Anna Maria Island, Florida  -  November 2015
We decided to avoid the hassle of traveling to St Barts, returning home, and then traveling to Fort
Lauderdale for a mid December cruise.  Instead rented a house on Anna Maria Island, Fl.

November 7th        We used Marriott points and checked into the Tampa Airport Hotel for a couple of nights
before driving to Anna Maria Island on the 10th. Carl and Mary Corrello met us for a pleasant lunch and
reunion on Monday. I worked with Carl for many years, so we had a lot to catch up on.

November 10th        It was only about an hour drive to Anna Maria.  We stopped at a couple of stores along
the way to pick up  staples we would need during our four weeks on the Island.  We heard about Anna
Maria from several acquaintances we met in St Barts.  The Island is extremely laid back and  a throw back
to the Florida of many years ago.  The house we rented was very clean, modern, and well stocked.  It was
located about a three minute walk from a wonderful beach that stretches for many miles.

Eleanor immediately got into her beach walking routine; first thing in the morning and then again in the late
afternoon.  I would meet her at the beach in the evening to watch the sunset.  Our friends the Coles also
decided to take a break from St Barts and were visiting Anna Maria. We met them several nights for dinner.

November 18th        The house we stayed at had a 2nd bedroom, so we invited our good friend Scott
Guthrie to join us for a mini vacation.  We both enjoy Scott's company and he shares my passion for
photography.  We traveled to various birding locations during his four day visit.

While Anna Maria Island can not complete with the glamo
ur of St Bart's we found it extremely comfortable.   
The beaches stretch for miles on end.  Everyone we met wa
s very friendly and laid back.  It is definitely      
a place we plan to return to.

We rented our house from this



December 8th             We relocated to the Eastern side of Florida for a week and stayed at an incredible
little resort by the name of
Beachside Village Resort in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.  This place far exceeded
our expectations.  While it is an
older resort, it has been totally modernized.  It was quaint and very
comfortable with a wonderful and helpful staff.  It was within easy walking distance of the town center
which had many restaurants and coffee shops.  Our current plans are to return there in the spring for a
short stay before returning home at the conclusion of our cruise.

We had a busy week running errands, but I did manage to get our one morning for some birding

December 15th            We checked out of the resort, turned in our rental car and boarded the Seabourn
Odyssey in Port Everglades.  All went smoothly.