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Anna Maria

Anna Maria

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This seven-mile barrier island lies between the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Anna Maria Sound, with Longboat Pass to the south and Tampa Bay to the north. Consisting of three villages: Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, strict local guidelines assure this “Old Florida” treasure maintains its heralded authenticity.  There are no cars and no dogs on any of its pristine Gulf beaches.

Each Anna Maria beach offers a unique experience. Catch the trolley to discover them all. Take a CLOSER LOOK at the wonder of Anna Maria.

Pristine beaches and Old Florida appeal make Anna Maria the perfect place to live or vacation. Find your slice of paradise on Anna Maria Island.

Beaches of Anna Maria


The picturesque location carry’s the name of the island’s first lucky residents. One of the island’s most quiet beaches, and offering an unparalleled view of surrounding waters. From here, you can see where the Gulf meets Tampa Bay… meets the Manatee River… meets Anna Maria Sound! From this unique vantage point, enjoy a view of Egmont Key, St Petersburg and the stunning Skyway Bridge.

A photographer favorite, the incredible views and amazing sunsets provide the perfect backdrop for protected dunes, marine life and native wildlife. However, swimming is discouraged. Limited parking on nearby Pine Avenue, Jacaranda and Fern Streets.


Anna Maria Beach is located on the northern tip of the island. A quiet and secluded beach, this mostly residential enclave attracts few tourists. Featuring stunning clear turquoise waters, this is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll or picnic with expansive views of St. Petersburg and the Skyway Bridge.

Enjoy this stretch of the Island by taking in the view, dancing dolphins included, burying your toes in the sand, and enjoying a meal at the Sandbar Restaurant. A truly local experience!


A family favorite, this lively beach is located off Manatee Avenue and offers a treasure trove of shells – native coquina, angel wings and conch. With lifeguards on duty and plenty of parking, visitors enjoy volleyball, playground and picnic tables, showers and beach rentals.


Located between Anna Maria City Pier and Rod and Reel Pier, this stretch of beach is a photographer favorite. On the northern end of the Island, it’s a great location for fishing and hitting the waves when the surf’s up. The park is equipped with picnic tables and pavilions, grills, playground and restrooms, with parking available. Don’t miss Two Scoops Ice Cream, a true local favorite.


Take a walk down the iconic 750 foot pier City Pier, watch the dolphins and try the fresh fare at the City Pier Restaurant. Take your shark tooth beach finds to City Pier Jewelry and they’ll make a special creation just for you.


Located right in the center of the Island, this community boasts the area’s best surfing on sugar sand Gulf beaches. Beyond summer surf camps for kids, Holmes Beach is also home to the Anna Maria Island’s Butterfly Park. There is lots of public access, but limited parking, with no lifeguards on duty.


This narrow stretch of beach is located on the southern tip of the island, with nearby Historic Bridge Street’s unique shopping, dining and entertainment. With limited public access, this is the perfect beach for snorkeling and diving the historic Regina Shipwreck, or experience numerous community events and festivals held year-round. In the waters, make sure you watch for the many “Diver Down” flotation flags. Limited parking, with a trolley stop at Bridge Street


Anna’s Maria’s longest stretch of Gulf beach, here you’ll find the very best of beach experiences. From 96-acres of Australian Pines and secluded beach on the southernmost point, to an excellent boardwalk and abundant amenities, there’s something for every beachgoer to explore.

Located on the trolley route, your day at the beach is complete with plenty of soft white sand and calm waters. There’s lots of parking, shaded picnic tables and pavilions, concessions, playground, bike path, kayak launch and boat ramp, with lifeguards on duty. The perfect location to relax, have a picnic, take a stroll and enjoy the views.


Meander across the street and explore from another vantage point via a series of trails and boardwalks. Observation decks offer a serene encounter with some of the native wildlife along with great views of the Bay.