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Sandy pathway to one of the beaches near Bradenton, Florida
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The region’s white-sand beaches consist mostly of fine, quartz crystals.

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Aerial view of the Anna Maria City Pier in Florida
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You won’t find chain restaurants or high-rise buildings on Anna Maria Island. In fact, all buildings on this quaint island measure three stories or less.

Shopping on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria Island, Florida
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Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island is a surprising eco-tourism destination. It features mixed-use structures and remodeled historic buildings, incorporating green construction and technology including Florida’s first LEED Platinum-certified and net-zero energy retail park.