3 Biggest Anna Maria Island Beaches

Of course, one of the biggest draws for people vacationing to Anna Maria Island is the amazing and beautiful beaches in the area.

From the soft white sands, to the refreshing ocean breezes, and the invigorating salty air—there’s nothing better than sitting on the beach on Anna Maria Island and lounging the day away.

With so many wonderful options to dip your feet in the water or lounge in the sand, an activity that’s meant to be relaxing could become overwhelming.

We’ve got you covered with our Anna Maria beachfront vacation rentals. Plan on visiting one of the below beaches during your stay; they’re known as the best around and you won’t be disappointed. Here are the top beaches in the area, and perhaps right outside your rental, that you won’t want to miss during your AMI stay.

3 Biggest Anna Maria Island Beaches

Bayfront Park

This is the largest main public beach on Anna Maria Island. Located on the northern end of the island, it is one of the more popular gathering spots on the island.

The fine sand you’ll find here is relaxing and luxurious. There are plenty of facilities and there’s a free trolley stop right at this beach for your convenience.

Head out to bayfront park for some shelling, fishing, walking, and wildlife viewing. Enjoy unblocked views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

It’s a top beach to bring the family to when you’re on the northern end of the island, with a playground, picnic facilities and restrooms as well.

Head on over to Pine Avenue to enjoy shopping and a multitude of local restaurants before or after your trek. The entire northern end of the island is very walkable.

Or head over to the Rod and Reel Pier nearby for a bite to eat while enjoying some more waterfront views.

Manatee Beach

This wonderful sandy beach offers everything you need for a great beach day, especially if you’re headed to enjoy the sun with your family. Here, you’ll find lifeguards, a playground, volleyball courts, and other family activities.

There’s also the Anna Maria Island Beach Café, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating so you can grab a snack, meal, or just a cool drink. Plus, if you forget any of the beach essentials, don’t worry, Manatee Beach has you covered.

There’s a beach shop where you can grab a towel, sunglasses, or even some sunscreen. You’ll also be able to stop in the rental shack where you can take chairs and umbrellas out for the day.

Manatee Beach is a public and free option to spend the day in the sand. Head to Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach to check this area out and soak in some rays.

Coquina Beach

Located on the southern end of the island in Bradenton Beach, Coquina Beach offers similar amenities as Manatee Public Beach and is undoubtedly one of the top public beaches on the island in terms of both size and popularity.

Coquina Beach offers a paved multipurpose trail surrounded by plentiful Australian pine trees offering shade. Many stop by this beach for shelling as well, where you can find some of the rarest shells on the island during low tide and in the early morning.

Head out to this beach to enjoy the amenities such as sand volleyball courts, beach rentals for chairs and umbrellas, picnic tables, playgrounds, outdoor showers, grills, and pavilions.

Find beach accessories and gear, including sunglasses, towels, beach bags, boogie boards and more right at the beach at the Surf, Sun and Sand Gift Shop. Lifeguards are on duty as well for most of the year for your family’s safety.

You can also dine right at the beach at the Coquina Beach Café for your convenience, offering a variety of satisfying casual menu items for breakfast lunch and dinner ranging from bagels and omelets for breakfast, to tacos, burgers, hot dogs and other sandwiches, seafood platters and salads for lunch and dinner.

Bonus Beach – Bean Point Beach

We can’t discuss AMI beaches without mentioning Bean Point. This spot is considered a little secret when it comes to Anna Maria Island beaches. The must see attraction is beautiful and also historic.

Here, you’ll find fine white sands and clear blue waters, as well as many natural sand dunes to explore. It’s the perfect place to find a unique souvenir to bring home. Search for seashells and sand dollars on Bean Point Beach. Here, you’ll also find some incredible views including an impressive sight of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Bean Point Beach is also one of the prime locations to head to after the day is over and watch the breathtaking sunsets that Anna Maria Island is known for.

Of course, as you’re walking the soft sands, don’t forget about the history that this beach holds. Bean Point was once the homestead of one of the first and most influential settlers on Anna Maria Island, George Emerson Bean.

Even though the original homestead is gone now, Bean Point was once the very beginning of the modern island you see before you today!

Another fascinating thing about Bean Point Beach is the wildlife that can be found here, since the area is mostly undisturbed and undeveloped. See some of the local animals along the shores like dolphins and even manatees. And don’t forget to look up into the sky and trees to spot some of the local majestic bird population.