PALMA SOLA BAY*

It’s a bit off the beaten path, but if you’re looking for a place to hang out on the hook for a couple of days Palma Sola is good if you can clear a 10 foot bridge.

The bottom is good holding with sand and mud. Protection from the wind is good in all directions and no matter how hard it may be blowing there would not be much wave action to bother you. During daylight hours jet skis buzz around which can be annoying, but after sunset it’s quiet.

The anchorage is right off Manatee Avenue and there’s a bus stop at the western end of the cul de sac bay. The east-bound bus will take you into downtown Bradenton and one of the two county bus terminals. Heading west will take you to the Manatee Avenue Beach. There you can hop on the free trolley and go to Coquina Beach at the south end of Anna Maria Island, and to Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Publix Supermarket, an Ace Hardware and Dollar Tree as well as quite a few restaurants. Taking the trolley north from the beach will take you to the town of Anna Maria where there are restaurants gift stores and a True Value Hardware.

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