Destination guide

Holmes Beach is an island haven

If you’re aching to spend your days lying on white, sandy beaches, Holmes Beach vacation rentals could be just what you need. Soak up the sun in this Anna Maria Island town, or make a splash in the sea with some water sports. Take a Segway tour to see the sights or charter a boat for an afternoon of angling. If you’re craving some culture, head on over to one of the many art galleries that call Holmes Beach home. However you want to relax, you’re sure to find the activity for you here.

Things to do

Family fun in the sun in Holmes Beach

For shining sands and stunning seas, Manatee Public Beach is a must! There is so much family fun to be had in the sun here with volleyball nets lying in wait as well as picnic tables, a children’s playground and even a beach-side cafe. Hop on the free Holmes Beach trolley and head downtown for some retail therapy or enjoy some fabulous fresh seafood in one of the town’s restaurants. Appreciate the art by spending an afternoon enjoying the town’s art galleries. You never know, you may even find a special souvenir!


Surf, seafood and Segways in Holmes Beach

What better way to spend your stay in Holmes Beach vacation rentals than in its clear, turquoise waters? Push off from the shore on a paddleboard or commandeer a kayak to enjoy a sunset tour of the coast. Looking for something thrilling? Rent a jet-ski and zoom through the surf as it rolls in. For keen anglers, charter a boat for a day on the waves and catch yourself some fresh seafood for later. Splash out on a Segway tour to see this island community in a fun, relaxed way or cycle your way around the town.


Summer sun all year long in Holmes Beach

With a whopping average of 242 sunny days per year, Holmes Beach vacation rentals are perfect idylls all year round. Summer brings the heat, as well as the sunshine, with average highs being in the upper 80s. The sunshine does bring the rain though, from June through September, but this is a subtropical climate, so don’t let it move in on your mood. Holmes Beach is the perfect place for some winter sun, with December-February temperatures frequently between 50°F and 72°F, and with zero snowfall, you can book that vacation any time!

Natural features

Nothing but nature in Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach is one of three towns on the barrier island of Anna Maria Island. Nestled in the Gulf of Mexico, this town has plenty to offer nature lovers. For a wild excursion, book yourself on a dolphin tour to see these beautiful bottle-noses breaking up through the waves. A sunset cruise will give you scenic views and breathtaking skies that you’ll never forget. If you’re looking to go further afield, hop on one of the many day cruises to Egmont Key to see the hummingbirds and gopher tortoises that live in the Egmont Key State Park, Tampa Bay.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Holmes Beach

Fly into Sarasota, FL (SRQ-Sarasota-Bradenton Intl.), the closest airport, located 13.1 mi (21 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into St. Petersburg, FL (SPG-Albert Whitted), which is 18.3 mi (29.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Holmes Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,673 vacation rentals near Holmes Beach. From 1,606 Houses to 1,424 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Holmes Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Holmes Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Holmes Beach:

  • Ilexhurst: 1,523 vacation rentals
  • Key Royale: 485 vacation rentals
  • Lido Key: 1,915 vacation rentals
  • Pass-a-grille: 1,677 vacation rentals
  • Sunset Beach: 1,219 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Holmes Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Holmes Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Island Gallery West: 7,551 vacation rentals
  • West Coast Surf Shop: 7,840 vacation rentals
  • Sweet Pea's: 7,540 vacation rentals
  • John's Pass Village & Boardwalk: 8,075 vacation rentals
  • St. Armands Circle: 8,325 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Holmes Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Holmes Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,606 Houses in Holmes Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Holmes Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,424 rentals available
  • Cottages: 199 rentals available
  • Villas: 154 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Holmes Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,901 vacation rentals with pool available in Holmes Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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