Beaches of Anna Maria Island

Insider's Guide to Best Beaches of Anna Maria Island, Florida

"What's the Best Beach On Anna Maria Island?"

We are often asked this question on our Facebook Page, Anna Maria Island Beach Life

Really it's a loaded question... there are so many different things to accomplish on the luscious white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island. 

 

You won't find any cars on our beaches, it's authentic Old Time Florida Fun. The island beaches stretch seven miles and are pristine! We invite you to do your best to keep them as clean as possible. They are so enticing that the endangered sea turtles and shore birds call Anna Maria Island home and nest here annually. The unobstructed views of the sunset are spectacular anywhere on our Gulf beaches..... it's Anna Maria Island at it's best!

 

 

There are six award-winning beaches on Anna Maria Island. 

 

One of the Top 10 islands in the USA by Tripadvisor

Top 30 Islands in the World by Conde Nast Traveler

Top 10 Island Beaches for Perfect Sand by Conde Nast Traveler

Voted in Dr. Beach's America's Best Beach List

Certified Blue Wave beach by the Concession Clean Beaches Coalition

 

 

Check out our  BEACH SAFETY TIPS HERE

 

Concerned about Red Tide? Click this link to get up to date data for Manatee & Coquina Beach  RED TIDE INFORMATION HERE

 

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Beach Access Map

Need information on Beach Access Points on Anna Maria Island? Click on our interactive beach access map to zoom in and find the best public beach access to the gorgeous sandy white beaches of Anna Maria Island!

Insider Tips

  • Parking ordinances are strictly enforced. Park in a designated parking spot with all tires off the street 

  • Drive slowly on Gulf Drive, pedestrian crosswalks are everywhere. It is required by law to stop and give right of way to pedestrians

  • Each Public Beach Access is marked with a white "Public Beach Access" sign to guide you

  • Selected areas are restricted during sea turtle and shorebird migration and hatchling season

  • The months of May to October, are considered 'Turtle Season. All lights must be dimmed, beach toys/equipment removed and holes filled in. This avoids nesting turtles and their hatchlings from running into hazards

Anna Maria Beach

 

Anna Maria Beach is located at the northern tip of the island. It is the most remote and tranquil beach. There is very little public parking as it is mostly a residential area. It also has the world famous 'Sandbar Restaurant' which has one of the best views and is a rare delight to sink your toes in the sand, while enjoying a tropical meal and watching the dolphins swimming by. A little further up the beach you will find a huge sandbar where the marine birds stop to rest. The water is crystal clear, especially in May and October. 

 

The North shore boasts Bean Point, named after the first settler of Anna Maria Island, George Emerson Bean. Head up to Bean Point at the beach access where two streets meet, North Bay Blvd and North Shore Drive. Parking is available at The Rod n Reel Pier. Walk over, or better yet, head there by bicycle. Walking through the sandy path, your know you're going to be in for a treat. The trail is lined with tropical trees and foliage making you feel like you're in the jungle. All the while, listening to the growing call of the Gulf of Mexico. Arriving on Bean Point opens up to an incredible, expansive view of both the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Careful of the rip currents here as the water flows quickly with the two waters meeting during changing tides. It's best to stay back from the moving water, lest you get swept out to sea and down to Davy Jones' Locker!

Anna Maria Beach Amenities

Best suited for snowbirds, families and residents due to it's quiet and tranquil beach

  • A wild and natural beach, with protected sand dunes

  • Shorebirds and Sea Turtles nest; the sand dunes are a nursery for their hatchlings

  • One of the most photographed area for sunsets on the island

  • No lifeguard station

  • Little to no parking available

  • Occasionally yoga and painting classes are held on this beach

  • Dogs are not allowed 

 

Anna Maria Beach Access 
  • North Bay Blvd & North Shore Drive

  • Gladiolus Street & North Shore Drive

  • Fern Street & North Shore Drive

  • North Shore Drive (between Fern Street and Newton Lane

  • Cypress Avenue

  • Spruce Avenue

  • Coconut Avenue

  • Pine Avenue

  • Spring Avenue

  • Maple Avenue

  • Park Avenue

  • Beach Avenue

  • Trolley Stop at Pine Ave and Gulf Drive

 

ADA Disabilities  Beach Access

  • Sycamore Drive

  • Elm Avenue

  • Spring Avenue

  • Gulf Front Park area between Magnolia to Oak Avenue 

 

Anna Maria Beach Parking
  • Jacaranda Street

  • Fern Street

  • Gladiolus Street

  • City Hall parking lot at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue

 

  ADA (Disabilities) Parking

  • Gulf Front Park between Magnolia to Oak Avenue

Insider Tip

  • Bean Point and Anna Maria Beach are one of the best places for sunset photography on Anna Maria Island

 

 

Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach Access 

Holmes Beach is located in the middle the island, serving the local residents, vacation rentals and condos of the city. It runs from White Avenue at the top down to 28th Street. There is public access on almost every street in Holmes Beach making it easy to find your way to the lovely emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. There is public parking offered on most streets but it is limited, because most are residential streets. 

