BRADENTON... Boats, Kayaks, Jet Skis & Parasailing
Watersports on the Manatee River & Gulf of Mexico
The Visitor Information and vacation Travel Guide to Bradenton including
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach, Manatee Beach & Anna Maria Beaches
Arts / Entertainment
Biking & Hiking
Boats - Kayaks
Dog Parks / Beaches
Fun Things To Do
Parks - Preserves
Relocate & Re-invent
Snorkeling / Scuba
Sporting - Events
(listed north to south)
Anna Maria Island
Boating – Florida is a boating paradise as all who live here are no more than 50 miles from salt water and only
a few miles from navigable fresh water. If you’re planning a boating trip while in Bradenton, Egmont Key and the Manatee River’s undeveloped estuaries, spectacular wading birds and a bit of Florida history are highly recommended.
Manatee River - According to Wikipedia...
"The Manatee River is a 36-mile-long (58 km) river in Manatee County, Florida. The river arises in the
northeastern corner of Manatee County and flows into the Gulf of Mexico at the southern edge of Tampa Bay. The
Manatee River has a watershed that is approximately 360 square miles (930 km2) Lake Manatee, an artificial reservoir,
is located about midway in the river's course. The lower part of the river is an estuary, with Bradenton and other
cities located along its banks. The river's main tributary is the Braden River, which runs through the communities of
River Club and Lakewood Ranch. Wildlife in and around the river includes alligators, herons, manatees, dolphins, and
fish such as bass, bluegill, catfish, and gar. Bull sharks are occasionally found in the brackish water near its delta."
The boating channel is well-marked and about 15 feet deep, south of I-75 while north of the interstate... it is
shallow and more conducive to smaller craft. There are plenty of marinas offering bait and fuel as the brackish-to-fresh
water invites species such as redfish, snook, bass, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, bluegill and jack crevalle.
The Boca del Rio Marina is the first Mantee River facility, and is located on the south side of the entrance channel
to the west of DeSoto Point. Inside the river on its north side about 2.7 miles from the entrance is the Cuts Edge
Harbor Marina, which is marked by red daybeacon "2" on the charts. The rest of the Manatee River marinas
are located around the three river bridges.
Egmont Key - Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge - a place to relax
and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches. Accessible only by private boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural
and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the19th century, the island served as
a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the
Civil War. In 1898, as the Spanish - American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active
until 1923. After touring the historic sites and trails, visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and
picnicking. It is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach.
Florida Online Park Guide is the State's official page on Egmont Key and contains valuable information and special
notices. There’s a
bird checklist , map of the Key and more.
Fitness & Health
Shops, Spas, Salons
Attn. Intl. Visitors
Regatta Pointe, 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto
Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton
Manatee Landings Marina, 215 8th St. East, Bradenton
Kayaks & Canoes -Who doesn’t enjoy wildlife sightings, scenic beaches, fascinating attractions and historic
Manatee County offers a "paddle guide", highlighting our local history with camping and launching areas as
well as a list of wildlife, paddler safety information and resource directory. Many of the trails connect and continue
along other paddling waterways, like the Florida Circumnavigational Trail.
For the Paddle Manatee Guide, Click
Robinson Preserve - This 400-acre park offers two docks and 2.5 miles of canoe and kayak trails with interesting
mangrove tunnels leading to the Manatee River, Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay. Waterways, marshlands and uplands;
ecosystems include saltern, salt marsh, mangrove and coastal hardwood hammocks. There’s even a 50-foot-tall observation
tower, a 500-foot boardwalk and 10 miles of biking and hiking paths.
A boat launch is available near the entrance to the preserve with 3+ miles of internal trails. For a 5-mile roundtrip
adventure, start at the launch and meander through the preserve to Palma Sola Bay and back.
Palma Sola Bay - Palma Sola Bay is a small embayment in West Bradenton opening into Anna Maria Sound. Cortez, a
community where commercial fishing has long been an important economic activity, is southwest of the Bay, and Manatee
County's Robinson Preserve is to the north. Sea turtles often nest on the west side of the Bay near Anna Maria Sound,
which also provides habitat for manatees, dolphins, wading birds, fish and other wildlife.
Manatee County Boat Ramps:
Bob and Mary's Place, 5757 18th St. East., Ellenton.
Highland Shores Boat Ramp, off SR 43 on the Manatee River, Ellenton.
City Boat Ramp, RIverside Dr. at 9th Ave., Palmetto.
Fisherman's Cove Resort, 100 PalmView Rd., Palmetto.
Palmetto Boat Ramp, Riverside Dr. and Green Bridge, Palmetto.
Riverfront Park, 801 Riverside Dr. on the Manatee River, Palmetto.
Galati's Boats, 900 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
Island Bay Marina, 5501 Marina Dr. on the Intracoastal Waterway, Holmes Beach.
Kingfish Point Boat Ramp, 800 W. Manatee Ave. (SR 64) on Sarasota Bay, Holmes Beach.
Bradenton Beach Marina, 402 Church Ave., on Sarasota Bay, Bradenton Beach.
Coquina Beach and Bayside Park, SR 789 on Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach.
Holiday Cove Travel Trailer Resort, 11900 Cortez Rd., Cortez.
Braden Castle Association, 1 Office Dr. on the Manatee River., Bradenton.
Braden River Shore Boat Ramp, East Manatee Ave., on the Braden River, Bradenton.
Manatee River RV Park, 800 Kay Rd. NE on the Manatee River and Gulf of Mexico, Bradenton.
Palma Sola Causeway County Park, East Manatee Ave. on Palma Sola Bay, Bradenton.
Trailer Estates Marina, 2303 Pennsylvania Ave., Bradenton.
Buccaneer Restaurant and Marina, 595 Dream Island Rd. on Sarasota Bay, Longboat Key.
Cannon's Marina, 6040 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key.
Linley St. Bay Acces, 755 Linley St. at Cedar St., Longboat Key.
Anna Maria Boat Club, 5323 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach
Bradenton Beach Boat Rentals, 1301 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach Marina, 402 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach
Cortez Watercraft, 4328 127th St. W., Cortez
Florida Discount Watersports, 12507 Cortez Rd.,
Waves Boat & Social Club, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez
Horseback Surfing - You’ve never heard of this? Believe it or not, "Horse Surfing" was invented right here in Bradenton, Florida! The smooth sandy shore and calm
waters of Palma Sola Bay are perfect for a guide-led refreshing dip while you...swim...ski...and surf!...All on the back
of a well trained animal! Recommended for all ages: Swim suits, Short and Tees are advised as there are no saddles and
you will get wet!
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