Scuba Diving Anna Maria Island or Free Diving- where to go

There are two spots where divers can get their fill of Scuba Diving Anna Maria Island. The best news of all is both diving spots are just a few hundred yards off the coast of Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, Florida.
The first spot is called Spanish Rocks. You can Google that spot as there are lots of professional diver websites that talk about exact locations. A quick synopsis is to drive on to Anna Maria Island using State Route 64 otherwise known as Manatee Avenue. Travel to the South along Gulf Drive, the locals call this stretch “Old Gulf Drive.” Pull over at 33rd street off Gulf where the beach access dead ends into the Gulf. Walk South 6 houses, not an easy task with all your gear but at the sixth house head directly West into the Gulf about about two hundred yards. You will pass by a sandy bottom and you are getting close. The ledges are just 15 – 18 feet down. On a clear day you can catch the rocks from the surface but on a rough day it is very easy to miss. The limestone ledges range from 1 foot to a maximum of 5 feet. Below is a video of what can be found while diving on the Spanish Rocks.

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