What to do in Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is one of Florida’s top destinations for a reason. But how do you navigate this little strip of land away on the far west coast of the state? And what about its top beach locale- Holmes Beach?

Layout of Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is a large area including more than just Holmes Beach. This part is just one section where the resort is located. There are so many other beaches along the island that are easy to visit from this Anna Maria resort. The island is 7 miles long and can be explored city by city. Make sure to spend time in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton beach. Each spot has its own vibe and unique atmosphere to offer. 

Anna Maria is at the northern tip of the island, Holmes Beach is located in the middle, and Bradenton Beach is at the southern portion of the island. This makes staying at the Anna Maria Beach Resort in Holmes Beach the perfect spot to explore all of what the area has to offer. Being right in the center of all the action makes it simple to head north or south for the day and experience something completely new. 

Closest Beach to Check Out

While you’re staying at the Anna Maria Beach Resort, you’ll want to check out one of Anna Maria islands infamous white sand beaches. The closest one you will find is Manatee Public Beach. Located on gulf drive, this is one of the area’s most popular beaches. You’ll be sure to find everything you’re looking for in a day spent in the sun if you head here. 

This beach stretches 900 feet around the island and features some of that wonderful white sand that Anna Maria Island is known for. The clear blue water is great for going for a quick swim and provides a refreshing cool-off on those hot days. Aside from the average beach aspects, manatee beach also has tons of amenities for you to check out. There are playgrounds, volleyball courts, and even a gift shop. Spending the day here is also safe and simple thanks to the lifeguards on duty and the full bathroom facilities on site. 

Manatee Beach is super easy to get to as well. There are three easy points of access and free parking too. This spot is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. 

Head to Marina Drive

If you’ve already taken your beach day or are looking to do a little bit of shopping then Marina Drive is the place you’ll want to be. It’s a prime area to pop into some shops and grab a bite to eat after a long day. 

Check out spots like the Island Grill, Duffy’s Tavern, or the Ugly Grouper for top of the line island bites. Choose from anything on the menus of the many restaurants you’ll find along this street. You’ll have choices of fresh seafood, American style pub food, pizza, and more. 

You’ll also find some fantastic shops. If you’re into art make sure to stop by the Artists Guild Gallery. If you’re thinking of going fishing, you’ll find what you need on Marina Drive as well. Island Discount Tackle will have all your must-haves for casting a line. The possibilities while exploring this road are endless.

Families With Young Kids Love Herb Dolan Park

A wonderful spot for family activities is the Herb Dolan Park. Located in the Bradenton Beach portion of the island, you’ll find this special park directly on the Anna Maria Sound. It features everything from a playground to basketball courts and even a large baseball field. This is the perfect spot to grab some sports toys and spend the day running around with the little ones.

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Go Kayaking For Outdoor Adventure 

Kayaking is a fun and unique way to see much of the island by taking its beautiful waterways. Kayak rentals are easy to find on any part of the island and there are endless areas to explore. Neal Preserve is a favorite spot for kayakers of all skill levels. Here you’ll find mangrove forests, salt terns, and more. This is one of the best areas to explore by kayak if you’re hoping to spot some wildlife!

Plan Your Visit

After a long day of exploring Anna Maria Island, come back to our beautiful resort rooms to relax. There are so many things to see and do, book your stay today!