WalMart at 5315 Cortez Road Bradenton FL

Landed here on a recent Saturday after losing my way. Totally packed, need a bigger parking lot. Seems everyone from Longboat Key and AnnaMaria Island shops here. Traffic jam along Cortez Road did not help. All aisles and cashiers busy so long line.

Assume things are more pleasant on weekdays. Directly on flight path to Sarasota-Bradenton Airport so can stop here on the way.

Bradenton FL Riverwalk

Recently I walked all along this promenade along the Manatee River that goes over a mile. There is a skate park, stone reclining chairs, children’s playground, fishing piers, a bandshell plus historic exhibits and paintings.

Money well spent here for everyone to enjoy. It ends at the downtown marina close to city hall and Old Main Street where several restaurants await after this long refreshing walk that goes under the US 41 bridge. Plenty of free parking and a hotel along the Riverwalk

Motel 6 at 1567 US1 in Ormond Beach FL

There is some confusion in the Yelp listing. This is on the opposite side of Motel 6 listed in Ormond Beach at this location. It’s off Rosemary Street a block from US1 . Found this on short notice online and quite satisfied.

Friendly pleasant lady cashier, Clean tidy room with plenty of towels, free WiFi and small fridge. Almost directly across from McDonald’s at a slight elevation. A bit difficult to find at night, but at $51 plus change well worth it. Read my reviews of McDonald’s and Love’s Truck stop nearby.