PLACES TO VISIT
and so much more!
Whether you've looking to ride to fine dining, find a great place to shell, spot dolphins or manatees, snorkel, see a sensational sunset, celebrate a special occasion, or just spend quality time with family and friends on the water, here are some of our favorite spots to venture on Anna Maria Island & the surrounding areas.
Beer Can Island
Jewfish Key is located just east of the Longboat Key bridge. In lower tides there are many shallow sandbars that provide a perfect location to anchor the boat, shell collect, experience sea creatures, go fishing and spend the day swimming and picnicking.
Be sure to arrive early and bring a well stocked cooler as prime spaces fill up quickly. There is no access to the Jewfish Island itself as it houses private residences.
27.4417° N, 82.6793° W
Beer Can Island, officially named Greer Island, is located at the very northern part of Longboat Key just south of Bradenton Beach. Rock jetties were recently assembled to help with beach erosion, along with clean up of the trees and stumps along the shoreline. Beer Can Island beach was unique because of the numerous dead, weathered tree stumps that lined the shoreline. It created a natural backdrop for small private beaches and coves. The beach on the gulf side is now vastly enlarged due to the re-nourishment efforts. It's a great place to picnic, shell collect, walk on the beach and fish.
27.4392° N, 82.6899° W
Egmont Key state park is a secluded island at the mouth of Tampa Bay and has stunning natural beauty and a rich history. The lighthouse was built in 1898 and Fort Dade was built during the Spanish American war. Along with viewing the historic sites, there are stunning beaches to enjoy swimming, snorkeling along the reunions and nature trails where you might see a turtle or two! Egmont Key is also a nature preserve and home to various bird species. There are no bathrooms or drinking water on the island.
27.5920° N, 82.7628° W
Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1905 by President Theodore Roosevelt to preserve nesting colonies of native wading and seabirds. The 64-acres are part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System.
Please be forewarned this is a clothing optional area! And people are only allowed on the sandbars near the shore.
27.5567° N, 82.9432° W
Sand dollar Sandbar
A view from on top of the Sand dollar Sandbar. It is located near the mouth of Palma Sola Bay in the intercoastal waters between the Cortez and Manatee bridges. Look for dolphins on your way in as they frequently congregate there!
Enjoy viewing this natural oasis but please be aware that the sand dollars are protected. They can only be removed if they are white, meaning they are deceased. If a live one is picked up, it will be brown, please quickly release it back in the water on the flat side down as they can not right themselves.
Also a great place to snorkel!
DOCK & DINE
Restaurants with dock access
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant is one of our favorite restaurants by boat. It is located just south of Longboat Key Pass and west of Jewfish Key. With plenty of dock space to tie up to, you can experience authentic Florida dining at its best. The food is amazing and an added bonus, enjoy the view on their private beach with your toes in the sand. Doesn't get any better than that! www.marvistadining.com
ICW Marker #39
Coordinates: 27.437993 N, -82.2681861 W
The Shore Longboat Key: From your first sip of our signature cocktail to your last bite of our Key West shrimp and Scallop Risotto, the entire Shore experience is nothing short of a beach day makeover, with laughter, cool vibes, and delicious eats.
Courtesy of www.dineshore.com
ICW Marker #39
Coordinates: 24.4384 N, 82.6808 W
Other Eateries accessible by boat
BRADENTON BEACH: Anna Maria Oyster Bar, The Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar
LONGBOAT KEY: The Shore, Marvista
CORTEZ: Swordfish Grill, Starfish Company, Tide Tables, Seafood Shack, Cortez Kitchen
HOLMES BEACH: The Chateau at the Waterline Resort