Located between Sarasota and Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, and on the mainland, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, form a magical margin along Florida's beautiful southwest coast. With their small town, Old Florida charm, breath-taking scenery, funky dining and shopping districts, and miles of sugar-white sand it is no wonder that these are award winning beaches.
Offering a rich array of island experiences at a budget-friendly bargain, several island cottages and charming bed and breakfast inns cater to guests' desire for the comfy extras without the extra price tag. And some of Florida's finest independent dining locales are located here, making fresh cuisine a casual staple. Adding to the destinations broad family and cultural appeal are unique local attractions such as a day with Snooty™ the manatee at the South Florida Museum, a stroll through the Village of the Arts in downtown Bradenton, or a breezy ride on the free Anna Maria Island Trolley. For more information, please visit AMILBK.com.