Anna Maria Island contains a gem of a city called Bradenton Beach. Hidden away on the south side of the island is this quiet beach filled city that beckons young and old alike. Bradenton Beach boasts a rich history full of Native American historical roots as well as Spanish discovery. In more contemporary times, Bradenton Beach has great sightseeing, dining and outing opportunities to keep any adventure busy!
Ancient artifacts have been on the island pointing to local Native American tribes frequenting the island up to 2000 years ago before Spanish “discovery”. Although they never settled the island as its soils were not conductive to their farming methods. The Spanish arrived to the Anna Maria Island in 1530, but the first permanent settler did not build their homestead until 1893. George Emerson Bean built his home on the northern tip of the island, an historic area now called Bean Point.
Bradenton Beach itself began to create its own identity in the 1920s with the establishment of a bridge from the island to Longboat Key. The city itself was first incorporated in 1952 followed by a brand new city hall built in the 70’s. And just like that this amazing city established itself as an integral part of the shining jewel that is Anna Maria Island.
Things to Do
Bradenton Beach boasts the beautiful Bradenton Beach City Pier built where the original wooden bridge to Anna Maria Island was located. It has a restaurant, retail shop, and fishing! The dock is open to the public so anyone can enjoy this historic pier. Further north sits the beautiful picturesque Coquina Beach which has concessions, picnic areas, and a playground to boot!
For those who prefer a more active relaxing environment Bradenton Beach has a slew of dining and shopping options. The Bridge Street Bistro offers an amazing lineup of seafood choices to satisfy any connoisseur. Not a big seafood fan? No problem. Head over to the Island Creperie for unique café experience. In shopping, the Bridge Street Bazaar is a must see for beach-wear, novelty items, and much more! Looking for gifts for your loved ones back home? Check out the One Stop Shell Shop for one of kind souvenirs they are sure to never forget.
Places to Stay
There is simply no better way to experience Bradenton Beach than through “living” on the island. Bradenton Beach rentals offer the best way to blend in and experience a community with deep roots to the framework that is historic Florida.
Casa Bella located at 405 21st Place hosts an amazing water view complete with an infinity pool to watch it from.
Casa Linda located close by on 406 21st Place has a fishing dock, beach access, and a pool for maximum relaxation no matter what mood strikes you.
Ultimate Breeze located at 2309 Avenue C, Unit 200 offers a luxurious stay in comfort at the top floor of a duplex with a private elevator to boot.
Call Sato Real Estate at (941) 778-7200 or shoot us a quick email to find out more about having a hassle free Bradenton Beach vacation rental experience! While our office is located in the City of Anna Maria Island, we also service Holmes Beach and Anna Maria.