postheadericon Coquina Bay Walk Nature Walk: Anna Maria Island

The Coquina Bay Walk is a nice little set of walking trails and boardwalks that lets you go through the mangrove tunnels and see all different types of Florida wildlife.  It’s between Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key and is directly across from the public area of Coquina Beach!  We took a nice little walk just before sunset and just a couple minutes into our walk I was head on with the biggest raccoon I’ve ever seen…at first glance I seriously thought it was a bear!  It was more scared of me, though and ran away before I could snap a photo!  We encountered all types of birds and really enjoyed reading the information boards describing the trees and mangroves and giving a little history of each one!  Some of the paths are sandy and if we were quiet enough we would see tons of little crabs (cutie crabs according to the girls) scurry off into their holes!  There is a wide variety of vegetation here and it protects and provides shelter for the birds and marine life that call this place home!

The boardwalks wrap you around the bay and you may see dolphins, sting rays, fish, birds, and more…….


Leffis Key is directly across from Coquina Beach on East Bay Drive.  Go 3.2 miles south of the Anna Maria Causeway and it will be on the left.

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3 Responses to “Coquina Bay Walk Nature Walk: Anna Maria Island”

  • Sydney Stimpson:

    Hello, your pictures are wonderful! Can you please tell me how long of a walk the Coquina Bay Walk is? Thank you 🙂

    • Thank you! I think we spent about an hour walking through, but it really depends on your pace! The walk itself isn’t long, it is just very pretty, enjoy it! My kids loved all of the little crabs (cutie crabs as they called them) and the birds!

  • lea:

    ive been here before and it was fun!!! So much animals to see,and a wonderful walk.The crabs your kids called “cutie crabs” are actually fiddler crabs.These wonderful animals make holes in the ground in and out of the mangroves. We also saw dolphins in the bay along the walk and many birds and racoons.

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