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Manatee Public Beach

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Address: Manatee Avenue & Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL
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Small Beach Town Feel

We love this beach! There is a little restaurant and a beach shop in the main parking area. They have a very reasonable breakfast and the French fries are plentiful. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sheila E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love this beach! There is a little restaurant and a beach shop in the main parking area. They have a very reasonable breakfast and the French fries are plentiful. The bathrooms are meh. Go early morning or early evening to get parking. My friends and I will go just north of this beach to get a more secluded experience.... More 

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Thank Sheila E
Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We accessed the beach from closer to downtown Anna Marie off Magnolia street so not at main entrance. Plenty of room despite huge holiday crowds. Good walking for several miles in both directions. Beach depth very good. Flatter as you go further north. Only drawback is no public bathroom in this location

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a few hours at Manatee Beach yesterday with my husband, 19 yo dd, and my in-laws. Beach is gorgeous. Sand ranges from cornstarch soft to a soft gritty sand. Some areas, but but not many with lots of shells. Easy to dodge those though. Temp was high 70s, water temp was comfortable once I got used to it. Should've... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gorgeous. The sunsets never get old. Sand is powdery white and silky smooth. The water can be calm or with some nice waves. I have been coming here for over 20 years and have been to other beaches but this one is still the best.My kids and I love the shells and sand dollars. The only negative I can say... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beach is conveniently located at the end of Manatee causeway. There's plenty of free parking, a cafe and the free trolley bus service has a stop off here. It is a bit of a hike to the water if you've a lot of "stuff" but it's not too difficult as the sand is coarser than at Siesta beach for... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Were just driving along sight seeing when we came upon Manatee Beach. Always carry beach gear in the car so we hopped out and decided to spend a little time there. First thing we noticed were the concessions and changing facilities. Concession stand was really a restaurant. Great price on all you can eat pancakes everyday and everything on the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

It's an amazing place to go either with kids, teenagers or just as a couple. It's fun for all ages, it's my favorite vacation spot hands down

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

The beach is beautiful and clean. The parking is free. The water is clear. Beautiful sunsets over the ocean.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

During the weekdays we where almost alone on the beautiful beach. Over the weekend it got sligtly more busy but still ok. The sea was perfectly warm and full of fishlife. We saw dolpines and manatees on several occasions swimming by the shore line! A memory to be saved for the cold winter days, so precious. In the sky the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Gorgeous beach. The White Sea shell beach is to die for. I can't understand why alcohol is banned from the beach. Everybody knows you should enjoy a sunset with a sundowner. Here you have to pay restaurant prices for the privilege. $500 fine! Ridiculous.

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