Holmes Beach Information
Located on Anna Maria Island off the Gulf Coast of Florida, Holmes Beach is a small, friendly yet charming Old Florida town, with a wonderful all year climate and beautiful sunsets – ideal for your vacation escape!
Sam and Annie Cobb first homesteaded 160 acres on Anna Maria Island in 1896 in the area now called Holmes Beach. However, the beach was not named after them.
Holmes Beach was actually named after a developer by the same name who arrived on the island after World War II and created a 600-acre community that would later become Holmes Beach.
Even after a century of development, there are still traces of the earlier settler’s way of life.
Many of the old roads have been paved over but most are the same that the settlers forged through a thick jungle to create. But you needn’t worry about rattlesnakes or wild cats like they did.
Holmes Beach has a rather short history compared to other places because it’s still relatively new but what it lacks in history, it makes up for in personality. With a population in the region of 5,000 residents – a blend of permanent and seasonal, Holmes Beach is the largest of three island communities on Anna Maria Island. Bordered to the north by the City of Anna Maria and to the south by the city of Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach boasts three miles of gorgeous white, sandy beaches and an endless amount of turquoise water.
At Holmes Beach you will find your perfect vacation rental accommodation. Here at Anna Maria Vacations we specialize in luxury rentals throughout Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Island. Whether you are seeking a small intimate villa for your romantic getaway, a beautiful beach front condo rental, bay front rentals with docks, or a large villa with pool and elevator – we have 1-8 bed vacation accommodation to suit, with plentiful beach front rentals.
The city of Holmes Beach itself provides everything you will need for your vacation stay. Whether you prefer outdoor activities, quiet time, or fun in the sun with friends; we have what you need for the picture-perfect vacation. Our small, quaint town offers restaurants, bars and retail outlets – with some local historical culture, parks and wildlife thrown in! How can you be bored here with so many things to do?
Whether you are arriving at Holmes Beach by water or by land, rest assured that we’ve got it covered. With our amazing beaches, serene sunsets, soft sands, and calm ocean; you will never get bored of seeing this unsurpassed beauty. On any given day, you can find dolphins swimming alongside of you as you jet along the bay. Looking to relax instead of play? Simply soaking up the rays with a good book is a sure way to enjoy your downtime.
When you are not too busy relaxing, you will also find fitness, fishing and water sports facilities – of course not forgetting our beautiful sugar white sand beaches – with lifeguards, excellent washroom and child facilities. If you’re lucky enough, you might find a sea turtles nest alongside the coast which will usually be marked by yellow tape. Be careful not to disturb them though because they are endangered. By the time you leave Holmes Beach you will be a Florida Wildlife expert!
No matter if you’re a free spirit or not, Holmes Beach offers you the chance to let go of the normal hustle and bustle you left behind. You can plan every detail of your fantasy vacation or go with the flow. In Holmes Beach, you’ve got the time and freedom to do with as you please. Peacefulness, tranquility, with a little bit of adventure is what gives this place the reputation it has earned. It’s no wonder people want to keep coming back to this perfect little paradise time and time again. Holmes Beach is truly one of Florida’s unadulterated hidden gems.
Feel free to simply browse our website to find your perfect Holmes Beach vacation rental accommodation and book online. We have so many options, we’re guaranteed to find you the perfect vacation rental fit. We look forward to seeing you for your next vacation at Holmes Beach!