Welcome to Manatee County on the Gulf of Florida Encompassing the cities of Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Palmetto, Lakewood Ranch and numerous smaller communities, Manatee County lies just to the north of Sarasota.

Manatee is a mid-size Florida county with nearly 150 miles of pristine coastline, 741 square miles of land, and more than 325,000 residents. Every year the area welcomes more than two million visitors. Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and other Manatee County beaches are perfect examples of Old Florida, when charming little beach towns were the rule and not the exception they are today.

The blue-green Gulf coast beaches edge a colorful canvas of beach towels, umbrellas, pick-up volleyball games and cookouts. Shore-side activities include nature trails, fishing piers, and plenty of beachcombing for shells, shark teeth and sea turtle nests. So kick off your shoes and sink your toes into one of our local favorites.

For complete visitor information about these Florida Gulf Islands, your best source is the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau.
Beaches and fishing in Manatee County
Manatee county beaches offer fun and excitement for the whole family.
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Pristine coastline in Manatee County
Manatee county offers nearly 150 miles of pristine coastline and numerous small communities with
countless attractions.