River Strand is located north to Tampa Bay and south to Fort Myers and Naples near Interstate 75, which offers easy access to the entire Gulf Coast. The community is less than a mile from amenity-filled Tom Bennett Park and Playground Pavilion. Fort Myers is known as the Gateway to Southwest Florida and hosts the winter homes of famous Americans, such as the inventor Thomas Edison and the father of the Ford motors Co., Henry Ford.
The city and the surrounding area of Bradenton extends from Tampa bay to Naples and is considered by many as the gem of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Here it is all about big-city amenities and small-town charm.
Bradenton also blends popular beaches with rich shopping, culture, recreation and dining. Here, many houses have been converted into studios, galleries, small restaurants and other small businesses. In the downtown area you may find the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Water sports are omnipresent, thanks to the fact that many waterways spring in the zone, such as the Manatee River and Gulf of Mexico. Also notably, Bradenton’s downtown maintains a certain charm, with the tallest building, the Bradenton Financial Center, standing at just 12 stories.
Business is Bradenton is largely agriculturally driven. Tropicana Products, among the world's largest producers of orange juice, maintains major operations in Bradenton. Champs Sports, a nationwide sports-apparel chain, is headquartered in Bradenton, as is the department store chain Bealls. In addition, Bradenton boasts a wealth of small but growing businesses and expert medical professionals.