A No swim advisory has been issued for Palma Sola Bay after bacteria found in the water on March 28 and 30/2022. For more information visit the FL Department of Health website.
Palma Sola (Free/Foil) is best on a South or SW wind but a SE works but more windshadow. Located along Manatee Ave (64) as you drive west out to Anna Maria Island. You can pull off the causeway in multiple locations to access beach areas and parking but the best option is on the east end as indicated on the map. On weekends this area can be very crowded so the 2nd option on the west end might be a better option. (You can sail on the north side on a North wind but be aware of boats, jet skis, horses and windshadows.)
Plenty of deep water and easy access to the water but due to the channel like flow of the water, seawalls and the causeway Palma Sola can be very choppy. Some flat runs to the west though and always good to check with other windsurfers and kiters regarding conditions. Great long runs on the right conditions and Palma Sola is gaining popularity as a good option for Foiling due to the consistent deep water in the bay. On light winds a great place for beginners to practice.