Bradenton is near the beaches of Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Cortez beach, Coquina beach, Manatee beach and the beaches of Anna Maria Island on the Gulf of Mexico; accommodations, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
Bradenton, Florida at the mouth of the Manatee River and the Gulf of Mexico is ideal for boating, golf and tennis and just a bridge away from Anna Maria Islandís expansive beaches.  Lodging, hotels, motels, condos, homes and vacation rentals have easy access to Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Beach, Coquina Beach, Cortez and Manatee Beaches.
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BRADENTON FLORIDA SHELLING
Shelling off the coast of Bradenton

The Visitor Information and vacation Travel Guide to Bradenton including
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach, Manatee Beach & Anna Maria Beaches



  Accommodations
  Arts / Entertainment
  Attractions
  Baseball
  Beaches
  Biking & Hiking
  Birding
  Blues Festival
  Boats - Kayaks
  Botanical Gardens
  Dining
  Dog Parks / Beaches
  Fun Things To Do
  Fishing
  Nightlife
  Parks - Preserves
  Real Estate
  Relocate & Re-invent
  Shelling
  Shopping
  Snorkeling / Scuba
  Sporting - Events
  Sports

 Nearby Communities
  (listed north to south)
  Anna Maria Island
  Longboat Key
  Lido Key
  Sarasota
  Siesta Key
  Casey Key
  Venice
  Englewood
  Manasota Key

For the serious beachcomber, the most important thing about shelling is to know the tides. Charts are featured in most local newspapers or check the local news for tidal changes as the best shells are found just before low tide. Another opportune time is after a storm Ė advancing cold fronts tend to push water away from the beach and tropical storms can churn up the tides bringing shells ashore.

Below are three excellent locations on adjacent Anna Maria Island for shelling:

  1.   Park at the pier near Alamanda Road and North Shore Drive and walk counter clockwise around the tip of the island. Although shelling can be sporadic, it is a very short walk and you might enjoy seeing the numerous starfish.

  2.   Park near the gulf front park at Gulf Blvd. and Palm Ave. This is the best... especially at low tide when a sandbar extends out into the Gulf a few hundred yards.

  3.   Take the ferry to Egmont Key and pick shells until you canít carry anymore!

Identifying your shells:

        The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum has a great online shell guide that will help you recognize the various pieces in your collection. To browse shells commonly found in South West Florida, go to their Website.



Bradenton Florida with the beaches of Anna Maria on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive cool, soft white sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
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