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BEACHES

In Florida, there are two major attractions. One is the Magic Kingdom, home to the most famous mouse in the world and the other is of course the spectacular beaches of Anna Maria Island. Florida Beaches are among the finest beaches in the world. Every year, several Florida beaches routinely receive awards by various rating organizations. In fact, Florida beaches have been rated among the top ten in Dr. Beach's America's Best Beach list each year. With nearly 1,200 miles of coastline, Florida has some of the best beaches in the world and Anna Maria Island is home to many of those beaches, including Anna Maria Beach, Bayfront Park, Manatee County Public Beach, Holmes Beach, Coquina Beach, and Leffis Key.

So impressive are Anna Maria Island beaches "Trip Advisor" named Anna Maria Island "America's #1 Beach Vacation Destination. Affectionately known as "The Island In The Sun" Anna Maria Island comprises over 7 miles of powder white sand beaches, Gulf temperatures averaging 84 degrees and more than 360 days of sunshine per year. The surrounding waters of Anna Maria Island are known as the nursery because of the large number of dolphins that raise their young here. Anna Maria Island boasts more sunshine per year than Honolulu and some of the finest beaches in the world.

ANNA MARIA

Anna Maria City is located on the northern tip of the island and offers primarily single family homes. Pine Avenue is the main thoroughfare with the Historic City Pier at one end and the Gulf of Mexico at the other and offers a collections of 'old florida' buildings that house boutiques, art galleries and other mom and pop businesses. The old IGA (once the only grocery store on the island) now houses Ginnie and Jane E's, and antique/craft/gift shop with a bakery -- a place where locals and visitors mingle for morning coffee and chat.

The beaches of Anna Maria City are 'swim at your own risk' with little parking for visiting beach goers and no restrooms, but the Sandbar restaurant is a fantastic destination (with lots of parking) to enjoy a meal on the beach deck and watch one of our famous Anna Maria sunsets.

HOLMES BEACH

Holmes Beach, located in the middle of the island between Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach is a 600-acre village perched on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. This is the largest community on Anna Maria Island. This area offers a residential mixed areas of shopping, single family homes, a few resorts, motels and cottages. This is where the grocery store, banks, post office and a public library are located. A public beach features plenty of parking, life guard shacks, the Café on the beach restaurant and beach patio is located directly on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico. Nearby restaurants, water sport rentals beach shops, gift shops and boutiques make this a vibrant active community.

There are serveral art galleries in Holmes Beach: The Artists' Guild Gallery, Anna Maria Island Art League and Island Gallery West - all featuring the works of local Florida and island artists.

BRADENTON BEACH

Bradenton Beach The village Bradenton Beach is located on the southern tip of Anna Maria Island and oriented toward vacationers who come to enjoy the surrounding beaches. Coquina Beach and Cortez Beach are here on the south end. There is plenty of parking, lifeguards, picnic areas with grills, lots of pine trees for shade, restrooms, showers, a playground and concessions. This community has had a recent face-lift with historic Bridge Street the focal point for interesting shopping. There are regular Bridge Street special events such as "Bridge Street Markets", Art Shows, Car Shows, etc. - It's a fun place to be. You can pamper yourself at a day spa as well as enjoy fine dining and nightly entertainment.

Coquina Beach, toward the southern most point, has sandy paths lined with lush foliage leading to Sarasota Bay for viewing many species of water and shore birds.

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