Coquina Bike Path ~ Bradenton Beach – Anna Maria Island’s Best on The Beach

Anna Maria Island is a great place to take a family walk, bike ride, or just enjoy the breath taking views of the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t let the name fool you, the Coquina Bike path is not for just bikes but includes patrons strolling down the Gulf Waters.  The Coquina bike path is paved and stretches between Coquina beach and Cortez Beach.  Located in Bradenton Beach just south of Bridge Street, you will find Cortez Beach.

This beach offers free parking and lots of it!  As you move further south into Coquina Beach, you will find public restrooms, picnic tables, beach showers, and lifeguards on duty.  Coquina beach also has a café that serves burgers and hot dogs right on the beach.

One of my favorite things to do is take a nice, easy bike ride through Coquina Beach. I start at the south end of the island under the Long Boat Key Bridge and head north towards Cortez Beach along the paved path. Take the time to enjoy island wildlife as you are greeted by squirrels, native birds like the Blue Heron, and if you are lucky, you may see dolphins or manatees enjoying their Florida lifestyle.

If you can’t bring your own bicycle, there are lots of places to rent them on Anna Maria Island.   Most folks love Bradenton Beach because there are plenty of accommodation choices as well as dining and shopping within a stroll away.

Manatee Miles Sea Turtle Stroll

Bradenton beach – Don’t miss the Manatee Miles Sea Turtle Stroll on Saturday May 9th at 9am.

A family fun run/walk coming in two flavors, a one-mile course and a 5k course, is an event whose proceeds go to the United Way of Manatee County. Registration is $35 for one adult and up to four kids, $50 for two adults and up to four kids, $25 for an adult up to April 30th and $30 after that, $15 for teens between 14 and 17 and $5 for each additional kid ages 3-13. Adults who sign up before April 30th will get a complimentary event t-shirt. The first 200 to register will also get a free stuffed koozie.

Registrations start at 8am with the walk/run starting at 9am and is located on Coquina Beach at 2650 Gulf Drive South in Bradenton beach.
United Way addresses our community’s most challenging issues by focusing on the building blocks of a good life; Education, Financial Stability and Health. By participating in the Manatee Miles Sea Turtle Stroll, participants help give Manatee County children the opportunity graduate from high school on time, help residents have access to opportunities to create financial stability for themselves and their families, and help community members make healthy choices, be safe from violence, and have access to healthcare and healthcare supports.

Online registration and additional information available is available HERE.  Contact Katie Becker at kbecker@uwmc.net or  for more information.

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

Anna Maria Island beach clean-ups

Photos from the Heart the Sea Beach Clean UpAnna Maria Island – The city of Anna Maria and independent organizations in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach will be holding Anna Maria Island beach clean-ups during the last weeks of March.

Coquina Beach Clean Up

The Tampa Bay Watch Coastal Cleanup of Coquina Beach is asking you to come and help clean the beach on March 21st from 9am until noon. Bring your own gloves, hats and sunscreen as the Tampa Bay Watch will provide trash bags and trash grabbers. The meeting location is 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton, FL 34217. Email Michelle Leahy at michelle.leahy@mymanatee.org or call at 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 with questions about the clean up. Help keep the beach clean and the wildlife safe!

Anna Maria Beach Clean Up

Taking place on March 28th  starting at the south end of Bayfront Park in the city of Anna Maria at 8am. Bring your own bag or trash can, gloves and anything else you may need. Large items can be placed on the roadside for pickup. For more information call the public works department at 941-708-6130 ext. 26.

Manatee Beach Clean Up

Heart the Sea will be holding a beach clean up at the Manatee Public Beach on March 28th from 4-6pm. Heart the Sea will provide blue plastic gloves, so bring your own bags and grabbers. After the clean up is done head over to Swordfish Grill just over the Cortez Bridge for a free drink when you bring in your blue glove. Manatee Public Beach is located at 4000 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. Swordfish Grill is located at 4628 119th St W in Cortez. Find out more by emailing HeartTheSea@Gmailc.om or on the Heart the Sea Facebook page.

Over the River and Through the Woods! Anna Maria Island Players Benefit Dec 3 @ 8pm

On Tuesday, December 3rd at 8pm, the Island Players will perform “Over the River and Through the Woods” at the Island Players Theatre on Anna Maria Island.  Doors will open at 7:15 and seating opening at 7:30pm. This warm-hearted comedy presents an Italian-American family trying to prevent their son from moving to Seattle and starting a new life. Tickets to this enjoyable production are available for a mere $20 donation to the AMICCO, the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra. This benefit will help the Island Players continue to provide our island community with the live classical concerts we love.

