Beaches of Anna Maria Island
Don’t miss the incredible white sand beaches of Anna Maria Island, spread throughout the towns of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Beaches in these towns offer a great place to soak up the sun, venture into the water or even spot a manatee. Head to Bean Point Beach to the north, Coquina Public Beach to the south or Manatee Beach just across the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Area beaches are easily accessible by car, bicycle or the complimentary island trolley, which allows you the freedom to explore without the hassle of parking.
In the town of Anna Maria, visit the secluded Bean Point Beach. Located 5 miles from Compass Hotel (about a 15 minute drive) Bean Point Beach is a quiet and peaceful spot located on the northern tip of Anna Maria Island. It’s a fantastic place to walk along the water and enjoy views of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico—especially at sunset. Be aware, this beach is prone to strong currents and swimming is not recommended. Some street parking is available, but your best bet is to take a ride share service, bike, or take the free, air-conditioned Anna Maria Island Trolley to the Anna Maria City Pier stop and walk from there—which will take about 15-20 minutes. While you’re in the area, walk over to Pine Avenue for some great shopping in Anna Maria.
Located at State Route 64 and Gulf Drive (less than 5 minutes from Compass hotel), Manatee Public Beach in the town of Holmes Beach. Rent a bike from the Compass hotel and ride your way across the Anna Maria Island Bridge to enjoy this beautiful spot. Visitors can also drive to Manatee Public Beach and park in the on-site parking lot. Holmes Beach is great for families, as it is patrolled by lifeguards and offers picnic tables and grills, as well as concessions at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe. Volleyball nets along the beach offer a great place to enjoy a game with friends. Beach accessories can be purchased at the nearby gift shop and Manatee Public Beach facilities include changing cabanas, public restrooms and showers with foot washes.
On the southern end of Anna Maria Island—in the town of Bradenton Beach—Coquina Beach offers shaded picnic areas and a long stretch of sand perfect for a walk or run along the water. This beach is about a ten minute drive from Compass hotel and offers on-site parking, as well as a multi-purpose trail great for biking or walking. Keep your eyes open for shorebirds and dolphins at Coquina Beach, as well as sea turtles who lay eggs on this beach during nesting season. There are lifeguards on duty at Coquina Beach and food is available at Coquina Beach Cafe. Explore the seasonal beach market every Wednesday and Sunday from 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. and find treasures to remember your beautiful trip to the island.
PET-FRIENDLY BEACHES & PARKS
In general, most beaches in Manatee County are not dog-friendly—and will be clearly marked with signs indicating “No Dogs Allowed.” These restrictions include the sandy beach areas, as well as adjacent sidewalks, paths, trails and parking areas.
Palma Sola Causeway Park is one of the only dog-friendly beaches near Anna Maria Island and is just 1.9 miles away from Compass hotel. In addition to pet friendly beaches, you and your four-legged friends will love to explore the Robinson Preserve and the Holmes Beach Scentral Park on Anna Maria Island.Another great location to explore with your fur family is De Soto National Memorial. Bring your National Park Passport and check another great location off your list. There are small beach areas and plenty of trails to explore. While enjoying dog-friendly beaches and parks in the area, please be courteous and pick up after your pet.