Venice sits on a coastal stretch offering direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and exceptional deep sea fishing.
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.
Writer, Stephen King has a home at the north end
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!
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.