FOCUS ON Riviera Dunes Marina Resort, on the Manatee River, off Tampa Bay
Fall in love with Florida’s west coast while enjoying the hospitality of Riviera Dunes Marina, Palmetto, Florida.
Never heard of Palmetto, Florida? Ahh, then there’s another reason for adding this destination marina to your cruise plans. Located in a slice of old Florida, but with all the modern amenities. This is a rather new marina, as marinas go. Riviera Dunes Marina began its operations late in 2003. As its reputation grew as a safe and beautiful spot, those who owned their slips in the marina decided to purchase it from its developer and Riviera Dunes Marina is now owned by its slip owners, boaters like you, and operated by marine professionals, so your needs are not only known, but understood and anticipated.
From the north as you follow the Gulf ICW into Tampa Bay, you will want to leave the ICW Course line at Red “70” heading towards Red “2” at the entrance channel to the wide and beautiful Manatee River. Coming from the south, after leaving the Palma Sola Bay behind Anna Maria Island into Tampa Bay, watch for the entrance into the Manatee River off to Starboard shortly after entering the Bay cruising north. The entrance to the marina channel is about five miles up the scenic and wide Manatee River on your Port side. Make a 90 degree turn to Port at Red 24-A to enter the marina entrance channel.
Near Riviera Dunes Marina, you will find a Walmart, a Publix, and a wonderful veterinarian, Dr. Jack Beal, who is also an avid boater. Then just across the river is the town of Bradenton with its river walk park and Old Town Bradenton, where you will discover lots of excellent restaurants, the South Florida Museum
and other interesting places. There is also a West Marine in Bradenton that can be reached easily with “uber”.
What ever your needs, there are ample resources to keep your cruise plans fully accommodated.
Riviera Dunes Marina has been recognized as West Florida’s best protected marina. With ten-foot wide, floating docks, 50 and 100-amp power and onSpot wifi for the best internet connections.
Ready to mingle and catch up on all the latest places your fellow skippers and crew have enjoyed? There is a large social deck just for the boaters with tables, chairs, umbrellas and, for those who want to cook some fresh fish or their own special creations, there are four “clean” gas grills for everyone to enjoy, as they prepare their galley delights. What better way to wrap up a day, making new friends while relaxing with your favorite libations?
A very nice, comfortable social deck located so that it is in a “for boaters only area.”
Riviera Dunes provides stable, wide concrete floating docks. They make it so easy to board, clean and move around your vessel. Plenty of room for dock carts being used and for a nice casual walk around the marina.
And the wide fairways provide a comfortable margin while entering or leaving your slip.
Need to stretch those muscles, get all the parts moving again without the pounding of the feet or knees, then you know there is nothing like a nice swim. Riviera Dunes Marina has two separate pools, one for families where kids are welcomed, and one for adults only. Both are heated for winter comfort. So, these pools are ready when you arrive, to provide you with a comfortable area for exercise and or pure relaxation.
Arrive hungry and take advantage of the onsite Dockside Social Bar and Grill. The name says it all. A local dining favorite, where you may enjoy views of the marina while dining inside or out in the open-air atmosphere.
When you dock your vessel with Riviera Dunes, the premier Bradenton-Palmetton area marina, you will be able to use your tender to explore up and down the river where the landscape of old Florida with moss draped Live Oaks and all sorts of Palm trees. Even stopping in at another favorite eating spot on the river called “Woody’s River Rue”.
Or head down to DeSoto National Memorial Park
or just across on the north side is Emerson Park
with its delightful walking nature trails. These are just a few of the many enjoyable things to do in the area.