Venice is located in Sarasota county in Southwest Florida. During the early 20th century, a large number of canals were dredged in the area and early developers named the town after Venice, Italy. In 1966 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the canal linking the Lemon Bay with the Roberts Bay, and downtown Venice became an island. Venice Avenue is a delightful stroll with "umbrella-topped" Canary Island date palm trees and subtropical vegetation along with Mediterranean-style shops and pink Italian Renaissance buildings. The restaurants, shops, and art are all truly amazing.
Venice, Florida is known for its spectacular shoreline and also as the "shark tooth capital of the world!" A wide variety of fossilized shark's teeth can be found on the beaches, and Megladon shark's teeth are often found snorkeling and diving in the rocky crags just offshore. The sunset picnics at Casperson Beach are definitely top notch as Venice is one of the most wonderful, and unspoiled parts of Florida. There's an abundance of perfect sea shells and the sea glass is unbelievable! The illusive Scrub Jays can often be found there, and for the adventurous traveler, they will even eat bread from your hand. You will often see manatees during the cruise as well as pods of dolphins. It is a perfect place for those looking for a vacation of low key boat riding, swimming, and shelling.
Caspersen Beach is one of five spectacular beaches in the Venice area. This gorgeous Gulf beach is famous for its extra long fishing pier which connects to Sharkey's Restaurant and Bar. T.J. Carney's Irish Pub is also located on Venice Ave. in downtown Venice. It is a nice replica Irish Pub with a good selection of imported beer. Visitors agree it's a fun place to down a pint or two when in Venice. If you have brought along any canine companions on your yacht charter, they will love Browhard Paw Beach, just across from Venice’s airport. Here, you and your “best friend” can play in the Gulf and socialize with other dogs. The park also offers motion sensored doggie drinking fountains, showers on wooden decks for “dogs only”, fire hydrants and plenty of leash posts! Dog lovers and humans have declared this park and beach the best dog park in the state! Large dogs can frolic in the larger pen while small dogs can enjoy their fenced in areas while being shaded by towering oaks. Double gates access both parks as well as the beach. On calm weather days, we can cruise and anchor the yacht adjacent to the 300’ section of sand and water.
A Southwest Florida yacht charter wouldn't be complete without a visit to Venice. There's something to delight everyone in the crowd in Venice, Florida.