Cortez, Florida is one of the last small coastal fishing villages in Florida, located near Anna Maria Island. Founded in the 1880s by settlers from North Carolina, you will find that Cortez still has the same antiquated charm speckled with a few modern amenities. This timeless fishing community is located in the most perfect place possible, just over the glittering Gulf of Mexico, completely enveloped in traditional maritime heritage. You won’t find very many high rises here! Just some small beach bungalows, cottages, and single family homes. This community has strong ties with their maritime traditions, their heritage running deep through Cortez’s streets where you will find restores boats proudly displayed along with crab traps stacked out front of many homes. The people of Cortez are quite proud of their history and preserving the legacy of this area through the National Register of Historic Places. You will find more about the culture of this area at The Florida Maritime Museum. This museum will be offering folk classes soon so you can learn the skills of the past to past down to your grandchildren one day and preserve the maritime history through tradition.
Cortez Beach is known for its ability to continue off the beaten path unlike many other areas in Florida that have become overdeveloped for the tourism industry, although you can still enjoy many activities such as parasailing, kayaking, and jet skiing. However, when you come to Cortez, you want a historical experience so many visitors love to walk around and see the remaining fishing houses that belonged to the original founding families of this village. Most of these are still standing today, and some of them still sell fresh grouper and shrimp to local restaurants and visitors alike. Walking through Cortez Beach is like walking through a time machine and a historical adventure for everyone.
Cortez Beach is the ideal fishing spot for many because the deep water surrounding the area that’s buffered by the barrier islands. There is probably no better place to learn about fishing than this charming old fishing village. Cortez Beach is tucked away from most of the commercialism because of the community’s strong ties to its historical roots. Cortez is the epitome of the idea of what Old Florida used to be, the Florida you would hear about from your grandparents. Make some time to hear the local elders tell you the old legends and tales so you have plenty of stories to tell when you go home.
Most people today don’t even know what traditional life was even like in the sunshine state before the tourism industry took over but Cortez has kept it this way of life alive. Cortez is like nowhere else in Florida. You can experience all that this area has to offer without having to battle the hordes of other visitors. Stay minutes away from this picturesque village in a dream vacation rental. A family vacation on Anna Maria Island is not complete without a visit to Cortez Beach which is filled with charm and opulence. If you are interested in experiencing Florida the way it used to be, consider booking a trip to Cortez today! You never know what awaits you when you visit this side of the coast!