The jewel of southwest Florida's gulf coast, Manatee County lies along the Gulf of Mexico between Sarasota and Tampa. Here, residents enjoy an incomparable quality of life defined by 150 miles of shoreline along the Gulf, Sarasota and Tampa Bays, and the Manatee River.
Manatee County has six major population centers. The two largest incorporated communities, Bradenton and Palmetto, are on the mainland. The next largest encompasses the island of Longboat Key. Anna Maria Island at the entrance to Tampa Bay is the site of the other three communities: Anna Maria at the northern tip, Holmes Beach near the center, and Bradenton Beach to the south. (read more)