Islands and Parks

Anna Maria Island

5337 Golf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Tel: 941-778-1541

Boasting seven-and-a-half miles of white sand beach, this barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico is a popular year-round vacation destination. The island has two public beaches, Coquina and Manatee, where visitors bask in the clear, bright blue waters. They come for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, walking, shell-gathering and flying kites. Swimming is open to the public year-round; midsummer temperatures range between 85 and 95. The two beaches have restrooms and concession stands.

Lake Manatee State Recreational Area

20007 Rte 64, Bradenton, FL 34202

Tel: 941-741-3028

This 556-acre recreational area extends along 3 miles of the south shore of Lake Manatee. Recreational activities include camping, swimming, fishing, and boating. A boat ramp is available, but boat motors are limited to no more than 20 horsepower. Location: 15 mi E of Bradenton on SR 64. A Florida state fishing license is required.

Pets: No pets are permitted on beach or in campgrounds.