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Check out 375 verified apartments for rent in Palmetto, FL with rents starting as low as $850. Some apartments for rent in Palmetto might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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19 Units Available
Blue Heron Living
420 Salt Meadow Circle
Bradenton, FL | Braden River East
1 Bedroom
$1,299
976 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,594
1302 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,997
1517 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Vibrant, stylish gated community on an old Florida tidewater preserve. Enjoy nature walks, beach-style saltwater pool and shimmering lakes with night-lit fountains. Impressive apartments feature lofty ceilings, high-caliber kitchens and screened lanais with stunning views.
Verified
41 Units Available
View Carlton Arms
1191 Carlton Arms Drive
Bradenton, FL | Braden River East
Studio
$1,044
586 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,027
807 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,182
1270 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Pet-friendly community with riverfront views. Spacious units with private patios/balconies. Grounds are on 100 acres, with lighted tennis courts, waterfall pools, and boat docks with Gulf access.
Verified
3 Units Available
Palms at Cortez
3810 5th St E
Bradenton, FL | Samoset
2 Bedrooms
$1,229
978 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Modern apartment residences with a wood flooring, spacious living areas and modern kitchens. Balcony or patio offered. On-site pool, clothes care center and picnic area. Within a controlled, gated community.
Verified
9 Units Available
Sarasota South
4515 26th St W
South Bradenton, FL | South Bradenton
1 Bedroom
$915
585 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,000
909 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Welcome to Sarasota South, a residential community featuring 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in Bradenton, FL.
Verified
8 Units Available
Champion's Walk
4148 53rd Ave W
Bradenton, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,115
728 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,215
1052 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 10:51 PM
Apartments feature oversized closets, breakfast bars, and vaulted ceilings. Site amenities include a dog park, boat parking, and garage. Situated south of 53rd Avenue West near Riverwalk Park.
Verified
24 Units Available
Treesdale
1818 9th Ave E
Bradenton, FL | Norma Lloyd Park
1 Bedroom
$1,071
850 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,084
950 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,340
1113 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 07:18 PM
Quaint community with an on-site pool, playground and clubhouse. Dogs and cats welcomed. Recently renovated apartments featuring in-unit laundry, walk-in closets and updated appliances. Smoke-free units available. A modern area with a Wi-Fi cafe.
Verified
26 Units Available
ParkCrest Landings
5725 1st Ave E
Bradenton, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,222
727 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,485
1144 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,720
1357 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 07:10 PM
Resort-style community with lakeside pool and walking trails. Architectural style with elegant interiors, high ceilings and modern appliances. Minutes from Tom Bennett Park & Playground Pavilion and I-75. Grill area and green space.
Verified
23 Units Available
Arbor Oaks at Bradenton
5400 26th St W
Bradenton, FL
1 Bedroom
$1,001
684 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,222
1019 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 06:54 PM
Welcome to Arbor Oaks Apartments in beautiful Bradenton, Florida. We are hidden among the beautiful tropical landscaping of 27 acres just 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach.
Verified
17 Units Available
Lory of Braden River
702 51st St E
Bradenton, FL | Braden River East
1 Bedroom
$1,035
728 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,207
988 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 06:27 PM
Updated apartments in a quiet, residential community. Within walking distance to shops and restaurants. Nine-foot high ceilings, walk-in closets and stainless steel appliances provided. Chef-inspired kitchens. Pool on-site and bark park available.
Verified
21 Units Available
Fountain Lake Bradenton
5620 Fountain Lake Cir
Bradenton, FL | Bay Shore Gardens
1 Bedroom
$1,170
874 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,270
993 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,665
1243 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 03:25 PM
Minutes away from the beach with nearby entertainment at The Mall at University Town Center. Relax on your screened porch and enjoy the comfort of faux hardwood floors, ample storage and more.
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Oasis at Belmont Park
4300 18th St E
Bradenton, FL | Samoset
1 Bedroom
$750
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$855
1002 sqft
Last updated September 5 at 11:34 PM
