Welcome to Venice Florida

Welcome to Paradise!

Double-rainbow sunset in Venice Florida
Double-rainbow sunset in Venice Florida

Founded as a visionary planned community of civic virtue and natural beauty, Venice is among the most attractive and easy-living Florida cities. In 2014, Forbes chose Venice as one of the top 25 places to retire.

Visitors travel to Venice for its long sand beaches and sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico, its palm- and oak-lined boulevards, attractive city center, shady parks, easy lifestyle, friendliness, and of course its warm, sunny days in winter.

Venice has good restaurants, outdoor activities, the arts, fine restaurants, and a wide variety of lodgings including hotels, condos, B&Bs, rental properties and seasonal or year-round homes.

When to Visit

Venice Florida is wonderful in winter, when air temperatures are moderate to cool, water temperatures are cool to “refreshing,” and traffic is busy.

But summer has its pleasures, too: warm sea water and light traffic.

Then there are the special months of May and November. More…

What to See & Do

Family beneath palm trees on the beach in Venice Florida
Venice is about beaches…and more.

You’re coming for the Venice beaches, fishing, golf…but there’s lots more: biking, bird-watching, and that quintessential Venice pastime, searching for prehistoric fossil sharks’ teeth on the beach. More…

Where to Stay

Inn at the Beach Hotel, Venice Florida
Inn at the Beach Hotel, Venice Florida

Venice has hotels, motels, condos, B&Bs, rental properties, and—living the dream—houses to buy and live in. More…

Dining & Shopping

Sharky's on the Pier Restaurant, Venice Florida
Sharky’s on the Pier Restaurant, a Venice favorite.

Of course you want to dine well. Of course Venice has plenty of seafood (some of it overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, where the fish came from). But there’s French, Italian, American, great ice cream and gelato, and the best croissants and French pastries this side of Paris. More…


Jane in tiny red car
Something bigger, maybe…

Most people drive to Venice, but there’s useful public transportation, good airports…and what about the Amtrak Auto Train? More…

Maps & Locations

It’s all here…

Finding your way around Venice is easy, once you know the basics: Venice Island, Tamiami Trail, Intracoastal Waterway, beaches, beaches, beaches…. Here are maps & landmarks.

A sunset moment on a Venice beach