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For years the only way to the Island was by boat. It was not until 1921 that Anna Maria was physically connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge that extended westward from the fishing village of Cortez to the Island. The Bradenton Beach fishing pier is the western end of that original bridge.
Today there are two concrete bridges that connect Anna Maria Island to mainland Florida and a third bridge connecting Anna Maria Island to Longboat Key which in turn connects to the mainland, thus vehicular access to the island is easy today.
The island consists of three small communities, the City of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach.
There are miles of white sandy public beaches on the Gulf of Mexico side while on the Anna Maria Sound side it caters more to private homes with their own boat or walking docks. After a long walk on the beaches, a free trolley is available along the main north south road to take you back to your home or rental unit.