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Palmetto Avenue Beach: Anna Maria Beach Guide

Here’s part of an ongoing series that talks about the various beaches on Anna Maria Island. We’re insiders who’ve been hosting tourists and locals for lunch, dinner and drinks since 1999 at The Waterfront Restaurant & Craft Bar.

Today we’ll take a look at Palmetto Avenue Beach, found at the end of Palmetto Avenue as part of the Anna Maria City Park.

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While other beaches on Anna Maria Island boast their own unique features, Palmetto Avenue Beach stands out for its serene and tranquil atmosphere, picturesque views, and a sense of untouched natural beauty.

Why We Love Palmetto Avenue Beach

When you get to Palmetto Avenue Beach, you’ll be greeted by a wide expanse of soft, sugary sand that beckons you to relax and unwind. The beach is relatively uncrowded, providing a sense of solitude and tranquility. This peaceful atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for those seeking a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

One of the standout features of Palmetto Avenue Beach is its pristine shoreline. The crystal-clear turquoise waters gently lap against the shore, creating a soothing soundtrack as you take leisurely strolls along the sand. The water is typically calm, making it suitable for swimming, wading, or simply cooling off on a hot day.

The beach makes a great stop for a day at the beach after lunch or for an evening stroll to catch the sunset. Long summer nights give you plenty of time to do dinner before catching the famous sunset over the Gulf view. The Waterfront Restaurant is open all day and into the night with a full lunch menu and dinner menu, with everything available for carryout as well. . Also check out our wine, beer and craft cocktails if you’re planning on dining in.

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Breathtaking Anna Maria Island Sunsets

One of the highlights of Palmetto Avenue Beach is its stunning views. The beach faces the Gulf of Mexico, allowing visitors to witness breathtaking sunsets over the water. As the sun sinks below the horizon, the sky comes alive with vibrant hues of orange, pink, and purple, creating a magical and romantic ambiance.

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Things to Do at Palmetto Avenue Beach

Palmetto Avenue Beach offers a wide range of activities and amenities to keep visitors entertained throughout their stay. Water enthusiasts can indulge in swimming, snorkeling, and paddleboarding in the calm waters. Adventure seekers can try their hand at surfing or embark on an exciting jet ski ride. The beach also offers facilities for beach volleyball, making it a perfect spot for friendly competitions. For those seeking relaxation, there are ample sun loungers and umbrellas available to rent, allowing you to unwind and soak up the coastal ambiance.

Just like as is the case with most of the beaches on Anna Maria Island, nature enthusiasts will appreciate the natural surroundings around Palmetto Avenue Beach. The area is home to an abundance of wildlife, including seabirds and occasionally dolphins swimming offshore. Walking along the shoreline, you might come across seashells and other treasures brought in by the tide.

Restrooms, Lifeguards & Other Beach Info

Facilities at Palmetto Avenue Beach are limited, but the simplicity adds to its charm. You’ll find a few picnic tables and benches where you can relax and enjoy a beachside picnic or simply take in the scenic beauty. Keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty, so it’s important to exercise caution and be mindful of the water conditions.

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