Originally Posted by DougSabbag
Just North of Sarasota, and just West of Bradenton, is a little town called Cortez.
At the foot of the Anna Maria Island bridge, on the Cortez side, is a marina called: The Seafood Shack Seafood Shack
Which we lived at for almost a year.
Seriously, I would HIGHLY recommend this marina as "the place to stay" in this area.
There are some wonderfully rustic / earthy as you can get, seafood restaurants right near here (in Cortez) which is the LAST of this kind of fishing villages in all of Florida!
This is a VERY liveaboard friendly marina, with good people all around you.
If you want to experience more of the mariner side of this area and less of the plastic / typical tourist side, then you really want to be in the Cortez / Anna Maria Island neighborhood.
This also positions you very well for Tampa Bay, leading out to the ocean, or going South to Sarasota.