Sarasota to Anna Maria Island

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Sarasota to Anna Maria Island by boat

Depart from Sarasota: Begin your journey from a suitable boat ramp or marina in Sarasota, such as Marina Jack or Ken Thompson Park Boat Ramp. Ensure that your boat is properly fueled, equipped, and in good working condition.

Head northwest across Sarasota Bay: Leave Sarasota and navigate northwest across Sarasota Bay. Follow the marked channel and navigational aids to stay on course.

Pass through Longboat Pass: As you continue northwest, you'll reach Longboat Pass, which connects Sarasota Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Follow the marked channel and be mindful of any current or tide conditions when passing through the inlet.

Enter the Gulf of Mexico: Once you pass through Longboat Pass, you'll enter the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Head northwest along the coastline, keeping Anna Maria Island on your port (left) side.

Arrive at Anna Maria Island: Continue along the coastline of Anna Maria Island until you reach your desired destination. The island offers various options for anchoring, docking, and beach access points. The most popular areas include the city of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island is known for its beautiful beaches, charming coastal towns, and laid-back atmosphere. Take the opportunity to explore the island, enjoy water activities, and dine at the waterfront restaurants.

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Sarasota to Anna Maria Island route information

Sarasota Bayfront: As you depart from Sarasota, take in the picturesque views of the Sarasota Bayfront. The bay is dotted with marinas, waterfront parks, and stunning architecture, providing a scenic backdrop for your journey.

Ringling Bridge: Sail under the John Ringling Causeway Bridge, which connects Sarasota to St. Armands Key. Admire the bridge's architectural beauty as you pass beneath it.

Longboat Pass: Longboat Pass is a natural inlet that separates Longboat Key from nearby Anna Maria Island. As you sail through Longboat Pass, you'll experience stunning views of the coastline and the opportunity to see boaters and anglers enjoying the waters.

Coquina Baywalk: Located on the southern end of Anna Maria Island, Coquina Baywalk is a boardwalk that winds through mangrove forests and salt marshes. Dock your boat nearby and take a stroll along the boardwalk, enjoying the peacefulness and observing the local flora and fauna.

Historic Bridge Street: As you approach Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island, you'll find Historic Bridge Street. This charming area offers shops, restaurants, and a pier. Consider docking your boat nearby and exploring the lively atmosphere of this historic district.

Anna Maria City Pier: The Anna Maria City Pier is a beloved landmark on the northern end of Anna Maria Island. It offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and is a popular spot for fishing and sightseeing. Take a break from sailing and visit the pier to enjoy the coastal scenery and maybe even catch a glimpse of dolphins or manatees.

Bean Point: Located at the northernmost tip of Anna Maria Island, Bean Point is a secluded and picturesque beach. Drop anchor and spend some time exploring the pristine shoreline, collecting seashells, or simply enjoying the tranquil surroundings.

As you sail from Sarasota to Anna Maria Island, you'll have the opportunity to appreciate the coastal beauty, explore charming destinations, and relax on the sandy shores.

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