Cortez, a census-designated place (CDP) in Manatee County, Florida, United States, is a small Gulf coast commercial fishing village that was founded by settlers from North Carolina in the 1880s. The population was 4,491 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Bradenton–Sarasota–Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Cortez is located at 27°27′49″N 82°40′21″W / 27.46361°N 82.6725°W / 27.46361; -82.6725 (27.463550, -82.672610).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.3 km²), of which 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²) (57.20%) is water.