Surfing in Bradenton Beach, Tampa, Florida USA

Skill level:
Advanced surfers
Swell size:
3ft/1m up to 12ft/4m
Tampa is a big city, located near Mexico Gulf, on the west coast of Florida. It is surrounded by two bodies of water that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, offering a subtropical climate, hot humid days during summer with frequent thunderstorms and light freezes during winter.

The city is very well organized in regard to activities and recreational parks. According to Forbes magazine, it is the 5th best outdoor city in the United States. Bradenton Beach is located in Anna Maria Island, an amazing tropical paradise, situated at just few miles away from Tampa.

With a wide open beach with sugar sand and amazing turquoise waters, this place is the perfect location for surfing. As it is an exposed beach/Pier break, it has a regional classic wave quality with regular frequency. The wave takes both right and left directions and is powerful and fun to ride. The size of the swell starts working from 3 ft/1 m and can hold up to 12 ft/4 m and more, while the best wind direction is when coming from Northwest.

Bradenton Beach is suitable for experienced surfers only. During the summer season, the tropical storm Debby affects the exposed shores of Anna Maria Island, providing perfect conditions for some extra excitement. However, the best season to surf the spot is during winter. Surfers should be careful of piers, sharks and rip currents.

How to Get to Destination

55.5mi/89.3km, 1hour and 5mins
Head east on E Zack St toward N Morgan St, Turn right onto N Nebraska Ave, Turn left onto the ramp to I-75 E/Brandon, Merge onto Selmon Expressway, Take exit 15A to merge onto I-75 S toward Naples, Take exit 228 to merge onto I-275 N toward St Petersburg, Take exit 2 for US-41 S, Turn left onto U.S. 41 S/S Tamiami Trail, Slight left to stay on U.S. 41 S/S Tamiami Trail, Slight right onto S Tamiami Trail, Continue straight to stay on S Tamiami Trail, Continue onto 44th Ave W/Cortez Rd W Continue to follow Cortez Rd W and Turn left onto Gulf Dr N.
Tampa International Airport,
54.2mi/87.2km from Bradenton Beach

Amtrak’s Silver Star calls on Tampa twice daily: number 91 southbound to Miami and number 92 northbound for New York City.


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