Located in the heart of Bradenton, Florida, the Oasis at Belmont Park truly is an oasis! The Oasis boasts convenient access to public transport for travel to business areas, shopping centers, and restaurants.
1 Unit Available
1167 42nd Terrace East
1167 42nd Terrace East
West Samoset, FL | Samoset
3 Bedrooms
$1,695
1274 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:47 PM
At Main Street Renewal, we provide our residents with an easy leasing experience starting with the flexibility to tour at any time (8am-8pm), applying for a home online, and our dedicated teams ready to assist with any needs.
1 Unit Available
2209 20th Street West
2209 20th Street West
Bradenton, FL | Paradise Garden
3 Bedrooms
$1,695
1144 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:47 PM
At Main Street Renewal, we provide our residents with an easy leasing experience starting with the flexibility to tour at any time (8am-8pm), applying for a home online, and our dedicated teams ready to assist with any needs.
1 Unit Available
6017 66th Street Circle East
6017 66th Street Circle East
Manatee County, FL
3 Bedrooms
$1,795
1374 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:47 PM
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1 Unit Available
4706 30TH STREET W
4706 30th Street West
South Bradenton, FL | South Bradenton
3 Bedrooms
$1,600
1520 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:34 PM
Located at the end of the dirt road on the lake. This is a 1500 sq ft home upstairs unit. Includes a laundry room with washer dryer hookup. New kitchen with granite countertops. Master has new vanity.
1 Unit Available
6519 GRAND ESTUARY TRAIL
6519 Grand Estuary Trail
Manatee County, FL
2 Bedrooms
$4,000
1121 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:34 PM
Beautiful turnkey furnished condo in River Strand Golf and Country Club! This second floor two bedroom, two bathroom unit has a split floor plan, living room/dining room combination, updated kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel
1 Unit Available
6807 GRAND ESTUARY TRAIL
6807 Grand Estuary Trail
Manatee County, FL
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
1400 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:34 PM
STILL AVAILABLE FOR SEASON 2021! Golfers paradise! Be the first to enjoy the Florida lifestyle in this brand new, two bed/two bath plus den condo in the exclusive gated golfing community of Riverstrand.
1 Unit Available
3702 54TH DRIVE W
3702 54th Drive West
Manatee County, FL
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
1215 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 11:34 PM
Fully renovated condo, new floor, quality furniture, new Samsung TV, remodeled with a modern style.
1 Unit Available
5310 26TH STREET W
5310 26th Street West
Bayshore Gardens, FL
1 Bedroom
$975
618 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 11:34 PM
Welcome to Garden Walk! This unit is a 1 bedroom and 1 bath located in the heart of Bradenton around all major colleges and shopping areas.
1 Unit Available
6815 GRAND ESTUARY TRAIL
6815 Grand Estuary Trail
Manatee County, FL
2 Bedrooms
$5,500
1711 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:34 PM
GOLF FOR FREE ALL WINTER! Welcome to the beautifully appointed ABBEY model VERANDA located in the resort style gated maintenance free community of River Strand Golf and Country Club.
1 Unit Available
5612 29TH STREET CIRCLE E
5612 29th Street Circle East
Manatee County, FL
3 Bedrooms
$2,200
1895 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:34 PM
Location is everything in this desirable Bradenton neighborhood, Briarwood. Close to Sam's Club, UTC Mall and minutes away from Hwy 301 for quick commuting to Sarasota's beaches or St. Pete and Tampa with their many cultural activities.
1 Unit Available
3401 54TH DRIVE W
3401 54th Drive West
Manatee County, FL
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,800
1300 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 27 at 11:34 PM
Fully renovated condo, new floor, quality furniture, new Samsung TV, remodeled with a modern style.
1 Unit Available
3605 54TH DRIVE W
3605 54th Drive West
Manatee County, FL
3 Bedrooms
$3,500
1391 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:34 PM
Fully renovated condo, new floors, new counters new quality furniture and beds from high end stores, new Samsung TVs, new kitchen appliances, new modern fans in all rooms...
1 Unit Available
3701 14 STREET W
3701 14th Street West
South Bradenton, FL | South Bradenton
1 Bedroom
$750
400 sqft
Last updated January 27 at 11:34 PM
1 bedroom mobile home in 55+ community. Home has covered parking attached to the unit and an indoor laundry room. Finishing touches happening right now on the interior.
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Apartment Rentals in Palmetto start at $850/month.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Palmetto. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of South Florida-Main Campus, Altierus Career College-Tampa, University of South Florida-St Petersburg, Hillsborough Community College, and The University of Tampa.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Palmetto. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of South Florida-Main Campus, Altierus Career College-Tampa, University of South Florida-St Petersburg, Hillsborough Community College, and The University of Tampa.

