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ANNA MARIA ISLAND BEACHES

 

 

Looking for several beaches on one beautiful island? Anna Maria Island has six to choose from.

Coquina Beach | Manatee Beach | Bradenton Beach | Holmes Beach | Cortez Beach | Anna Maria Beach.

 

 

South of Tampa Bay on the west coast of Florida lies Anna Maria Island, just off the shoreline of Bradenton. Old Florida charm is the essence of Anna Maria’s seven mile stretch of pristine living… with every location literally a walk or bike ride away. The entire island is surrounded by a sugar-white coastline where loggerhead turtles like to nest and exceptional emerald water where dolphins and manatees are often spotted.Sans the High-rises, theme parks and water slides, this little island is a fishing birding, kayaking paradise.

 

The City of Anna Maria is located at the northern tip. This is a quiet residential community with an abundance of rental homes and cottages. Most residents prefer to ride their bikes, as the “City of Anna Maria” is not a City but, a quaint little village. Pine Street serves as the main thoroughfare from bay to beach where charming family stores and cafes are housed in quaint Florida cottages as well as “one” unobtrusive shopping center featuring novelty shops, clothing and ice cream. Many artists reside in the area where the fruits of their efforts can be found in nearby galleries.

 

 Anna Maria Beach is accessible by traveling the side streets along Gulf Drive. This magnificent beach has expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico, St. Petersburg and the Skyway Bridge.

 

Holmes Beach is at the center of Anna Maria Island. This is the busiest section of the island as traffic is crossing the bridge from the city of Bradenton.

 

The public beach, known as Manatee Beach, is a direct shot from the bridge featuring a concession stand, volley ball courts, water sport rentals and play yard. Nearby restaurants, shops and boutiques make this a vibrant active community.

 

 

 
 

Heading south, the village of Bradenton Beach is a community featuring historic Bridge Street for interesting shopping and a great seafood restaurant at the end of the pier overlooking Sarasota Bay. There are regular Bridge Street special events such as “Movie Night”, “Mardi Gras”, Art Shows, Car Shows, etc. – Its a fun place to be. You can pamper yourself at a day spa as well as enjoy fine dining and nightly entertainment.

 

Across from Bridge Street and heading south is Cortez Beach followed by Coquina Beach, a 96- acre Australian pine shaded oasis of beauty. At the southern most point, on the bay side of Anna Maria Island, are sandy paths lined with lush foliage leading to Sarasota Bay for viewing many species of shore birds like spoonbills, osprey, least terns, oyster catchers and more.

 

While staying on Anna Maria Island, leave your car and ride the “FREE trolleys” that travel daily from Manatee Beach, Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Pier, Longboat Key, St. Armand’s Circle and Sarasota. Service begins at 6:00a.m. till 10:30p.m.; arriving every 20-30 minutes. 

 

Anna Maria offers a variety of accommodations from beachside cottages and quaint hotels, motels, luxury homes, condos, spacious villas or full service resorts; this is the place to relax and get away from it all. 

 

 


Clear Gulf waters on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Photo by David McRee at BeachHunter.net

 

The water isn't always this clear on Anna Maria Island, but during the spring months it can be incredibly clear and calm. The months of May and June often bring the clearest water.

 

 


Beach house in the city of Anna Maria, Florida.

Beach house on Anna Maria Island.

 

 

 

Relaxing on Anna Maria Beach, Florida.

Total relaxation on Anna Maria Beach.

 

 

 

 

Why Come to Anna Maria Island?

  

  • Excellent water quality and white sand.
  • Family friendly.
  • Lots of greenery and quiet residential neighborhoods.
  • Lack of high-rise buildings.
  • Good selection of restaurants (no chain restaurants).
  • Boutique Accommodations, yes! Chain Hotels, no.
  • Plenty of piers for fishing as well as fishing charters.
  • Good selection of shells on the beach.
  • Active arts and conservation groups on the island, including a vibrant and effective sea turtle nesting monitor program and shorebird stewards.
  • Lifeguards at the public beach accesses.
  • Great kayaking and beach equipment rental opportunities. Great surf shop.

 

 

What Anna Maria Doesn't Offer

  

  • No chain hotels or high-rise condos. No chain restaurants.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the beach.
  • No nightlife unless you want to drive to Sarasota.
  • Traffic can be pretty bad on the main roads from January through April. Restaurants wait times can be long during those months as well.
  • No large nature preserves.
  • Limited shopping.

 

 

Anna Maria Island summer beach scene.

A summer afternoon on Anna Maria beach.

 

 

Hidden trail to the beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida.

A hidden trail to one of the best surfing beaches in Southwest Florida.

 

 

Sunset on Anna Maria Island beach.

Everyone comes down to the beach for sunset.

 

 

Stand Up Paddleboard surfing on Anna Maria Island, FL.

Stand-up Paddleboard surfing is popular in Florida.

 

 

Gulf Drive passes through Bradenton Beach, Florida.

Gulf Drive takes you right through the little town of Bradenton Beach. This is also known as Cortez Beach. Note the walking/bike path. It runs all the way from Cortez Beach to Longboat Pass.

 

 

Coquina Public Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Coquina Public Beach.

 

 

Manatee County Public Beach in Holmes Beach, FL.

Manatee County Public Beach facilities and Cafe On The Beach.

 

 

Rod and Reel Pier in the city of Anna Maria, Florida.

The legendary Rod & Reel Pier.

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