Diving near Anna Maria Island

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

Yes there is diving around Anna Maria Island

, Anna Maria Island Beach Life

RWe do have 13 artificial reefs near Anna Maria Island 

List reefs from the manatee county reef photo

 

 

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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 pedestians

  • 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 Hwy #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 Parking 
Manatee Public  Beach Access 
  • 42nd Street

  • 41st Street

  • Manatee Ave (Hwy #64)

  • 29th Street

  • Trolley Stop at Manatee Ave (Hwy #64)

 

  ADA Disabilities Beach Access

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

  • ADA floatable beach wheelchairs

  • 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 as there are some serious shellers already there at dawn

Bradenton Beach

 

Bradenton Beach is located in the small city of Bradenton Beach. This is a quiet, narrower beach that runs from 27th Street South to 4th Street South (below Bridge Street. This beach has very limited parking, one ADA (disability) parking area and public beach access is limited. It serves the island residents of Bradenton Beach and the visitors staying at the beachfront condos. Directly on Bradenton Beach you will find the restaurant called The Beach House and Gulf Drive Cafe, which has a huge tiki thatched pavilion where the local crowd gathers to watch the sunset. There are lots of boutique restaurants and shops on Gulf Drive South (east side of street) that often overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Dive or snorkel the Regina shipwreck directly off of 7th Street North. The tanker sank in a storm March 5, 1940 offshore of Bradenton Beach carrying 300,000 gallons of molasses from Havana to New Orleans. It's coordinates are 27 28.135 ' N and 82 42.139' W. The site is 75 yards off the beach in 12 to 20 feet of water rising several feet off the sea floor. This site is frequented by divers and snorkelers because of it's easy shore access. Rich in sea life, the ship itself is broken with most of it's structure submerged in the sand. If you arrive by boat be aware of divers and snorkelers in the water from the site to the shoreline. It is best to avoid this area completely and look for the diver down floatation flags.

 

As mentioned above, this beach is best for the island vacationers staying in the condos and townhouses in Bradenton Beach as there is limited parking. This area also has good shelling for whelks, conch, coquinas, clams, angel wings, and much more.

Bradenton Beach Amenities
Bradenton  Beach Access 
  • 27th, 26th, 25th, 24th, 23rd, 22nd, 11th, 2nd Streets

  • Bridge Street

  • 3rd St South, 4th St South

  • Trolley Stop at Bridge Street and Bradenton Beach City Limit

 

  ADA Disabilities  Beach Access

  • 4th Street South

 

  • Best suited for island residents and visitors staying in condos and townhouses

  • Dive and snorkel the Regina Sugar Barge - 100 ft from southwest buoy (7th St. N)

  • Restaurants

  • ADA Parking

  • ADA Accessible

  • Good Shelling

  • Dogs are not allowed 

  • Trolley Stop

 

Bradenton Beach Parking 
  • 27th, 26th, 23rd Streets

  • Bridge Street 

  • 2nd St North

  • 3rd St South

 

Insider Tip

  • The best spot for snorkelling and diving with shore access on the island. The Regina tanker is submerged about 100 feet from the shore located directly opposite 7th Street North, Bradenton Beach

 

Coquina Beach

Coquina Beach starts at the Southern end of the city of Bradenton Beach at 5th Street South and stretches all the way to the end of the island at the Longboat Key Bridge. This beach is also narrow but as it's name suggests is great for shelling and has lots of public amenities. Coquina Beach is very long and the perfect spot for day visits to the island from Sarasota and the residents of nearby counties. It is a great spot if you are hosting a large family gathering as it has lots of covered picnic areas and grills.It is reminiscent of a State Park with it's tall Australian Pines and quiet area on the Bay side, there are no homes or restaurants for much of it's length. Leffis Key Preserve and Coquina Bayside Park are found across Gulf Drive on the East side.

 

Coquina Beach hosts an Outdoor Market from 10am - 4pm each Sunday - November through July (excluding Easter). Admission is free and convenient with the free trolley stop right at the entrance.

 

Note: the Southern tip of the beach occasionally has strong currents from changes in tides. Swim in the designated swimming area.

