Holmes Beach is a small, charming “Old Florida” town located on Anna Maria Island, just off the coast of Bradenton in Southwest Florida. Holmes Beach is the largest of Anna Maria Island’s three municipalities with a population of approximately 4,300 people—a mix of permanent and seasonal residents—and is situated between Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. In its earliest days, Holmes Beach was a fishing settlement that was first homesteaded in 1896. The community was more extensively developed following World War II. Today this tropical island paradise is an ideal home for those seeking beautiful waterfront living with a small-town feel.
With three miles of spectacular white-sand beaches and warm turquoise waves, Holmes Beach draws locals and visitors with its natural tropical charms. Water-based activities are plentiful—swimming, jet skiing, sailing, parasailing, paddle boarding, wake boarding, and fishing are readily available. Many of the homes on Holmes Beach are situated along canals with docks and easy access to the Gulf or Tampa Bay. Holmes Beach is made up of quiet, tree-lined streets with plentiful sidewalks for those who love to walk, run, or cycle. Many residents and tourists chose to explore Holmes Beach and the rest of Anna Maria Island on golf carts.
The Holmes Beach community is home to many of the area’s top restaurants, relaxing beach resorts, and unique galleries and shops sprinkled among shopping centers with all the essentials right on the island. The wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities of Bradenton and Sarasota are just a quick drive over the bridge. Holmes Beach is also within an hour of all that St. Petersburg and Tampa have to offer.
People of all ages enjoy the laid-back quality of life you can find in Holmes Beach. There are frequent festivals, art fairs, and farmer’s markets. The community boasts an active community center and its own library branch. There’s something fun for everyone in the family to do from tennis courts to a skate park—even your dog can enjoy the beauty of Holmes Beach at the community’s dog park. While many retirees live in Holmes Beach, there are also plenty of opportunities and activities for families and a top-rated elementary school for residents with school-aged children.
Properties on Holmes Beach are a mix of single-family homes, condominiums, and villas. There is a wide variety of classic, vintage, and modern architectural styles to choose from in this community. Elegant and airy Key West, Bimini, and Grand Cayman style homes can be found among Old Florida beach cottages, Southern Colonial-inspired properties, and mid-century rancher style homes. Many properties in Holmes Beach are built up on pilings giving an elevated view of the Gulf waters and spectacular beach sunsets. Spacious canal homes can be found on Key Royale at the northern end of the community with access to a golf course within minutes from your front door. Holmes Beach is an excellent place to invest in a vacation home or rental property. If you’re looking for the island lifestyle in a quaint, close-knit community, Holmes Beach is the place to be.