Having successfully resisted the intense development seen across the the rest of the state, “Authentic Florida” still thrives on the Bradenton Area’s sugar white beaches, which offer 16 miles of powder-soft sand, tranquil surf and countless opportunities for a group of gals to relax – by bathing in the Florida sun, doing some yoga, or dining with the sounds of waves and views of the turquoise Gulf as the backdrop.

Our beaches are also the perfect locations for girls looking to take a break from the land to rent kayaks, paddleboard, or just explore the clear-blue water where they are likely to make new friends with manatees, dolphins, sea turtles and fish.

And this is not just girl talk! Area beaches have earned awards from national travel experts and outlets. Anna Maria Island is home to Coquina Beach which was recently named one of the world’s top island beaches for perfect sand by Conde Nast Traveler Readers, making it the perfect place to test out that pedicure. And, most beaches offer spots to grab a bite or kick back with a fabulous (and fruity) adult beverage.

Groups in search of a short break from the beach will love both Pine Avenue and Bridge Street where the perfect keepsake from their trip awaits in one of the laid-back, upscale and one-of-a-kind stores and boutiques lining the beach-side streets.

And, Anna Maria Island is home to some of the destination’s top beach resorts – Bridgewalk and Silver Surf – which offer spacious one-bedrooms, townhomes, verandas and more, in two of the most coveted locations for an all-girls getaway. Bridgewalk is located just steps from shops, spas and top dining (including Island Time Bar & Grille and Bridge Street Bistro) on Bridge Street while Silver Surf is a stone’s throw from the beach, offering complimentary beach towels, chairs and umbrellas, the SeaRenity Spa tiki massage and Coastal Watersports boat rentals.

With both offering views of the Gulf, they are also the perfect spots to watch the sun set over the calm waters before laying your head down (on the resorts’ three-inch foam mattress toppers) to rest up for another perfect day with your gal pals.

So, whether it’s “Gal”-entine’s Day or “Gal”-oween, The Bradenton Area is the perfect spot to give a whirl with your girls and enjoy the beaches with your besties.