ABOUT COQUINA BEACH
Coquina Beach is the longest stretch of beach on the Gulf of Mexico’s southern end of Anna Maria Island.
With its tranquil environment, quiet seas, and enough of space to spread out and enjoy the day, Coquina is an excellent place to spend the day with family and friends.
The flat beach is flanked by sand dunes, and waving grasses and sea oats contribute to the beach’s natural charm.
This is a popular site for sea turtles to land and deposits their eggs. The beautiful sandy beach is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and Frisbee. You could be lucky enough to come upon a sand dollar or some gorgeous shells washed up on the beach. Keep your eyes out for jumping dolphins coasting around near offshore in the Gulf. Tips for Surviving in Florida’s Sunshine.
White sand and clear water are both characteristics of Coquina Beach!
There is plenty of free parking, picnic tables, grills, bathrooms, showers, and a playground for the kids.
A paved walking/bike route runs down the beach, and there are numerous volleyball courts.
Coquina Beach has lifeguards on duty, giving it a safe spot to swim, snorkel, and look for seashells and sand dollars.
The southernmost end of the park borders New Pass Inlet, which extends from the Gulf of Mexico into the Intracoastal Waterway and is an excellent place to shore fish. Cool down under the shade of Australian Pine Trees if you get too hot.
PUTTING IN THE BOAT
On the Intracoastal Waterway side, right across the street from Coquina Beach, there is a boat launch.
Footpaths and boardwalks connect the ramp to the mangrove-lined lagoons. It’s a beautiful walk along Florida’s natural shoreline under dark pine trees, and it’s perfect for fishing or bird viewing.
Below are a few sample reviews from Google and Tripadvisor.
A Tripadvisor Reviewer wrote:
There are 3 really great beaches in the area Siesta Key, Lido, and Coquina. This is my favorite. Parking is plentiful and adjacent to the beach. Unlike the other 2 beaches, the concession stand is right on the beach. Renting umbrellas and chairs are much cheaper. It is a better beach for shelling especially at its south end. Changing booths are plentiful. If the sun becomes too much, you can pull your chair under the shade of palm trees on the edge of the beach.
A Google Reviewer Wrote:
Stunning area! The area near the bridge is Just to Beautiful relaxing spot to relax and watch for dolphins, the beach near the bridge has a no swimming sign, the main beach is absolutely beautiful. Great are with Picnic tables,walking paths, bathrooms, RV parking.