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Anna Maria Island break guidePhoto by: Maria

Anna Maria Island Surf Guide

Anna Maria Island in Gulf Coast, Florida is an exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast. Windswells are much more typical than groudswells and the best wave direction is from the west southwest. Waves at the beach tend to peel to the left. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of - Rips / undertow - Localism.

Anna Maria Island Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
27.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Anna Maria Island:

The best conditions reported for surf at Anna Maria Island occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Anna Maria Island (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Anna Maria Island with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 7% of the time in January while 27% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 66% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Anna Maria Island Location Map

Interactive Anna Maria Island surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Anna Maria Island is Albert Whitted (St. Petersburg) Airport (SPG) in USA, 28 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Anna Maria Island is Macdill Afb (Tampa) Airport (MCF), also in USA, 41 km (25 miles) away.

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Anna Maria Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 June 2023, 18:11 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 4 2 2 4
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Anna Maria Island

Surf stats for Anna Maria Island, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Anna Maria Island

Wind stats for Anna Maria Island, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Anna Maria Island Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Based on 11 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s22.3
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.7
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s21.8
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s44.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Angelina from United States
“I consult this site for surf winds and wave height as a measure for water stillness to swim. Since I have to drive a bit it is helpful to know this before driving all the out to the island. Swimming in the open sea water does not begin to compare to enclosed chlorine filled Olympic size pool. Love to be out in the open Swimming w fish.

I would like if website would display in increments of less than .5 feet.
More importantly is the accuracy. Drove out here today, the surf is pretty high, perhaps well over 1 ft, the beach flag is yellow, yet the website is showing blank, which I have interpreted as zero. Truly disappointed.
Thank you

[Editor replies. Angelina, this site is really designed only for surfers and so we do not report things that are of no interest to them like very small waves that are close together. To view everything our model predicts about the sea state, including the small details of more interest to swimmers, look here instead: tide-forecast.com and look for Anna-Maria-Key-Bradenton-Beach-Tampa-Bay-Florida. I think that forecast was about right for Friday]”

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