One of our favorite public beaches in Southwest Florida is Coquina Beach. Coquina Beach is located at the southern tip of Anna Maria Island, just before crossing the bridge to Longboat Key. Coquina Beach has parking (free), restrooms, showers, cafe, and also lifeguards in season. We did not see lifeguards in early October. There are also plenty of shade trees in case you have gotten too much sun.
The beach is well maintained, and while we were there, a tractor was cleaning up any seaweed that had washed up onshore. The best thing about Coquina Beach, however, is the clear, turquoise water. We loved playing at the beach, looking for shells, and had a grea...Read More