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Below are a few of the most popular destinations our customers frequently visit.

What are some places to visit on Anna Maria Island, Bradenton and the surrounding areas?

Where can you find the Sand Dollar Sandbar, a natural oasis near the mouth of Palma Sola Bay, where dolphins frequently congregate and where sand dollars are protected?

The Sand Dollar Sandbar is located near the mouth of Palma Sola Bay in the intercoastal waters between the Cortez and Manatee bridges. It is a natural oasis where dolphins frequently gather. However, it’s important to note that sand dollars are protected and can only be removed if they are deceased.

Where can you find a National Wildlife Refuge, known for native wading and seabird nesting colonies near Anna Maria Island?

Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1905, is a designated clothing-optional area that aims to preserve nesting colonies of native wading and seabirds. It is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System and allows people on the sandbars near the shore, but not on the key itself.

Where can you find a secluded island with a historic lighthouse, Fort Dade, stunning beaches, snorkeling opportunities, and nature trails near the mouth of Tampa Bay?

Egmont Key, situated at the mouth of Tampa Bay, is a secluded island that offers stunning natural beauty and a rich history. Visitors can explore the historic lighthouse, Fort Dade, enjoy beautiful beaches, go snorkeling along the reefs, and hike nature trails.

Where can you find a beach with weathered tree stumps and driftwood that creates a natural backdrop for picturesque small private beaches and coves near Longboat Key?

Beer Can Island, officially known as Greer Island, is located at the very northern part of Longboat Key, just south of Bradenton Beach. It features numerous dead, weathered tree stumps along the shoreline, creating a unique natural backdrop for small private beaches and coves.

What are some popular spots to anchor your boat, collect shells, experience sea creatures, go fishing, snorkel, and spend the day swimming and picnicking near Anna Maria Island?

Jewfish Key is a great spot for all these activities. It is located just east of the Longboat Key bridge and offers shallow sandbars on the west side of the island, perfect for anchoring the boat, shell collecting, fishing, snorkeling, and observing sea creatures.

With these incredible destinations, you can experience the best of Anna Maria Island, Bradenton and its surrounding areas. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a connection with nature, these spots offer a variety of experiences that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

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Egmont Key Intro

Capt Josh introduces you to the activities and adventure that awaits you at Egmont Key

Jewfish Key Intro

Capt Josh introduces you to the beauty of Jewfish Key

Egmont Key, a small island off the coast of Anna Maria Island, FL, is a must-see destination. With a boat rental from Palmetto, FL, you can set sail for Egmont Key and explore all its hidden treasures. Discover the stunning natural beauty and rich history of the island, including the lighthouse built in 1898 and Fort Dade, which was constructed during the Spanish American war. Don’t miss the opportunity to relax on the beautiful beaches, go snorkeling along the reefs, and explore the nature trails where you might spot a turtle or two!

Jewfish Key sandbar, located between Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island, is renowned as one of the most beautiful sandbars in Florida. Take a boat ride to this picturesque spot and experience the crystal-clear waters, soft sandy beaches, and abundant sea creatures. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic, collect seashells, go fishing, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings.

Passage Key is designated as a National Wildlife Refuge, offering a serene destination for those seeking clear waters and fantastic wildlife views. As you explore this refuge, be sure to keep an eye out for native wading and seabirds. Please note that access to the key itself is restricted, but you can enjoy the sandbars near the shore, providing a unique experience in nature.

Anna Maria Island is a popular barrier island known for its miles of white sandy beaches nestled between the beautiful turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida. Immerse yourself in the island’s laid-back atmosphere as you soak up the sun, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline. With its charming shops, restaurants, and stunning natural landscapes, Anna Maria Island offers something for everyone.

Beer Can Island is another fantastic destination with beautiful beaches, excellent fishing opportunities, and multiple restaurants where you can indulge in delicious seafood (Longboat Key). Take in the island’s oasis-like scenery as you relax on the pristine beaches, explore the unique rock jetties, and enjoy the tranquility of this hidden gem.

Fort De Soto is a popular destination that offers a diverse range of activities. Visit the historic fort, lounge on the beautiful beach, play in the white sand, and explore the many trails, tidal pools, and unique lagoon. This serene destination provides calm waters and fantastic wildlife views, allowing you to immerse yourself in nature while enjoying a variety of recreational opportunities.

Terra Ceia Bay is an acquatic preserve covering several inlets of southeastern Tampa Bay and contains a diverse variety of natural communities, including seagrass, mangroves, salt marsh, tidal flats, hardbottom, oyster bars and clam beds.

Snead Island, located off the coast of Bradenton, is a small island that offers a peaceful retreat for nature enthusiasts. Embark on hiking trails, indulge in fishing adventures, and enjoy wildlife viewing in this tranquil setting.

The Manatee River, flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, is a 36-mile river that provides excellent opportunities for fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. Explore its calm waters, witness the abundant marine life, and appreciate the natural beauty of this scenic river.

Palma Sola Bay is a small bay located off the intercoastal waterway near Anna Maria Island. This popular destination offers opportunities for fishing, swimming, and viewing wildlife. Take in the breathtaking views, witness the diverse marine ecosystem, and enjoy the serenity of this picturesque bay.

The Braden River, a 21-mile waterway, is the largest tributary of the Manatee River. It attracts visitors with its excellent fishing spots, opportunities for kayaking, and the chance to view local wildlife while cruising on its calm waters. Indulge in the tranquility and natural beauty of this scenic river.