Xmas day 2014, beach was strewn with dead mullet fish, otherwise clean, Island Fish platter was a rip-off, not Island and selling Basa as local fish, paid $16+. do not order. eggplant fries are excellent and light.
everything is at your fingertips.Great beach, lifeguards,bbqs, picnic tables.The beach is regularly groomed and the water is fun
Our condo was beside this beach. We checked out and spentMost of the day here. We were able to eat rinse of and change before we headed home. Beach and facilities were clean andwell kept.
this beach offers a lovely cafe, large lunch bar and a free trolley at the parking lot. the trolley takes you around the island where you can hop on and off anytime. the beach is clean, and the food and drink selection was great. bathroom facilities were not maintained throughout the day as it got busier. that part was disapointing
We are natives of the area and live about 30 minutes from the beach, so we spend a day at the beach at least once a month.There are several really nice beaches in this area of Florida with calm waves and beautiful white sand. If you are looking for great beaches for family vacations or low key fun with friends, you will not find a better location than the barrier islands off of Manatee and Sarasota counties.I took this picture today on my iPhone (no touchups) at Manatee Public Beach in the town of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island
Beautiful beach, nice cafe with great coffee, adequate restrooms, free trolley around the Island and to other beaches, free music every night and a Drum Circle on Friday nights for Sunset!
beautiful beach. free parking. free local trolley. playground. public restrooms. food options. gorgeous turquoise water.but holy hell are the restrooms in bad shape. no one is cleaning them. every urinal is covered with a plastic bag. most lights are out. one of the "family/handicap" restrooms is pitch black (i used this one because of the back-log in the other restrooms. wife says women's rooms are in similar shape. i would gladly pay 5 bucks for beach access if someone would maintain those restrooms.
Dolphins abound and we had wonderful breakfast at a café that serves outdoors on the beach. Worth a trip
The food is surprisingly good here for what appears to be a public beach concession. We have had breakfast, lunch and dinner here many times and have never been disappointed by anything. The prices are reasonable bordering on cheap, and when the day is nice, the seats outside have a wonderful view!
Beach was safe, clean and beautiful. Found a sharks tooth, sand dollars and shells! We will be back!