Anna Maria beach question (FL)

Jan 26th, 2004, 06:24 AM
  #1  
cdt
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 741
Anna Maria beach question (FL)

We'll be staying in Bradenton Beach in March.

I'm a little confused by the references I see to "private beaches" and "public beaches" on Anna Maria Island.

Is there a continuous beach on the entire west side of the island?

Will we be able to walk it all, or are "private beaches" fenced off?
cdt is offline  
Jan 26th, 2004, 07:51 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 30
They aren't fenced off... the difference is whether the property is a private home or a public one (county park, hotel, etc). Be sure and eat at the pier one night on Bradenton Beach. Very small, very, very casual and has great food !!
mlh0500 is offline  
Jan 26th, 2004, 08:08 AM
  #3  
LN
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,288
You'll be walking on one of the most beautiful beaches around - pure white sand - like talcum powder. As for private versus public - well the access to the beach is most often private but there are public area where you'd enter the beach. Your hotel will have it's own beach access whether you're directly on the beach or not.

Lots of great restaurants on a mainly family type island. Try Duffy's for truly great hamburgs at lunch. If you really want to splurge try "Beach Bistro" pretty expensive but very good. Middle of the road is "Sandbar", Anna Maria City Pier, Rotten Ralph's and, if you have kids with you try "Mr Bones BBQ - our kids like it.

You picked a great time to stay on Anna Maria Island.
LN is offline  
Jan 26th, 2004, 09:40 AM
  #4  
adeewebstr
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Don't forget going across the Cortez bridge to have lunch on a picnic table at the Starfish Company in Cortez! It's a wholesale/retail fish house, with a small restaurant business - wonderful seafood! I second all the other restuarants mentioned.
 
Jan 26th, 2004, 03:13 PM
  #5  
LN
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,288
You are right!! Star fish is GOOD!!!
LN is offline  
Jan 26th, 2004, 04:33 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 3,336
Just for the record, all beaches in Florida are public, unlike Malibu for instance where a homeowner can own the beach and keep people off it. I suppose private beach might suggest that you're renting a house, not a condo loaded with a thousand other people that you'll have to share the beach with.
Tandoori_Girl is offline  
Jan 26th, 2004, 06:07 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,558
During our November stay on Anna Maria I walked several hours either direction each morning on the beach. It was great - especially in the very early morning when there is great shelling (take a plastic bag with you) and almost no one around. There is a free trolley you can take back to your hotel if you get overambitious, like I did. Just make sure you have something on your feet - they won't let you on with bare feet.

I had to sweet talk a shop keeper to let me have some beach shoes, if I promised to come back later to pay. (I walked too long in one direction without money, shoes or water and had to hitch a ride back.)
Maggi is offline  
Jan 26th, 2004, 06:13 PM
  #8  
tmh
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 448
We have a house 3 miles in from Anna Maria at Palma Sola/86th & Cortez. My husband is there now (while I hold down the fort in TX) and he reports great weather and good times.

Bean Point and Beer Can Island (on Long Boat key but just over the southern bridge) are 2 great walking beaches. Bean Point is accessible by walking along 2 houses so gives the appearance of private. There is a trolley if you walk from one end to the other and don't feel like walking back.

Manatee Beach has breakfast 'on the beach'. Not glamorus except you can call folks back in the snow about sitting on the bech eating all the pancakes you can muster.
tmh is offline  
Jan 26th, 2004, 06:36 PM
  #9  
cd
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,981
Has anyone rented any of the Charters from Starfish?
cd is offline  
Jan 27th, 2004, 05:55 PM
  #10  
adeewebstr
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Fishing or sightseeing? I haven't been on one, but Captain Kim has a good reputation and is pretty active in Cortez village. I know she does sightseeing/bird watching type things - I don't know what else.
 
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Bellibop
United States
4
Aug 7th, 2018 05:20 AM
MelissaS
United States
6
Jun 12th, 2005 05:55 AM
SuperMom
United States
16
Jul 31st, 2004 03:25 PM
Montag
United States
8
Jun 5th, 2004 03:11 AM
MSS
United States
4
May 20th, 2004 10:00 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:30 AM.