Venice Beach is located along the Gulf Coast of Florida and stretches for 14 miles to the south of Siesta Key and to the north of Manasota Key. Venice has beautiful beaches along with a spectacular setting of condos rising over the beach. Venice beaches offer room to relax and although the crowds vary, the beaches tend to be less crowded than those in Siesta Key. Venice is also famous for its elegant architecture and sparkling canals, along with a historic shopping district and lively street festivals. This is a great vacation spot especially if you are looking for a sophisticated destination with the charming vibe of Old Florida.
Venice’s sugar soft beaches and warm waters are ideal for sunbathing and swimming, but their beaches are best known for their shark teeth. Although it would be extremely rare to see real sharks at Venice’s beaches, thousands of their fossilized teeth wash up on the sand every time there is a high tide, giving the town the nickname of “The Shark Tooth Capital of the World”. There are a few ways to hunt for shark’s teeth in Venice. Many opt to purchase a “Shark’s Tooth Basket” to scoop and sift through the sand, leaving sharks teeth in the basket. Shark tooth baskets are available at almost every shop in Venice. Each August, Venice draws thousands of tourists and visitors to its charming waterfront with the community-wide Sharks Tooth and Seafood Festival.
Venice has three main beaches: Venice Municipal Beach, Casperen Beach, and Brohard Beach. Venice Municipal Beach is a good place to hunt for sharks teeth and also attracts many divers to its coral reef about one-quarter mile offshore. Casperen Beach is the longest beach in Sarasota County and is located south of Venice Airport. It has been left in its natural state and is usually quite secluded. This is a great area to look for sharks teeth and shells. It is also the site of the annual “Sharks Tooth and Seafood Festival”. In addition, Nokomis Beach and North Jetty Beach located in Casey Key are also beautiful beaches to visit in the Venice area.
If you love dogs, then you should love Venice too! Brohard Paw Park, located on Harbor Drive in Venice is a Dog Friendly Beach/Park with dog drinking fountains and showers on decks for dogs only. The Dog Park also has fire hydrants and leash posts. Adjacent to the park is the only beach in Sarasota County where dogs are allowed to roam free. It is widely known as the best dog friendly park in the state.
Like many Gulf Coast communities, Venice specializes in fresh seafood. Sharky’s on the Pier is Venice’s only beachfront restaurant and is a popular place for visitors to enjoy drink specials, great seafood, and spectacular views of the sunset on the Gulf of Mexico. If you take a walk along Venice Avenue, you will find Luna Restorante, a fine Italian Restaurant. Another great restaurant in Venice is the Venice Café, specializing in a variety of contemporary options as well as some Asian and Mediterranean cuisines, along with a great selection of wine.
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Venice Beach has many great accommodations with convenient access to its area beaches, shopping, restaurants, and activities. The Inn at the Beach Resort is one of Venice’s finest beachside accommodations featuring many different distinct room types ranging from deluxe rooms to 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom garden suites. There is an outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi as well as complimentary continental breakfast served each morning. The grounds are tropically landscaped with winding brick walkways leading to the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. View all Venice Area Hotels »
If you are in search of a relaxing vacation, Venice is definitely a place to consider. You will not be disappointed with the charm that Venice has to offer, with its spectacular shorelines, Italian Renaissance buildings, Mediterranean-style shops, and “umbrella-topped” palms that lines the streets.