Holmes Beach is a city on Anna Maria Island in Manatee County, Florida, United States. The population was 4,966 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 5,100. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2). 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (6.36%) is water.It is part of the Bradenton–Sarasota–Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city occupies the central part of Anna Maria Island and is one of three municipalities on the island. The others are Bradenton Beach in the south andAnna Maria in the north.Holmes Beach was named for John E. Holmes, Sr., the property developer who started this planned community after World War II.