From Egmont Key, we traveled a short distance to Bradenton Beach on Anna Marie Island—a feel of old Florida. Building height restrictions only allow less than 40 feet high. I believe that’s what we like about the place—no huge high-rise condos looming overhead. Years ago, we rented a motel-like condo right on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico on the Island. It was almost like coming home again. We wanted to step our feet ashore and re-visit Anna Marie Island. Anchoring in the bay near the Cortez Bridge to the island, we took the dinghy to shore and ate a great seafood lunch on the beach. Teresa also found a couple shops to satisfy her retail therapy urge.
Jewfish Key was next and just a short trip for our next anchorage. Arriving at low tide, this gave us plenty of time for exploration of the flats. Since it was low tide, a large area above water allowed us to walk around on. Many kayaks and boats pull up to the shore to walk around the flats. Numerous hermit crabs scurry around in the shallow water and water birds abound.
Shells and hermit crabs from the flats on Egmont Key