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Set on the Gulf coast in central Florida, Manatee County is known for being one of the top beach vacation destinations in the entire USA. It is home to countless white-sand beaches with swimmable turquoise waters. The county is also known for its many parks, nature preserves, and top-rated food options. Whether you’ll be traveling as a family, a group of friends, or as a couple, there is no shortage of beaches to explore, activities to enjoy, and foods to try.Your perfect vacation rental in Manatee County
Find the perfect vacation rental for your stay in Manatee County. Stay close to the beach in a rental surrounded by palm trees and ocean views. Several rentals come with private gardens and terrace views. You can opt for a rental with a private pool to cool off from the Florida sun. Large accommodations with several bedrooms are available for families and big groups. Pet-friendly rentals are available for people traveling with pets.
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The area and getting around
The closest airport is Sarasota-Bradenton International airport, which is about a 30-minute drive from Anna Maria Island. There are several car rental companies at the airport if you plan having a private car throughout your stay. Uber, Lyft, and taxis are also a viable way of getting around.Getting around Manatee County
Depending on where you’ll be staying in Manatee County, a car may or may not be necessary. Anna Maria Island is the most walkable place in Manatee County, and if you intend to base yourself here throughout your stay then a car is not necessary since it’s easy to get around the island by foot or bicycle. It is recommended to rent a car if you’ll be staying elsewhere in Manatee County, as these areas are more spread out, and you’ll need a car to get from place to place.
Travelers and activities
Manatee County is home to endless romantic vacation destinations for couples. There are several stunning white-sand beaches throughout the county, but be sure not to miss out on Bean Point Beach in Anna Maria. The beach is known for its powdery white sand and stellar sunsets. Enjoy a romantic date-night at Beach House Restaurant, a popular restaurant serving freshly caught seafood in an ambient setting. The sunset views are spectacular from here.Manatee County for families
Manatee County offers a plethora of fun activities for families of all ages. Head to The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature in Bradenton where you can learn about the history of Florida’s gulf coast. There are a variety of regularly changing exhibits and galleries throughout the museum. There is an onsite planetarium and a Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, which regularly rehabilitates manatees before setting them free again into the ocean. Families with children should head to the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish. The museum offers train rides for kids, as well as educational information about the history of trains.
„Manatee County was founded in 1855 and named after Florida’s official marine mammal, the manatee.“
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Located right on the coast of Manatee County is Anna Maria Island. This stunning barrier island is home to seven miles of pristine, white-sand beaches. It is known for having some of the best beaches in the entire state of Florida. Swim in the tranquil turquoise waters, do a fishing charter, rent kayaks, or go parasailing.2. Reconnect with nature at Robinson Preserve
Set in northwest Bradenton, this green nature preserve is home to walking trails, bike paths, picnic areas, observatories, and a boat launch. You can bike around the peaceful grounds or kayak in the bay. A great place to spend the afternoon or to go for a sunset picnic.3. Spend a day at Coquina beach
Coquina Beach is consistently rated one of the most beautiful beaches in the USA. This is mostly accredited to its perfect powdery-white sand, long stretch of shoreline, and calm turquoise waters. It’s the perfect place to sunbathe, go for a long beach walk, swim, or watch the sunset.4. Visit DeSoto National Memorial Park
History buffs won’t want to miss out on a visit to DeSoto National Memorial Park. The 26 acre park is set on the coastline in Bradenton where the Tampa Bay and Manatee River merge. The majority of the area is mangrove swamps. You can walk through the many trails, enjoy views of the gulf, and go to the visitors center to learn about the history of the place.5. Visit Manatee Public Beach
This 7-acre beach has it all: white sand, gentle waves, picnic areas, a gift shop, grills, a café, and a playground. It’s a great place to come with family, friends, or your significant other to relax under the sun and swim all day.
FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Manatee County
How much do you pay, on average, for vacation rentals in Manatee County?
The COVID-19 pandemic heavily impacted the travel industry in 2020. Last year, rentals in Manatee County had an annual average cost of around $366.89 per night.
What time of year offers, on average, the best vacation rental prices in Manatee County?
According to our 2020 data, the months at the lowest possible cost in Manatee County are October, November and May, with average prices of $306.73, $331.5, and $338.46, respectively.
When does the price of vacation rentals in Manatee County go up the most?
In 2020, the month that had the highest annual average in Manatee County was March, with an average price of $472.6 per night. This was followed by February, with an average of $448.43, and April, with $397.06.
Is Manatee County a good location for a last-minute getaway?
If you decide to put Manatee County on your bucket list, we suggest planning your vacation ahead of time because it tends to be very high in demand, with an annual average of 84% of rentals booked in the year 2020.
What time of the year can I find more available vacation rentals?
In 2020, the months with the largest number of available properties of the year in Manatee County were September, May and October, with average availabilities of 28%, 25.4%, and 21.4%, respectively.
When are fewer rentals available in Manatee County?
According to data from 2020, the months when it is most difficult to find accommodation in Manatee County are, in order, March (with 1% of available rentals), February (2.5%), and June (9.25%).
Are there many vacation rentals in Manatee County?
We have 900 rentals for you in Manatee County, provided by our 8 local and international partners.