The small city of Bradenton Beach is known for its pretty beaches and fishing piers, and is located on Anna Maria Island, in Manatee County, Florida. Occupying the southern tip of this central Gulf Coast island, Bradenton Beach has not only many attractions of its own, but is also a great place from which to explore the remainder of the island. Holiday rental villas, condominiums and apartments can all be found in Bradenton Beach.
Bradenton Beach is a charming and vibrant destination that boasts several miles of sugar sand beaches, split mainly between Cortez Beach and Coquina Beach. The latter lies at the south end of the city, while the former occupies the north. Both have good amenities, and are great locations for a picnic.
The city pier has undergone substantial renovation since being damaged by hurricanes in 2004. Recently re-opened, it now offers a cafe and restaurant, and is a great place from which to fish. The Richard P Suhre Pavilion, a shady spot at the end of the pier offers some fantastic views out to sea, and is also a popular spot for weddings.
When you want to get away from the beaches, you will find a number of other things to do within the city. There are three parks to enjoy, you can visit the Bridge Street area of the Historic Old Town, which has several cafes, bars and shops, or you can spend your day on the golf course or in the health spa.
The beautiful Anna Maria Island is comprised of two other cities, as well as Bradenton Beach, and should be explored in its fullest when on holiday here. Holmes Beach lies in the middle, while Anna Maria City occupies the northern tip. White, sandy beaches stretch the length of the coast, and it is possible to find your own secluded spot and discover why Anna Maria island has long been regarded as Florida’s ‘Best Kept Secret’.
Anna Maria Island has perfect weather for those who like to spend most of their time outdoors. Even during winter months it is uncommon for temperatures to drop below 21°C, and this can easily reach above 30°C during the hottest months of summer. This means a holiday rental on the Bradenton Beach Gulf Coast is ideal for anyone who wants to play golf, enjoy the beaches, and generally do any kind of outdoor activity.
Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (SRQ) is conveniently located just 14 miles from Bradenton Beach. Although direct flights from the UK are not possible, the airport is a relatively short flight from other airports in Florida, such as Miami International (MIA), Orlando (MCO) and Atlanta (ATL).