OK, I'll admit it.. I am a died in the wool old fashioned romantic that just loves to find the unspoiled parts of Florida. And when they are almost right next door to where I live in Bradenton, well, all the better. Cortez Village is just such a place, with its sometimes 5th generation residents taking to the water for a living from fish, just as their ancestors did.
You can taste some of their catch in the local restaurants, right next to the fisheries that buy their daily take. Talk about FRESH seafood, yummmmm. You might even want to stop in at the Cortez Cafe' right off Cortez - The main road passing the village going out to Anna Maria Island - and
listen quietly to the locals talk to each other. You can get yourself a really great meal there too, and at a decent price. While eating, take a look at the spectacular art locals have put on display for sale.
All photo's taken with a Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera
Blue Crab traps ready to be set
Wording on the sign, upper right hand side
This page was last updated on: September 19, 2007
Be sure to stop in and check out the Cortez Commercial Fishing Village festival the 3rd weekend in February every year!!