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.
Manatee Public Beach is located in Holmes Beach where Manatee Avenue runs right into the Gulf of Mexico. Manatee Public Beach has free parking, picnic tables, public restrooms, a play ground on the beach for children, a café right on the beach with food and drinks, and a lifeguard on duty.
The playground is directly on the beach and contains swings, a wall to climb, ladder, a larger straight slide as well as two toddler slides, and the normal accessories most modular playgrounds offer. This playground can be busy all week long as mainland locals use this playground very often as well as families that want a combined day at the beach and playground. There are a few benches that parents can use to sit and relax however an inexpensive beach chair located close to the playground can work best.
For a bite to eat try out Cafe on the beach, located at the public beach to get drinks and hot dog meals etc. There is also a small gift shop located at the Manatee Public Beach.