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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Snorkling and Scuba Diving 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

  Arts / Entertainment
  Biking & Hiking
  Blues Festival
  Boats - Kayaks
  Botanical Gardens
  Dog Parks / Beaches
  Fun Things To Do
  Parks - Preserves
  Real Estate
  Relocate & Re-invent
  Snorkeling / Scuba

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

During a powerful storm in 1940, a sugar barge named The Regina sunk off the shoreline of Bradenton Beach. Itís in about 20 feet of water just 150 feet or so from the sand. Now, an underwater Archaeological Preserve, the wreckage extends over 200 feet and is marked with a buoy.

The location is at 7th Street, just north of the intersections of Gulf Drive and Cortez Road. So, if traveling Cortez Road from Bradenton, go over the bridge to the island. At the traffic light where Cortez Road dead-ends, turn right and go about two short blocks. Now, look out over the Gulf and you should be able to see the buoy. Gulf Drive Cafe is there too, right on the water practically overlooking the wreckage.

Remember, the best diving conditions include several days in a row of calm water, slack tide and full sun.

Manatee County has also created eight near-shore and five off-shore artificial reefs in the Gulf as well as Tampa and Sarasota Bays. For coordinates, click HERE.

Divers may find lobster, stone crab and all kinds of colorful reef fish such as trigger fish, damsel fish (including beau gregories), angel fish, and tangs. A closer inspection may reveal large sport fish like goliath grouper and snapper as well as a slew of invertebrates ranging from barnacles to sea urchins clinging to reef walls.

Please remember...
Caution is a must... as there are strong tidal currents and sometimes poor visibility.

Seven mile reefs typically have the best clarity.

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