Coquina Beach Amenities
  • Coquina Beach Park runs the majority of the length of Coquina Beach, making it idyllic. Best suited for day visitors and large groups needing extra picnic tables and grills. There is a fee of approx. $85.00 and up to reserve the Pavilions. Contact Manatee County for more information Manatee County Website

 

Coquina Beach 

  • Lifeguard Station

  • Disability Beach Wheelchairs

  • Sheltered Picnic Area

  • Grills

  • ADA Parking

  • ADA Accessible

  • Restrooms

  • Showers

  • Biking Path - Boardwalk

  • Good Shelling

  • Dogs are not allowed 

Coquina Beach Access 
  • 6 Street South to 13th Street South

  • Access the Main Entrance to Coquina Beach Park off of Gulf Drive South, south of the city Bradenton Beach

  • Trolley Stop is at lower end of Coquina Park

 

  ADA Disabilities  Beach Access

  • 6 Street South

  • ADA floatable beach wheelchairs 

Coquina Park

  • Sheltered Picnic Area

  • Grills

  • Open Picnic Area

  • ADA Parking

  • ADA Accessible

  • Restrooms

  • Showers

  • Boat Ramp

  • Kayak Launch

  • Playground

  • Water Fountain

  • Trolley Stop

  • Volleyball

  • Changing Cabanas

  • Concessions, Gift Shop

Coquina Beach Parking 
  • 6 Street South

  • Access the Main Entrance to Coquina Beach Park off of Gulf Drive South, South of the city Bradenton Beach

 

  ADA Disabilities Parking

  • Main entrance at Gulf Drive

Insider Tips

  • Coquina Beach has a fabulous Boardwalk that you can walk, run or ride on. It runs from 4th Street South to Longboat Pass

  • Don't forget to look up... the Australian Pine Trees are home to seasonal wild parrots

  • Coquina also has some groins and old piers that offer fantastic photography options

  • Mote Marine Aquarium is located across the street and is a great place to introduce children to Florida Marine animals

  • ADA floatable beach wheelchairs are offered, making it super easy to maneouver in the sand and on the water

Bayfront Park

 

Bayfront Park is located on the Northern tip of the island, in between Anna Maria City Pier and the Rod n Reel Pier. Both piers offer tasty casual dining restuarant options. This beach is narrow but is a great spot to seek out calmer waters. Tampa Bay is home to many marine animals, such as conch, cow nose rays and more. It's the perfect location to explore wild Florida marine life. The sandy beach is not as pristine as the Gulf side but does allow for nice protection from the Gulf winds from the trees and sea oats during the winter months.

 

The views are expansive and take in the magnificent Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Egmont Key and Passage Key (when it is not submerged). 

There are plenty of spaces for families to gather at picnic tables under the Pavilions, barbecue grill, explore the playground and more. There is a short bike path available that meanders over a hump back bridge. There are benches to stop and take in the views. There are great photography viewpoints in this location!

 

The free trolley stop is located at the Anna Maria City Pier parking lot. Right under the huge pavilion. Take a tour of the entire island starting off at it's most Northern stop.

 

Note: Avoid swimming near the fishing piers!

Bayfront Park Amenities

 

  • Sheltered Picnic Area

  • Grills

  • Benches

  • ADA Parking

  • ADA Accessible

  • Restrooms

  • Shower

  • Biking Path - Boardwalk

  • Dogs are not allowed 

Best suited for day visitors and large groups needing extra picnic tables and grills. There is a fee of approx. $85.00 and up to reserve the Pavilions. Contact Manatee County for more information Manatee County Website

Bayfront Park Access 
  • Access the Main Entrance at 310 North Bay Blvd

  • Trolley Stop at City Pier, walk over humpback bridge on North Bay Blvd toward Rod n Reel Pier

 

 

  ADA Disabilities  Beach Access

  • 310 North Bay Blvd

Bayfront Park Parking 
  • 310 North Bay Blvd

 

 

 

 

  ADA Disabilities  Parking

  • 310 North Bay Blvd

Insider Tips

  • Bayfront Park Beach is a great spot to sunbathe during the cooler months, as it is sheltered from the Gulf winds

  • Don't forget to look up and spot a Bald Eagle or Osprey 

  • Keep your eye out for dolphins looking for an easy meal at either fishing pier

  • Two Scoops Ice Cream shop is located at Pine Ave and South Bay Blvd

  • Rod n Reel Pier offer breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Anna Maria City Pier offers lunch, dinner and happy hours

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