Bradenton is not a beach town, per se, but it has storied relationship with the Gulf of Mexico and its islands. Here you can discover the West Coast islands of Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key. There are 4 county-run, gulf facing beach parks here (Anna Maria Bayfront Park, Coquina, Cortez, and Manatee), all with rest rooms, picnic areas, and free parking.
Fondest memory: A “key” is a small, generally under 10 acres, low-lying island. There are 882 keys in Florida. Anything smaller is classified a shoal, reef or sandbar. The word derives from the Spanish cayo, which hass been shortened to cay in the Caribbean, and is pronounced “key”.
Be careful when you drive around; there are a lot of old people here. My sister has been in 4 accidents in a 3 year period because of other drivers.
Fondest memory: I used to live her about two years ago. My parents are still here so that's why I make trips back to see them all the time.
Favorite thing: There's a website that has tons of info on Bradenton and Sarasota restaurants. It's like google for local restaurants. Check it out at www.mybitesite.com. You won't be disappointed.