No malls here. But I found delightful buys in dozens of spots dotting the island. My favorite shopping area is Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach (the southernmost city on the island). There’s another pier here and a shopping street with Bridge Street Jewelers (I didn’t resist the beautiful silver bracelet adorned with a palm tree.) And the winner of my Most Kitschy contest is Bridge Street Bazaar. This charmer features fun wall plaques and pink flamingos galore, plus pirate and other nautical items. Any wife would love the sign reading, “Old fisherman lives here with his best catch.”
Shopping Information: Art Attack, The Sailor’s Knot, Bridge Street Jewelers, Bridge Street Bazaar. All located on Bridge Street.