Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach
Welcome to Bradenton Beach!

About Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach is the southernmost city on Anna Maria Island.  That’s where you’ll find more vacation resorts and hotels than the rest of the island.  It’s also where you’ll tend to find a livelier atmosphere.



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Anna Maria Elementary is a top rated school in Manatee County and serves the entire island.  Older children in Bradenton Beach attend Martha B. King Middle School and Manatee High School which are both off island in Bradenton. Get more information on school ratings.

Dining and Entertainment

Looking for dining and entertainment in Bradenton Beach?  You’ve got great options! From the Wicked Cantina on Gulf Drive where there is usually live music on the deck, to Island Time Bar and Grill, more live music, sports on TV and dancing, to the Bridge Street Bistro upstairs from the Island Time Bar.   Freckled Fin is across the street from Island Time and has great pizza and food.  Head down Bridge Street and stop in at the Blue Marlin,  sit outside under the trees, get a drink from the outside bar and hear more live music in a more intimate setting.  When you’re done there keep going towards the bay,  stop at the Bridge Tender in and grab a seat waterside under the tree or inside.  The atmosphere is fun and once again, there’s live music!  Another great option is AMOB, (Anna Maria Oyster Bar) on the Bridge Street Pier.   Get something to eat or drink and watch the boats go by.  It’s good therapy!


As for shopping, don’t miss The Lot on Bridge St.  The shop is full of eclectic art and fun reasonably priced handcrafted jewelry.   One of my favorite spas that also has a great little gift shop is Sea-Renity on Bridge St.  It’s small, smells great and offers a great personal service.  That’s where you can also schedule your beach massage!



In addition to the bars and restaurants, there’s the Fishing Hole for miniature golf.  It’s a really well done hidden gem.  Many of the trees and plants are labeled giving you an idea of the native plants.  You’ll also see some cool history of the island in old photos on the wall. It is fun for all ages.

Parks and Recreation

Check out Leffis Key in Bradenton Beach, it’s an island preserve with boardwalks and trails through mangroves across the street from Coquina Beach.


The free island trolley goes to Bradenton Beach and Bridge Street too.  It’s the easiest way to get around the island without having to worry about finding a parking space.