Passage Key (aka "Naked Beach")Anna Maria, FL
Passage Key is one of the nicest sandbars in all of Florida that happens to have a very unique characteristic!
Passage Key is located between Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key in the mouth of Tampa Bay. The island is a busy place on the weekends due to its “natural” beauty and crystal-clear water. It’s a built-up sandbar that’s existed in varying forms since the 50’s. Nowadays, the sandbar has been designated a bird sanctuary. Consequently, you’re not allowed on the beach (although people break the rule all the time). Passage Key’s proximity to busy, Tampa/St. Pete makes it a popular destination during weekends and holidays.
One thing that you need to be prepared for is the fact that about 40% of all the boaters visiting Passage Key are naked and they’re not shy about it. As a result, it’s definitely not the place to take the kids. If you do happen to have kids then know that the biggest concentration of nudists tends to be at the northwest corner of the island. That aside, the sandbar is beautiful, the people are great and it’s an awesome place to bare-all if that’s your thing.
The water at this sandbar is some of the best on the entire west coast of Florida. It’s beautiful year-round but it’s epic during the spring. The currents can be strong but when I visited they were calm. The one thing I noticed is it was pretty shallow far from the island therefore, you’ll have plenty of space to anchor and swim. The bottom consisted of clean, white sand and anchoring was easy.
If you want a totally unique boating experience I strongly suggest you visit beautiful Passage Key and bring some friends, a cooler full of adult beverages, and don’t forget good sunscreen. It’ll be a fun day whether you’re in a bathing suit or not. That’s the naked truth!
Clean, Hard-Packed Sand
BEST SPOT TO ANCHOR/BEACH:
On the West Side of the Island (depending on wind)
Calm But Can Have Wind-Driven Waves
Definitely Not Due to the Nudity
Sandbar Island/Bird Sanctuary
Seafood Shack (Bradenton), Bridge Tender Inn (Bradenton Beach)
Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club
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