There’s an important fact to learn: not all beaches are created equal. Some are great for just sitting; others beckon you to explore your adventurous side. And, of course, there are several in between. In the Bradenton Area, the variety of spots to throw down your towel is one of our strong suits. And with five of our beaches being Blue Wave Certified and declared eco-friendly by the Clean Beach Council in Washington D.C., you can feel good about hanging out there, too.
Located on the south end of Anna Maria Island, this is the longest stretch of beach in the area. It’s the perfect spot for nature lovers to see local birds and a variety of subtropical fish swimming just off the shore. And if you’re lucky, you’ll see some dolphins – and a surfer or two.
Found on Longboat Key, just down from Anna Maria Island, this is known as one of the area’s more secluded spots. So if you’re in the mood for the feeling that a private island conjures, this is a great spot to relax, unwind, and look at what sometimes is a perfect picture of old Florida.
If adventure is more your thing, visit Bradenton Beach to play a game of beach volleyball, splash in the waves, or just walk down lively Main Street. This beach extends north from Coquina and Cortez beaches and includes a shaded parking lot and long views up and down the coastline.
Holmes Beach is located in a residential area, and doesn’t provide facilities, but it’s a nice, peaceful stretch of sand. Because parking is limited to side streets, things are quieter here. Pack a picnic and a sand pail and enjoy a relaxing lunch and sand perfect for sculpting.
Anna Maria Beach
For those who seek the sunset, this is the place to lounge on the sand as the sun sinks below the horizon in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by good restaurants, quaint shops and some of the best views around.
No matter which beach you choose, the Bradenton Area beaches are sure to become favorite places and spaces. In fact, some people even decide to call them home. (Wink).