation with a personalized touch!
We are serious, this was a WONDERFUL place to spend our vacation.

“Home Away From Home - carol f” - October 2, 2011 - Dover
I've stayed at Tortuga Inn many times and am never disappointed. The rooms are always very clean and have a homey feel to them. I stayed this time in a studio in Palm Court. Love that area with the tropical plants and fountains. Within walking distance to some great restaurants. Beautiful beach with umbrellas and chairs provided. The pool I used had shade so you can lounge and read. Staff is always helpful and polite. They really make you feel like they're happy you're there. I see no reason to stay anywhere else because this has everything I could ask for. Beautiful, clean room, friendly staff, that's a winner to me!
Room Tip: Rooms in Palm Court have a privacy patio with table and chairs. I like that feature.

“Great Place To Stay” - Sept. 26, 2011 - Tampa, Florida
Stayed there two weekend nights. Great place for a short "get away". Rooms were very clean, beach is right there and they provide beach umbrellas, towels and chairs. Didn't get nickeled and dimed the whole time. We had a unit with a full kitchen. Pot, Pans and enough dishes to serve six people. Clean, modern and had a "Key West" feel to it. Hard to find a place like this in Florida any more. A great place to stay!

“Tropical bliss on our anniversary” - Sept. 23, 2011 - North Georgia
Our first time on Anna Maria Island and all I can say is MORE PLEASE! Last minute reservations are the usual for us since our anniversary is during hurricane season. Booked a 2 BDRM 1 BATH room in Palm Court North the Monday before our Friday arrival.Our room was next to the pool & office. Plenty of room for us and our Jack Russell dogchild. Loved the tropical plants and water features in the court. Great private patio with table & chairs. The staff and grounds keepers work hard to keep up the excellent standards. Yes there are no flat screens but plenty of channels and TV is not a priority when visiting this oasis. The beach was well maintained with plenty of chairs and umbrellas.Had breakfast viewing the caribbean colored ocean & dolphins every morning at the Gulf Drive Cafe within walking distance.The trolley is great for exploring the island and it picks up in front of the resort. Every night the sunset was spectacular! We had planned to make our drive home in 2 days staying in Gainesville overnight. As we watched the sunset the last night, we both said "MORE PLEASE", The next morning we asked the staff to extend our reservation one more day. Unfortunately, another guest was coming in. They offered us another room at a discount so we enjoyed one more day in tropical bliss :)

Can't say enough about this wonderful resort and I had high expectations after reading all the great reviews, They got it right and then some. Thank you Tortuga Inn & Beach Resort for making our anniversary perfect!

Room Tip: Really didn't see a bad area in the resort. Palm Court has a tropical feel with private patios. The Tortuga Gardens have screened rooms overlooking a courtyard pool. Next time I would love to stay in the Bayfront Villas. Private pool or jacuzzi and an AWESOME view with screened rooms over the bay. I looked online to see when they were available, They seem to be pretty popular.

“A wonderful piece of Paradise in Tortuga Beach Resort” - Sept. 23, 2011 - Riverview, Florida
We looked and looked for a place on the beach that could accommodate six people in one unit. We also wanted to be abel to cook and eat in and not have to go out all the time. We found the most wonderful place in Tortuga Inn. The place is gorgeous!!! The two bedroom unit is amazing. It is decorated like it was on a magazine cover. It has a huge kitchen with everything you could need. The beds were sooooo comfortable. Then go outside and find a beautiful private beach with FREE beach chairs and beach umbrellas. The beach is plenty large and the sand is so white and nice. The water is pristine. You really couldn't ask for more (and expecially for the very reasonable price). We were thoroughly impressed and we all enjoyed our experience at Tortuga Inn on Bradenton Beach.
Room Tip: We needed a larger so we were in the Garden section. We requested ocean view but found out the view is very minimal. Knowing that, we would have requested the bay view which is much nicer in that section.

“Shhhh...don't tell anyone about Anna Maria Island!” - Sept. 23, 2011 - Atlanta, Georgia
Our new favorite destination! The Tortuga Inn added to the pleasure - it's a quaint, inviting, conveniently located property, has quite a few different room/condo type options, clean, well maintained and not over-priced. The units are nicely furnished (some in the Gardens building are quite exquisite) - nothing shabby about the Tortuga Inn! The staff was super friendly and helpful. Loved the private beach just steps across the street, complete with free (nice) loungers, umbrellas and beach towels.

With the free trolley, you can traverse the entire island for shopping and dining and there are good dining options within walking distance of the Tortuga.

We'll be back - if you like something a little different than chain hotels, high-rise condo buildings and mcmansions on the beach - visit Anna Maria and stay at the Tortuga - you won't be disappointed!

