17 Palma Sola Scenic Highway

Palma Sola Scenic Highway

Byway Length: 4 Miles

Designated: May 28, 2004

FDOT District: 1

OVERVIEW

Palma Sola” means “Solitary Palm,” and the solitary palm referred to is an old palm standing near the beach at Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island. Sailors have searched the horizon for that palm on Anna Maria Island for many years, using it to guide themselves into Anna Maria Sound and Palma Sola Bay. The scenic route leads to Anna Maria Island crossing over Palma Sola Bay and the inland waterway.

The Palma Sola Scenic Highway is a 4-mile portion of SR 64 (Manatee Avenue West) that connects the mainland with the barrier island. It connects with the Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway to the south.

The Palma Sola Scenic Highway is a beautifully maintained drive with numerous recreational areas landscape with native vegetation. The corridor has a park-like feel with enhanced picnic areas, restrooms, and many amenities. It’s easy for travelers to enjoy water sports such as fishing, sailing, water skiing, and jet skiing along the entire causeway. The beaches are well maintained and provide the ideal environment for relaxing, enjoying the sun, or pitching some horseshoes. The Palma Sola Scenic Highway is a great leisure drive for the whole family.

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General Directions

Located on the Gulf Coast in the central part of the state, the roadway is west of Bradenton and easily accessed from I-75 and I-275 (south of St. Petersburg).

From I-75 to exit 220B (SR 64 West). Travel west on SR 64 approximately ten miles. The Palma Sola Scenic Highway begins at 75th Street West and ends at East Bay Drive.

Associated Resources

These are specific resources for this byway. See Associated Florida Resources for connections to organizations affecting all byways in Florida.

City of Bradenton Beach:
http://www.cityofbradentonbeach.com/

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.annamariaislandchamber.org/

Manatee Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.manateechamber.com/

Manatee County:
http://www.mymanatee.org/home.html

Keep Manatee Beautiful:
http://manateebeautiful.com/

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