The Island of Venice, Florida features four distinctive beaches that include a dog beach and great snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico with vacation accommodations, lodging, vacation rentals, condominium rentals, Hotels, Motels and home rentals offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
Venice Florida on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
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ENJOY THE WATERWAYS OF VENICE FLORIDA
by BOAT, KAYAK or JET SKI

including Boat, Rentals, Ramps and Drop-in Points


  Accommodations
  Airport
  Arts / Entertainment
  Arts Festival
  Baseball
  Beaches
  Beach Tours
  Beach Yoga
  Biking & Hiking
  Birding
  Boats, Kayaks, Jet Skis
  Chalk Festival
  Circus / Animal Acts
  Day Trips
  Dining
  Dog Parks / Beaches
  Drum Circle
  Events Calendar
  Ferry
  Film Festival
  Fishing
  Golf & Tennis
  Nightlife
  Parks & Preserves
  Polo
  Real Estate
  Relocate - Reinvent
  Retirement
  Rowing
  Shark Tooth Hunting
  Shelling
  Shopping
  Snorkeling / Scuba
  Triathlon


Venice sits on a coastal stretch offering direct access to the Gulf of Mexico for prized deep sea fishing. And, for a bit of fun on the water, we highly recommend you rent a kayak, jet-ski or small craft and make friends with our dolphins, be amazed by our manatees, nesting shore birds, birds of prey and mega mansions.

Boat rentals are available at The Crow’s Nest Restaurant Marina as well as Gulf Harbor Marina in Nokomis.

Each location has access to the gulf as well as miles of Intercoastal Waterway for fishing, sightseeing, dockside dining and great photo opportunities.

Interested in how the very rich exist? Head north on the Intercoastal where the barrier island of Casey Key features waterfront dwellings with oversized yachts and private gulf-side beaches.

Most are occupied during winter months and include tennis great, Martina Navratilova and writer, Stephen King.

Docking for Tiki Bars and eateries can be found along the mainland side with one Casey Key exception… the Casey Key Fish House. It’s just before the ("single" lane) swing bridge at the island’s north-end. Operated by a "bridge tender", it’s worth seeing this 1923 steel structure turn on a pedestal for tall vessel passage.

Kayakers will enjoy slipping into the waters of Caspersen Beach Park.

Head left beyond the beach parking lots and proceed to the inter-coastal launching location.

Explore our mangrove tunnels where spidery crabs peer at paddling humans from muddy root formations. This is where marsh birds, rarely seen elsewhere, raise their broods. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with the American bittern, snipe, king rail, woodcock, limpkin and more.

Back in open water, where the sandy bottom rises close to the surface there are beds of eel grass. This is where spawning fish and crustaceans are a delicacy for wading birds like Great Blue Heron and Snowy Egrets. In summer months, manatees frequent these spots with newborn calves to graze on their favorite "grassy" food.

Birds of prey are a common site overhead like osprey and eagles patrolling the waters for a fresh fishy catch.

To the 300-plus species of fish, birds and mammals that dwell in its waters or subsist upon its shores… this is their home and we appreciate your interest in keeping it eco-friendly!





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 Nearby Communities
  (listed north to south)
  Anna Maria Island
  Bradenton
  Longboat Key
  St Armands
  Lido Key
  Sarasota
  Siesta Key
  Casey Key
  North Port
  Englewood
  Manasota Key
  Port Charlotte
  Punta Gorda
Venice Area Canoe and Kayak Launches:

Nokomis Beach, 901 Casey Key Road, Casey Key, Nokomis
  This 23-acre family oriented beach is also popular for fishing and picnicking. It has a boardwalk and deck, two boat ramps, a concession stand, lifeguards on duty year-round, a pavilion and restrooms. Located on Casey Key just north of the jetty.

Service Club Park, 1190 Harbor Dr. S. on the Island of Venice

Blackburn Point Boat Launch, 800 Blackburn Point Park, Osprey

Blind Pass Beach (Middle Beach), 6725 Manasota Key Road, Manasota Key, Englewood
  One of the more isolated beaches in the area and has no lifeguards. Picnic tables, playground equipment, showers and restrooms. there's also a nature trail, with dunes and areas for boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

Manasota Beach, 8570 Manasota Beach Road, Manasota Key, Englewood
  Located at the west end of Manasota Key Road, between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. Amenities include boating, canoe/kayak launch, lifeguards, swimming, volleyball courts, picnic areas, restrooms and a scenic boardwalk.

North Jetty Park, 1000 Casey Key Road, Casey Key, Nokomis
  A popular surfing beach, it offers swimming (lifeguards on duty year-round), fishing, a bait shop, canoeing, picnic shelters concession stand, restrooms, horseshoe courts and volleyball court. Located at the south end of Casey Key.

T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve located in Venice
  This site, bordering the eastern edge of the Myakka River, host a variety of plants, birds and other wildlife. It offers a bike trail, canoe/kayak launch, nature trail, rental space, wildlife viewing, grills, guided nature walks and historic log cabin. Located at 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway in Venice.

For less athletic individuals.. seeking a boating experience...
Snook Haven is the place for you. Located on the Myakka River, this is "Old Florida" at its best, with 2.5 acres of lush tropical woodlands on one of Florida’s only wild and scenic rivers – where you can listen to great entertainment, enjoy a cooked-to-order menu even rent a kayak or canoe. Alligators frequent these waters so, a guided river cruise might be a better bet.




Venice Florida is on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive cool, sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
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