Beaches in Venice Florida

Beach in Venice Florida
Ahhh, Venice’s beaches!

The smooth, sandy Gulf of Mexico beaches in Venice Florida (map) are its main claim to fame and, with the pleasant climate, spectacular sunsets, and fossil sharks’ teeth, are what brings many people to the “City on the Gulf.”

Being on a western shore, Venice’s beaches may offer some spots of shade in the morning when the sun is in the eastern sky, but by noon and in the afternoon there is little or no shade on the beaches themselves (although you may find shade in beach facilities, shelters and trees a short walk inland). 

Bring a beach umbrella if you want to be assured of shade. (Inexpensive beach umbrellas are sold in many Venice stores.)

You can sun, swim and play on any beach, but only on Venice’s beaches can you find fossil sharks’ teeth. Yes! They’re yours for the finding…depending on your luck. Where else can you get a million-year-old artifact for free? More…

Venice Beach

Venice Beach, Venice Florida
Venice Beach

Venice’s claim to fame, this long, smooth sand beach at the western end of West Venice Avenue starts at South Jetty and extends south beyond West Venice Avenue. More…

Service Club Beach

Service Club Beach, Venice Florida
Service Club Beach

South of the city center near the airport, Service Club Beach has raised picnic shelters for shade in the afternoon, and excellent sunset views over the beach.

Fishing Pier Beach

Fishing Pier Beach, Venice Florida
Fishing Pier Beach, with Sharky’s & Fins restaurants in the distance.

The Beach on both sides of the Venice Fishing Pier is right next to Sharky’s and Fins, the only two restaurants right on Venice’s beaches. It’s a favorite place to watch sunsets.

Maxine Barritt Park

Maxine Barritt Park, Venice Florida
The lagoon, great for bird-watching, with beach access to the right.

Just south of the Fishing Pier, this spacious park is noted for its broad lagoon, home to alligators and numerous birds, and a favorite walking place. Lots of picnic tables, as well as beach access.

Brohard Paw Park

Woman with dog at Brohard Paw Park, Venice Florida
Fun with fido at Brohard Paw Park.

Dedicated to dogs and their owners, the Paw Park south of Maxine Barritt Park has enclosures for dogs and access to the only stretch of beach on which dogs are permitted. More…

South Brohard Park

South Brohard Park sign, Venice Florida

South of the Paw Park and north of Caspersen Beach, this less-visited stretch of the shore has parking, toilets, an outdoor shower, and access walkways to the beach.

Caspersen Beach

Mermaid at Caspersen Beach, Venice Florida
Never know who you’ll meet at Caspersen Beach

Southernmost of Venice’s beaches, Caspersen is favored by those wanting to get away from crowds, and those searching for sharks’ teeth: the tides gather them at several rock outcrops along the beach. A few palm trees provide small islands of shade in the morning. More…

Nokomis Beach

Nokomis Beach, Florida
Nokomis Beach just north of North Jetty

North of North Jetty, beautiful Nokomis Beach is just north of Venice, reached by Albee Road west from the Tamiami Trail (US 41).  More…

Manasota Beach

Manasota Beach, near Venice Florida
Manasota Beach

The southern continuation of Caspersen Beach, miles to the south, is not really a “Venice” beach (being in the city of Englewood), but it’s a fine, long strand with good facilities…and quite good sharks’ teeth hunting possibilities.

Beach Rules

Rules are for everyone’s safety

Regulations governing City of Venice and Sarasota County parks and beaches are important: no smoking, alcoholic beverages, glass containers or open fires. Pets are allowed only at Brohard Paw Park.

Rip Currents

Rip currents can lead to drowning!

In addition to the rules, be aware of rip currents which can cause danger of drowning.

Sea Turtles

Let them be…

Do not disturb sea turtle nests marked by wooden stakes, signs, and yellow tape.

Sharks’ Teeth!

Fossil Sharks' Teeth, Venice Florida
Fossil Sharks’ Teeth

Walk along any beach in or near Venice Florida and you may see a fossil shark’s tooth, millions of years old, wash up on the sand in front of you.

Hunting for these fossil treasures is one of the most popular activities on Venice’s many beautiful beaches. More…

Florida Red Tide

From time to time, some of Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches are hit by Florida red tide, a concentration of toxic algae that can cause respiratory distress in humans, and poisoning in marine life. It’s a natural phenomenon that’s been going on for centuries, but it can affect your beach vacation.