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Take a walk through the historic fishing village of Cortez and visit the old fish houses. Listen to locals tell the tale of yesteryear fishing in the bays and waterways of the Gulf of Mexico. The historic Cortez Village is a National Register of Historic Places community that has worked hard to preserve its unique Florida Gulf Coast Heritage by fighting the pressures from modern development that have brought about the loss of much that was old time Florida.This commercial fishing community has opened its own Museum and through exhibits and programs it interprets a unique culture, celebrating the traditional life on the sundrenched Gulf Coast.
The Bradenton area's long history dates back to the Native Americans who originally settled the area.
The new Cortez Passport program is a great way to get to know this charming area just on the other side of the bridge from Anna Maria Island.