A beautiful, 4 mile stretch of white sand nestled among several communities along the west coast of Florida. Part of the narrow barrier islands on the Gulf of Mexico south of Tampa Bay, it is separated from the city by the Intracoastal Waterway. These barrier islands form a 34 mile string of beach communities that range from Anna Maria to Venice.
Characteristic of the Gulf of Mexico, the waters are generally warm and calm compared to the east coast Atlantic. It is family friendly and offers areas with picnic areas, snack bars and lifeguards at selected locations.
Located on the Intracoastal side side of the island is the City Pier, a 300 foot pier extending into Sarasota Bay. The pier includes a waterfront restaurant, bait and tackle shop and a day dock for boaters.
Located on Anna Maria Island, access to the island can be gained across Cortez Road (State Road 684) or Manatee Ave (State Road 64). Public parking and access points are available.
The city's Vision Statement is: "Bradenton Beach is a small, friendly island community that values the civic pride of both permanent and seasonal residents, maintains its Old Florida charm, and respects its bountiful natural resources.
History, hospitality and spirit are the hallmarks of our thriving waterfront, offering ease of mobility by land and sea. "
See Bradenton for information about the mainland community and activities.