City Guide

Palmetto
Palmetto's history hearkens back to the mid-1800s, when the Manatee River drew settlers who used its Gulf access to ship commodities into and out of the region. One of the region's early inhabitants, a man named Samuel Sparks Lamb, arrived in 1868 and decided that the burgeoning community needed a name -- and not just any name but one that paid tribute to his home state of South Carolina. Thus, Palmetto, Florida (named after "The Palmetto State"), was born.
Palmetto's history hearkens back to the mid-1800s, when the Manatee River drew settlers who used its Gulf access to ship commodities into and out of the region. One of the region's early inhabitants, a man named Samuel Sparks Lamb, arrived in 1868 and decided that the burgeoning community needed a name -- and not just any name but one that paid tribute to his home state of South Carolina. Thus, Palmetto, Florida (named after "The Palmetto State"), was born.

On the shores of the Manatee River, near where it flows into the Gulf of Mexico, sits the city of Palmetto, Florida. It's a typical seaside community, with eye-catching views of sun-dappled water and gently swaying palm trees. Not far away are the larger cities of Sarasota and Tampa, which infuse the area with their own doses of sun, sand, and surf. Though Palmetto's gorgeous setting has rightfully earned it a reputation as a resort-worthy escape, the city also offers several amenities that make it a comfortable, livable place for the 12,606 residents who call it home.

Moving to Palmetto

So, Palmetto offers plenty of diversions, and plenty of places to eat and shop. How about apartments does it offer plenty of those? In a word, yes. If you're looking for anything from a studio apartment to a three-bedroom apartment, you'll probably find it here, with some of those units being pet-friendly apartments. To rent an apartment in Palmetto, look at complexes like Palmetto Trace Apartments, Oakridge Apartments, and Regatta Arms Apartments, which offer apartments of varying sizes and amenities. However, you'll find that many units on the market in Palmetto are vacation rentals, so be sure to stay clear of those if you're looking for something long-term.

Moving to Palmetto
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So, Palmetto offers plenty of diversions, and plenty of places to eat and shop. How about apartments does it offer plenty of those? In a word, yes. If you're looking for anything from a studio apartment to a three-bedroom apartment, you'll probably find it here, with some of those units being pet-friendly apartments. To rent an apartment in Palmetto, look at complexes like Palmetto Trace Apartments, Oakridge Apartments, and Regatta Arms Apartments, which offer apartments of varying sizes and amenities. However, you'll find that many units on the market in Palmetto are vacation rentals, so be sure to stay clear of those if you're looking for something long-term.

Neighborhoods in Palmetto

There are many neighborhoods in Palmetto, but check out the list below of the more popular areas in town.

Piney Point: This neighborhood is close to a lot green space, like the Terra Ceia Preserve State Park.

Terra Mana: Off the Manatee River, this 'hood is home to Cut's Edge Harbor Marina and Bradenton Yacht Club.

Memphis: Here you'll find the locals' favorite Blackstone Park.

City Center: In this area, you'll find plenty of food options nearby. There's Sombreros, El Molcajetes, China One and Pizza Pros.

Neighborhoods in Palmetto
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There are many neighborhoods in Palmetto, but check out the list below of the more popular areas in town.

Piney Point: This neighborhood is close to a lot green space, like the Terra Ceia Preserve State Park.

Terra Mana: Off the Manatee River, this 'hood is home to Cut's Edge Harbor Marina and Bradenton Yacht Club.

Memphis: Here you'll find the locals' favorite Blackstone Park.

City Center: In this area, you'll find plenty of food options nearby. There's Sombreros, El Molcajetes, China One and Pizza Pros.

Living in Palmetto

Though Palmetto boasts a variety of activities that cater to visitors, like charter boat excursions into the ocean as well as boat tours of the Manatee River, it also offers plenty of diversions for residents. Hardly a month goes by that there's not a festival or parade in Palmetto, with the city offering everything from an Easter egg hunt to a vintage car show. Every year, the Manatee County Fair takes place in the heart of Palmetto, with activities including agriculture and art exhibits, a hay bale decorating contest, a 5K race and a barbecue cook-off. Palmetto is also home to a historical park, which includes a Carnegie Library built in 1914 (mostly with funds from the big man, Andrew Carnegie, himself), as well as a historic post office, schoolhouse, and other buildings. For outdoor recreation, in addition to the Manatee River, the city of Palmetto maintains 12 parks with playground equipment, sporting fields, and covered pavilions for picnics. Spend a day at Hydrant Park or Sutton Park to enjoy that Florida sunshine.

