Explore the coastal wetlands near Coquina Beach through the Coquina Baywalk. Coquina Baywalk is a nature park at the southern tip of Anna Maria Island. You can find it on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. The boardwalk trail is part of the Leffis Key Preserve. It consists of 30 acres of natural habitat. Visitors can go birdwatching or observe sea creatures like dolphins and fish.
Here are some tips for making the most of your visit to Coquina Baywalk.
Coquina Baywalk Visitor Tips
Wear Sunscreen and Stay Hydrated
Depending on the season, it could be dry or wet on Anna Maria Island. Even when the temperatures are not at their peak, it’s important to wear sun protection and stay hydrated. Use sunscreen and bring drinking water on your trip.
Park at Designated Parking Spaces
If you rent a golf cart, you can park it at designated parking spaces near Coquina Beach. It’s a 5-minute walk from the parking area to Coquina Baywalk.
Bring Insect Repellent
Mosquitoes and other insects may be present depending on the time of year. Wearing insect repellent can ensure a more enjoyable experience.
Bring binoculars to get a closer look at wildlife. You might see birds, fish, and other wildlife from a distance.
Stroll and Limit Noise
Take your time walking the boardwalk. Speak softly and walk gently to maximize your chances of observing wildlife.
Avoid Camera Flash
Camera flashes might disturb some animals and cause them to flee.
Stay on the Boardwalk
Avoid stepping into marsh regions and stay on the boardwalk path for safety.
Take advantage of the educational signs located throughout the boardwalk. They provide helpful information on the surrounding ecology, wildlife, and flora.
Pack Out Trash
There might not be waste cans along the boardwalk, so you must carry a waste bag. Dispose of trash properly in the correct bin by the beach.
Visit During Off-Peak Hours
Coquina Baywalk is usually less crowded during the week and early mornings. Consider visiting during these times if you prefer a more tranquil experience.
Check Local Regulations
Before your visit, look for any special regulations or instructions issued by the preserve. You can find it here.
Make Time for the Beach
Coquina Baywalk is adjacent to Coquina Beach, which means you can make time to hang out at the beach.
You can also take advantage of our free pick-up and delivery services on the island. Reach out now to learn more about our beach rentals.
Thanks for visiting!