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Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach is a small town on Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico just south of Tampa Bay. It boasts miles of gorgeous white, sandy beaches, emerald Gulf waters, and abundant sunshine.

If you want to spend a day on the water, there is excellent fishing in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. Take a charter boat and head out in the Gulf for an exciting day of sport fishing. The grouper, snapper, or mackerel you catch can provide the ingredients for a delicious seafood dinner at your vacation rental. Inshore or backwater fishing is also very popular.

Enjoy a beach picnic with the locals under the Australian Pines, or find a secluded cove and enjoy some private sunbathing. Prefer an... more

Holmes Beach is a small town on Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico just south of Tampa Bay. It boasts miles of gorgeous white, sandy beaches, emerald Gulf waters, and abundant sunshine.

If you want to spend a day on the water, there is excellent fishing in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. Take a charter boat and head out in the Gulf for an exciting day of sport fishing. The grouper, snapper, or mackerel you catch can provide the ingredients for a delicious seafood dinner at your vacation rental. Inshore or backwater fishing is also very popular.

Enjoy a beach picnic with the locals under the Australian Pines, or find a secluded cove and enjoy some private sunbathing. Prefer an animated beach crowd? Then the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts at "Cafe on the Beach" is your scene.

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Manatee Public Beach
Manatee Public Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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AMI Health & Fitness
Owner description: AMI Health & Fitness is a full service fitness center offering group fitness, free weights, circuit training, cardio equipment and personal training. Daily, weekly , monthly and... more Owner description: AMI Health & Fitness is a full service fitness center offering group fitness, free weights, circuit training, cardio equipment and personal training. Daily, weekly , monthly and annual memberships are available. AMI Health & Fitness strives to offer you a clean, friendly fitness center with a comfortable island atmosphere. less
Attraction type: Health clubs
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Island Gallery West
Island Gallery West
Owner description: Nestled in the heart of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, Island Gallery West  is a fine art gallery cooperative of about 30 local and regional artists — many unique to the area... more Owner description: Nestled in the heart of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, Island Gallery West  is a fine art gallery cooperative of about 30 local and regional artists — many unique to the area. The gallery has a 20-plus-year history of offering original watercolor, acrylic, oil, and mixed-media paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, stained glass and fiber art. Every month a different artist is featured with a special exhibit of their newest work. During the winter/spring season from November through April, the gallery hosts public receptions for the monthly featured artist. These receptions are part of the Holmes Beach ARTWALK that includes several other art galleries and boutiques. Also during high season, from January to early April, member artists present free art demonstrations of various media and techniques every Saturday morning at the gallery. These events are very popular and have developed a wide following.Island Gallery West maintains a website with a dedicated page for each member artist to show examples of currently available work. The website also lists an updated schedule of current and upcoming events. As an artists’ cooperative, the Island Gallery West is owned and operated by its members. Six days a week the gallery is staffed by member artists who welcome the opportunity to discuss their art with you. Stop by for a pleasant, relaxing visit and enjoy the many fine works of art on display in two exhibit areas. You’ll discover all the variety and visual stimulation of an art festival in a pleasant gallery setting.  less
Attraction type: Art galleries
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Robinson Nature Preserve
Robinson Nature Preserve(Bradenton)
Attraction type: Nature & wildlife areas
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Bean Point
Bean Point(Anna Maria)
Attraction type: Beaches

All places to eat » Places to eat

Beach Bistro
Beach Bistro
Ranked #1 of 34 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Price: $25 - $70
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bistro
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Holy Cow Ice Cream Shop
Holy Cow Ice Cream Shop
Ranked #2 of 34 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Lobstahs
Lobstahs
Ranked #3 of 34 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Price: $6 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse, Bar, Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Skinny's Place Incorporated
Skinny's Place Incorporated
Ranked #4 of 34 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Cuisines: American
Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Hurricane Hank's
Hurricane Hank's
Ranked #5 of 34 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Island Garden Villas
Island Garden Villas
$100 - $185
Anna Maria Pirates Den
Anna Maria Pirates Den
$80 - $185
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Holmes Beach
Bali Hai Beach Resort
Bali Hai Beach Resort
$75 - $285
Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Holmes Beach

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

An Island Getaway at Palm Tree Villas
3.0 of 5
An Island Getaway at Palm Tree Villas
$148 - $256
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Holmes Beach
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Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages
3.0 of 5
Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages
$182 - $246
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Holmes Beach
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Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast
Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast
$210 - $270
Ranked #1 of 2 Holmes Beach B&B and Inns

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Nearby recommended accommodations:

Resort at Longboat Key Club
4.0 of 5
Resort at Longboat Key Club
$291 - $824
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
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The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
5.0 of 5
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
$304 - $1,056
Ranked #5 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
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Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
4.0 of 5
Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
$237 - $476
Ranked #7 of 44 Hotels in St. Petersburg
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.