But, don’t go to Island Players for a ticket to this entertaining evening! You can get yours, first-come, first-serve through any of the following:

  • Visit Creations by L at 5500 Marina Drive (hours Mon-Sat 10am-5pm)
  • Visit the Beach Market at Coquina Beach on Sundays from 10am to 4pm
  • Call Nancy Ambrose at 941-799-2181, 941-518-4431 or amicco@islandsandbeaches.com
  • Visit www.amicoo.org

Get your tickets now, and we will see you there!

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2013 Christmas Parade hosted by the Anna Maria Island Privateers

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE & SANTA OPEN HOUSE ire float

WHEN:  10am on Saturday, December 7, 2013

WHAT:  Prepare your floats! Ready your lawn chairs! Candy and beads everywhere! Merry Christmas to Anna Maria Island, it’s the annual Christmas Parade!

Watch out for that ship…. follow the Anna Maria Island Privateers to SANTA!

On Saturday, December 7, 2013, the parade begins at 10am on the east end of Pine Avenue traveling from the staging area at Bayfront Park, through the city of Anna Maria. From there, the parade continues south through Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, concluding at Coquina Beach. Upon arrival at Coquina Beach, Santa’s Open House welcomes the children of the island, both visitors and islanders alike. The Jolly Old Man himself will be there to hand out gifts to the children. Kids may also enjoy refreshments of hot dogs and sodas during their visit with Santa Claus.

Whether watching from the side of the road or riding in a float, the Anna Maria Island Christmas Parade is a favorite island tradition. This island event is interactive, so kids remember to bring a bag and gather your loot!

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Privateers Pirate Invasion

Privateers Pirate Invasion Ad copyShiver me timbers! Tami here to tell you to get ready for the pirate invasion! November 1-3 is the Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion. The Privateers are a non-profit group organized to support local youth, and they are partnering up with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, Keep Manatee Beautiful, and Sandblast 2013 to host this event on Coquina Beach. There will be a parade, Pirates’ Ball, an island wide treasure hunt, arts and crafts, vendors, food, drink and live entertainment for landlubbers of all ages! This fundraiser will benefit local businesses as well as compile donations for the kids’ organizations and scholarship funds. Be sure to check it out, or walk the plank!

Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion

Nov 1 (12 pm-5 pm) Nov 2 (10 am-8 pm) Nov 3 (10 am-5 pm)

Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island

Contact: Anna Maria Island Privateers PO Box 1238 Holmes Beach, Florida 34217

Visiting during Independence Day or during Christmas?  Don’t miss the Privateers parade they host all along Anna Maria Island!

5th Annual Manatee County 9/11 Remembrance Ride!

Steve Bonanno and his wife Lee started The Manatee County 9/11 Remembrance Ride 5 years ago to remember those who lost their lives on 9-11-2001, and for the brave men and women of the armed forces who are fighting for us today to keep us safe. Steve sent out an email to 20 of his friends and over 130 bikes showed up for the first ride.

Since then they have continued to grow and gain support. This year escorted by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department, over 1100 bikes participated in the ride from Bradenton to beautiful Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island.

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Imagine Yourself On The Beaches Of Anna Maria Island

The word on the beach is that the weather is still extremely cold and nasty in most of the county.  Imagine yourself spending your days on the beaches of Anna Maria Island soaking up the sun, swimming, enjoying water sports, or anything else that your heart desires.  At night treat yourself to dinner and drinks at one of our exquisite Anna Maria Island restaurants.

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Privateer’s Island Parade 2010

Images of AMI Privateers Island Parade 2010 Last Saturday I met up with family and friends for the Privateer’s Island Parade and 23RD Annual Winterfest on Anna Maria Island.  The parade started at 10:00 A.M. at Bay Front Park in the city of Anna Maria and ended down in Coquina Beach.

We watched the parade in Holmes Beach by Hurricane Hanks; the Christmas Floats just kept on coming tossing beads, candy, and can coolies.  The weather was nice and everyone had a really great time.  For more Anna Maria Island information and this year’s Holiday Events follow us on Facebook or contact an Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Specialist today to book your island getaway.

 

Coquina Public Beach On Anna Maria Island

Photo By Jason Hrnak

Coquina Public Beach is located in Bradenton Beach just south of Bridge Street and spans all the way to the Long Boat Key Bridge.  Coquina Beach is a local’s favorite beach on Anna Maria Island. For activities, there is a paved walk/bike path the entire length of the beach, and multiple volleyball courts.

A gorgeous beach, be sure to avoid swimming on the very southern tip of the island, obeying warning signs, as the water running under Longboat pass is strong with rip tides. Stay withing the large designated swimming area.

Coquina Public Beach has two public restrooms, concession stand and more than one lifeguard tower.  There is also a lovely shaded grilling & picnic area, as well as a pirate ship playground on the beach for children.  Make the most out of your Anna Maria Island vacation and visit all of our public beaches, leave us a comment here or on Facebook, and let us know which Anna Maria Island Beach is your favorite.