“New Home Away From Home” - Sept. 22, 2011 - Orlando, Florida
Last week my wife and I stayed at this wonderful resort on Anna Maria Island. It was our first time and expectations were high considering the wonderful reviews we read before selecting Tortuga as our destination. WOOOOOOWWWWW our stay blew away our expectations. We have stayed at some really wonderful hotels throughout this country and have to say that Tortuga Inn is one that rates very high on our list of the best. The property reminds us of what Florida used to be...relaxing, comfortable and a place to call home. We live in Orlando and I am very sure we will be back time and time again.
Room Tip: The bayside units have beautiful views with plenty to look at. Couple that with a private pool or spa and you have a little piece of heaven

“Our very favorite vacation spot” - Sept. 22, 2011 - Leesburg, Florida
We have stayed here at least five times, sometimes just as a couple, sometimes with family. Every time it has been wonderful- relaxed, well maintained and all around perfect. It's definitely worth visiting - you'll come back and you will love it!
Room Tip: Rooms on the bay are great.

“So enjoyable for our Family” - Sept. 17, 2011 - Jacksonville, Oregon
For our son Josh's wedding, we stayed in a two bedroom suite with our son Jeremy, daughter-in-law Teresa and two grandsons age 5 & 9. We had plenty of room and other wedding party goers were able to join us in our suite for dinner one night. Lots of light, lots of seating and privacy for us and our son and his family. The property had a nice pool and we were right across the street from the beach. Josh and his bride stayed in a nice apartment that had a bay view and plenty of room for the two of them. We'll stay there again for sure. Room Tip: Be sure to get a suite. You will be much happier.

“One of our favorites” - Sept. 12, 2011 - Chicago
We have stayed at the Tortuga Inn for 3 years in a row every February and we really love it. We stayed in a 2 BR unit and it is spacious and clean and just perfect. The beach is a stones throw away and you can walk to everything in Bradenton Beach. I can't say enough how great it is. Enjoy your stay.

“Great beach accomodations!” - Sept. 12, 2011 - Dallas, Texas
We stayed at the Tortuga Inn for a friends wedding recently and had a great time! We shared a 2 bedroom/1 bath unit with some family. We all slept comfortably, the room(s) were very clean and comfortable. It was very nice to have a full kitchen and we were able to eat meals in the kitchen in between stints at the beach, which is just an easy walk right across the road. The people in the office were extremely friendly and helpful. The units could use some updating, such as new TVs, countertops, etc. But, for what we needed, which was an easy, clean place to stay while spending lots of time at the beach, it was perfect. The free Wi-Fi was appreciated. There are lots of restaurants within walking distance and the beach is gorgeous!

“The only reason I'll be back to Anna Maria” - Sept. 11, 2011 - Miami, Florida
Just come back for a great weekend on AMI, I'm glad I choose to stay at Tortuga Inn, we stayed at one of the gulf front studio and it was exactly what we need, very clean, comfortable and spacious, beautiful huge bathroom. The staff was very helpful and nice always with a smile on their face. Yes, you have to cross the street but it's not a big problem and they have beach chairs free to use, also free umbrellas and beach towels. They are very close to restaurants and the island free trolley stops next to the hotel. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great but still we enjoy one beautiful sunset. If we ever come back to Anna Maria we will stay at Tortuga's for sure. Thank's for an amazing weekend.

“Amazing amenities” - August 29, 2011 - Orlando, Florida
We are a large family that love to spend time on the beach, as well as spend time in the boats fishing. Finding a place to accommodate both is often hard. Tortuga Inn was able to accommodate all our needs: Large family, pool/beach areas, boats slips with ocean/bay fishing. Unfortunately, this weekend the beach was rough (thanks Irene) and we couldn't spend much time on the beach with the little ones. Waves were 3-5'. So, we played in the pools and they were fun. We had a nice pool outside our room, more private for just our apartments(Gardens) but the front pool was amazing too. Staff was super nice and accommodating. It's nice to have umbrellas and towels all inclusive. That makes packing easier. The boat slips were nice. The rooms were more than expected. Marble countertops, dishwasher (soap provided), washer/dryer, 5* bathrooms and the beds were super comfie!!! Overall, we were all impressed with the facilities. We will be back!!!!

“Comfortable, clean, affordable and awesome” - August 26, 2011 South Egremont, Massachusetts
If you're looking for a family resort with a relaxing atmosphere, this is it. We stayed in a "condo unit", which offered our family everything for the week. The property is set up perfectly and offers separate pool areas, five steps to their private beach, interior gardens and convenient parking. The staff was very affable and helpful. Although in a tourist area, there wasn't a feeling of "forced friendly", rather, the staff was pretty excited about everything and really made our stay easy and comfortable. Room Tip: The rooms are exactly as described and shown through the website. Palm Court North 2nd floor units are very private and quiet.

