Maria Beaches Seven miles of
The whole of the west
side of Anna Maria, the Gulf Coast side, is a continuous
stretch of pristine white sand, with very little restriction
on access, so different to some of the other islands
further south. Wide in some places, narrow in others.
Several areas have lifeguards on duty. There are beach
side cafes and public toilets along some stretches,
but where ever you choose to pitch sun shade, you’ll
never be far from your accommodation – the island
just isn’t that big! Many of the beaches are fringed
with Australian Pine trees, with designated picnic areas.
You can park right up close, so taking your parasols
and sunbeds is never a problem.
Gulf of Mexico is usually very calm, which is great
because then it is as clear as crystal. Always an opportunity
to collect excellent shells and sand dollars, and to
observe the multi coloured fish. It would be unusual
not to see Dolphins, and you may find yourself swimming
with a Manatee. These very strange creatures are so
gentle, completely harmless, and have no hesitation
in coming close to you.