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…
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
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
Just south of the Fishing Pier, this park has picnic tables, a lagoon with alligators, and access to the beach.
South Brohard Park
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.
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 Park Rules
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.
In addition to the rules, be aware of rip currents which can cause danger of drowning.
Do not disturb sea turtle nests marked by wooden stakes, signs, and yellow tape.
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.