“Still The Best in Anna Maria Island” - August 24, 2011 Palm City, Florida
We went to Tortuga Inn for the second time. However, this time we went to have fun with lots of friends who were staying at other hotels on the island. While some of their accommodations were nice, there were way too many people doing all sorts of things that would have made noise into the night and would have kept up awake when we preferred to sleep. Tortuga Inn's rooms are just as nice as the ones our friends stayed in, but all of their property permits lots of private enjoyment without being bothered by others if that's what one wishes.

“Plenty of space and a very nice beach” - August 21, 2011
Tortuga Inn 2-bedroom had plenty of space. Service was prompt and friendly. Wife busted hair dryer and they brought one up quickly. 6-year-old and 3-year-old loved the pool. The beach was excellent. White sand, warm clear water, no wave. The beach is not quite Seven Mile on Grand Cayman, but it's not far off. Hotel provides loungers (comfortable ones) and umbrellas for the beach. Attractive, spacious, and comfortable accommodations, great location, and good value--it's a winner. You won't be disappointed.

“Relaxing Vacation” - August 17, 2011 Lakeland, Florida
We stayed 4 days at the Toruga Inn and Beach Resort, it is close to restaurants and the beach, we had a beautiful 1 bedroom with living room and kitchen. It was a very relaxing place to stay. Our veranda was comfortable to read and have breakfast. The rooms are beautiful with a tropical feel. The front desk service was very good. We would recommend this Inn if you want to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunsets on the beach. Room Tip: Poolside rooms are very close to the pool and a little noisier. We liked the room that overlooked the mangroves towards the bay.

“We loved it and we'll be back!” - August 15, 2011 Tampa, Florida
This is a great place for families or adults who like kids. The rooms/suites are VERY clean and the staff VERY friendly. Wouldn't have changed a thing.

“We made another reservation while we were there ,we loved it so much” - August 13, 2011 Winter Haven, Florida
We spent our 46th Anniversary here. It was a wonderful experience. It is quiet and had everything in our room that we expected and more. The room was impecabily clean. We made a reservation for the Labor Day Holiday for 5 more days and requested the same room. The reception people were very accomodating and honored our evey request. We highly recommend the Tortuga Inn.

“Great hotel on the Gulf” - August 11, 2011 Woodstock, New York
I stayed in a one bedroom cottage. The living room had a queen sized sofa bed and there was a queen bed in the bedroom. There was a full sized kitchenette with plenty of dishes, utensils and cutlery. The pools were clean and the beach on the Gulf was beautiful. This hotel is wonderful for people of all ages. I highly recommend it!

“Great Hotel” - August 6, 2011 Orlando, Florida
This is our third time at Tortuga Inn. The location is perfect. Across from the beach, literately 1 min walk. The furnishings are top notch, and the apartments are very spacious. They even include, washer/dryers and of course dishwasher. The only draw back is the price. It is pricier than other locations on the same area, but you can avoid paying higher prices by visiting in low season.

“Family Trip with a special touch” - August 6, 2011 Safety Harbor, Florida
This has become our favorite family summer vacation destination. We have stayed at the Tortuga Inn the last three summers and plan to return again next year (if not sooner). The staff is always attentive to every need and extremely accommodating. The rooms are always very clean and the property is meticulously maintained.

“great time” - August 2, 2011 New York
Just got back from a three night stay at Tortuga. The staff couldn't have been nicer. The grounds were well maintained, and the cleaning crew did a fantastic job. It's very quiet on the island, and at Tortuga. If you are looking for a relaxing time, with the beach righy across the street, than this is your place.

“Excellent location” - August 2, 2011 Colorado Springs, Colorado
Great two bedroom ground floor living area. Well maintained and clean. Resort is located on the Bay side and we had a great patio area in the back. A little pricey but the resort has beach towels we could exchange at any time, just a short walk across the road to wonderful beach with chairs and umbrella for our use. Two pools that could be used depending on your desires, one family friendly the other more of a lap pool. Our unit had use of a hot tub but way to warm to use in the summer and it closed at 10:00. We would stay again if we have a chance.Although we ate out most of the time the kitchen had plenty of dishes not many covered containers which caused us to scramble for some left overs items. Might not be a problem for those driving from home but for us having to buy everything (baggies, paper products, etc.) it can get pricey.
Room Tip: Nice bedrooms, but the second bedroom had the washer and dryer in one of the closets so closet space might be an issue.

“Fantastic” - August 2, 2011
Stayed 2 nights at Tortuga and had a wonderful time. From the moment we arrived...the greeting at check in with very friendly staff. This is a top notch resort. Professional, couteous, and accomodating staff. This is where you need to stay.

