From 26th Street north to Manatee Avenue is the Southern Holmes Beach region of Anna Maria Island. This area features one of the largest shopping areas on the island with the Publix Grocery Store, Walgreens, CVS as well as many local beach shops. Restaurants ranging from fish and burgers to Chinese, German and Japanese fare can be found in this area.
This area is also home to the Manatee Public Beach, one of two main public beaches on the island. There is a playground for younger children and a lifeguard on duty. Enjoy lunch on the beach at the Beach Café while feeding the seagulls and watching for dolphins. Don’t miss the “all you can eat” pancake breakfast every Sunday morning!
Southern Holmes Beach features many areas of residential homes and condos that are hidden away in quiet areas yet conveniently located to everything that you’ll need.
Just south of Manatee Avenue is the new nature park which you can access from either East Bay Drive or Manatee Avenue.