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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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All things to do » Things to do

Manatee Public Beach
Manatee Public Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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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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Bob Brown Art
Bob Brown Art
Owner description: Beautiful works of art by local artist, Bob Brown, who is well known on the island and has collectors world wide. Acrylic,contemporary,abstract works,full of color: also a... more Owner description: Beautiful works of art by local artist, Bob Brown, who is well known on the island and has collectors world wide. Acrylic,contemporary,abstract works,full of color: also a collection of drawings. Located inside Island Mail & More. come is , visit, and enjoy. Take home a great keepsake of the Anna Maria Island area. less
Attraction type: Art Galleries
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Additional nearby recommended attractions:

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
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus
Ranked #1 of 40 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Price: $10 - $25
Cuisines: German, Austrian, Swiss, European, Central European
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Beach Bistro
Beach Bistro
Ranked #2 of 40 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Price: $25 - $70
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Peach's Restaurant
Peach's Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 40 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Feast Restaurant
The Feast Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 40 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Price: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Pizza, Seafood, Soups
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
eat here
eat here
Ranked #5 of 40 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Price: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Anna Maria Pirates Den
Anna Maria Pirates Den
$80 - $185
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Holmes Beach
Blue Water Beach Club
Blue Water Beach Club
$106 - $279
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Holmes Beach
White Sands Beach Resort
2.0 of 5
White Sands Beach Resort
$95 - $350
Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Holmes Beach
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

An Island Getaway at Palm Tree Villas
3.0 of 5
An Island Getaway at Palm Tree Villas
$147 - $296
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Holmes Beach
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Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages
3.0 of 5
Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages
$217 - $313
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Holmes Beach
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Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast
Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast
$149 - $529
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
$254 - $593
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
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The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
5.0 of 5
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
$238 - $885
Ranked #3 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
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Hyatt Regency Sarasota
4.0 of 5
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
$185 - $364
Ranked #6 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
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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.