“Won me over...” - July 31 2011 Miami, Florida
I too decided on this location & hotel based on Tripadvisor reviews. I have to admit I was not too happy on our first day. Our vacations are usually the "cram as much as we possibly can into 7 days" type of vacation. So on our first day when I found myself with nothing to hurry too, I was at a lost. However, by our 2nd day, the hotel & beach had won me over. The beach is so beautiful and relaxing. With the powdery white sand as so many have mentioned. We just loved hanging out on it every day. Our group consisted of 5 kids and each of them raved about this vacation. There are jetskies/paddle board/kayaks available for rent 2 steps from the private beach. The street is an issue for little ones. It's not the type of hotel were the kids can go to the beach while you watch them from the pool or balcony, but we found most days all of us were at the beach anyway. Honestly having to go back to the room was not such a big deal. I've stayed at hotels directly on the beach, where the walk back to the room was much longer then it was at the Tortuga. The hotel has no restaurant/breakfast or bar. But there are numerous supermarkets nearby to stock up on. And there is a beach bar a 5? minute walk down the beach from the hotel.

The one complaint I would have is about the bed. It was a double and not very comfortable. It didn't make for having that 'ah' feeling once you hit the sack. The room itself was very clean and well appointed. We had a t.v. in the 'master' and in the living. The second room with the (2) twin bed did not have a t.v., however we had a second room in which all (3) rooms had t.v.'s. I mention this in case this is important to you. The hotel is close enough to Tampa to make Busch Gardens & Adventure Island an easy day trip. I also recommend a Sunset cruise on the Manatee river. All in all I would recommend this hotel if you want a casual, laid back, relaxing get-away. By the way there is a AAA office about 10 minutes away were you can get discounts on all sorts of nearby attractions.

Room Tip: Palm courts nearer to beach. Bay villas farthest from beach, but great view of bay & most private.

“The best place to stay on Anna Maria” - July 27, 2011 Florida
We visited Tortuga Inn based solely on tripadvisor reviews, and we were really happy we did. The room was awesome (we stayed in #220), with a kitchen, one of those jet-tubs, and plenty of room. The only drawback is that they need a king or queen bed in there, right now it's only a double. We spent some time at the pool, but mostly out on their private beach - there's free towels, free beach chairs, and free umbrellas. Plus, a jetski rental company is right there too which is a convenient plus. The staff was really friendly and we loved our time there. We will definitely go back again!

“Tortuga Inn continues to exceed our expectations and is our get away destination”
- July 27, 2011 Dade City, Florida

My family has been going to Tortuga Inn for four years. We first scouted it out for our out of town guests to stay during our daughter's beach wedding. We loved it and reserved a block of rooms for them. The family and out of town guests also loved it and have continued to return for the past four years. It is our special get away for relaxation. The place is a perfect, secure and a restful get away. They provide all the beach accessories so you can pack light. They even provide pool toys for the little ones and rafts for the older ones. The premises are spotless and the staff is superb. The Garden rooms are especially a delight...but all rooms are great...we have been in most of the options offered over the years. Beach lounges, beach umbrellas and beach towels are also provided. An added bonus to this little secret hide away is that your family pet is also very much welcomed to join you. One last thing, my daughter and her husband spent their wedding night in one of the Penthouses and it was perfect as well. My only hesitation to writing this review is that I may have a hard time in the future securing a reservation if you all decide to hit the beach at the same time (:

“Outstanding!!!!!” - July 19, 2011 Long Island, New York
Phenomenal hotel. Gorgeous suite. Pools a little small, but still lovely. Would definitely go back.

“A couple's paradise.....the perfect place to celebrate our 20 yr. anniversary”
- July 18, 2011 Friendswood

There are already so many wonderful reviews of Tortuga Inn, I'm not sure I can add much more, but I will try. As everyone has posted, it really is a "slice of heaven". My husband and I were wanting to celebrate our 20 yr. anniversary on an island, but were thinking more of the Bahamas. However, we didn't want to be too far away from our kids in Texas in case of an emergency. So I started scouting around the internet and to our great fortune, discovered Tortuga Inn. All of the reviews are 100% honest and accurate when they describe how beautiful and tropical this inn is. Our room overlooked the bay with a huge lanaise. I felt as though we were in a honeymoon suite. The bathroom was huge with a massive walk in shower and a jacuzzi tub. We also had exclusive use of the hot tub which has the gorgeous view of the bay. The decor in our room was very nice and upscale. We always felt welcome, and the hosts were very accommodating. The grounds are very lush and tropical. My husband and I could not get over how this island is just as we had heard, "old Florida". No high rise condos, no teenagers, or party people. Just simple island life - which was exactly what we had been looking for. Now onto the beaches......wow. Crystal clear water, baby powder white sand, no crowds, just couples and families with well behaved children. We actually had a manatee swim right in front of us on a calm day! We saw so much wildlife every day - different types of cranes, pelicans, etc. Everyone we spoke with just raved about Tortuga - I think we were the only newbies, as it was a return trip for others. But newbies no more! We have decided we will be back next summer and will be bringing our children to enjoy this beautiful inn and island for what we hope will be an annual vacation tradition. It just doesn't get any better than Tortuga.
Room Tip: Bay view rooms are the best!

