If you're vacationing or staying south of Sarasota, Venice Beach Florida is a nearby and gorgeous beach to check out.
If you're staying in the Sarasota area, it's still worth checking out for a new adventure. It's one of my favorite beaches south of Sarasota. And it will be one of yours, too.
Here are some details and geography: It's one of a span of 14 miles of Venice area beaches from Casey Key on the north to Manasota Key on the south. On Venice Island, Venice Beach Florida (or as it's also known: Venice Municipal Beach) is the furthest north, just south of the Venice Jetty.
Another “Blue Wave Certification” beach, Venice Beach Florida, with its clean sand and sparkling clean water, is another one of our gorgeous Gulf of Mexico Beaches just waiting to be discovered by you.
It's easy to get to, just west of downtown Venice, Florida but once you get there and relax on this large, sandy beach you'll feel miles away from everything.
In fact, Venice Beach has been named one of the five best re-nourished beaches by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.
The Venice Beach re-nourishment was completed at a cost of $16 million over three years. The project extended Venice Beach about 130 feet along more than 3 miles of gulf coast shoreline. This gives you much more sand on which to beach comb or just soak up the rays on your special piece of sand.
With a backdrop of Condos rising over the beach, there's lots of room for you to relax and wriggle your toes in its sand. The condos don't get in the way of, or detract from, the beautiful scenery and blue of the water.
The size of the crowds vary on this beach depending on whether or not it’s high season or low season, but it’s usually less crowded than Siesta Key Beach any time of year.
Don't worry, there’s plenty of room for you to stake out your own piece of the sand!
This Venice, Florida beach is a great place on which to find sharks teeth and shark tooth hunting here can become a real "mania!" We even have our own Venice Shark Tooth Festival every April.
Sharks Tooth Hunting Tips: There are two ways to hunt for shark’s teeth at Venice Beach; “Free Hand” or with a “Shark’s Tooth Basket” that you use to scoop up and sift sand, leaving the sharks teeth in the basket. I’ve seen both ways work fine for shark tooth hunters, it just depends on your style and agility, I guess.
Shark tooth baskets are available at some shops in downtown Venice and even at Wal-Mart! Just ask for one. They'll know what you're looking for. And they won't look at you strangely for asking. They're used to it. And they themselves may be collectors as well. So, don't be shy. Just have fun.
Venice Beach is also a good beach to watch for bottle nosed dolphins offshore. They frequently are seen hunting offshore just past where no one is swimming. Keep your eyes open and you may see a couple of them. They are a fairly common sight.
Most of my dolphin sightings have been off the far end of the Venice Jetty. They are there competing against the fishermen on the Jetty. Who do you think wins most of the time?
And, for divers there’s a coral reef dive site located about a quarter mile offshore and there are also five new artificial limestone reefs. They were created about 500 yards offshore and should provide about seven acres of habitat for sea life.
Close to Venice, Florida Hotels and Inns, with unobstructed and awe inspiring views of the Gulf of Mexico, together with good amenities including concessions, a pavilion shelter, park benches, picnic tables, restrooms, a volleyball area, life guards, free parking...
...and lots of room to spread out and relax, Venice Beach Florida makes for a relaxing day at the beach, close to in-town conveniences, just a few block walk from the historic downtown area.
It’s so peaceful you’ll have a difficult time pulling yourself away. I do. Enjoy!
Directions: To find Venice Beach from Sarasota, follow Rt. 41 south into Downtown Historic Venice. Turn right on to Venice Avenue and follow it straight west and you’ll run right in to Venice Beach’s parking area.