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Bradenton Beach FL USA – The Secret Shell Beach

Bradenton Beach FL USA – The Secret Shell Beach

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Do you love to walk in the ocean and look for shells?  And other Ocean Treasures?

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Every Ocean is Unique

That is one of my favorite things to do.  However if you have seen many of the beaches here in the USA or around the world you will see that not all ocean beaches are the same.  You will notice that the sand, the shells or lack of, and the textures and colors are different and unique to each ocean that you visit.


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Brandenton Beach is one of my personal favorites because is is close to Anna Marie Island, the place to go for shells and ocean treasures.

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Bradenton Beach is a small friendly Island community of both permanent and seasonal residents with lots of natural resources, it is located on Florida’s southwest coast in Manatee County on the Gulf of Mexico between Tampa and Sarasota.  Brandenton’s Gulf islands are comprised of two islands Anna Marie Island and Longboat Key accessible by bridges that will lead you there.

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Bradenton Beach is a community of approximately 1500 people located on the southern end of Anna Marie Island… the island is located at the entrance to Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico access to Anna Marie Island can be reached by bridge

The beaches here are sugar sand beaches for miles there are lots of fishing piers and cafés off the beach.  This beach also has fishing tours and local guides to take you through the area

We really enjoyed our stay here!  The environment is laid-back and friendly and everyone seems to welcome new visitors and residents with warmth

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The average temperature here in January is about 72° and in August around 91° the average rainfall is over 50 inches, there are seven parks and 4 miles of beaches, the average temperature here on the golf is 79°

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Interesting facts
1.  There are 6 Blue Wave certified beaches in the Bradenton area
2.  There are two wineries in Manatee County
3.  Tropicana is headquartered here
4.  Winter home of major league baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates

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What is your favorite beach and why?

20 comments on “Bradenton Beach FL USA – The Secret Shell Beach

  1. What a fantastic, informative blog post Rachel! We have been wanting to move to Florida for a while now but not sure which part. This is very helpful as I love the facts you shared about the town, etc. Love collecting shells too! To answer your question, I would have to say our favorite is between Miami and Sanibel Island…the sand is so white and soft like fine baby powder, so much to do in Miami, but Sanibel was very tranquil (at least where I was).
    Thanks again for sharing your fun adventure with your gorgeous family! Will have to visit this place for sure and what’s really cool is it’s close to one of our 4 sons and our grand daughter. 🙂

    • Thanks for your feedback Felecia, we loved so many of the beaches in FL but a couple were just Fab! Look forward to hearing about all your travels!

  2. What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love the post, I love the beach and even though we dont get there often its my favorite place, walking the beach picking up shells is just the best way to enjoy life. Love the pics

    • Christa thank you so much for stopping by and we share the same passion… exploring the beaches of the world, finding their many treasures 🙂

  4. Love the photo’s! Yes it’s true beaches differ very much! Love the info!

  5. Ugh you are making me want to move to Florida now! Haha. I love your beach find that is very unique 🙂 Oh how I can’t wait to move to Florida. I really enjoy reading your blog!

  6. Adrianna

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love your traveling blogs. We have a time share at Bradenton Beach, but have not been able to go. Now, you have given me reason to want to go. I love collecting see shells and walking the beach. I love the gulf coast side when going to beaches. The sand is always so white and the oceans so blue. We usually go to Orange Beach, AL. It is across the bridge from Perdido Key, FL. Thanks again for the post and pictures. Your daughters are beautiful!

    • Luanne thanks so much, You definitely have to go to Bradenton Beach you will love it there! Thanks also for the compliments- being a full time mom has been the best gift of my life!

  8. I love your blog. You have beautiful pictures. Next time I’m in Florida I might go there. 🙂

  9. Way too many beach memories for me to pick just one…from Israel, to Hawaii, Catalina and the California Coast…gee wiz…now to add this beach to our travel wish list…thank you, again, Rachel, for broadening our horizon!

    • Sharyn thank you 🙂 Sounds like you have seen a few beaches yourself – I could learn alot from your travels… Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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