Manatee County

iis a mid-size Florida county with 150 miles of coastline, 741 square miles of land, and 311,000 residents. The islands are home to 16,000 people while Florida’s Gulf Islands welcome more than two million visitors every year.

Located on US 41 between Tampa and Sarasota, the area is surrounded by fresh and salt waterways and over 20 miles of Florida beaches of which many are shaded by tall Australian pines.

Bradenton residents have a short distance to beaches, shopping, dining and family activities.


Anna Maria Island

Seven-and-a-half-mile Anna Maria Island is a nostalgic look back to a time when people and things moved slower. As a matter of fact, the maximum speed limit is just 35 miles per hour.



With its hip personality, downtown Bradenton combines antique shops, restaurants and a waterfront district, plus a unique collection of bungalows transformed into art galleries. Home to its own international airport, Bradenton combines culturally advanced attractions like the South Florida Museum with down-home friends, including Snooty™, the world’s oldest manatee and the area’s official mascot. Located to the west of I-75, exits 217 and 220.


Longboat Key, Lido Key, and St. Armands Key

Longboat Key, Lido Key, and St. Armands Key are ideal beach and bayfront settings for the ultimate Florida vacation. Stretching between the Gulf of Mexico and serene Sarasota Bay, these keys attract many visitors who come to enjoy the average year-round temperature of 73 degrees. This area is appreciated by wildlife as well and their waters home to manatee, dolphins, and fish, while pelicans, osprey, and a variety of shorebirds find sanctuary here. There are several parks on the Keys to visit for a relaxing afternoon.


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