A couple kayaking off Anna Maria Island
Sunset at the Riverwalk on the Manatee River
Walkers enjoying the sunset at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island
Family fishing trip on a pier on Anna Maria Island
Family fun at Bradenton Beach
Fly fishing in the shallow water off Anna Maria island
Browsing the shops on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach
Sunset dining on the beach on Anna Maria Island
Couple cycling on Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island
Colorful beach chairs facing the Gulf of Mexico on Anna Maria Island
Beaches, culture, nature and laid-back fun
Many visitors first get to know the sun-drenched offshore islands of Anna Maria and Longboat Key, laid-back vacation destinations gently rimmed by the warm, turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Here, you’ll find some of the whitest, powder-soft beaches in America and sunsets that beat any other. Pine Avenue, on Anna Maria’s north end, offers an island village filled with shops, cafés and diversions, several totally off the grid. “The greenest little main street in America” quietly generates its own power.
Here, it’s easy to become an islander: Quaint cottages, small intimate resorts and inns invite you with relaxing stays offering all the comforts of home. Rent a beach bike and explore the islands at your own pace. Book a “HorseSurfing” adventure through a local outfitter and ride horseback on Palma Sola Bay. Enjoy a morning Segway tour, as you glide quietly across the island terrain. This is the real deal. It’s authentic Florida, with an infectious local vibe.
But the islands aren’t the whole story. The mainland beckons with hundreds of experiences and favorite, brand-name hotels. Stroll Bradenton’s historic Old Main Street; nearby, the Riverwalk offers relaxing diversions as it meanders along the beautiful Manatee River, the site of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto’s historic landing.
Farther east, you’ll find unspoiled landscapes, nature and eco adventures of every kind. You’ll even find agricultural tours that let you spend a day at one of the local wineries or get an inside look into the day-to-day operations of a dairy farm.
Come discover all there is to love about the Bradenton area.