BEACHES ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND




Welcome to the most complete guide about the Anna Maria Island Beaches. Here you can find all you need, from the private beaches to the hidden gems, plus all the amenities and tips for you to plan a perfect visit to the island paradise in Florida!

The best way to describe the Anna Maria Island Beaches is Spectacular & Impressive Beaches – and TripAdvisor named the island: #1 Beach Vacation Destination in the United States.

With 1,200 miles of coastline, white powdery sand beach, calm, warm, and turquoise waters, with sunshine almost all year long, with Gulf temperatures averaging 84 degrees all year long. Combined with the laid-back lifestyle on the island, makes Anna Maria Island a perfect vacation spot.

I am a local and I have visited all of the Beaches on Anna Maria Island and I am here to share all the tips you need to know. I have also prepared a full guide on how to explore Anna Maria Island, the best places to stay, and the best restaurants in Anna Maria Island – with these 2 guides, you will have all you need, in one place, without having to research any further.

In this Anna Maria Island Beaches guide you will find:

  • Public Beaches on Anna Maria Island
  • Private Beaches on Anna Maria Island
  • Dog Beach on Anna Maria Island
  • BONUS: Nearby Anna Maria Island Beaches

Enjoy this complete guide for the Anna Maria Island Beaches, and safe travels!

READ MORE: 23 Best Things to do on Anna Maria Island

OVERVIEW OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND BEACHES

Here you can find three large areas with multiple beach access points on the Gulf side at the City of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton. There are three main public beaches on Anna Maria Island with excellent amenities at Manatee Public Beach, Bayfront Park, and Coquina Beach.

PUBLIC BEACHES ON ANNA MARIA ISLANDPRIVATE BEACHES ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND
MANATEE PUBLIC BEACHHOLMES BEACH
COQUINA BEACHBRADENTON BEACH
BAYFRONT PARK BEACHBEAN POINT BEACH
CORTEZ BEACH

Anna Maria Island Beaches

ESSENTIAL TIPS TO VISIT ANNA MARIA ISLAND BEACHES

  • Anna Maria Island has strictly enforced parking ordinances, so be sure to only park your car in a designated area.
  • Alcohol is NOT permitted on the beach
  • Dogs are NOT allowed on the beach (bummer…my poor fur babies!)
  • Bicylcles are NOT permitted on the beach
  • If you are planning to spend the day(s) on the beach, bring an umbrella or a pop-up tent
  • I love my wagon to bring all my belongings to the beach
  • During summer months, small stringrays occasionally come to the shallow, so just shuffle as you enter the water and you can also invest on water shoes
  • I saw a lot of jelly fish on the ocean during my last stay in September, so be aware when you are in the water
  • Turtle nesting season is from May throught October and be aware that they are protected by federal an state laws – the nests are marked on the beach, so be careful and help to protect them.

PUBLIC BEACHES ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

MANATEE PUBLIC BEACH

LOCATION: 4000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach

The Manatee Beach is very close to Holmes Beach – actually one of my favorite things to do is to do my morning running from Holmes Beach to Manatee Beach and to enjoy the excited birds chasing the fishing boats.

Located towards the center of Anna Maria Island, Manatee beach is at a great location, a large parking lot, and there is a Publix grocery store located nearby in case you need to pick up any items for a picnic day at the beach.

Anna Maria Island Beaches

MANATEE BEACH IS BEST FOR: Here is a great beach for family and kids, because of the amenities, including a nice cafe that serves breakfast and lunch. Plus there are other restaurants nearby just within walking distance.

AMENITIES AT MANATEE BEACH:

  • Lifeguard station
  • Bicycle Racks
  • Café
  • Gift Shop
  • Volley Courts
  • Changing Cabanas
  • Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Water fount
  • Shaded picnic tables
  • ADA accessible
  • Free parking and Trolley stop

COQUINA BEACH

LOCATION: 2650 Gulf Dr. S, Bradenton Beach, FL

This is my favorite public beach because it offers beautiful natural scenery and it is the longest stretch of beach on Anna Maria Island. Close by other activities such as the Leffis Key Nature Preserve, which makes a great break to observe some of Florida’s fauna and flora. Great facilities, with a large shaded picnic area and also, here you can visit the Coquina Beach Market.

Coquina Beach has 96 acres with hundreds of Australian Pines, some of the trees are over 100 feet tall, offering an incredible shaded area for the visitors. It is located on the far southern end of Anna Maria Island, with excellent amenities for families and it has a free trolley stop. With soft sand, calm blue ocean and it doesn’t get very crowded.

