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Anna Maria Oyster Bar

Our sun-kissed beaches are caressed by balmy breezes and aquamarine waves ebb and flow along the shores of our mainland and barrier islands. Enjoy outdoor dining at its finest, go boating in crystal-clear waters, or surf the waves off Anna Maria Island. Stroll along the piers for relaxing exercise.

The natural beauty of the area will delight outdoor enthusiasts while those interested in history can travel along Hernando DeSoto’s original expedition route or learn more about the area’s heritage at museums and historical parks.

Live theater, a vibrant arts district, ballet and concerts are all available in our area. Cultural initiatives abound and are enthusiastically embraced by residents and visitors alike.

Manatee County and its surrounding region are teaming with opportunities for the sports enthusiast. The Pittsburgh Pirates spring training is held in Bradenton while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Tampa Bay Rays are located a short distance away. County-wide festivals are favorites among local residents and vacationers. The Manatee County Fair, Cortez Seafood Festival, and the Hernando DeSoto Historical Parade are just some opportunities for the community to come together.