On this beach you will find more visitors and beach goers due to the low rise condos in the city. 

Holmes Beach Amenities
  • Best suited for vacationers staying in the beachfront condos and nearby vacation homes and residents living in the city

  • Best beach for Surfing on Anna Maria island

  • Shaded picnic tables at 77th Street 

  • No lifeguard station

  • Shorebirds and Sea Turtles also nest along this beach

  • Dogs are not allowed 

  • Good photography area

  • White Avenue

  • 79th, 77th, 74th, 73rd, 72nd, 71st,  70th, 69th, 68th, 67th, 66th, 65th, 56th, Streets

  • Corner of Gulf Drive between 54th and 52nd Streets 

  • 52nd, 50th, 49th, 48th, 47th, 46th, 45th, 44th, 43rd, 38th, 37th, 36th, 35th, 34th, 33rd, 31st, 30th, 29th  and 28th Streets

  • Trolley Stop at Gulf Drive and 78th Street and  Island Shopping Center

 

     ADA (Disabilities) Beach Access

  • 52nd Street

Holmes Beach Parking
  • 79th, 77th, 74th, 73rd, 72nd, 71st,  70th, 69th, 68th, 67th, 65th, 52nd, 50th, 46th, 45th, 37th, 36th, 35th, 34th, 33rd, 31st, 30th and 28th Streets

 

 

     ADA (Disabilities) Parking

  • 52nd Street

Insider Tip

  • Surfers find the best waves off of White Avenue, there is no parking but if the CrossPointe Fellowship Church doesn't have services you can park there and walk to the beach

  • Look for the free kid's summer surf camp during the summer months

Manatee Public Beach

 

Manatee Beach is located in the heart of the Holmes Beach right off of State Road #64 also known as Manatee Avenue as you cross the Bridge via Bradenton. This beach has a large parking area, serving the off island visitors. It stretches between 42nd Avenue and a little past 39th Street.  Here you will find the restaurant called AMI Beach Cafe, which is famous for their 'All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfasts'.

There is public parking as well as ADA (Disabilities) Parking and ADA floatable beach wheelchairs, gift shop, beach rentals, picnic tables, playground and more. It's best known for the abundance of sports activities and is a favourite spot for local teens. This is the busiest beach on the island of Anna Maria. 

This Anna Maria Island beach has good shelling. Head South, at low tide or after a storm to find coquinas, lightning whelks, angel wings, clams, cockles, olives, conch and more.

 

Manatee Public Beach Amenities
  • Best suited for local manatee county residents and visitors interested in sports activities and action

  • Volleyball

  • ADA Parking 

  • ADA Accessible

  • Trolley Stop

  • Cafe

  • Gift Shop

  • Water Fountain

  • Playground

  • Shaded picnic tables 

  • Benches

  • Lifeguard station

  • Changing Cabanas

  • Restrooms

  • Showers

  • Good Shelling

  • Dogs are not allowed 

Manatee Public  Beach Access 
  • 42nd Street

  • 41st Street

  • Manatee Ave (State Rd #64)

  • 29th Street

  • Trolley Stop at Manatee Ave (State Rd #64)

 

  ADA Disabilities Beach Access

  • Entrance at Manatee Ave (State Rd #64) and Gulf Drive

  • ADA floatable beach wheelchairs

Manatee Public  Beach Parking 
  • Parking is accessed from the main entrance at Manatee Avenue and Gulf Drive. During the busy months the overflow can get backed up to East Bay Drive

 

  ADA Disabilities Parking

  • Entrance at Manatee Ave (Hwy #64) and Gulf Drive

Insider Tip

  • The best spot for shelling on the island. Head south of the Cafe towards Bradenton Beach at low tide, or after a storm

  • Get there early! There are some serious shellers already there at dawn

Bradenton Beach, Coquina Beach, and Bayfront Park continued on next page.

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