Anna Maria Island Beaches

COQUINA BEACH IS BEST FOR: Very popular beach for a picnic and a great beach for swimming makes a great beach for family and kids. If you love wildlife, you can most likely see dolphins swimming close to the shore (I saw a couple of dolphins) – A great beach for biking or running, on the path available along the dune.

AMENITIES AT COQUINA BEACH:

  • Lifeguard Station
  • Bicycle Racks
  • Changing Cabanas
  • Restrooms
  • Shower
  • Cafe
  • Gift Shop
  • Playground
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Multi-purpose paved trail
  • Grills with picnic area on the shade
  • ADA accessible
  • Free Parking
  • RV parking area
  • Free Trolley stop

BAYFRONT PARK BEACH

LOCATION: 310 N Bay Blvd.,

I really like the location of Bayfront Park Beach. Here you have stunning views of the Skyline Skyway Bridge as well as the Rod and Reel Pier and the City Pier. You are also very close to many restaurants, including my favorite restaurant on Anna Maria Island, Waterfront Restaurant with great drinks, a good wine selection, and fresh seafood dishes.

The beach has calm water perfect for swimming, go stand boarding, and kayaking. Just keep in mind that parking here can be a problem, especially on the weekends, but during the week is nearly empty.

Anna Maria Island Beaches

BAYFRONT BEACH IS BEST FOR: This is a perfect beach to go for a beach day if you are traveling with kids or dogs, here you can find a picnic area with tables and grills, playgrounds, and pavilions, as well as bathrooms, showers, and water fount. You can also bring your dogs to the designated picnic areas, but remember, dogs are not allowed at the beach.

AMENITIES AT BAYFRONT BEACH:

  • No lifeguard station
  • Benches and tables
  • Grills
  • Pavilions
  • Restroom
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • ADA Accessible
  • Free Parking
  • Free Trolley stop

PRIVATE BEACHES ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

HOLMES BEACH

This is my favorite beach on Anna Maria Island because I love it is nearly empty, especially on the weekdays. Mostly the locals come to this beach, and it has a large stretch of white sand to do my morning running or exercises and to have a feeling that I have a private beach just for myself.

Homes Beach is located in the middle of Anna Maria Island and you can find public access on almost every street in Holmes Beach, and it is easy to find the way.

Anna Maria Island Beaches

HOLMES BEACH IS BEST FOR: Holmes Beach is great for anyone staying at one of the beachfront condos or houses and for the residents living in the town. It has no public parking, so if you are planning to visit, take your bike can be a good idea.

AMENITIES AT HOLMES BEACH:

  • No lifeguard station
  • Shorebirds and sea turtles nest along Holmes beach, so beware of the marked areas
  • Dogs and drinks are not allowed
  • It is great to watch sunrise and sunset and take pictures
  • Great beach for walk, running and do activitivies

BRADENTON BEACH

Bradenton Beach is very close to Holmes Beach and it makes a nice morning walk to go from one beach to another, as they are tranquil and have stunning views to watch a sunrise. It is a quiet and narrow beach

Located in the town of Bradenton Beach, from 27th Street South to 4th Street South the beach has very limited parking spots. Here you can find one of my favorite restaurants, The Beach House, on the sand, and their Grouper Taco or Mahi-Mahi are to die for!

Anna Maria Island Beaches

BRADENTON BEACH IS BEST FOR: It is perfect for visitors who are staying in the condos or beach houses since this beach has very limited parking spots. It is also great for shelling including conches, coquinas, clams, and more.

AMENITIES AT BRADENTON BEACH:

  • No lifeguard station
  • Shorebirds and sea turtles nest along Holmes beach, so beware of the marked areas
  • Dogs and drinks are not allowed
  • Very limited parking spots
  • ADA parking area
  • Good shelling beach
  • Restaurants close by

CORTEZ BEACH

LOCATION: Gulf Drive South from 5th Street to 13th Street

Cortez Beach is a beautiful beach located along Gulf Drive, with parking on the west side. This beach was originally called Hunter’s Point and it was founded in the 1880s and it is one of the latest remaining fishing villages in Florida. This beach has sand dunes with native grasses and sea oats, all combined with the sandy beach and the calm Gulf water.