Not everything is fun and games in Palmetto, though. Residents need to shop, and they need to eat. (Actually, both those pursuits can be entertaining in and of themselves, so maybe everything is fun and games in Palmetto.) Restaurants like Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Riverside Caf and The Clam House Bar & Grill offer fresh fare from the sea, while national chains like Burger King, Checkers and Hungry Howie's are available for diners who want their meals to taste exactly like what they'd get in any other American city. Shopping options include locally owned stores that sell boutique-style items, and chains like Walmart and Walgreens that sell, well, pretty much what you'll find in every Walmart and Walgreens. Residents can get to these locations using their own vehicles or by catching rides on mass transit systems like the Manatee County Area Transit bus.

Living in Palmetto
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Though Palmetto boasts a variety of activities that cater to visitors, like charter boat excursions into the ocean as well as boat tours of the Manatee River, it also offers plenty of diversions for residents. Hardly a month goes by that there's not a festival or parade in Palmetto, with the city offering everything from an Easter egg hunt to a vintage car show. Every year, the Manatee County Fair takes place in the heart of Palmetto, with activities including agriculture and art exhibits, a hay bale decorating contest, a 5K race and a barbecue cook-off. Palmetto is also home to a historical park, which includes a Carnegie Library built in 1914 (mostly with funds from the big man, Andrew Carnegie, himself), as well as a historic post office, schoolhouse, and other buildings. For outdoor recreation, in addition to the Manatee River, the city of Palmetto maintains 12 parks with playground equipment, sporting fields, and covered pavilions for picnics. Spend a day at Hydrant Park or Sutton Park to enjoy that Florida sunshine.

Not everything is fun and games in Palmetto, though. Residents need to shop, and they need to eat. (Actually, both those pursuits can be entertaining in and of themselves, so maybe everything is fun and games in Palmetto.) Restaurants like Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Riverside Caf and The Clam House Bar & Grill offer fresh fare from the sea, while national chains like Burger King, Checkers and Hungry Howie's are available for diners who want their meals to taste exactly like what they'd get in any other American city. Shopping options include locally owned stores that sell boutique-style items, and chains like Walmart and Walgreens that sell, well, pretty much what you'll find in every Walmart and Walgreens. Residents can get to these locations using their own vehicles or by catching rides on mass transit systems like the Manatee County Area Transit bus.

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City Guide

Palmetto
Palmetto's history hearkens back to the mid-1800s, when the Manatee River drew settlers who used its Gulf access to ship commodities into and out of the region. One of the region's early inhabitants, a man named Samuel Sparks Lamb, arrived in 1868 and decided that the burgeoning community needed a name -- and not just any name but one that paid tribute to his home state of South Carolina. Thus, Palmetto, Florida (named after "The Palmetto State"), was born.
Palmetto's history hearkens back to the mid-1800s, when the Manatee River drew settlers who used its Gulf access to ship commodities into and out of the region. One of the region's early inhabitants, a man named Samuel Sparks Lamb, arrived in 1868 and decided that the burgeoning community needed a name -- and not just any name but one that paid tribute to his home state of South Carolina. Thus, Palmetto, Florida (named after "The Palmetto State"), was born.

On the shores of the Manatee River, near where it flows into the Gulf of Mexico, sits the city of Palmetto, Florida. It's a typical seaside community, with eye-catching views of sun-dappled water and gently swaying palm trees. Not far away are the larger cities of Sarasota and Tampa, which infuse the area with their own doses of sun, sand, and surf. Though Palmetto's gorgeous setting has rightfully earned it a reputation as a resort-worthy escape, the city also offers several amenities that make it a comfortable, livable place for the 12,606 residents who call it home.

Moving to Palmetto

So, Palmetto offers plenty of diversions, and plenty of places to eat and shop. How about apartments does it offer plenty of those? In a word, yes. If you're looking for anything from a studio apartment to a three-bedroom apartment, you'll probably find it here, with some of those units being pet-friendly apartments. To rent an apartment in Palmetto, look at complexes like Palmetto Trace Apartments, Oakridge Apartments, and Regatta Arms Apartments, which offer apartments of varying sizes and amenities. However, you'll find that many units on the market in Palmetto are vacation rentals, so be sure to stay clear of those if you're looking for something long-term.

Moving to Palmetto
+

So, Palmetto offers plenty of diversions, and plenty of places to eat and shop. How about apartments does it offer plenty of those? In a word, yes. If you're looking for anything from a studio apartment to a three-bedroom apartment, you'll probably find it here, with some of those units being pet-friendly apartments. To rent an apartment in Palmetto, look at complexes like Palmetto Trace Apartments, Oakridge Apartments, and Regatta Arms Apartments, which offer apartments of varying sizes and amenities. However, you'll find that many units on the market in Palmetto are vacation rentals, so be sure to stay clear of those if you're looking for something long-term.

