Communities of the Sun Coast

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Manatee County

Anna Maria Island

 

The cozy and quaint feel of Anna Maria Island, Florida makes it the perfect place to eat grouper sandwiches and kayak with dolphins. That’s why Anna Maria Island was chosen as the “#3 Prettiest City in the Country” by Forbes in 2013, one of the “Top 30 Islands in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler in 2014 and one of the “Top 10 Island Beaches for Perfect Sand” by Condé Nast Traveler in 2015. So take off your shoes and get ready to explore it with family & friends. In addition to being a “TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Destination Winner 2013 AND 2014” it has also been proclaimed the “Top Family Vacation” spot in all of the US. So pack up and come visit!

While you’re here, visit Anna Maria Beach, tucked away on the north end of the island – a cozy paradise that hasn’t changed much since the 70s. Enjoy a beachfront view free from many cozy rentals. Then hop on over to Anna Maria Bayfront Park, where sweeping views of Tampa Bay and the iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge are available from almost every angle. With numerous award-winning beaches, restaurants and events that make Anna Maria Island the perfect relaxation spot for your next vacation.SEARCH ANNA MARIA ISLAND SEARCH ANNA MARIA ISLAND

LongBoat Key

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Named one of North America’s top islands by Conde Nast Traveler’s readers, Longboat Key attracts visitors who want to dine on globally inspired cuisine and restaurants, enjoy waterfront golf and luxury resorts. Longboat Key, Florida is sandwiched between Anna Maria Island and the nightlife of downtown Sarasota. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, walk along picturesque Whitney Beach and enjoy acres of nature preserves and wildlife at Joan M. Durante Park. With plenty of rentals and hotels for your vacation, the beaches and events are sure to keep you coming back.

Northwest Bradenton

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Western and Northwestern Bradenton offer homeowners a beautiful south Florida lifestyle near the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, but also the accessibility of the mainland. Close to boating on the Manatee River and Palma Sola Bay, the Northwest offers a tropical community experience. Robinson Preserve is located in the Palma Sola area, across the street from the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens. This 487-acre preserve has undergone an incredible transformation from disturbed farmland to coastal and wetland habitats. Robinson Preserve’s recreation plan, which combines all recreational uses on the property, includes the following elements:

  • Hiking and nature trails
  • Kayak/canoeing trails and launch
  • Environmental education
  • Non-motorized bicycle trails
  • Rollerblading
  • Managed fishing
  • Picnic areas and pavilions
  • Wildlife viewing areas
  • Group camping
  • Observation tower

Bradenton

Southern Business & Development magazine has named downtown Bradenton as one of “Ten Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South.” Bradenton is nicknamed the “Friendly City” for good reason. Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Manatee River, the small-town city, with a population of just 50,000, welcomes its guests with the charm of a laid-back coastal town. At the heart of Bradenton is its downtown, and front and center is the recently renovated and redeveloped Riverwalk, which runs along the Manatee River. Featuring a little bit of everything from the 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater to the Family Fun Zone (complete with a splash fountain), the Riverwalk is open year-round and showcases concerts, festivals and other community activities. In addition to the Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton boasts a creative arts scene with the Manatee Players, a national, award-winning theatrical group, leading the way. The organization, whose upcoming season features well-known shows such as Evita, Fiddler on the Roof and Miss Saigon, performs in the new Manatee Performing Arts Center adjacent to the Riverwalk. Founded in 1943, when the Florida legislature merged the cities of Manatee and Bradentown, Bradenton covers roughly 15 square miles, but is a bustling area with an eclectic mix of arts, culture and heritage. Check out Realize Bradenton for cultural information.

Lakewood Ranch

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Nine villages, from townhomes to custom estates, where families become neighbors, neighbors become family and everyone enjoys a sense of community.

You’ll find all of this and more at Lakewood Ranch: gourmet and family-friendly restaurants, A-rated schools, unique shops and boutiques, business parks, hospital and medical center, three different masterfully designed golf courses; an athletic center with fitness, aquatics and 18 lighted tennis courts; even Polo and Cricket clubs. And over 150 miles of sidewalks and trails, community parks, lakes and nature preserves sharing dramatic landscapes with forest and wetland preserves abundant with native wildlife.

It’s all here at award-winning Lakewood Ranch, a 17,500-acre master-planned community, located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, close to I-75. Read more here

Palmetto

The Manatee River has always been the lifeblood of Palmetto. Samuel Lamb founded Palmetto alongside in 1866. The city was chartered in 1887.  The first postmaster, Joel Hendrix is considered the father of green vegetable shipping. He shipped tomatoes from Palmetto to northern markets. Mr. Hendrix determined how many days it would take to do that so he started picking his tomatoes at mature and wrap them in paper. By the time they got to the northern market the tomatoes were red. The river is used more for recreation today. People fish boat and kayak. I think it is always going to be an important part of our lively hood here in Manatee County. Its population was between 12,500 and 15,000, depending on the time of the year. But we’re the same close-knit community.