Located on the Gulf side of Anna Maria Island, Cortez Beach is in the town of Bradenton Beach, and it stretches for nearly 2000 feet from 5th Street to 13th Street.

Anna Maria Island Beaches

CORTEZ BEACH IS BEST FOR: Perfect beach for a unique Old Florida style beach, with a long strand of sand and a wild beach feel – I actually almost stepped on a snake after I park my car. It is a great beach for couples and some tranquil times.

AMENITIES AT HOLMES BEACH:

  • No lifeguard station
  • Shorebirds and sea turtles nest along Holmes beach, so beware of the marked areas
  • Dogs and drinks are not allowed
  • Limited parking spots on the west side of the street

BEAN POINT BEACH

If you love finding off the beaten path, Bean Point Beach is the perfect beach for you. This is the most beautiful beach on Anna Maria Island in my opinion.

The Bean Point Beach is located at the furthest north point on Anna Maria Island, and you can enter it at a crossroad on North Bay Blvd. and North Shore Dr.

Keep in mind that Bean Point Beach is located in a residential area, and there is no public parking. It is also nearly impossible to find a parking lot in the neighborhood and I last time I visited, I saw many cars driving around for a long time trying to find a parking spot.

Anna Maria Island Beaches

BEAN POINT BEACH IS BEST FOR: Perfect for a relaxing day on this wild and natural beach. Couples love it because of the lack of amenities, it makes a tranquil beach. it is also an amazing spot for pictures, especially during sunset.

AMENITIES AT BEAN POINT BEACH:

  • No lifeguard station
  • Shorebirds and sea turtles nest along Bean Point Beach, so beware of the marked areas
  • Dogs and drinks are not allowed
  • It is great to watch sunrise and sunset and take pictures
  • Great beach for walk, running and do activitivies
  • No parking available – take your bike
  • Occassionaly yoga and painting classes are held at Bean Point Beach

DOG BEACH ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

I am a fur mom and I have two adorable babies: Cooper and Pingo, and as a good world traveler, I take my dogs on any trip I can. My dogs love road trips, meet new people and dogs and go for a swim on the ocean. But unfortunately, Anna Maria Island is not a very dog-friendly place.

There are only a few restaurants that welcome dogs on the outside patio. I recommend giving them a call and ask what the rules are, as I have researched online and some places that say they are dog-friendly, actually, they are not.

Many of the beach house rentals that accept dogs, will charge you an extra charge for your fur-baby, and they have strict rules, such as they are not allowed on the furniture. And sadly, dogs are not allowed on any of the Anna Maria Island Beaches.

In case you decide to visit Anna Maria Island with your pet, they are allowed on these places:

PALMA SOLA BAY CAUSEWAY: Here your dog can swim along the shore and run in the sand. There is a lot of seaweed in the water, and the sand is not as nice as the beaches on Anna Maria Island – but my dogs enjoyed it and it seems that they didn’t bother at all.

BAYFRONT PARK IN ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Here you can enjoy a picnic at the designated areas and take your dog with you. There is also a playground for kids to play in.

TAKE A WALK AT ROBINSO’S PRESERVE: The park has wonderful views of Tampa Bay, a beautiful tower, and miles of walkways with pet-friendly bad stands. You can also go kayaking with your dog here.

FORT DE SOTO DOG BEACH PARK: This is a wonderful dog beach, where your dog can be unleashed and just enjoy the best life at the beach. It is located a 1-hour driving distance from Anna Maria Island.

HONEYMOON ISLAND DOG BEACH: If you are willing to drive, this is simple THE BEST DOG BEACH IN THE UNITED STATES. Well, I live here, and this is my backyard for me and my dogs on the weekends. This is a beautiful State Park located 1.5 hours driving from Anna Maria Island – but I recommend making it a day trip if you have the chance. You can find more information on this complete Honeymoon Island Travel Guide.

Anna Maria Island Beaches

BONUS: NEARBY ANNA MARIA ISLAND BEACHES

BEER CAN ISLAND BEACH

LONGBOAT KEY BEACH

LIDO KEY BEACH

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One thought on “Complete Guide to Anna Maria Island Beaches, Florida + Local’s Tips

  1. PATRICIA MARTINELLI says:

    Artigo completo, um ótimo local para fugirmos dos locais cheios de turistas e mais clichês. Boas descobertas nos fazem pensar em não ficarmos limitados. No Brasil temos uma cidade no interior do Estado do Paraná chamado Palma Sola… que coincidência.

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