Just off the coast in the Florida Gulf is the state’s hidden gem, Anna Maria Island, or AMI. At only seven-miles long, this small, gorgeous island is known as The Island in the Sun. With year-round temperatures in the 80s and an average of 360 days of sunshine, it’s a tropical paradise at any time.
Anna Maria Island is divided into 3 cities: the city of Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach. While it’s easy to confuse Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach with actual beaches, instead they’re cities with many popular beaches speckled in.
At the northern tip of Anna Maria Island is home to the city of Anna Maria. Here, you’ll find more residential homes and less tourists. The Anna Maria beaches are much quieter than the beaches in the central and southern parts of the island. What they lack in amenities, they absolutely make up for in natural beauty.
Holmes Beach is in the center of the island and has more popular beaches for tourists. They have more amenities, like pavilions and other rental equipment for people to use for the day.
At the southern end of the island is Bradenton Beach. On Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, there are more vacation rentals and hotels geared more towards tourists than to locals. The beaches here also have amenities for day trippers to use.
Now that you know more about the island and I’ve got you ready to book the perfect beach house, I’m here to give you the inside scoop on the 6 amazing beaches on Anna Maria Island so you’ll be ready to enjoy the island to the max. Each beach has its own vibe, amenities, and features. You might just need to book at least a 6-day vacation so you enjoy one day at each of these beaches!
With all the beaches just off of Gulf Drive, the main road that runs the length of the island, enjoying your Anna Maria Island vacation is easy. Let’s dive right in to discover the 6 best beaches on Anna Maria Island you have to visit.