Drive south along Harbor Drive past Venice Municipal Airport, Service Club Beach, Sharky’s on the Pier, and the Lake Venice Golf Club to Caspersen Beach, a Sarasota County park, at the end of the road.
You can also come by bicycle on that route, or via the bike path along the western bank of the Intracoastal Waterway in Venetian Waterway Park. Turn right (west) just before the end of the path along the water.
The rough rock outcrops that intrude here and there on the fine sand of the beach are tough on the feet, but their virtue is not to walk on. Rather, they break the waves that wash onto the beach. This attracts fish and the fish attract Florida’s wonderful fishing birds, including herons, Great Blue Herons, and diving pelicans.
The rocks and jetties form a protective barrier so that small children can play more safely but still be in contact with the sea.
The breaking of the waves on the rocks also gathers sharks’ teeth into concentrations making them easier to find. More…
Walk south from the beach access to find a place away from the crowds. Walk really far and you’ll come to Manasota Beach.
But you don’t have to go too far to get away from everyone else.
Well, maybe not everyone else. Some beach visitors are more accustomed to the sea than others….
Caspersen Beach has toilets, outdoor showers, raised walkways, and several parking lots, including one very close to the beach reserved for handicapped access. No lifeguards. Inland by the farther parking lot are sheltered picnic tables and a kids’ playground.