Holmes Beach Travel Guide

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Holmes Beach Things to Do

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    by IceRam26 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Walk the beach. Go visit the Anna Maria City Pier and the Rod & Reel Pier. These two piers are located on Tampa Bay and offer some of the best fishing in Florida!!! Lay in the sun(obviously). Watch the sunrise and the sunset.
    This part of Florida is the 'old' style part. My other page is about Orlando. Orlando and Holmes Beach differ greatly. Orlando is much more commercialized, while Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Island is very laid back and much calmer. You can rent some body boards and surf the 5' waves. (very fun) Take a bike ride around the island. Take beautiful pictures of the sun setting. Eat at some very interesting restaurants that offer vast varieties of food. You can rent a boat for a day and take it all around Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

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    • Diving and Snorkeling

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Holmes Beach Restaurants

  • by NOitAll Updated May 23, 2008

    They are across the street from the bay- A lovley breeze enters the restaurant-
    Wine and beer only- Outside seating and a very beautiful tropical fish tank sits near to the bar.
    My wine was nice, the service friendly. Did not enjoy my dish. But one of our group of four enjoyed theirs. It was a Tuna steak.
    I would try it again

    Favorite Dish: Don't have one yet. Friend says Tuna is Good.

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  • by NOitAll Written May 23, 2008

    Go for the view! It sits on that Fantastic Beach of Annamaria! Maybe a drink, but don't bother with the food!
    It's dissapointing to say the least. The outdoor deck is lovely to watch a sunset. But shortly after there were Large roaches scurrying all about! Which the locals call Palmetto bugs! Time to Leave!!!

    Favorite Dish: Mango Margarita!

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    by IceRam26 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Seats right on the Gulf of Mexico with a gentle breeze. Live music. Good prices and great food!

    Favorite Dish: Grilled Peppercorn Salmon.

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Holmes Beach Transportation

  • by ShellieHodge Written Oct 5, 2002

    Fly into the Sarasota airport or drive.
    There is a free trolly that runs the length of the island and can get you pretty close to everywhere you want to go. Bikes are also a great way to get around, several places on the island have them for rent. My favorite way to go though is walking along the beach!

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    by IceRam26 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    If you fly, it would be best to arrive at Sarasota Airport. It is the closest. Driving is pretty easy. You may need a map once you get around the Tampa area, as it becomes more complicated.
    Walk! Ride your bike, short drives. Rollerblade.

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Holmes Beach What to Pack

  • by ShellieHodge Written Oct 5, 2002

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring tank tops, shorts, swim suits, sandles and tennis shoes. A nice pair of shorts and a nice tank top/shirt will take you into even the nicest island restraunts, casual is the way to go. Things here are very relaxed. You may want to have a sweat shirt or light jacket for the evening walks on the beach especially if you are coming in the winter. Bring plenty of sunscreen, you'll need it!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, lotion,

    Photo Equipment: Video camera, camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach towels and wate.r toys

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    by IceRam26 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Normal duffle bag/small suitcase.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothing and probably pack a sweatshirt just in case. Sometimes at night it gets a little bit chilly (winter/spring). Sandals and comfortable tennis shoes. SWIM SUIT!!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suntan lotion!

    Photo Equipment: Film, Water disposable camera, normal camera.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach toys, CD player...

    Miscellaneous: Sunglasses, polo shirt. (for nice restaurants)

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    by IceRam26 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Swim in the ocean, have a hamburger at Duffy's Tavern, and most importantly, WATCH A SUNSET!!

    Fondest memory: My Dad and I rented some Sea-Doo's and spotted some dolphins and before we knew it we were inches from 15 wild dolphins in Tampa Bay. It was an experience I will never forget. I even had a chance to touch one's dorsil fin. It was unbelieveable!

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