HOLMES BEACH, FLORIDAHolmes Beach is a part of Anna Maria Island in Manatee county it is the largest of the three cities of Anna Maria Island and lies in the centre with Ana Maria on the north and Bradenton on the South. It offers three miles of beaches with sugar white sand and turquoise shimmering water. The Intercoastal can be accessed very easily through Holmes Beach. Fishing charters a business started by one of the early settlers John R Jones is still a thriving tourist activity in the area.
Since Anna Maria Island offers some of the most glorious recreational activities Holmes beach follows in its wake with guided fishing charters, beach volleyball, swimming, parasailing scuba diving, boating and snorkeling. The Manatee Public Beach is the best spot to spend the day getting the most exquisite Florida sun tan. The De Soto National Memorial has picnic tables, visitor centre, rest rooms and is a welcoming place for a family picnic. For Golf enthusiasts, the Key Royale Club is a fully functional golf course. The Coquina beach at the southern tip of the Island boasts of some of the most tranquil beaches in the area with a spectacular view of the sunset. A secluded romantic getaway is the Bean Point where the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay come together, with beautiful beaches that are perfect for shelling. If you are willing to drive for a short distance you can go to the Sarasota Jungle Garden or the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens at Sarasota which abounds in natural glory and have the widest and the most varied collection of the local flora. Cortez Beach is another beautiful spot to spend time building sand castle or just lazing in the sun.
Holmes Beach hosts some of the best culinary establishments of Anna Maria Island. Some of these are r Bones for a mean barbeque, the Beach Bistro for a romantic ambience and a cuisine laced with American and French Flavors and Tortilla Bay SouthWest Grille for lip smacking Tex- Mex cuisine. To start your day with a filling breakfast you can go to Peach’s Restaurant price are good here but the food is even better. Havana Cabana offers Cuban food with a healthy dose of Latin American fun. If you are in the mood for some pizza, head over to Verona Pizza and Italian Restaurant. The Beach Bistro is the local favorite the food is good but the over all dining experience at the beach is spectacular
Holmes Beach boasts of an enviable number of accommodation options. Pirates Den offers One Bedroom fully equipped cottage apartments for just $90 per night. The Anna Maria has a comfortable homely feel to it and it available for $100 per night. The luxurious La Casa Costiera is a sight to behold with the beautiful garden surrounding the beach front property. It is available for $385 per night or $2700 per week. The Dolphin’s Run Beach House is wonderful if you are traveling with a bunch of friends and its quite affordable at $1200 per week.