Coquina Beach, located on the south end, is the longest stretch of beach on Anna Maria, with plenty of free parking, lifeguards, concessions, picnic tables, a playground, restrooms and showers. Remnants of old piers jutting out into the water (dividing sections of the beach) make it awkward for running, but a choice spot for surfers. It’s also the place where you’ll mostly find younger groups of people gathering around a boom box, sunbathing, or playing frisbee on the sand.
A boat launch is across the street as well as Coquina BayWalk at Leffis Key where footpaths and boardwalks lead visitors around tidal lagoons and mangrove shoreline. Dolphins are often sighted not far from fishermen doing some fishing of their own.
Plenty of Parking, Shade Trees, Sunshine and breathtaking Sunsets!
The vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island vary from apartment efficiencies and motel rooms to cottages and rental condominiums. The atmosphere is relaxing and casual with plenty of good restaurants, performing arts and quaint little shops. What makes Anna Maria so attractive to visitors is its private island feel ….so book early and go back in time with this little island paradise. RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS
DIRECTIONS: From Sarasota/Bradenton airport, go north on Tamiami Trail (US 41) to Cortez Rd. Turn Left (west) on Cortez, continue for approximately 8 miles. When you cross over drawbridge, turn Left at the traffic light. Coquina Beach is on the right.
From I-75, Take exit #217, go west on SR 70 for approximately 11? miles. Turn Left (west) on Cortez Rd., cross over drawbridge and turn Left at the traffic light. Coquina Beach is on the right.