The headquarters for your Florida vacation is Gulf Coast Property Management located on the southwest coast of Florida in the beautiful city of Bradenton, a popular tourist destination along the Manatee River. Our families and community enjoy a strong economy and year-round Florida sunshine, and we also enjoy helping people like you from across the world enjoy your vacations in Bradenton. We have a well known and long list of vacation and cultural activities including golf, art festivals, fishing, water sports, boating, shopping and fine dining. Plus, when you vacation here, stay and relax in an affordable vacation home with a private pool on River Strand Golf Course or any of our vacation properties in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice and Siesta Key. We look forward to helping you enjoy your vacation!
The Friendly City
Bradenton is known as The Friendly City and was founded in January 1855. Manatee County was named for the Florida manatee (commonly called a "sea cow" and distantly related to the elephant), the state's official marine mammal. The Florida manatee is a curious, friendly and playful animal by nature, and swimmers can closely interact with these lovable creatures as they roll and frolic in the warm spring waters of the pristine Crystal River on a short day-trip from Bradenton. After a long day of chasing the manatees, relax in your affordable vacation home rental.
Siesta Key Beach
This famous beach has won the award several times for the "world's finest, whitest sand" and has been named "One of the Best Walking Beaches in the USA", by USA Today International Edition; and "The Best of the Best Sand" by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. This beach also offers many amenities including a covered pavilion with snack bar and public restrooms, beach volleyball courts, free lighted tennis courts and lifeguards on duty year round. Siesta Key is a barrier island which has miles of beaches and calm, clear emerald gulf waters.
Another popular destination is Bradenton Beach, located at the very south end of Anna Maria Island. Bradenton Beach is a small and friendly community that has retained its Old Florida charm. Fishing is very popular here and there is also a number of lovely parks, including beachfront parks with public restrooms and picnic facilities.
RiverWalk and Village of the Arts
Bradenton's new Riverwalk offers visitors a multitude of fun activities for the whole family including concerts, art festivals, volleyball, educational events, yoga, Youth Theater and a family fun zone with splash fountains and playground. You can participate in beach volleyball, check out the Tidal Discovery Zone, or launch your canoe and kayak for a trip down the scenic Manatee River.
The Village of the Arts is a charming and walkable neighborhood of restored 1920's homes, where the artists live and work together to make a difference in their community. This is an An Art Walk where you can personally meet the artists and shop their collections. Be sure to visit the first Friday and Saturday of every month.
Vacation Home Rentals in Bradenton
Gulf Coast Property Management offers attractive deals on vacation home rentals through our website at www.GCVacationRentals.com. After your busy day why not relax besides your private swimming pool that comes with many of our luxury vacation rental homes. When it's time for dinner, prepare an awesome meal in your fully equipped kitchen, or head out on the town! One suggestion... head over to Anna Maria Island and choose any of the numerous award winning restaurants for your dining pleasure. Call us today and let us help you decide which of our vacation communities in Bradenton and Sarasota will best suit your idea of an incredible Florida vacation. (866) 494 5496
Restaurants in Bradenton
A local favorite is the Sandbar Restaurant, which is situated directly at the water's edge. Any of the diverse menu selections are extremely tasty and you can enjoy them while taking in the sound of the waves gently lapping at the sand and the sun slowing sinking into the sea. After your dinner, a leisurely beach stroll is always relaxing. Your toes will sink into the clean white sand while the evening breeze ruffles your hair and the numerous different sea birds fly over the gorgeous emerald gulf water. This is Florida living at its best, and one of the many reasons why you will want to return again and again.
Shopping at Ellenton Premium Outlet Mall
On your way home from playing with the manatees, you may wish to stop off at the Ellenton Premium Outlet Mall for a bit of shopping at any of the mall's 130 stores. Included among the stores are high end fashion boutiques like Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue and Kate Spade through to sports and leisure stores such as Puma, Adidas, Nike and Lacoste . With so many stores to choose from, there is sure to be something to please everyone.
Sarasota - fantastic beaches, culture and great weather.
Once you have savored the Bradenton area to your heart's content, you also have the neighboring city of Sarasota to enjoy. Sarasota is home to Siesta Key, a barrier island which has miles of beautiful beaches, like the famous Siesta Key Beach, which is known the world over for its white, soft and cool crystal quartz sand, and the calm and clear emerald gulf waters. Enjoy your vacation in Sarasota.
For those who are looking for that extra special gift to take home, Sarasota's St. Armands Circle with its unique collection of boutiques and shops, will be sure to delight. St. Armands many art galleries, along with both casual and fine dining establishments, and beautiful grounds landscaping make for a very enjoyable experience. Sarasota is also famous for its fine dining, arts and culture, and boasts of many top playhouses, museums, galleries and the well-known Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, which showcases the very best in entertainment.
There are a number of special surprises awaiting you in the Venice area, such as the Venetian Waterway Park, a linear park that parallels both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway providing almost 10 miles of waterfront view for exercise and recreational use. Along the park, you can also visit our recently restored Venice Train Depot at the northeast end. In its day, the depot greeted those who had the greatest impact on creating the Venice we know today. Like the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the U.S. Army Air Corp., the Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) and Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus all of whom left their mark on our area. Enjoy your vacation in Venice.
Lakewood Ranch and University Town Center
Spanning Manatee and Sarasota Counties you will find the thriving master planned community of Lakewood Ranch and the University Town Center area. For an area that began its life as a residential community, Lakewood Ranch, Florida has really taken off. Today, it attracts visitors on vacation to its upscale boutiques, fine restaurants, wonderful rentals and hotels, championship golf courses and miles of recreational trails. While you're here, check out Main Street for everything from Parisian cafes to a Scottish pub. And don't miss catching a mainstream or indie flick at the small movie theater, the farmer's market and all of the regularly held events, festivals and concerts.
Just the other side of I-75 you will find the University Town Center (UTC). UTC is fast becoming a Mecca for fine dining and shopping. Already providing many shopping and dining alternatives, the area is set to be elevated to a whole new level when the Mall at University Town Center opens in Fall 2014, offering over 2 million square feet of retail space. Attached to the mall you will find Nathan Benderson Park which is 600 acre water and nature park. This facility specializes in rowing and athletic events, such as triathlons and open water swimming and has recently been awarded the accolade of hosting the 2017 World Rowing Championships.
Whatever your pleasure, whether it's water sports, boating, fishing, shopping, sunbathing, fine dining or a night on the town, the Bradenton and Sarasota areas are where you want to be.