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Unwind in Bradenton Beach

Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to unwind, and Bradenton Beach vacation rentals are designed to help you do just that from the moment you cross the threshold. This idyllic stretch of barrier island on Florida’s sun-kissed Gulf Coast is cherished for its artisan stores, art galleries, and picturesque fishing piers. The sugar-sand beaches lapped by turquoise waves are made for invigorating water sports and romantic sunsets, while the start of the famous Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway offers the promise of further adventures on the horizon.

Bradenton Beach—a bridge to the past

The heart of Bradenton Beach’s Historic Old Town District is Bridge Street. This was the location of the original wooden bridge that connected the resort to the mainland. A walking tour of this atmospheric neighborhood presents a snapshot of Bradenton’s heritage. Today the street is lined with quaint stores and quirky restaurants that ooze character. Craft stalls, produce markets, and live music add to the atmosphere each Sunday from November through April. The island end of the old bridge was repurposed as a fishing pier and now boasts a restaurant and day dock, where boats can be moored while their owners enjoy a spot of retail therapy.

Bradenton Beach—spotlight on Florida’s maritime heritage

Once you’ve checked out the old bridge, take the new bridge across Sarasota Bay to discover the history that lies on the opposite side. The picturesque village of Cortez is one of the last working fishing ports on the Gulf Coast, making it a natural location for the Florida Maritime Museum. An eclectic collection of maritime collectibles is displayed in a schoolhouse dating from 1912, including a stunning shell collection amassed by a Cortez sea captain with a passion for marine life, and scale models of ships that have played a part in Florida’s rich maritime history.

Sunny days in Bradenton Beach

Florida’s Gulf Coast is renowned for its fabulous climate, and demand for Bradenton Beach vacation rentals seldom lets up no matter the season. Winter sun-seekers need to book early to get the best choice of beachfront locations, while Bradenton Beach vacation rentals with a pool are especially popular in the sizzling heat of July and August. Refreshing breezes across the barrier island help to mitigate the humidity of the tropical storms of late summer, while the softer showers of early spring are a welcome source of irrigation for parks and gardens.

The wild side of Bradenton Beach

Anna Maria Island is famous for its diverse wildlife. Sea turtles nest in its powdery sands, and many bird species can be spotted in its pine groves and on the shoreline. Bird-watchers are regularly rewarded with sightings of pelicans, cranes, feral parrots, and sandpipers, while commercial and sports fishing benefits from the abundance of redfish, snapper, and mackerel. Within easy reach of Bradenton Beach vacation rentals, Leffis Key Nature Walk winds through an area of protected and restored wetland habitat, offering panoramic views across Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.