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NOTE: Pier is abandoned after hurricane
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It's a beach town with some charm, some "get off my beach", and an amazing density of realtors per square mile.
It's an island on the ocean - there will be shorebirds, gulls, anhingas / cormorants, pelicans, wading birds where possible. On the pier you'll see a lot of some of those at least.
You might see sea creatures - I saw a weird jellyfish in a canal last time. That is about all I would expect.
A few restaurants, tourist junk, ice cream - etc. The pier was a draw but unless they've fixed it since my last visit it's closed since hurricane Irma.
Head down Manatee Ave in Bradenton until you are stopped by a beach in front of you. Turn right. Drive until you see more ocean stopping you. The pier is likely where you want to go.
It can be a bit of a drive to get there depending where you are coming from. It's not exactly next to the interstate.
Most beach areas in Florida are condos and car centric. The Bradenton beaches feel more homey. Anna Maria in particular are more of their own isolated town. Not a lot of public space etc and there are more businesses that are selling real estate in shop windows than actual shops - BUT - it has a quaint quality to it that once in awhile is worth going down there for if you are in the area. Or renting a house and staying for awhile.
Bradenton beach is in a lot of ways better but it's less isolated. Also Bradenton beaches in general (all of these) are some of the best (depending on whether the sand gets replaced with bad stuff when a hurricane takes it all out).
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