“WOW!” - July 14, 2011 Nottingham, United Kingdom
this place is a little bit of heaven! Anna Maria Island and Tortuga Inn was suggested to us by friends who live in Florida and told us that it was the best place to go, not many people know about it apart from other americans = Not many tourist.

After spending a week in Orlando doing all the parks, Discover Cove ect.... we (my parents and me) drove a good 2 hours West. easy drive, all straight roads. no problems getting here. Tortuga Beach Resort has one main road on the island, which is like a small country lane, and you cross to step onto the lovely soft warm sand of the beach. Our apartment in the Tortuga Gardens section was so lovely, nice big kitchen with one seperate bedroom, pull out sofa, huge TV, washer and Dryer, huge bathroom, comfy chairs on the balcony looking over the Bay and the villas. one BIG plus was the Free WI-FI which is included, a rare thing at hotels back in Orlando ATM. the beach is "privet" but i find no beach is "privet" yet only locals are running up and down it during the day or a few other people staying in the resort. everything is very calm, no loud people, loud traffic. heaven. there are two pools, one is more privet than the other but both lovely to swim in. I can only stand the sand for so long (personally) before i retreat back to the room but the front pool was just as great to sunbathe by as the beach. we went first week of October, quiet season, and not many people we're staying there, apart from a very large wedding party who took up all of the villas. a number of restaurants on the island, the Sandbar and The Beachhouse (both run by same company/people) and both had great food, atmosphere, friendly staff and THE BEST VIEWS of the sunset. also a good take-out pizza place opposite the Beachhouse. the sunsets are the best you'll ever see. the colours of the pinks, orange, yellow are worth the money and coming back for- without a doubt. I can not wait to return in 2 years time with the rest of the family for my 21st birthday. i hope its just as good then. :)

p.s the island- Bradington- has a free shuttel running up and down it all day up to about midnight and stops right outside Tortuga. perfect excuse not to drive and have a few drinks at the Beachhouse. :)

i hope you enjoy this place as much as me and my parents did. you wont be disappointed.

Room Tip: Tortuga Gardens- facing the Bay.

“Exellent vacation spot!” - July 11, 2011 Boca Raton, Florida
A beautiful resort that takes care of the little details like beach towels, umbrellas, and chairs already on the beach to use. The resort in extremely clean and comfortable. We really enjoyed our time there.

“A little slice of heaven on the Gulf coast!” - July 10, 2011 daniel island, sc
Tortuga Inn is the perfect spot to escape with the feel of your own island! Our accomodations were pristine, the property was charming and the staff was graciously attentive! The beach is GORGEOUS and.... Oh...those sunsets! We've already booked ourselves for next year!

Room Tip: We loved our rooms overlooking the bay with a

“Best place in the world!!!!” - July 7, 2011 Cleveland, Ohio
We absolutely had the best time at Tortuga Inn. It is extremely convenient to everything and only a short walk across the street to the beach. Everything that you can think of is provided at Tortuga to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The staff is great and willing to help you with any question or problem that you might have. The grounds are beautiful and exceeded our expectations. We will be back soon!!!
Room Tip: The first floor away from the pool is the best location.

“5 Year Anniversary - Tortuga Inn” - June 27, 2011 Orlando, Florida
My husband and I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect. The room was beautiful, clean, lovely. The grounds were so beautiful I took pictures. (I never do that.) We enjoyed the pool area with our kids - they had so many pool toys and fun things for them.

My husband surprised me with a beachside masssage that he coordinated with Liz at the hotel. Heavenly. This is our new place to stay! We will definately be back!

“Beautiful rooms and grounds” - June 26, 2011 Toledo, Ohio
The rooms are fresh and modern with a beach flare. Staff was extremely helpful finding places to eat and things to do, but they were never intrusive. The property is a quiet and peaceful retreat. It is also family friendly and safe. The beach is beautiful and the water looks like the Caribbean. My husband and I got married on Anna Maria Island. We chose to have a rehearsal dinner around the Bayfront Villa North pool the day before the wedding. The area was perfect for our 40 guests. We definitely plan to return to Tortuga Inn in the future!
Room Tip: Bayfront Villa North or South

“A small bit of paradise!!” - June 9, 2011 Paramus, New Jersey
Stayed in Gulf View Studio 218 for 3 nights. The room is just as shown on the website's photo and virtual tours. The room is well sound-proofed, as we did not hear anything from the room next door, or from the front-office below. Having one of the few rooms with an ocean view, we felt blissful every morning, waking up and seeing the azure blue ocean and beach right in front of us. (Watching the sunset every evening was also a truly divine experience!)

