Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Florida
With nonstop flights from London to Tampa International Airport, you’re only a flight away from the Real. Authentic. Florida. Just south of Tampa, you can lounge on serene island beaches, explore sprawling nature preserves, savor Gulf-fresh seafood, and experience the charm of Florida’s West Coast.
Conveinently located just 45 minutes south of Tampa International Airport, the Bradenton Area is a can’t-miss holiday destination on Florida’s West Coast. Your short, breezy drive will feature stuning views of the blue waters of Tampa Bay and end with a perfect holiday destination that will leave you wanting to come back year after year.
Award Winning Beaches
“Old Florida” still thrives on the Bradenton Area’s 16 miles of sugar white beaches, with options for those looking to snorkel, shell, play beach volleyball or enjoy some seclusion. Even better, Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island was recently named one of the world’s top island beaches for perfect sand by Conde Nast Traveler readers.
The Bradenton Area is known for its laid-back vibe and white sand beaches. But while you’re here, you may find that it’s hard to resist picking up a few items (or…more than a few). From charming tropical boutiques to major designer brands at Ellenton Premium Outlets (at discount prices), you’ll find it hard not to shop ’til you drop while on your comfortable holiday.
Self Catering Accommodations
The Bradenton Area is known for its wide range of homes, apartments and condos catering to all budgets. The large variety of self-catering accommodations available makes life easier when visiting the destination. And there’s plenty of services that can make travelling with the entire family as conveinient as possible, ranging from baby carriages, beach rentals, and even groceries that you’ll find right in your home.
There are plenty of things the Bradenton Area is known for, but perhaps the most impressive are its sunsets. No two sunsets are ever alike – the colors can range from hues of orange and yellow to purple and sky blue, often over the course of just a few minutes. There are plenty of places to watch the sun drop, whether it be sitting on the powder-soft sand of Anna Maria Island or dining riverside in downtown Bradenton. But regardless of where you choose to watch it, a Florida west coast sunset is sure to leave a lasting impression.
From rivers and lakes to bays and the Gulf of Mexico, there’s always a gorgeous body of water to sit by (or jump in) in the Bradenton Area. And the best part is our waterfront dining. Spend your holiday with your toes in the sand and dining on fresh seafood by the turquoise waters of the Gulf on Anna Maria Island, or having a first class steak at the riverside dining establishments in historic downtown Bradenton.
The Bradenton Area is home to a dozen nature preserves that are spread all across the destination for everyone to enjoy. But not all preserves are alike. Some are hundreds of acres, some are small natural wetlands, and some are relics of an ancient time. But one things for sure – all of them are a great way to spend your day.
Eco Kayak Tours
Take a tour through the Bradenton Area’s clear blue waters and into its intricate mangrove system. Their tour leaders are experts on the area’s ecosystem and will tell you all about its native species. And perhaps the most exciting part is that you’ll get to see some of that wildlife! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, manatees, splashing mullet, or even sea turtles.