Anna Maria Island Beaches
In Florida, there are two major attractions. And we know you’re not here for the Magic Kingdom.
If we had to pick just one way to describe Anna Maria Island, we’d say “spectacular beaches.” We’re talking soft white sands that you can’t wait to sink your toes into. Picture-perfect golden beaches that ring our island, promising fantastic shelling, glorious sunbathing, and take-your-breath-away views. Promising day after day of leisure, fun and relaxation.
Because with 1,200 miles of coastline and nearly perfect weather, Florida beaches are forever receiving awards. And yet, even amidst such excellent (and competitive) company, Anna Maria Island is superlative. In fact, Anna Maria Island beaches are so impressive, TripAdvisor named the island America’s #1 Beach Vacation Destination.
Think about that for a moment: the best beach vacation destination in the United States. The same United States that is also home to Hawaii and Puerto Rico, SoCal and even our neighbors, the Florida Keys. And Anna Maria Island is the best. One island to rule them all.
And to think, from our Anna Maria Island condo rental, you’d be just steps away from some of America’s best beaches. You’d be gazing out over the aquamarine Gulf of Mexico. You’d be sniffing the salty deliciousness of the sea breeze, and hearing the methodical lapping of gentle waves on the seashore.
You’d already be in paradise.
Located on Anna Maria Island off the Gulf Coast and a brief drive from Bradenton and Sarasota, Bradenton Beach is a small town known for its fishing piers, sugar-sand beaches and a quaint strip of shops, restaurants and other family-owned businesses. The pace noticeably slows on the Gulf retreat of Bradenton Beach. Exhibit A: Drive-through restaurants are prohibited here. Exhibit B: On Pine Avenue, near the northern end of the island, you'll find French-milled soaps, specialty olive oils, handmade clothing and small art galleries. Pine Avenue also is home to the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, Artspace Studios and Gallery, Anna Maria Accommodations (which can help you find a place to stay) and Beach Bums, which rents bikes, kayaks and paddleboards for exploring Bradenton Beach and the surrounding area.
Manatee Public Beach
Manatee Public Beach
4000 State Road 64 and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217, USA
Manatee Public Beach is Anna Maria Island’s most popular beach, so make sure you set out nice and early to claim your spot on this wide, white sandy beach. Located in Holmes Beach, Manatee Beach can be accessed from 29th, 41st, or 42nd street, and parking is available at the free parking lot located near the main beach entrance at Manatee Avenue and Gulf Drive.
Families love visiting Manatee Beach because of the convenient amenities and walkability of the beach. You’ll find public restrooms before the beach entrance, as well as showers to wash off after a long day in the sand. The beach itself is well maintained and very clean, and lifeguards are on duty during peak hours to give parents some peace of mind.
Just beyond the sand of Manatee Beach you’ll find shops, restaurants, and other amenities typical of any beach town. Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe is a popular restaurant located just steps from Manatee Beach, and offers gulf front dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There’s even a full-service bar serving some of the best drinks on the island. If you need to rent any beach equipment, they have you covered there as well!
Holmes Beach is a small town on Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico just south of Tampa Bay. It boasts miles of gorgeous white, sandy beaches, emerald Gulf waters, and abundant sunshine. If you want to spend a day on the water, there is excellent fishing in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. Take a charter boat and head out in the Gulf for an exciting day of sport fishing. The grouper, snapper, or mackerel you catch can provide the ingredients for a delicious seafood dinner at your vacation rental. Inshore or backwater fishing is also very popular. Enjoy a beach picnic with the locals under the Australian Pines, or find a secluded cove and enjoy some private sunbathing. Prefer an animated beach crowd? Then the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts at "Cafe on the Beach" is your scene.
Bean Point Beach
Bean Point Beach, 793 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216, USA
Bean Point is known as one of the quietest and most peaceful beaches on Anna Maria Island, located right where the waters from the Gulf of Mexico meets the Tampa Bay. This hidden gem was named after the island’s first resident, George Emmerson Bean. Bean Point sits on the north end of Anna Maria Island, but you won’t find a parking lot or any signs to direct you there. To find Bean Point, head north on North Bay Blvd. from the Anna Maria City Pier, and you’ll find it at the intersection of North Bay Blvd and North Shore Dr.
Parking at Bean Point is limited, but can be found at either of the two beach access signs nearby. The beach access points can be found at the intersections of Fern St & North Shore Dr, as well as the corner of Gladiolus St & North Shore Dr.
Once you’ve made it to Bean Point, you’ll immediately know why it’s so special. The water is a beautiful turquoise blue, and the sand is soft to the touch. When the tide is low, you can wade through the warm waters out to the sandbar for some of the best shelling on Anna Maria Island. If you don’t feel like getting wet, Bean Point is a beautiful, calming spot to stroll, sunbathe, or even build some sand castles. Be sure to stick around for sunset at Bean Point, it’s one of the best viewing spots on the entire island.