The Bradenton Area boasts...

Six Blue Wave-certified beaches

  • Anna Maria Beach
  • Coquina Beach
  • Cortez Beach
  • Holmes Beach
  • Manatee Beach
  • Whitney Beach

Two wineries within Manatee County

  • Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery
  • Rosa Fiorelli Winery

Close proximity to other popular Florida destinations. By car, you are only...

  • One-hour from Tampa
  • One-hour-and-45 minutes from Orlando
  • 3-and-a-half hours to Miami

More important stats and information

  • Tropicana is headquartered in Bradenton
  • Home to IMG Academy and the Gatorade Sports Science Institute
  • Home to the South Florida Museum which houses the Parker Aquarium, home to Snooty, the world’s oldest living manatee in captivity
  • Cortez Historic Fishing Village, the oldest working fishing village within Florida
  • Has 32 local parks
  • Port of Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal
  • 18 miles of white sugar sand beaches with amenities such as barbecue pits, concession stands, lifeguards, and free parking
  • Home to Ellenton Premium Outlets, the largest outlet wall on the West Coast of Florida
  • Winter home of Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Home to the historic Gamble Plantation, the only antebellum plantation house surviving in peninsular Florida

Official Tourism Bureau
Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
One Haben Blvd. Palmetto, FL 34221
941-729-9177
info@bradentongulfislands.com

About the Bradenton Gulf Islands
Located on Florida’s southwest coast in Manatee County on the Gulf of Mexico between Tampa and Sarasota, The Bradenton Gulf Islands are comprised of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key--accessible by free bridges from the mainland areas of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch.

Accessibility
We have three international airports, including:

  • Sarasota Bradenton Intl (SRQ) 10 miles
  • St Pete / Clearwater Intl (PIE) 40 miles
  • Tampa International (TPA) 45 miles

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is located at the southern edge of the county in greater Bradenton, and is serviced by most major airline carriers and rental car companies.