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Anna Maria Island, Egmont Key, and Longboat Key are endangered/vulnerable turtle and migratory bird sanctuaries and are protected by Florida law.  As such, dogs are not allowed on the beaches of Anna Maria Island and surrounding barrier islands.  I know, I know...BUT:  

Dogs are allowed to swim in Palma Sola Bay on the Manatee Ave. causeway between AMI and NW Bradenton.  BE AWARE that the traffic DOES NOT STOP along the causeway, and unless you have flawless control of your dog along the road, it may be hazardous to allow your dog to swim in these dog-friendly areas.  To provide an extra measure of safety, consider using a long/check line (20-30 ft leash or rope) to ensure that your dog doesn't run into traffic.  

A better might would be to take your dog to swim at the dog-friendly beach of Ft. DeSoto National Memorial in NW Bradenton, which is approximately 7 miles from AMI. This is NOT a dog beach or dog park where dogs can run free off-leash.  This is a dog-friendly, human beach where dogs are allowed to enjoy the beach with their people as long as they remain on leash (again, a long/check line is totally acceptable to give your dog some freedom to swim and run!) and under human control at all times.  The entire park is dog friendly, the hiking trails are mostly shaded, there are also public restrooms, and bunches of benches to stop, rest, and enjoy the beautiful view where Tampa Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Manatee River all come together.  

 

Approximately 1 mile west of the memorial, you'll find Robinson Preserve: 682 lush acres of preserved mangrove, tidal marsh, and coastal wetland habitat, over 7 miles of hiking trails, kayak launches and paths, picnic areas, 4 story observation tower, education center, and public restrooms.  And it's all dog friendly!  If you head out to Robinson, pack your long line, as there are a couple of places where you can swim your dog to cool off.  Also bring EXTRA water for your dog.  There isn't much shade, and it can get very hot on the paths and trails.  

Since people ask me every day where they CAN take their dog on AMI, I've added a section that lists the parks/beaches, restuarants/bars, and shops that are dog-friendly.  Please feel free to throw your hard-earned cash at these fine establishments, as it's a sure-fire way to let them know you appreciate them!  

Also, if you need dog supplies while you're here, please come see us at the store.  We carry lightweight long/check lines, life vests, canine sunscreen (FDA approved), day packs for dogs to carry their own supplies, portable water bottles/bowls, toys for both sea dogs and land lubbers, waste bags, Stella & Chewy's and Fromm foods, treats, and pretty much anything else you might need for your pup while you're on the island.  We also offer delivery, or some modified version of it.    (Even though we have other cool dog stuff in the store that your life won't be complete without. Just saying.) 

Enjoy the island and all of the surrounding resources!  

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Ft. DeSoto National Monument

8300 DeSoto Memorial Hwy

Bradenton, FL  34209

Manatee Ave. Causeway

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Hurricane Hanks 

5346 Gulf Dr.

Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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AMI Beach & Dog Supply Co. 

313 Pine Ave. 

Anna Maria, FL 34216

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Please click on the associated links to see additioanl details about each park.

 

Robinson Preserve:  https://www.mymanatee.org/departments/parks_natural_resources/parks_preserves_beaches/robinson_preserve

DeSoto National Memorial:  https://www.mymanatee.org/departments/parks___natural_resources/parks__preserves___beaches/riverview_pointe_preserve

 

 

Manatee Ave. to 75th St. in NW Bradenton (1st stoplight after the causeway).  Turn left at the light onto 75th, and go to either the 9th St. entrance, or go down to 17th St., and take a left.  Follow the road until you reach the preserve.  

Manatee Ave. to 75th St. in NW Bradenton (1st stoplight after the causeway).  Turn left at the light onto 75th, and follow that until the road ends in front of the park.  Park along the sandy area before the park entrance, and follow the sandy path back to the 2-story white cross.  Take the path past the cross, and  across the footbridge to the beach.