The long-awaited Gulf Island Ferry Service in Bradenton is finally becoming a reality, and it’s set to make waves this summer! The commencement of this new service is marked by the induction of two stunning 50-foot catamarans, proudly named Miss Anna Maria and the Downtown Duchess. These ferries represent a significant effort to enhance connectivity within Manatee County and alleviate the burden of tourism traffic.
Designed to provide a convenient and scenic mode of transportation, the ferries will serve as a lifeline between Bradenton and the picturesque beaches of Anna Maria Island. With a capacity to accommodate up to 49 passengers, they promise to offer a delightful journey for both residents and visitors alike. Guests staying at Dan’s Florida Condos, 2br and 1br vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island, will have another mode of transport when taking in the breathtaking views of sea life and sunsets of Bradenton Beach.
Elliott Falcione, the esteemed Executive Director of The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, expressed his excitement over this new venture, stating, “We look forward to continuing to provide easy, accessible travel opportunities throughout Manatee County.” Indeed, the introduction of this ferry service will offer a refreshing alternative for those seeking to explore the beauty of the area without the hassles of road congestion.
The Gulf Island Ferry Service is scheduled to kick off in late summer, and passengers can avail of the service at a reasonable fare. A one-way trip is priced at $8, while an all-day pass can be purchased for $10, with special discounted rates for children and senior citizens.
The ferry’s operation hours on weekends, from Friday to Sunday, will be between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., with hourly stops between the charming downtown Bradenton Riverwalk and the idyllic Anna Maria Island. Imagine embarking on a leisurely journey across the serene waters, soaking in the sun and the coastal breeze while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the region.
For those eager to plan their trips and get more details about the ferry routes, the official ferry website offers a wealth of information, including a handy map. This online resource is sure to guide passengers in making the most of their island-hopping adventures.
So, get ready to embark on a new and exciting chapter in Bradenton’s transportation history. Whether you’re a local looking for a quick getaway or a tourist eager to explore the gems of Manatee County, the Gulf Island Ferry Service is set to provide a delightful and memorable experience. Book your tickets, bring your sense of adventure, and prepare to set sail on an unforgettable journey to Anna Maria Island! 🏝️🌊
For more information and updates, visit the official Gulf Island Ferry Service website
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