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Manatee Public Beach

Manatee Avenue & Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL
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“great beach” (44 reviews)
“free parking” (39 reviews)
“pancakes” (31 reviews)
Manatee Avenue & Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The beach is wonderful if you get there by 7:30 and leave by 10:00 a.m. Other times are just to crowded, parking is difficult,the bathrooms get dirty.It is just to crowded for relaxing and to many cigarette butts left on the beach. they need to...More

1  Thank Floridafish
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Parking is tough. Beach is decent size and space. The amenities on site are fairly clean. Sand quality is fair as well. It does get very hot. No shade here. Very close to other restaurants and stores that you need.

Thank Averagejoe001
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love Love Love this beach! Beautiful! Wonderful place with showers and changing rooms. Easy parking. Beautiful place. Put this one on your beach bucket list!

Thank RuthieB56
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked here.....and ate and sit out at picnic tables near or right at edge of beach with close parking....neat place!!

Thank Lindsey B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been going there for years, no alcohol on the beach ($500 fine) keeps the atmosphere nice, the police have ATVs and do patrol the beach. Free parking, and free music EVERY night!

Thank Gary L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beach area is clean, safe and very big. There is a lot to do and lots to eat. It can get crowded, but the extra wide beach can hold a lot of people. Free parking! It is also crowded at sunset,

Thank Cindy E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Public beach is awesome. Very good food. Indoor and outdoor area to lounge. Live music...just a really fun time.

Thank beachdogs66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A friend recommended Anna Maria Island to us so we took a day trip to the Gulf side to check it out. This beach is lovely--uncrowded, old-time Florida without high-rises and all the busyness of Orlando. There are restroom facilities as well as showers and...More

Thank Maheroni
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sandy and shallow, you have the get there early for parking. Slow traffic in and out on weekends. Much better during week days. Great free trolley.

Thank Christina N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Manatee Public Beach is also called Holmes Beach, one and the same. They have bathrooms that are reasonably clean and well stocked despite high usage. They have the best restaurant of all the public beaches with respect to quality and selection. Can't comment on the...More

1  Thank ExploreDreams
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12 April 2017|
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Response from Francis M | Reviewed this property |
I was at Manatee Beach are for almost 3 months and never saw Red Tide!
13 March 2017|
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Response from _chrissanchez96 | Reviewed this property |
Sadly, it is not dog-friendly.
Brenda C
27 February 2017|
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Response from Heather B | Reviewed this property |
They are outside by the parking lot and the bathrooms. 😀