Holmes Beach is the largest of three island communities located on Anna Maria Island. With a population of just 5,000 residents and three miles of gorgeous white beaches, it is the perfect place to visit. Take advantage of the vast outdoor activities, delicious restaurants, quiet time in the sun, or touring the local shops in this welcoming small town located just between the City of Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach.
Get Out and Explore
It’s no secret that the glistening white beaches of Anna Maria Island are what draw visitors to this breathtaking location. The sparkling turquoise waters are often accompanied by dolphins cresting the surface, as well as the occasional sea turtle making its way to the seashore to make a safe nest for its endangered babies. With sweeping coastlines that are well-maintained by the city that also feature lifeguards, restrooms, changing cabanas, and outdoor showers, visitors love spending their days under the sun in this tropical paradise year-round.
Each beach is equipped with games, specifically sand volleyball courts that visitors love taking advantage of. You can also find picnic tables If you’re ready to get out and explore, you can easily find a rental company to outfit you for an adventure aboard a kayak or paddleboard around Holmes Beach marina. For the avid fisherman, there are docks located throughout the island as well as opportunities to charter a boat.
Fuel Your Adventures
One of the best things about vacationing is exploring new restaurants and lucky for you, Holmes Beach will not disappoint. The Ugly Grouper has been a longtime favorite, offering a delectable variety of foods including fresh seafood. With live music, a great location, and a laid back (dog-friendly) vibe, visitors love coming here for the food and the fun. Their Grouper Tacos, Smoked Turkey Reuben, and signature cocktails and craft beers have put them on the map as local hot spot.
Another local favorite is Vinny & Cheryl’s Italian Kitchen. The enticing scent of their pizza calls to hungry adventurers from miles around. Not only that, but they also have a small grocery section (specializing in wine and pasta – so really, what more could you need?), making it easy for you to stock your vacation rental with delicious goodies for the duration of your stay.