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Best Beaches

Anna Maria Island is like one continuous beach, seven miles of sand, shells, and ocean, all for you to enjoy. Anna Maria Island was named one of the Sunshine States “10 Best Beaches” and one of only four “Old Classic Florida” Destinations”. There is a trolley that stops at the beach parks so take a day and beach hop to explore.

Manatee Beach

Manatee Beach is a family favorite located at the entrance to the island.  This beach has full facilities, complete with bathrooms, showers, and playground to help keep the little ones entertained.  Lifeguard patrols are always on duty on this busy stretch of beach. Alcohol is not allowed on any of the island's beaches but there is a full-service outdoor restaurant and bar located in the beach park. There is a parking lot at this beach. Go early to get the best spot and enjoy your day! Take a right on 64 departing from the property and 1 mile and you are there!

 

Coquina Beach

Another great beach on Anna Maria Island is Coquina Beach. Sitting on the longest stretch of sand on Anna Maria Island, Coquina Beach covers the southern end of the island. Coquina Beach has tall palm trees lined along its path and offers plenty of shade under its picnic areas. There is parking. You will find plenty of concessions as well as the usual facilities and lifeguards.
 

Anna Maria Beach

On the northern tip of the island is Anna Maria Beach. This beach wraps around the end of the island and is perfect if you're looking for some peace and quiet. There are no facilities on this beach. If you are looking for a quiet place to swim or catch up on some reading in the Florida sun. this is your place.  Check out the Rod and Reel Pier when you’re done for food or try your luck at fishing.

 

Bean Point

Beautiful, crystal clear waters (unless it has been storming) where you can see your feet even when you are in water up to your thighs! Great for families, because it is relatively shallow. Some days, it's completely tranquil, but other days (depending on weather). During summer months, the beach can be very crowded on weekends, but if you can come in Spring or Fall, you will avoid crowds and have your own piece of Paradise. Sunsets here are absolutely amazing. Parking can be tricky.  You can park at the City Hall parking lot and walk down Pine Ave to the beach.

Preserves

Perico Preserve

About a 40 min. walk. While not a huge park, it provides an interesting circular walk, with an interesting variety of birdlife and habitat such as Blue Winged Teals, Grey Kingbird, Black Whiskered Vireo, Belted Kingfisher and Spoonbills, Roseate Spoonbills as well as the usual Cardinals. Beautiful landscape and plants. Located on 64 Next to One Particular Harbour. – 11301 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton, FL 34209

 

Neal Preserve

This small park features a nature trail that leads out to a view of Sarasota Bay, followed by an observation tower with a panorama of upper Sarasota Bay, Palma Sola Bay, and Holmes Beach. This is an easy walk taking about 45-50 minutes located on 64 across the street from One Particular Harbour. 12301 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton, FL 34209
 

Photo by: Rick Schwartz

Activities

(941) 773-1920

Eco Tours

Happy Paddler Kayak Tours and Eco Adventures

Anna Maria, FL

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(941) 281-3461

Eco Tours

Salty Dolphin Tours

5467 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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(941) 812-6640

Eco Tours

Tailing Tale Charters

5800 Riverview Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34209

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(941) 807-6292

Boat Tours

Anna Maria Sailing Adventures

Coquina Beach South Boat Ramp, 1465 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

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(941) 920-0092

Boat Tours

MV Minnow Boat Tours

5325 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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941) 201-8429

Boat Tours

Coastline Dolphin & Snorkeling Excursions

12160 Cortez Rd W, Cortez, FL 3421

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(941) 792-6000

Boat Tours

YOLO Parasailing & Adventures

2506, 4110 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215

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(941) 348-2035

Fishing Charters

AMI Charters

424 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216

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(941) 527-8008

Fishing Charters

Five O'clock Charlie Boat Tours

2504 88th St Ct NW, Bradenton, FL 34209

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(941) 538-4290

Fishing Charters

H20 Water Sports

4110 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215

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Restaurants

(941) 778-1515

Easy going spot featuring global seafood dishes, a beer-&-wine bar & outdoor seating by the beach. Try the great cocktails at the bar!

The Waterfront

111 S Bay Blvd. Anna Maria, FL

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(941) 778-1885

Easy going seafood specialist furnishing meals such as coconut-crusted mahi mahi plus scenic views. Small Establishment, make a reservation.

Rod & Reel

875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL

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941-778-0444

Beachfront seafood restaurant serving up classic dishes plus surprises such as grouper Reubens.

Sand Bar

100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL

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941) 778-5092

Casual American outfit featuring a seafood-heavy menu, plus a large craft beer selection. Fantastic Pizza!

The Feast

5406 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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(941) 778-6444

New American Upscale operation delivering Floridian meals in either an art-adorned interior or patio with views.

Beach Bistro

6600 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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(941) 779-9151

Upscale-casual restaurant providing a seafood-centric menu, full bar & frequent live music.

Sharkey's Seagrill

2519 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

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941) 567-5999

Neighborhood nook with burgers & local craft beers, plus live music & a pet-friendly, outdoor patio. Inexpensive

Harry's Grill

9903 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216

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(941) 567-4056

Fresh local fish, cheesesteaks & beers, with 11 TVs & music, in a sports bar run by Philly guys.

Slim' Place

9701 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216

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941) 778-3170

Bakery/cafe serving espresso, breakfast fare, sandwiches & cinnamon rolls in a relaxed, funky setup. Huge portions, try the burrito or Ginny;s Benedict

Ginny's & Jane E's Cafe and Gift Store

9807 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216

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(941) 213-9926

Fast service - Upscale - Great cocktails, serving lite snacks and drinks. Fun place to get to get the best medicine made.

The Doctor's Office

5312 Holmes Blvd. #B, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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(941) 778-2662

Casual, kid-friendly seafood spot sporting funky nautical accents & outdoor seating on the water.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier

200 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

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(941) 778-5788

Beer-battered fish, sandwiches & burgers are dished up at this casual, welcoming pub. Good Sports Bar.

Hurricane Hanks

5346 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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(941) 779-2222

Beachfront mainstay features seafood & island-inspired fare, plus deck seating.

The Beach House

200 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL 3421746 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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(941) 778-2501

Laid-back dining room, decorated with kitschy license plates, serving burgers, sandwiches & beer. Open only till 8

Duffy's Tavern

5808 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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941) 778-4402

Bar games- Happy hour food - Late-night food - known for their grouper tacos

The Ugly Grouper

5704 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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(941) 567-6206

Casual seafood eatery overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, with a marina & outdoor tiki bar.

The Tide Tables

12507 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210

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(941) 794-1243

Fish market & waterside seafood hangout with buckets of beers & outdoor picnic-table seating.

The Starfish Company

12306 46th Ave W, Cortez, FL 34215

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941) 281-2990

Modern, laid-back restaurant & happy-hour spot offering familiar Mexican grub, beer & margaritas. Both good food and Marg's, Reasonable

The Wicked Cantina

101 7th St N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

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(941) 778-2662

Upscale-casual bistro with a seafood-centric menu, a bar & a deck that offers Gulf of Mexico views.

Bridge Street Bistro

200 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

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(941) 383-0102

Casual bayfront staple with seafood specialties, a dockside patio & fish-themed decor.

The Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

412 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228

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One Particular Harbour Anna Maria Sound FL

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