Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island is 7 miles of tropical paradise surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches. With year round sunshine, a warm tropical climate, Old Florida charm and a laid-back lifestyle, Anna Maria Island is a quaint little village worth exploring.
Beaches, Dolphins, Manatees and Turtles
Anna Maria Island has several beautiful beaches to choose from. Coquina Beach is the longest stretch of beach on Anna Maria and a great spot for surfing. Manatee Beach is a vibrant beach with water sports, beach activities and a playground. Bradenton Beach has a pier with a restaurant overlooking the scenic Sarasota Bay. Holmes Beach is a quiet stretch of Anna Maria sand. Cortez Beach is a family oriented beach with plenty of Australian Pine shade, a great beach for kids. Anna Maria Beach is a long beach stretching round the tip of the island with expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Skyway Bridge. Just a short walk will take you to the popular Sandbar Restaurant with tables on the sand. Head to the Northern Tip of the island to Bean Point, a serene beach with breath taking sunsets. Bottlenose Dolphins and Manatees are regular visitors to the beaches and from May to October Sea Turtles come ashore to nest.
The entire island of Anna Maria is a bird sanctuary with pelicans, cranes, herons, wild parrots, sand pipes, hawks, vultures and many shore birds. With three fishing piers and seven miles of beaches, the island is a bird watchers and fisherman’s paradise, Charter boats are available for off shore fishing trips.
If you need to take a break from the beach, explore the shops, dine in award winning restaurants and visit the Anna Maria Historical Museum for a glimpse at local history.
The most popular way to get around is on bike or you can hop on the free Anna Maria Island Trolley, which has bike racks to load up your bike.