Ever since the 1700s fishers have been harvesting mullet in Cortez, now one of the few remaining wild fisheries in the US. Sandwiched between Anna Maria Island and Palma Sola Bay on the mainland, the village is a perfect time warp with old boats and crab traps drying on the lawns of wooden bungalows. Ethan Hawke played poor boy Pip here to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Estella in the 1998 adaptation of Great Expectations.
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