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Venice, Florida beaches are some of the most uncrowded stretches of beach you’ll find along the Florida coastline. Venice, Florida is a smaller town that sees its fair share of local residents and visitors, but isn’t near as touristy as nearby cities like West Palm Beach or Miami. The beaches in Venice boast a darker color due to a mix of both sand and fossilized materials. Venice, Florida is the shark-tooth capital of the world and many beachcombers find these hidden gems while taking their daily stroll.
Close to several Venice inns, South Brohard Beach encompasses 22 acres of beachfront along Venice, Florida’s South Harbor Drive. This particular beach is less popular than others, so visitors will find plenty of space to relax. South Brohard is also an ideal place to scuba dive as the waters are clear and you won’t have interference from surfers, boaters or jet skiers. One acre of this beach is a designated dog park as well so if you’d like to bring your four-legged companions to roam free with you, they are most welcome.
As the longest beach in all of Sarasota County, Caspersen Beach features over 9,000 feet of beachfront. Much of this beach has been untouched and left in a completely natural state; therefore this is one of the best beaches in Venice, Florida to hunt for shark teeth and other possible fossils. The fossilized shark teeth date back to prehistory but many sharks, mostly of the harmless variety, still cruise along the shore today. Shelling is also popular at Caspersen, as is fishing and hiking its quarter-mile nature trail. If you choose to swim or participate in any water-related activities, be aware there is no lifeguard on duty. You’ll also find free parking at Caspersen Beach, public restrooms and there is a boardwalk to take a stroll on.
As the most popular beach in Venice, Florida, the Venice Municipal Beach draws a large number of beachcombers looking for fossils and shark’s teeth. Scuba divers also like to explore the coral reef located approximately a quarter-mile out from the coastline. Venice Municipal is around six acres of public beach property. It’s not far from several Venice bed and breakfast accommodations and many visitors are able walk to and from various points of interest. Amenities found at this beach include public restrooms, a concession stand, volleyball courts, picnic tables and year-round lifeguards on duty.
Less than a mile north of Venice is Nokomis Beach. This is Sarasota County’s oldest beach area and it’s quite popular with locals. Nokomis offers free parking, public restrooms, picnic tables, concession stands, lifeguards and public showers. Nokomis Beach features a social event each Wednesday and Saturday evening at sunset. It’s called the Drum Circle (see videos below) and locals gather to play tribal-type music on drums and other native instruments, while others dance. At Nokomis Beach there is a total of 14 miles of white, sandy coastline. The beach and park combination covers more than 22 acres.