As you've seen from the website, the decor in the room is modern, but with an old-world charm. The bathroom is HUGE, with a large shower area with two heads, two sinks, a large jacuzzi tub, and a separate room for the toilet and bidet. (Does anybody use a bidet???)

There is no restaurant on site, but that's why most of the rooms here have a kitchen or kitchenette. Just stock up on breakfast goodies at the Publix Supermarket about two miles north.

The resort is well manicured...not a piece of trash around. All of the staff members we spoke with were kind and attentive. We did not ask for any housekeeping during our stay, but the staff left a bag of extra towels, toiletries and coffee by our front door on our 2nd night. (thanks!!)

The beach is clean and quiet! There are plenty of beach chairs stacked at the private beach, and the front desk has enough umbrellas and beach towels available, so there's no need for a mad dash in the morning to secure a spot.

What I really liked about the resort, was that most of the guests were mature (old?) or easy-going families....no rowdy party people around! It lead to a really relaxing atmosphere where everyone seemed content.

My wife and I enjoyed taking long walks along the beach every morning and evening. The Tortuga Inn was a gateway to paradise for us! We hope to go again!

“Great place for families!” - June 2, 2011 Lincoln, Nebraska
We just returned from our first trip to Anna Maria Island. I booked a 1 bdrm 1 bath Deluxe apt. in the Tortuga Gardens. I was pleased the minute we walked in. The place was VERY clean and had all the amenities you would want. We have kids aged 5 and 2 1/2. They slept comfortably on the fold out couch and we had the bedroom. The bathroom is big and the closets are very roomy. The staff was so helpful with every single request. They recommended great places to eat and were genuinely please to help. The second day into the trip, I realized I brought the wrong charger for my camera and was ready to pay big bucks to have a new one FedEx'ed to me. I called down to the front desk to see if there was a camera shop in the neighborhood just in case. The lady told me to come to the office to look through their box of chargers. I went and found the exact charger I needed! Our kids loved the pool and all the toys provided. We borrowed and returned umbrellas and toys every day to take to the beach. The beach is beautiful and well kept. Overall, a great experience. We will definitely return.
Room Tip: Corner room in Tortuga Gardens!

“Love, love, love it; we will definitely return:)” - May 31, 2011 Nekoosa, Wisconsin
Last year Mom, Sisters and I stayed for 4 days; we were so impressed we came back for our 7 day vacation this year. We brought an Aunt along; she was also impressed and wants to join us again next year (we may have to up to 10 days, 7 went by too fast). We loved the apt., the facilities, friendliness & helpfulness of staff, location, beach, price, etc. Absolutely, no complaints! Thank you, Tortuga Inn for a vacation we didn't want to end.

Room Tip: No bad rooms, check it out!

“Tortuga Dave is the best host with his staff as well!!” - May 29, 2011 Falmouth, Massachusetts
Imagine staying for 9 days and then saying oh well just stay for 5 more days the place is so clean and friendly best for us and we will be back coming from a tourist area on the cape in Falmouth, I am at Publix and I look up and there is Dave, I understand your staying longer, yes I am!! he wears floered shirts just like me but it is the best ever to stay. will be back!!

“Tortuga Inn By Chance and Won Big” - May 23, 2011 Naples, FL
My wife and I, only by chance, happened to stay at the Tortuga Inn when it became apparent one evening that leaving Anna Maria Island would not be a advisable for a variety of reasons. Our stay turned out to be most enjoyable...really wonderful. The "Inn" is really a combination of several different kinds of properties at the same location. We stayed in a really great standard type hotel room in the Palm Court. But, so interested we were in returning that one of the staff spent some really quality time with us describing a variety of accomodations including several with two bedrooms. There is something for everyone. The quality of everything from staff to room detail is truly heads above most places. And, the location, Anna Maria Island, is like stepping back into a more leisurely and civilized time. We shall return...for sure. Room Tip: You can't miss at the Tortuga Inn.

“Beautiful location for a second honeymoon” - May 23, 2011 Wellington, FL
My wife and I stayed at Tortuga Inn based on a friend's recommendation to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Starting with the reservation experience, the staff was friendly and helpful, even providing the names of local restaurants where we could enjoy meals while in town. Between their advice and the excellent website, we chose a garden apartment facing the Bay. From the moment we arrived on the island, we knew that we had made a great choice. Check-in was a breeze, and our room exceeded our expectations. It was extremely clean, and very comfortably and tastefully furnished with tropical decor. The screened balcony of our second story unit overlooked the Bay and provided a wonderful view of the sunrise. The beach was directly across the street from the property, a 2 minute walk from our unit, and had chaise lounges and beach umbrellas available. We found the Tortuga Inn to be a great get-away for couples, but equally suitable for families. We are already looking forward to our next visit!

