Golf Carts And Low Speed Vehicles Regulations On Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island truly is a vacationer’s paradise, and you don’t always need a car to get around the island.  Many Anna Maria Island vacationers use the free Anna Maria Island trolley or rent golf carts and other low speed vehicles for their vacation transportation.  But most vacationers who operate these golf carts and low speed vehicles probably have no idea that what they’re doing could be illegal.

According to the DMV unlicensed golf carts can operate on some city streets, but not on a state road such as State Road 789-Gulf Drive or State Road 64-Manatee Avenue.  Operators of a licensed golf cart must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license, while unlicensed golf cart operators must be at least 14 years old.

When renting a low speed vehicle for your next Anna Maria Island Vacation ask your rental agent about the rules and regulations on Anna Maria Island for golf carts and low speed vehicles.   Agents should include rules and regulations on how to safely operate golf carts and other low speed vehicles on Anna Maria Island.

Beautiful Sugar Sand Beaches On Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island Beaches
Anna Maria Island Beaches

Anna Maria Island has the most beautiful beaches and all of the Beaches along the Gulf of Mexico on Anna Maria Island are public.  There are private entries and Public Beaches with lots of parking but once you get to the sand and Gulf waters, the beaches are everyone’s to enjoy.  You can find a beach access point everywhere on the Anna Maria Island,  just look down the street, and I’m sure you will be able to find one.

The 3 main Public Beaches on Anna Maria Island are: Bay Front Park, Manatee Public Beach, and Coquina Beach.  Bay Front Park is located at the northern end of the Island in the City Of Anna Maria.  

Bay Front Park has quite beaches, spectacular views of the Sky Way Bridge, and offers lots of free parking, covered picnic tables, grills, public restrooms, and a play ground on the beach for children. 

Manatee Public Beach is located in Holmes Beach at the end of Manatee Avenue.  Manatee Public Beach has free parking, picnic tables, public restrooms, a play ground on the beach for children,  a café right on the beach with food and drinks, and a lifeguard on duty.

Coquina Public Beach is located in Bradenton Beach south of Bridge Street at the southern end of Anna Maria Island.  Coquina Public Beach has lots free parking, picnic tables, grills, public restrooms, a play ground on the beach for children,  a café right on the beach with food and drinks, and a lifeguard on duty.

All of our beaches have white sugar sand, with some shells on the beach depending on the rise and fall of the tide. The number of people on the beach can be different depending on where you are.  Anna Maria City beaches are the quietest followed by Holmes Beach then Bradenton Beach.  See you at the beach!

 

The Historical City Pier On Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria City Pier
Anna Maria City Pier

The Historical City Pier on Anna Maria Island is a very unique place, and has been a tourist attraction in Manatee County for a long time.  The City Pier is a special place that you can take 750 steps into the bay, go 30 years back in time, and really get that Old Florida Look and feel.

The city pier restaurant has an excellent lunch and dinner menu with happy hour, and early bird specials Monday through Friday from 3p.m. – 6p.m.  Ask your server about the cold draft beers, and house wines specials during happy hour.  The early bird specials range from $5.95 to $8.95 and don’t forget about the fantastic seafood entrée choices, and steak or chicken for the land lovers.

The city pier Restaurant is open from 11a.m. – 9p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and is open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with live music starting at 6p.m. if the weather is permitting.  The City Pier is also a great place for fishing, and fishing is free when you purchase anything at the restaurant or bait shop.  

The Bait Shop on the City Pier is open from 7a.m – 9p.m. daily as long as the weather is permitting.  The bait shop always has frozen bait, a modest selection of tackle, and seasonally live bait.