Closest Trolley Stop To The Anna Maria Beach Resort

Did You Know? The Anna Maria Island Trolley is Free!

It is amazing that one can explore Anna Maria Island using northing more than the local trolley. The best part? It’s free. The Anna Maria Island trolley spans the length of the island, running northbound and southbound along the water. It has 40 northbound and 38 southbound stops, picking up and dropping off passengers every few blocks. Not only is it free of charge, but it’s a great way to see the entire island without creating a huge ecological footprint.

The Closest Trolley Stop to Our Luxury Beachfront Motel Rooms

Hop on the colorful trolley at Marina Drive and 63rd Street, a short block from our Anna Maria resort rooms, and ride it up and down the island. Of all the hotels near Anna Maria Island, ours is one of the most centrally located. The trolley route begins in the City of Anna Maria at the northern tip of the island and ends at Coquina Beach in the south. With so many sights to see along the way, you won’t be disappointed.

Where Does it Go?

You can see all of Anna Maria Island’s top attractions via the trolley.

Starting at the north end of the island, the first stop on your trolley expedition is the Anna Maria City Pier. The trolley drops passengers off at the end of Pine Avenue, at the foot of the historic pier that dates back nearly 100 years. If you are into fishing, the pier is a gathering place for plenty of Gulf Coast species. Lower your line into the blue waters and wait for the first bite. This is a great time to grab a couple of scoops of ice cream before you continue your journey. There are also plenty of restaurants in the area if you are looking for something a bit more substantial.

ice cream scoop

Ride the trolley across Pine Avenue, stopping at Gulf Drive. Here, you’ll find a beautiful beach, city park, and the Sandbar Restaurant, which serves scrumptious meals right on the sand. This north-end stop also offers stunning views of neighboring coastal views, such as Tampa Bay, Edgemont Key, and Passage Key.

A little further south, you’ll find White Avenue, dubbed the “Surfing Stop.” Small waves and minimal current offers beginner surfers a great spot to learn and more advanced surfers a laid-back session. Not into surfing? No problem! Catch the trolley and head to Holmes Beach a few stops south. Visit Island Bazaar for souvenirs or pick up groceries at stores in the area.

surfers on the beach

Located in the heart of Bradenton, the southernmost city on Anna Maria, the Bridge Street Pier is another must-visit on your trolley ride. In addition to the pier, you’ll find tons of locally made goods, from art to jewelry, to home décor.

The last stop on your trip is Coquina Beach. Dubbed a “must-see” island attraction, Coquina Beach is a perfect sight-seeing destination, Its tree-lined paths, and boardwalks give you a look into the natural beauty of the Florida Gulf Coast. Plus, you can catch a few rays on the white sand.

Other Ways of Getting Around

If you prefer to travel with the wind in your hair, biking is a great way to get around the island. There are plenty of rentals around the island where you can get both adult and children’s bikes, as well as tandem bikes and trailers. If you’d like to cruise in style, consider renting a family-sized golf cart. Rentals offer four-, six-, and eight-passenger carts. Plenty of visitors to Anna Maria drive cars from the mainland – another popular way to explore the island. While there is plenty of free parking, Anna Maria is a popular place and it can get busy.

golf cart at sunset
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Those on a budget will love the price and convenience of the trolley. Others may choose private transportation for the freedom to stop wherever they choose.

Plan Your Visit

However you choose to experience Anna Maria Island, you’re bound to have a fun, adventure-filled trip. See our available rooms now!