Beaches in Venice
There are three Beaches in Venice. Three beaches? Where are they? Well, the northern section of the public beach is called Venice Beach, or the “main beach.” Ranging from the jetty to the fishing pier, this is the place where all the action is. There is live music on certain nights of the week; there are other events from time to time, and there is “Sharky’s on the Pier.” This is “the” perfect spot to wine and dine while the sun is dipping into the Gulf of Mexico.
Paw Park and Beach
South of the pier are miles of uninterrupted sandy beach. First, you will enter the “Paw Park,” a section of beach where man’s best friends can dig, run, sunbathe, bark and even swim alongside with their owners. The beach is unique because there is no other place in Sarasota County where dogs can introduce their human friend to the “ocean.” This body of water, named the Gulf of Mexico, is not only from the perspective of a wiener dog somewhat impressive.
But we have more beaches in Venice: The Beach section called “Brohard Beach” is south of the Paw Park. Here you can walk for miles and miles on the beach until you reach Englewood, about 8 miles further down the beach. Only a thick subtropical vegetation is bordering the sandy beach; no houses and no artificial structures of any kind are disturbing the view. You will feel like in heaven unless you are a city dweller. There are no shops, bars or restaurants within sight. Sharkey’s would be the closest one.
The first mile of Brohard Beach is usually filled with activity. People are digging through the sand near the edge of the waves looking for shark teeth or other goodies; others are fishing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking or sunbathing. Once you move further away from the activity, you will dive into a different world – from this point on you may be the only human being on the beach for miles to come. Once in a while, you may meet a happy Beachcomber, but the chances are that you will be on your own for quite a while.
Here you will feel like Robinson Crusoe, but without the disadvantage of being trapped on a remote island surrounded by water. A few cold beers are always waiting for you in relatively close distance – at Sharky’s on the Pier. It takes only a short walk, and the “suffering” comes to an end.