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brookesvoboda Jan 13th, 2014 12:12 PM

Anna Maria Island - Which location better Anna maria, holmes, or bradenton
My husband and I are coming to Anna Maria Island in May. We are looking to book a private home and found there are 3 areas of Anna Maria Island. Anna Maria beach is north, Holmes beach is central, and Bradenton is south. What are the pros and cons of these locations? We are looking for quiet, pretty beaches that you can walk and swim at but are also close to restaurants and shopping. Any suggestions? Thanks

jubilada Jan 13th, 2014 12:52 PM

We always stay in Anna Maria, the quietest and least built up of the three areas with gorgous beaches, great dining an dnice shops.

Bradenton Beach is the most honky tonk and busy, but has some gorgeous long beaches. It is very noisy, imo. Holmes Beach has some nice condos and decent restaurants, but Anna MAria is the hands down winner imo. If you search there are other threads about this .

brookesvoboda Jan 13th, 2014 01:42 PM

Thanks so much! Is it better on gulf side or bay side?

leeam Jan 13th, 2014 05:14 PM

I agree, Anna Maria Beach is the quietest and it is great to get around that North end with bikes. There are one or two places to rent them and I love exploring that area on a bicycle. All the beaches are beautiful. Much more crowded on Holmes Beach, but a few good restaurants around there. "Eat here" is an awesome place to have dinner, very good food. Any area you choose still will not be as crowded as say, Clearwater, St. Pete Beach. Absolutely, the Gulf side is better. Will be pricier but the water is amazing and I wouldn't bother staying on the Bay side when you have the Gulf right there. Any beach will have plenty of walking up and down the shore.

aliced Jan 14th, 2014 05:17 PM

Will check out "Eat here" next month when we are down, staying with friends on Anna Maria -- thanks leeam.

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