Parrish

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Once a small rural outpost of Manatee County, the community of Parrish in North Manatee became a barometer for Southwest Florida’s real estate boom and slump. Developers were drawn to Parrish by its huge tracts of cheap agricultural land within easy reach of interstates 75 and 275. They built and planned huge residential communities over orange groves and cattle pasture. You can get a great home for a price below the surrounding communities, but still have tremendous access to Tampa, to beaches, and

Additional Information can be found at thinkbradentonarea.com or mymanatee.com

Sarasota County

Sarasota

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Sometimes you give up big-city pleasures to enjoy life by the sea. But here on a gracefully curving bay south of Tampa, there’s been no such sacrifice. The remarkable reality—and surprise—of Sarasota is the pairing of a thriving arts and culture scene with world-class beaches: a combination that’s made all the sweeter by the local, laid-back Gulf vibe.Settled as a fishing village during the 1700s, this city (population 53,000) now sparkles with high-rise condos and midcentury-modern homes, a lively harbor, a hot restaurant scene, and a brand new architecture festival—Sarasota MOD. It also boasts resident opera, ballet, and theater companies and its own symphony orchestra.

Siesta Key

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You may be wondering “what makes the beaches on Siesta Key so special?” There are many reasons, but no list would be complete without mentioning the sand. The sand at Siesta Key’s Crescent Beach was rated as “The World’s Finest, Whitest Sand™” at the Great International Sand Challenge in 1987 beating more than 30 entrants and the Travel Channel recognized it as “The Best Sand Beach in America” in 2004.

Siesta Key is an 8 mile-long, crescent-shaped barrier island easily accessible by one of 2 bridges connecting it to the Mainland of Sarasota. Siesta Key has 4 main areas, Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach and Siesta Key Village, each with their own, unique character and charm. Check out our Beaches section and see for yourself which one of these pristine beaches has the right ambiance for your perfect getaway.

Palmer Ranch

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Palmer Ranch is a large master planned community of neighborhoods on over 10,000 acres located in Sarasota, Florida.  It has become one of the most popular areas of Sarasota to live because of its very well planned out neighborhoods, location to many conveniences, and the diversity of housing styles from maintenance free condos to million dollar estates. Palmer Ranch is home to over 20 different neighborhoods. Some of the communities are golfing communities, while others are “kid-friendly.”

  • Arbor Lakes on Palmer Ranch
  • Arielle on Palmer Ranch
  • Bella Villino on Palmer Ranch
  • Botanica on Palmer Ranch
  • Country Club of Sarasota
  • Deer Creek on Palmer Ranch
  • Huntington Pointe on Palmer Ranch
  • Marbella on Palmer Ranch
  • Mira Lago on Palmer Ranch
  • Prestancia on Palmer Ranch
  • Sandhill Preserve
  • Serenade on Palmer Ranch
  • Silver Oak on Palmer Ranch
  • Stonebridge on Palmer Ranch
  • Stoneybrook on Palmer Ranch
  • The Hamptons on Palmer Ranch
  • The Isles on Palmer Ranch
  • Turtle Rock on Palmer Ranch
  • Village Walk on Palmer Ranch
  • Vintage Grand on Palmer Ranch
  • Wellington Chase on Palmer Ranch

Venice

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What does it say about this town of 22,000 people on Florida’s Gulf Coast that it has a designated beach for dogs? Two things: Venice is a town with a big heart, and it has plenty of gorgeous, pearly-white beaches to spare (14 miles, in fact). Locals love Caspersen Beach, a 2-mile-long sandy playground with a short drop-off that draws ocean swimmers. Beachcombers flock to Venice Beach to seek shark teeth, for which the town is known. On shore, the pleasures of Venice are equally beautiful. The lushly landscaped avenues of the historic district, designed in the 1920s as an homage to the town’s Italian namesake, are lined with Italian Renaissance–style buildings sporting elegant arches and red tile roofs that are home to more than 100 boutiques, restaurants, and small businesses. The onetime winter encampment for The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Venice still enjoys its playtime. The Venetian Waterway Park runs for 10 miles on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway, allowing everyone access to running and walking trails, not to mention constant water views. Dogs, meanwhile, just lead their masters to Broward Paw Park Beach, where they can run free.

Northport

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North Port is only minutes away from some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, including Stump Pass State Park, Siesta Key, and several others on Manasota, Casey, and Longboat Keys. We also enjoy access to three international airports in the area: Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, and Tampa.Our Florida sunshine and warm climate allow residents and visitors alike to enjoy a high quality of life year-round. Golfing, boating, kayaking, nature walks, and horseback riding can all be done in and around North Port. City Website