Are you looking for the best beaches near Bradenton Florida? If so, you’ve landed on the right article.

As a beach fanatic and Florida traveler, I’m all about time on the shore, and I don’t want you to miss out.

To that end, I’ve hunted out nineteen of the most incredible strips of sand within driving distance of Bradenton.

Whether you want something 11 minutes from downtown or are willing to drive 75 minutes, I’ve got a beach for you.

Let’s dive in!

Wayne standing in the beach in Bean Point Beach

Me visiting Bean Point in Anna Maria Island, which is one of the most beautiful beaches near Bradenton, Florida.



19 Best Beaches Near Bradenton Florida!


beautiful beach scene and shore at Longboat Key Beach in Florida

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Beautiful Bradenton Beach near Bradenton Florida under a sunny blue sky
gorgeous sunset in Coquina Beach in Florida

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palm trees and a bike in the street along Cortez Beach Florida
beach scene at Manatee Public Beach in Florida with pristine white sands and a large tree
beach pathway going to Bean Point beach in Anna Maria Island
3 birds in the beach of Holmes Beach in Florida near Bradenton
A big tree in Bayfront Park beach in Anna Maria Island
orange sunset in Lido Key Beach in Anna Maria Island
beach scene, hotels, and lifeguard houses in Clearwater Beach
beach pathway leading to Siesta Key Beach in Florida
beach scene at Nokomis Beach in Florida with turquoise waters and waves splashing the shore
boardwalk going to St Pete Beach Florida
panoramic view of Fort De Soto Beach with tourists and camping tents by the beach



sunglasses on the beach

Beaches Near Bradenton Florida- Frequently Asked Questions


Does Bradenton Florida Have Beaches?

Bradenton Florida is on the mainland, not on the Gulf of Mexico, so the shoreline fronts Palma Sola Bay, Sarasota Bay, and the Manatee River.

Palma Sola Causeway Park is one of the few beaches right in Bradenton.

However, there are many nearby beaches that are easy to access.

The famous beaches of Anna Maria Island are only a short drive away.

Leffis Key Preserve is a 25-minute drive from Bradenton and is perfect for kayakers.

Venice Beach, a 45-minute drive south, is famous among shark teeth collectors.

Is Bradenton Beach Florida Nice?

Bradenton Beach is a delightful family-friendly city on Anna Maria Island with an “Old Florida” vibe.

The beach features miles of soft white sand and warm turquoise water.

Is The Water Clear At Bradenton Beach?

Yes–the water at Bradenton Beach is clear and clean. Variegated turquoise water and gorgeous soft sand make Bradenton Beach stand out.

It’s like a little piece of the Caribbean without leaving the USA.

What Is Coquina Beach Known For?

Coquina Beach is known for its amazing soft sand, incredible amenities, and rolling sand dunes.

This beach is also a turtle nesting area. If you enjoy shelling, Coquina Beach is a perfect place to go.

Spend the day under the careful eye of the lifeguards, making use of the great amenities including free parking, showers, restrooms, changing rooms, picnic tables, and playgrounds.



Final Thoughts: Beaches Near Bradenton Florida

As you can see, there are plenty of fabulous beaches near Bradenton Florida.

Whether you are heading to Bradenton for vacation or are a local looking for a new strip of sand to stake out on, I hope you’ve found great spots to visit from this list.

There are plenty of options ranging from Clearwater Beach in Pinellas County all the way south to Nokomis.

Although the white sand and variegated waters are the main attractions, there are also wonderful places to kayak, go shelling, and watch sea turtles nest.



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must-visit beaches near Bradenton FL USA



Booking a last-minute trip to Anna Maria Island?  

If so, we have you covered.  Here are some top recommended tours and hotels!

Top Tours in Anna Maria Island

Boat Excursion To Capri Island – (Small Group Boat Tour From Sorrento)

Parasailing Adventure – (Above Bradenton Beach & Anna Maria Island)

Private Fishing Trip With Sight Seeing – (Half Day Tour Around Anna Maria Island)

Top Hotels & Accommodations in Anna Maria Island

Playa Esmeralda Boutique Inn – (Top Rated Accommodation In Bradenton Beach)

Bungalow Beach Resort – (Beachfront Property In Bradenton Beach)

Captain’s Quarters At Anna Maria Island – (High Rated Villa With Private Pool)

Anna Maria Island Inn – (Aparthotel Nearby Beach)

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