We will start off by stating that truly there is no such thing as a bad spot to catch a sunset on Anna Maria Island! Our 7-mile stretch of unspoiled beaches make the perfect setting for a sunset shared with loved ones or even on a solo-trip! Trying to narrow down our top sunset spots on Anna Maria Island was pretty difficult so we might have to post some more spots in an upcoming blog soon.
5. Southern Most End of Coquina Beach
On the very southern end of AMI you will find Coquina Beach and its jetty. This makes our list for numerous reasons, not just because of how picturesque it is but also for how convenient. With plenty of free public parking this is easily one of the most easily accessible beaches on Anna Maria Island. Before the sunset spectacular take a walk along the paved tree covered path which is really convenient for strollers, wheelchairs, and other mobility equipment. While this 2.8 mile long nature trail is home to lots of wildlife, please note that dogs are not allowed and are best left at home.
*An important note about this part of the island is that the currents are very strong here and swimming is prohibited in these waters.
4. The AMI City Pier
Although it might not be the best front row and center view of the sunset you just can't pass up the atmosphere at The AMI City Pier! With live music every night by one of the many talented local performers and delicious bites served up by the on-site restaurant it makes for the perfect setting. Surrounded by the beautiful Bay waters and overlooking the Skyway Bridge, now that is what we call dinner with a view!
3. Three Piers Beach in Bradenton Beach
As long as you are on the Gulf side, you know you'll get a spectacular view of the sunset but we like to kick it up a notch by watching the sun go down at Three Piers Beach in Bradenton Beach. Although there is lots of free public parking, it can get difficult to find a spot around this time of day so we recommend utilizing one of the many convenient free Trolley stops located along this beach for easy access. What makes the sunset here so special is that you can walk out onto one of the three piers and feel like you are out in the middle of the Gulf, plus most of the time you will catch a dolphin or two playing in water during sunset.
2. Holmes Beach Access Points Near 65th Street
While this might sound a little vague since it isn't an exact location, we promise it is worth it. For a less crowded sunset experience head to one of the local beach access points in Holmes Beach. Parking can be very tricky in this are so we highly recommend heading there by foot or bike for easiest access. This primarily residential area of Holmes Beach has some stunning beach access points that provide a more secluded sunset experience.
1. Bean Point Beach
Although there are so many beautiful spots to catch the sunset on Anna Maria Island there is nothing quite like Bean Point Beach. Located on the very north end of Anna Maria Island, this is the very northern tip and where you will see the Gulf and Bay waters meet. With a long stretch of white sandy beach and beautiful pathways that lead through mangroves and sand dunes, this beach access does require a lot of walking before reaching the beach. With very limited street parking, this is another spot that is most easily accessed by foot or bike but it is very much worth it.
We hope you've enjoyed this countdown of some of our favorite sunset spots on Anna Maria Island. What are some of your favorites?