“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. A sand-sculpting competition entitled "America Recycles Day at SandBlast" is held annually the first Saturday in November at Manatee Public Beach.
Florida Scenic Highways are often referred to as “byways.” One of the main requirements of scenic byway designation is that it show one or more of six key intrinsic qualities: Historic, Archaeological, Scenic, Cultural, Natural, and Recreational. Learn more about the Florida Scenic Highway program at http://floridascenichighways.com/