Neighborhoods in Palmetto

There are many neighborhoods in Palmetto, but check out the list below of the more popular areas in town.

Piney Point: This neighborhood is close to a lot green space, like the Terra Ceia Preserve State Park.

Terra Mana: Off the Manatee River, this 'hood is home to Cut's Edge Harbor Marina and Bradenton Yacht Club.

Memphis: Here you'll find the locals' favorite Blackstone Park.

City Center: In this area, you'll find plenty of food options nearby. There's Sombreros, El Molcajetes, China One and Pizza Pros.

Neighborhoods in Palmetto
+

There are many neighborhoods in Palmetto, but check out the list below of the more popular areas in town.

Piney Point: This neighborhood is close to a lot green space, like the Terra Ceia Preserve State Park.

Terra Mana: Off the Manatee River, this 'hood is home to Cut's Edge Harbor Marina and Bradenton Yacht Club.

Memphis: Here you'll find the locals' favorite Blackstone Park.

City Center: In this area, you'll find plenty of food options nearby. There's Sombreros, El Molcajetes, China One and Pizza Pros.

Living in Palmetto

Though Palmetto boasts a variety of activities that cater to visitors, like charter boat excursions into the ocean as well as boat tours of the Manatee River, it also offers plenty of diversions for residents. Hardly a month goes by that there's not a festival or parade in Palmetto, with the city offering everything from an Easter egg hunt to a vintage car show. Every year, the Manatee County Fair takes place in the heart of Palmetto, with activities including agriculture and art exhibits, a hay bale decorating contest, a 5K race and a barbecue cook-off. Palmetto is also home to a historical park, which includes a Carnegie Library built in 1914 (mostly with funds from the big man, Andrew Carnegie, himself), as well as a historic post office, schoolhouse, and other buildings. For outdoor recreation, in addition to the Manatee River, the city of Palmetto maintains 12 parks with playground equipment, sporting fields, and covered pavilions for picnics. Spend a day at Hydrant Park or Sutton Park to enjoy that Florida sunshine.

Not everything is fun and games in Palmetto, though. Residents need to shop, and they need to eat. (Actually, both those pursuits can be entertaining in and of themselves, so maybe everything is fun and games in Palmetto.) Restaurants like Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Riverside Caf and The Clam House Bar & Grill offer fresh fare from the sea, while national chains like Burger King, Checkers and Hungry Howie's are available for diners who want their meals to taste exactly like what they'd get in any other American city. Shopping options include locally owned stores that sell boutique-style items, and chains like Walmart and Walgreens that sell, well, pretty much what you'll find in every Walmart and Walgreens. Residents can get to these locations using their own vehicles or by catching rides on mass transit systems like the Manatee County Area Transit bus.

Living in Palmetto
+

Though Palmetto boasts a variety of activities that cater to visitors, like charter boat excursions into the ocean as well as boat tours of the Manatee River, it also offers plenty of diversions for residents. Hardly a month goes by that there's not a festival or parade in Palmetto, with the city offering everything from an Easter egg hunt to a vintage car show. Every year, the Manatee County Fair takes place in the heart of Palmetto, with activities including agriculture and art exhibits, a hay bale decorating contest, a 5K race and a barbecue cook-off. Palmetto is also home to a historical park, which includes a Carnegie Library built in 1914 (mostly with funds from the big man, Andrew Carnegie, himself), as well as a historic post office, schoolhouse, and other buildings. For outdoor recreation, in addition to the Manatee River, the city of Palmetto maintains 12 parks with playground equipment, sporting fields, and covered pavilions for picnics. Spend a day at Hydrant Park or Sutton Park to enjoy that Florida sunshine.

Not everything is fun and games in Palmetto, though. Residents need to shop, and they need to eat. (Actually, both those pursuits can be entertaining in and of themselves, so maybe everything is fun and games in Palmetto.) Restaurants like Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Riverside Caf and The Clam House Bar & Grill offer fresh fare from the sea, while national chains like Burger King, Checkers and Hungry Howie's are available for diners who want their meals to taste exactly like what they'd get in any other American city. Shopping options include locally owned stores that sell boutique-style items, and chains like Walmart and Walgreens that sell, well, pretty much what you'll find in every Walmart and Walgreens. Residents can get to these locations using their own vehicles or by catching rides on mass transit systems like the Manatee County Area Transit bus.