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Venice

Venice

Nature’s Bounty

Known as the “Shark’s Tooth Capitol of the World,” Venice offers 14-miles of Gulf beaches that boast a pet-friendly beach at Brohard Paw Park, along with a picturesque 700 foot fishing pier. Pick your beach and plan to stay until the sun goes down to experience the spectacular colors in the sky.

Ranked as one of the “Top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns by Coastal Living Magazine, you can hunt for shark teeth and enjoy miles of pristine beaches, with beach recreation, public facilities and plenty of parking. Enjoy the warm gulf waters, or if you’re a diver, check out the reef a quarter-mile offshore. A pet-friendly community, many of the parks, hiking trails and beach parks are open to dogs. Make sure to follow any leash and location guidelines.

Home to the Annual Shark’s Tooth and Seafood Festival each April, explore Venice’s beaches of South Jetty Beach, Venice Beach, Caspersen Beach, Brohard Beach, Brohard Paw Beach and South Beach.

Beyond outstanding beaches, the friendly environment and rich cultural amenities of Venice make it a great place to call home. Find your Venice retreat.

 

Beaches of Venice

SOUTH JETTY BEACH

Part of Higel Marine Park, this is the place for fishing, dolphin sightings and sunsets. Located at the northern tip ( Venice Inlet), you’ll find picnic tables, public restrooms and parking.

VENICE BEACH

A great Gulf beach for swimming, this is the location for finding shark teeth and other fossilized material. A Certified Blue Wave Beach, there’s plenty of beach activities with parking, concessions, picnic areas and restroom, volleyball and lifeguards. Particularly appealing to divers, just off shore, a stunning coral reef hosts an abundance of marine life.  Dogs are allowed on their own stretch of “dog beach” toward the end of Venice Beach, and must be on a leash.  Make sure to check the schedule posted at concessions for the evening entertainment.

Certified Blue Wave beaches and destinations represent the complete eco-coastal experience that includes respect for the dunes, water and wildlife.

VENICE PIER

The 700 foot Venice Pier offers a magical walk out over the Gulf, with shops, gear rental, fishing and fish cleaning stations. There is no cost to access the pier. Perfect for those anticipated sunsets, with nearby picnic pavilion, volleyball courts and restrooms.

BROHARD PAW PARK

The most dog-friendly park in the state, an adjoining beach welcomes pups to frolic. Open from 7:00 am to dusk, there’s an enclosed play yard with watering stations and doggie showers, along with picnic tables and parking.

BROHARD BEACH

South of the Paw Park and north of Caspersen Beach, this less populated stretch of the shore has parking, restrooms and access walkways.

CASPERSEN BEACH

The longest beach in Sarasota county, nature trails, saltwater marshes and tidal flats provide for superior wildlife viewing. An area of rocky shoreline provides clear and calm waters that offer a perfect place to snorkel. Just beyond the rocks, get ready for untamed, wild and wooded that invites hiking and spectacular birding.  All along the sandy shore, the natural break of the waves gathers a concentration of shark’s teeth. Home to the Venice’s Annual Shark’s Tooth and Seafood Festival, amenities include restrooms and showers, dune walkways, picnic area, ADA compliant playground and parking. The perfect place to romp with your four-legged friends, arrive early morning before the crowd.

CASPERSEN BEACH NATURE TRAIL

Meander the corridor shaded by tall cabbage palms on this 20-minute walk that wanders a captivating coastal hammock of fresh and saltwater marshes, mangrove and tidal flats.

SOUTH BEACH
SOUTH VENICE FERRY

A stretch of public beach, just across Lemon Bay from the South Venice Ferry. This public area features a Ferry Terminal, boat ramp and kayak launch.

A LOOK BACK

Like most of Southwest Florida, Venice was originally home to the Calusa Indians. Settlers began to arrive in the 1800s when land was offered free to those willing to homestead.

John Nolen was commissioned ca. 1916 to create a Gulf Coast paradise. Nolen called Florida “the final frontier.”  Having planned cities in Clearwater, Sarasota, West Palm Beach and more, he called Venice, “an opportunity better than any other in Florida to apply the most advanced and most practical ideas in city planning.”

In 1925, the area was conceptualized as a retirement haven for members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers of Cleveland Ohio. In June of 1926, the first street opened in Venice, followed by the incorporation of the city in 1927. At last the dream of a model community became a reality when homes & businesses featured Italian architecture.

To preserve this piece of Florida history, the city formed the Historic Venice District and an architectural review board to ensure that new construction or modification of existing buildings conform to the city’s original Northern Italian Renaissance Architecture. One of the first master planned communities in the US, Venice is a designated “Florida Main Street” community and maintains strict building height limits.

Visit the Triangle Inn, 351 S. Nassau Street, now a museum and archive depository. Originally opened in 1927 as a rooming house by Mrs. Augusta Miner, it is one of many structures in Venice listed on the National Register of Historic Places.