Beaches & Weather

by  | Jul 1, 2019 | Insider's Guide | 0 comments

Anna Maria boasts 7 miles of breathtaking soft white sand beaches, a true gem that draws visitors from near and far. We understand that you're here to bask in the beauty of these pristine shores, and we share your commitment to preserving their natural splendor. To ensure that everyone can enjoy the beaches to their fullest extent, we kindly ask that you adhere to the following general public beach rules:

  • No consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages.

  • No glass containers: Prevent accidents and protect our environment by avoiding glass containers, which pose a hazard to barefoot beach walkers and wildlife.

  • No open fires or possession of fireworks,

  • No camping or overnight parking.

  • No vehicles or bicycles, except for wheelchairs, on beach.

  • No launching watercraft from beach or in designated swim areas.

  • No throwing games or propelled objects.

  • No horseback riding.

  • No littering: Please ensure that all refuse and trash are properly disposed of, even in areas where receptacles aren't provided. Take responsibility for any waste brought to the beach and dispose of it appropriately elsewhere.

  • No plastic bags.

  • No disturbing or feeding wildlife.
  • No lights, unattended chairs and cabanas, screens, umbrellas during turtle nesting season: Between May 1 and October 31, ensure that no lights, unattended chairs and cabanas, screens, or umbrellas are left on the beach between sunset and sunrise to protect nesting turtles.
  • No removal of natural resources.
  • No disorderly conduct or public nudity.
  • No fishing from jetty or in swim areas.
  • No pets allowed, except service dogs: With the exception of service dogs, pets are not allowed on the beach. Palma Sola Causeway Park & Bayfront Park are exceptions to this rule.
  • No vending/concessions without proper authorization.
  • No assembly without a permit: Any organized assembly on the beach requires a permit for authorization.

In our commitment to safeguarding the delicate ecosystem of Anna Maria Island, it's crucial to highlight certain guidelines regarding items or temporary structures on the beach. This includes screen rooms, beach chairs, umbrellas, and cabanas, which, if left unattended overnight, may pose a risk of entrapment to sea turtles and disrupt their nesting habitats.

To ensure the safety of our beloved sea turtles, we kindly request that owners of these items or temporary structures located on private property remove them from the beach nightly. For those not situated on private property, prompt removal is necessary to mitigate any potential harm to sea turtles and preserve the natural beach environment for nesting.

Our collective effort in adhering to these guidelines underscores our deep appreciation and commitment to the conservation of sea turtles on Anna Maria Island. Together, let's continue to cherish and protect these magnificent creatures that grace our shores. Thank you for joining us in our mission to safeguard the marine life that calls AMI home!

While enjoying the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island, it's important to note that certain special rules may apply at the county public beach parks. These include Anna Maria Bayfront Park, Coquina Bayside Park, Coquina Gulfside Park, and Manatee Beach Park, each offering facilities and designated areas zoned for specific uses and monitored by lifeguards.

These public beach parks provide essential amenities and designated zones to enhance your beach experience while ensuring safety and convenience for all visitors. Whether you're looking to swim, picnic, or simply soak up the sun, these parks offer a variety of recreational opportunities for everyone to enjoy.

As you explore these county public beach parks, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with any posted guidelines and follow the instructions of lifeguards to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for you and your fellow beachgoers.

Thank you for your cooperation in respecting the rules and regulations of our county public beach parks as we work together to maintain the beauty and tranquility of Anna Maria Island's coastal treasures.

Be sure to check out beach access points map below!

Turtle Watch

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Beach Conditions

Click to find out the latest beach conditions including water temperature and tide reports!

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Fishing Forecast

Click to check the latest tide tables times and fishing forecast for the island and surrounding areas!

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Live Beach Cam

Click to view the LIVE Beach Cam from our friends over at the Beach Bistro!

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