Manatee Public Beach

Manatee Public Beach is one of many on Anna Maria Island. Located off Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, the park is open from sunrise to 10 p.m. Everyone loves to visit this beach because it is accessible and easy to relax or play and have fun on this beach. Find out why visitors are flocking to this island paradise and can’t wait to check out the cool, calm waters in this Gulf Coast destination.

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Come to Manatee Beach

Anna Maria Island is a barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Manatee Beach Park is one of several parks and beaches on this island. The city of Anna Maria itself is small and known for its shops, galleries, and dining options ranging from low key to upscale, in town or on the beach by the water. Some really interesting things to know about Manatee Beach Park:

  • Changing cabanas available on site
  • Small cafe with drinks and snacks near beach
  • Open grill stations and picnic tables 
  • Volleyball net for family friendly activities
  • Lifeguards available morning to late afternoon
  • Expect a large parking lot but it gets packed so head over early in busier seasons
  • Trolley available for transport for free up and down Anna Maria Island to get around to the beaches without searching for parking
  • Boat cruises to take everyone around the island to viewing areas, see manatees in the bays and shallow waters off the coast and other marine life


Beach Location

  • 4000 State Road 64 and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217


  • Sunrise - midnight, unless otherwise posted or allowed by special permits.

Park GPS Coordinates

  • Lattidude: 27.497089800034953
  • Longitude: -82.71290003077323

Manatee Beach Map

Manatee Beach is one of the most visited public beaches on Anna Maria Island. Located near the center of the island in Homes Beach, it is popular with all visitors, especially those with children. Concessions and facilities are some of the best anywhere. Walkable with access to a free trolley, use of bikes, and other forms of transportation can lend itself to being a place of adventure and excitement. Those looking for a quaint, quiet stretch of sand might find it difficult during busier hours but lots of people like to visit for the activities and enjoyment of the beautiful sand and surf. Ample parking makes it a great spot to spend time and a free trolley can take visitors everywhere else they want to go without losing that precious spot. Volleyball courts, changing cabanas and easy access to a snack shack make it a great destination.

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Manatee Transportation Services

Getting here is relatively easy. It’s a favorite spot for a reason. Take the free trolley to get started and jump right off at the beach. Large, free public parking makes this island destination more fun for everyone. With 120 parking spots, get there early as it fills up but there is always use of bikes, mopeds, and other forms of transportation if people want to get around quickly.

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Manatee Facilities

Expect nothing but the best on Manatee Beach. One of the best parts of this sandy beach paradise are the benches, bike racks, grills, and picnic tables. Everything people want is right on the sand. There is a concession stand with snacks and beverages. If the beach gets tired, try out the playgrounds nearby and volleyball courts. Don’t forget to stop by the changing cabanas, unique to this park. Lifeguards are on duty during the day for the safety of guests.

Manatee Delivery Service

This beach has lots of options for getting umbrellas, chairs, and other equipment. From shops to nearby concession stands, there are places to grab gear and have it delivered or bring it on your own. This way nobody has to go without the right gear to have a fun day.

Rules and Regulations

Manatee Beach does not allow four-legged friends on the sandy beaches. Alcohol is also not allowed. Marked trails are available for walking and biking, but stay on the path to avoid wildlife. Also, the vegetation and natural habitats tend to be protected along with turtle nests dotting the island landscape. Don’t mess with them if you don’t want big fines.

Manatee Beach FAQ

A: Not right off the beach but on a boat cruise or out on the water it will be easier to spot away from shore

A: There are 120 spots to park for free. Make use of the free trolley to get around when the lot is full

A: Public use restrooms and changing cabanas are available right on the beach. Also use showers and foot wash stations to rinse off. Look for trash cans, recycling bins, picnic tables and water fountains around the beach, perfect for camping out for the day