“Wonderful hotel that makes you feel like you are home” - May 22, 2011 London, United Kingdom
I stayed with my sister here for 4 nights in May. The room was wonderfully big, very very clean and had all the little extras we were not expecting (fridge, microwave, toaster, utensils). There was even a book shelf full of books to keep us occupied. The staff were fantastic and very very happy to help us with any questions.

The only thing I would recommend is if travelling with someone else get a room with a king bed. We had a queen as that is all that was left but it was a very very small queen bed and not much room for 2 people. That said the staff again were great and let us have another room which had a king bed for 2 nights out of the stay.

The location is fantastic - right on the beach with lots of great restaurants and bars. I recomment the Gulf Restaurant across the road for fantastic breakfast and Hank's for margaritta's! Loved Anna Maria island - i will certainly come back!

“A piece of paradise that never fails to make us smile.” - May 15, 2011 Littlehampton, United Kingdom
My husband and I travelled to Tortuga Inn for the 4th or 5th time earlier in May. We were a little concerned with some negative comments made on this site but felt that our experience did not match the comments. From the moment we arrived we knew nothing about the atmosphere and good service had changed and we were back in paradise. The staff were helpful and kind and made our stay a great one. The room we had was quiet and we did not hear our neighbours at all. Now we just need to save up for the next trip!!

“Little slice of heaven” - May 14, 2011 Nw Jersey
This was our second trip to Tortuga & once again we were impressed. Accomodations were spotless and beautiful, as were the pools. Beach umbrellas came in handy for spending hours on the beautiful beach. Front desk allowed for a late check out, which was a huge help due to our late afternoon flight.
Everything here is perfect...we hated to leave! We'll see you again next year!

“My very favorite beach place!” - May 14, 2011 Tampa, Florida
As a Florida resident, I've stayed here several times and it has everything I want in a beach rental. Beautiful views of the bay, fishing/boat dock, excellent heated pools, gorgeous beaches and every amenity you could think of -- beach umbrellas, beach towels and beach chairs are provided and are plentiful. The entire staff is top notch, efficient and friendly. Nearby, there are many restaurants and plenty of activities to keep you busy, but I go there for total rexlaxation.
Room Tip: I always prefer one of the bay front villas.

“Paradise Found” - May 9, 2011 West Palm Beach, Florida
This hotel is very comfortable, well maintained and clean. The beach is right across the street and there are good restaurants within walking distance. Our suite was so clean when we checked in that we declined the housekeeping service the next day and simply swapped our wet towels for fresh ones. The bedrooms were quiet, cool and dark - great for sleeping. The full kitchen was immaculate and very well appointed. Everything looks just like the pictures on the website. We will definitely stay here again.
Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are at tree top level - beautiful!

“Absolute Luxury!” - May 6, 2011 Huntington, West Virginia
We stayed in one of the Studio/Gulf view suites at Tortuga Inn in April 2011 and were pleasantly surprised. Everything was absolutely perfect. The suite, the pool, the grounds...all looked exactly like the pictures online, which is very rare. The staff was so friendly and the beach access was just a short walk across the road. Plentiful chairs, umbrellas and towels!!! The housekeeping staff was awesome because we had our two small dogs and don't require anything except clean towels...We did not even have to ask...they dropped off clean towels and supplies for us daily!!! The huge sumptuous bathroom was to die for!!! The views were breathtaking...especially from the pier in back as well as the beautiful turquoise gulf. We saw many varieties of birds as well as the dophins frolicking in the gulf and in the bay. Needless to say, we really enjoyed our stay...perfect weather, convenient to everything we needed and so quiet and picturesque...we hated to leave and would definitely stay again!!!!
Room Tip: Studio apartment for Gulf views

“The best kept secret is located right here at Tortuga Inn!!” - May 6, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia
We have been regular customers for several years now, and the service and accommodations have been consistent each and every time!! Our life in the Atlanta Metro area is extremely hectic. It is so nice to pack up the family (twin teenage daughters) and within no time at all, we are in "paradise!" Paradise, and away from the rat race of our crazy schedules! The pace on Anna Maria Island is just what we need when we are on vacation...calm and peaceful!!! We are all "clean freaks" in our house, and Tortuga has set the bar consistently with their pristine accommodations. The front desk staff is always ready to greet and serve you with a smile! I would highly recommend seeing for yourself what a fabulous retreat it is to stay at the Tortuga Inn!!! I promise you will love it and will return regularly as we do!!
Room Tip: The Garden Apartments are our favorite!

