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6 Best Beaches on Anna Maria Island

Published on March 2, 2016 by Terry Whyte

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With six beaches to choose from you'll be spoilt for choice!

Coquina Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Bradenton Beach, Leffis Key, Bean Point Anna Maria & Bay Front Park (Tampa Bay Side) - where Old Florida charm is the essence of Anna Maria’s seven mile stretch of pristine, white sands and crystal clear waters…with everything you could need a walk or bike ride away. This paradise attracts loggerhead turtles to nest and where dolphins and manatees are often spotted, raising their young. Well away from the usual high-rises, theme parks and water slides, our island is a fishing, birding, kayaking, watersporting, relaxing, vacationing paradise.

Here's a run down of the key point of each beach. If you'd like to dive in and read in detail check out our full beaches info page


  • Very Family Friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Public Restrooms
  • Playground on the beach for children
  • Life guard shacks & Lifeguard on duty
  • Café directly on the beach - Inside & Outside Dining areas
  • Volleyball
  • Fishingd
  • Gift shop with souvenirs and blow up rafts
  • Small beach bar


  • Family Friendly
  • Free parking
  • Lifeguards
  • Concessions
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Remnants of old piers jutting out into the water
  • Popular surf spot


  • Leffis Key Boardwalk
  • Boat launch
  • Footpaths and boardwalks around tidal lagoons and mangrove shoreline
  • Dolphins sightings
  • Fishing
  • Parking
  • Shade Trees
  • 26-foot high hill in the center of the restored area offering 360 views of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico!
  • There are several boardwalks with strategically placed viewing platforms


  • Very family friendly
  • Waters are known to be generally warm and calm
  • Tiki Hut & Beach House close by for food
  • Quieter stretch with private areas for beach front properties
  • Popular wedding spot!
  • Lined behind by pine trees & lush vegetation


  • At the Northern Tip of Anna Maria
  • Little known beach
  • Quiet
  • Very natural, untouched beach
  • No lifeguard
  • No shower or bathroom facilities
  • Great to enjoy a walk and take in the untouched beauty


  • Family Fun
  • Great Views of Egmont Key
  • Views of Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay
  • Between two of the oldest and most active fishing piers in Florida, “The City Pier” and the “Rod and Reel Pier”
  • Tall shade trees
  • Waterfront picnicing
  • Peaceful and unique with scenic qualities.
  • Tables
  • Grills
  • Public restrooms
  • Playground on the beach for children

Which was your favourite beach and why? We'd love to hear all about it!

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Meet The Author
Hi, I am Terry, my wife Sandy (who writes our blogs) are the caring, hands on owners and managers of Anna Maria Condo Rentals. We’ve been here for years, so we know Anna Maria Island, the island’s condos, and our island’s guests. We understand you – what you need, what you want, and what you’d really like to have. With us, every stay balances the rigorous requirements of professional managers with the enthusiasm, pride and personal touches of an owner-managed rental. That means that with us, you enjoy the dual benefits of an in-the-know local combined with the professionalism and expertise of a serious company. Come on down and experience the difference for yourself. Our family fell in love with Anna Maria Island the first time we visited in 1989. Every summer since, we’ve spent our vacations on this island, and in 1995, we bought our first condo here. Having a young family at the time meant we had to rent our condo to offset ownership costs. Thankfully, by offering luxurious accommodations at an affordable price, we were able to keep the condo booked for an average of 50 weeks a year. These steady bookings allowed us to purchase our second condo in 2013, and a third in 2014. While opening up these homes has allowed us to keep returning to the island—and even better, to a house that feels like home—we also truly enjoy offering a place to guests to discover Anna Maria Island and feel at home here, too.
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