There is nothing like being out on the water on the amazing coast of the Gulf of Mexico. By renting a boat you can experience the incredible wild life and natural beauty from a different perspective. There is always something wonderful to discover, from breathtaking sunsets, to dolphins playing, Anhingas birds diving underwater, white sandy beaches, to just spending quality time with family and friends. We at Twisted Anchor Boat Rentals are a family owned business who have lived in the area for over 20 years and are happy to assist you in that experience. Below are a few of our favorite places to visit by boat.
Located just east of the Longboat Key bridge. In lower tides there are shallow sandbars that provide a perfect location to anchor the boat and spend the day swimming and picnicking. It is a pet friendly area as it is not a beach. Be sure to arrive early and bring a well stocked cooler. There is no access to the Jewfish Island itself as it houses private residences.
27.4417° N, 82.6793° W
Beer Can Island (Greer Island)
The beach is located at the very northern part of Longboat Key just south of Bradenton Beach. Beer Can Island beach is unique because of the numerous dead, weathered tree stumps that line the shoreline. It creates a natural backdrop for small private beaches and coves. And you may see a hammock strung between the trees.
27.43’92” N 82.68’99” W
(North End of AMI)
Bean Point beach is located at the very tip of the island. It provides an unobstructed view of beautiful Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge. It is also where Tampa Bay meets the Gulf and the waters can be treacherous so it is recommended getting there via the gulf side. The Sandbar Restaurant is a short walk away on the beach.
See what our customers are saying!
*****Google Review 10/23/2020
Ann and Patrick were professional and spot on with communication from the start. The weather in Anna Maria Island this week was spotty and we were able to change our rental date no problems, as they had an alternative available. The boat was in perfect condition- cosmetically and operationally. Our girls (10 and 7), my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our day. I did some research but took Patrick up on his suggestion to visit Jewfish Key and we spent a good amount of time on the sandbar there. 100% recommend and will use again!
***** Google Review 12/15/2020
What a great experience! Twisted Anchor Boat Rental was truly one of the best parts of our recent vacation to Florida. Not only was the boat nice, well kept, and clean, but they deliver it to you! The price was great and well worth it! I was considering renting for a second day and rather than just taking my money they took the time to show me a weather report and said it might be a little too windy to fish. This was an example of real customer service in my opinion. We will be back to the Sarasota, Bradenton, Longboat Key area many more times and this is my new go to Boat rental company!
***** Google Review 12/31/2020
We had a wonderful time renting a pontoon boat for the afternoon for our family. Ann and Patrick were a delight and the boat is in great condition. Very clean and well maintained. It accommodated our large family group very well. We took a wonderful ride up and around Anna Maria island on both the gulf and bay side. Then spent a fabulous time at Greer Island (“Beer can island”). Absolutely amazing sugar sand and clear water. We highly recommend Twisted Anchor and definitely plan to call them for our next boat rental in the area!!!
***** Google Review 1/01/2021
We loved our day on Sarasota bay! The boat was so clean and the owners were very friendly and attentive. They made sure we had a cooler, enough life jackets, gave us pointers on good sand bars, dropped the boat off at a convenient boat launch and the price was amazing! Thank you for a New Years day we will not forget.
***** Google Review 01/2021
What a awesome time spent on the pontoon boat. Weather was perfect and sea was clam. Prefect way to spend the day cruising around the entire island making pit stops at Egmont island. Around bean point and hitting Jewfish key. Thanks Patrick and Ann the boat was spotless and ran great. Patrick dropped it off and picked it up right by our condo in Holmes beach. Couldn't ask for better service. Highly recommended this rental service.
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Customer Service, Quality, Wait Time
We were impressed the whole way through! Especially liked how clean and well cared for the boat was. It was such a treat!
***** Google Review 02/28/21
Best boat experience! Rented from great people😍 We were almost 2 hours late and they still made sure we had time to enjoy. I definitely recommend them when wanting an awesome, affordable rental❤ Kiara & Family
***** Google Review 03/01/21
Twisted Anchor Boat rentals were great! They were there waiting on us at the dock, the boat was clean and in great shape. We really enjoyed our day out on the water. We will definitely rent from them the next time we’re back in the area!
***** Google Review 03/14/21
This place is TOP NOTCH!! This was our first rental and they answered every question I had along the way. There was always open communication between us and them anytime we had a question along the way. The boat was in perfect shape, very clean and delivered to the ramp on time. They gave us a map, walked through everything on the boat and gave us great tips and areas of interest we should check out. We had such a great time! We will rent from them again when we are back in the area. If you’re thinking of renting a boat in this area, these people are the BEST!!
Square Up review
Super friendly personal service.
***** Google Review 04/05/21
Great experience from beginning to end! The boat was beautiful, clean and so spacious! Ann and Patrick are both very knowledgeable and so sweet! We will definitely be booking again!
***** Google Review 04/02/21
The boat was perfect! They were very prompt and courteous. Most definitely would rent from them again!! Thankyou again for an amazing experience!!
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