Traveling Through Anna Maria Island Fl
Traveling from the south into Anna Maria Island Fl, you’ll first come to Coquina Beach on the Gulf side just after crossing the Longboat Pass bridge.
There is a beach and boat launch on the Bay side. The Gulf side has lots of free parking, restroom facilities, a small restaurant and the whitest, cleanest, loveliest tropical beaches in Florida.
Driving north through Bradenton Beach, you’ll pass some cute shops, and small homes. When you start into the round-a-bout, take Bridge Ave. on the right. There, you’ll find more shops, galleries, restaurants and, at the end, the Bridge Street Pier. At the restaurant on the Pier, Rotten Ralph’s, my husband and I had the best fish and chips we’ve ever had! The prices were great too!Bordering the beach is an area shaded by Australian Pines. There are picnic tables with parking just beyond.
After leaving Bridge Street and traveling north on Gulf Drive, we’ll come to the Manatee County Public Beach in Holmes Beach. There’s plenty of parking, a restaurant, called Cafe on the Beach, gift shop, restroom facilities, lifeguards, volleyball nets and a kids’ play area. And, we can’t forget the beach. It’s wide, clean and beautiful.
Heading to the northernmost part of Anna Maria Island is Anna Maria Beach. There is not much in the way of parking at these beaches and for this reason they are uncrowded, but are popular with those living here.
At the northern tip is Bean Point. Swimming is not advised here because of the very strong currents.
On the bay side are the Rod and Reel Pier and the Anna Maria City Pier, both with restaurants. Bayfront Park is situated between them.
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