Anna Maria Island offers some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in Florida which draw tens of thousands of tourists and visitors to the area each year. Perfect for family vacations and getaways, the 7 miles of Anna Maria Island beaches are pristine and often uncrowded, allowing you to enjoy beautiful sunsets, water and outdoor sports, wildlife viewing, and beach recreation to the fullest.
Once you’re done with the beach for the day, enjoy a plethora of restaurants, nightlife and shopping opportunities right on the island or head over to nearby Bradenton for even more entertainment and dining choices. Below is a selection of some of the best Anna Maria Island beaches that you should be sure to visit during your next family vacation.
Bayfront Park is one of the best beach access points on Anna Maria Island with great facilities for families including a new playground, bathrooms, grills, showers, water fountains, benches, pavilions, picnic areas, and bathrooms. It is located on the northern tip of the island near the trolley stop at Anna Maria City Pier and offers picturesque views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Egmont Key.
Bean Point is rated as one of the top attractions on Anna Maria Island and is also located on the northern tip of the island. Although parking is limited and it doesn’t have the facilities of other beaches on the island, it’s one of the best places to relax and enjoy the waves, sunsets and wildlife viewing with fewer people around. You can park near the pier or the shops on the northern end of the island and walk to Bean Point, so be sure to check it out if you’re looking for something a little more serene!
Manatee Public Beach
Manatee Public Beach is a very popular Anna Maria Island beach destination for families, and it is located on 4000 State Road 64 and Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. It’s a perfect beach to enjoy wildlife viewing, beach picnics and gorgeous sunsets, and you might even catch a glimpse of dolphins or manatees near the shore!
This beach offers top notch amenities similar to Bayfront Park including picnic tables, grills, benches, bike racks, a playground, restrooms, showers, water fountains, and volleyball courts. You can take the free trolley directly to this beach for your convenience, but free parking is also available.
Coquina Beach is located on the southern end of Anna Maria Island on 2651 Gulf Drive South in the town of Bradenton Beach. This is another great choice for families with facilities similar to Manatee Public Beach along with a canoe/kayak launch. This beach offers a great opportunity for shelling when the tide goes out, and the free Anna Maria Island trolley stops here as well. Coquina Beach is known for its beautiful white sand, and was rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the “Top 5 Beaches in the World for Perfect Sand.”
Hopefully you are now intrigued about the beautiful beaches on Anna Maria Island, and you really do have to see them for yourself! Book your next beach family vacation to Anna Maria Island today, and let Lizzie Lu’s Island Retreat help you find the perfect luxurious accommodations near our world class beaches. You can call us today at (941)-782-8152 for more information.