“If your idea of a vacation is taking it slow and enjoying being “in the moment,” then the Tortuga Inn was built for you” - April 30, 2011 Newark, Delaware
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 my list. Tucked away on a narrow strip of property 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.
If your idea of a vacation is taking it slow and enjoying being “in the moment,” then the Tortuga Inn was built for you. “Tortuga” is the Spanish word for turtle, and you’ll find turtle imagery sprinkled throughout the well-manicured landscaping and décor.

The inn’s yellow stucco walls and red Spanish tile roof set the stage for elegance and comfort as you enter the grounds. The driveway and interior roads are all paved with stone a la EP Henry, and as you pull your car into the private parking garage, you already feel like you’re in the high-rent district in an exclusive hideaway.
The inn offers a range of accommodations among six different buildings, from studios to hotel rooms to lavishly decorated 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Having been spoiled in a 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment in Tortuga Gardens, it would be hard to come back and stay in something less sumptuous, but all the rooms look equally comfortable. The apartment sported granite countertops, double showers, Jacuzzi tub, screened porch, a laundry room, three TVs, and delightfully tropical furnishings throughout.
Much like that of neighboring communities on Anna Maria Island—Holmes Beach and Anna Maria City—the Bradenton Beach lifestyle is centered around the water. With four miles of beachfront within the city limits that cover a tiny five square miles, nearly everything is either waterfront or water view. Boats line the docks on Sarasota Bay; parasails and jet skis are lined up for rent on the Gulf side. Several restaurants sit right on the beach, most notably the Beach House, famous for its delectable grouper sandwich.
What to do? There’s really no end to the activities available. Take an early-morning walk on the private white-sand beach to watch the sandpipers and plovers chasing the gentle surf. Relax on a lounger and gaze at the turquoise waters of the Gulf. Go for a swim in one of the pools. Or get out your fishing gear and sit on the dock of the bay, just wastin’ time. Whatever you spend your time doing, don’t miss the spectacular sunsets. The greatest show on earth is best viewed from a reclining position in a lounger, (plastic) wine glass in hand.
Room Tip: Take a look at the Tortuga Inn website.

“Clean, Clean, Clean!!!!!” - April 29, 2011 Orlando, Florida
This hotel is amazing!!!! Very clean and it has all the amenities one would want. Great place to stay!!! We'll be back!!!

“Fantabulous” - April 24, 2011 The Villages, Florida
We have stayed at this resort numerous times. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful in assisting you in finding your way around the island. They have their own private beach directly across the street and they supply chairs, umbrellas and towels. The beach is absolutely beautiful. It is a nice relaxing area, but don't let that make you think it's dull....far from it. The island offers a lot and Tortuga Inn makes your relaxing time worthwhile. The rooms are clean and have the amenities that you would require, be it a hotel room w/microwave and fridge or a studio with full kitchen and even larger units to accomodate families and friends. The pool is a great place to sit and relax after touring, swimming in the Gulf or whatever else you could do. Restaurants nearby are quite good, with outside bars (our favorite) on beautiful beaches.

“We loved this hotel, location and cannot wait to go back!! Hated to leave!”
- April 17, 2011 Peoria, Illinois

We had a beautiful room, more like a condo with all the comforts of home including granite countertops, full kitchen and full size washer/dryer. The location is perfect situated between the bay and the gulf. Views could not have been better and the grounds are beautiful... the beach area is so gorgeous and the chairs/umbrellas and some toys for the kids are all provided. They even let us have a late check-out since our flight was late in the evening. My only complaint would be that there should be a crosswalk out in front to get to the beach because traffic does not stop for you there and with little kids it is a little scary. But everything else was so wonderful that I hated to leave and cannot wait to go back!

“Tortuga was great!” - April 12, 2011 Loveland, Colorado
Tortuga was in a fantastic spot. The unit was clean and spacious. Great balcony. On the FREE Trolley line. Across the street from a great beach.

“Well Worth It!” - April 8, 2011 Suwanee, Georgia
We fully enjoyed our time at Tortuga! From the friendly service and cleanliness of the grounds, pool, and rooms, to the complimentary beach chairs, and towels. Great location too! Right along the trolley stop, and close to bike, jet ski, and paddle board rentals!

“Wonderful!” - April 8, 2011 Cleveland, Ohio
Thoroughly enjoyed our few days in Anna Maria Island at the Tortuga Inn. Our suite was clean with contemporary furnishings and very spacious; staff was very friendly and welcoming; in a great location for walking to restaurants/shops; excellent beach amenities--loved that there were chairs and umbrellas avaialble at no charge; parking was easy. Travelled with husband and two children (12 and 14yr old). I would absolutely return to the Tortuga Inn!!

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