The stone crab season started Oct 15 and Cortez fishermen are bringing in this delicious seafood to the docks over the last several weeks. This weekend at the 8th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival the crab claws will be the featured attraction.
In the 1880’s settlers came down from North Carolina and founded a small Gulf coast commercial fishing village which is now known as Cortez Fishing Village. Today Cortez is one of the last remaining fishing villages in Florida and home to about 5,000 people. Most of them still live off the water in different ways. The people of Cortez are quite proud of their history and preserving the legacy of this area. It is labeled on the National Register of Historic Places. To celebrate their maritime heritage several festivals are held every year.
Cortez is just a short drive from the Southern tip of Anna Maria Island. It is fun to visit anytime of the year. Restaurants with fresh fish and seafood, the village is quaint with small streets lined with cottages, homes and businesses and many with boats in the front yard. Obviously not now, but you will also see lots of crab traps stored in the yards before and after the stone crab season. You walk, bike or golf cart rather than drive and it’s the kind of neighborhood where people know and lookout for each other.
This weekend Nov 9 and 10, 2019 will be another occasion to display their fishing skills at the Stone Crab Festival that is hosted by the Swordfish Grill Restaurant. The free event is held from 10 am to 6 pm and takes place at the restaurant location at 4628 119th St W. Or come by boat and look for Marker 49!
Besides fresh seafood and beer, there are local art vendors and a kids play area. Live music will start at 10 am on three stages at the East end of the fishing village.
If you are in Cortez, take some time and check out the “Sea Hagg”, an eclectic maritime store or the Florida Maritime Museum.
If you have any other question about the area feel free to reach out to our Vacation Rental Team. You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.
Florida is associated with sunshine and beaches but what to do on rainy days?
Luckily, there are many indoor activities offered in the vicinity of Anna Maria Island. Besides the typical alternatives like movies, bowling and shopping visit one of the great museums in this area.
Here the Top Ten:
- Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum
402 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216
January-March: 10am to 4pm
April-December: 10am to 1pm
Tour this small museum, the historical Belle Haven house and the Old Anna Maria City Jail. Learn how the island changed over the years from an untouched jungle to a tourist attraction.
- The Bishop Museum of Nature and Science
201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: Noon to 5pm
Formerly known as South Florida Museum it is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. There is also the Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat.
- Florida Maritime Museum
4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
Tuesday-Saturday 9 am to 4pm
Located in the historic 1912 school house of Cortez the museum’s mission is to collect, preserve and share traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and personal stories specific to Florida’s fishing and maritime heritage
- The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
Free Admission on Monday
Daily 10 am to 5 pm
This state art museum was founded by the circus magnate and features 31 galleries in a pink Renaissance-style palace. The Circus Museum is charting American circus history with props, costumes & a restored Wisconsin train carriage. The home to the Ringlings is called Ca’ d’Zan and is a 1924 mansion draws inspiration from the palazzos of Venice.
- Sarasota Classic Car Museum
5500 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
Daily 9 am to 6pm
Tour this 60,000-square-foot facility with about 100 vintage cars of all types in a constantly rotating collection. The museum also displays rare cars and ones owned by famous people.
- The Dali Museum
One Dali Blvd, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
Daily 10 am to 5.30 pm, Thursday 8 pm
It houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe with more than 2,000 pieces of art in 20,000 square feet of gallery space, including numerous oils, watercolors, sketches, sculptures and other objects.
- The Florida Holocaust Museum
55 5th St S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Daily 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM (except holidays)
The museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. It features permanant exhibitions with original artifacts, historical photographs and documents with additional changing temporary exhibitions.
- Museum of Science & Industry
4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617
Daily 10 am to 5 pm
MOSI for short is a not-for-profit science museum located in Tampa, Florida. It is a community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology.
- The Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Daily: 9 am to 5.30 pm
Dating from 1885 when Thomas Edison first visited Southwest Florida and purchased the property to build a vacation home this historical museum and 21 acre botanical garden is located beside the Caloosahatchee River.
- Chocolate Museum and Cafe
11701 International Drive Suite 400, Orlando, FL, 32821
Daily 11 am to 7 pm
If you are exploring Orlando stop by this museum for a “treat”. A tour takes you from the beginning of the use of the cocoa beans through its rich history. Sampling is included and stay at the Cafe to taste more of the delicious sweets.