On Beautiful Venice Island
“Discover the Charm of Old Florida”
Flanked by the Gulf of Mexico and northern Lemon Bay, Caspersen is 177 acres of cabbage palms, sea grapes and sea oats. There’s over 9,000’ of gulf beach frontage with 1,100’ of boardwalk. There’s a fishing pier along Lemon Bay, as well as a ¾ mile nature trail through coastal hammocks that connect to the Venetian Waterway Trail.
The amenities at Caspersen include: Free parking, picnic areas with two pavilions, canopied playground, paved and shelled walking/hiking/biking paths, restrooms, canoe/kayak launch and fitness park.
Ancient sharks, carcharodon megalodons, once cruised these waters, at more than 52 feet long, each outweighing a t.rex. Folks flock to Caspersen Beach not just because it’s at the end of the road, but it’s the prime location to unearth the fossilized teeth of these ancient sharks.
The water tends not to be as clear as other beaches and it drops off a bit more quickly than most. Rocky outcroppings are interspersed with light gray to patches of nearly black sand at water’s edge. This is caused by fossilized material mixed with sand and shell. Storms frequently wash this sand into the ocean freeing the fossilized teeth to be scooped up by basket wielding beach-goers. To expedite the tooth finding process, you may want to work with a partner. One person wades into the water, scoops up material from the ocean floor, jiggles the basket around to rinse away the sand and dumps the remaining material on the beach. The second person then crouches over the booty and carefully searches for the smooth black triangular treasures.
After a few minutes… or hours of fossil finding…you may need to stretch your legs.
More than a mile and a half of undisturbed beach is there for the walking…:
Just you… the wind and the waves.
Interested in… a really long walk? This place is made for you!
Head south and you can walk all the way to Manasota Key—about 4 miles. Leaving the other beach goers behind you’ll most likely come across shorebirds, sea shells and more shark teeth in the sand. This is definitely one stretch of deserted beach where you can be alone.
Do go on your walk well prepared. Make sure you have plenty of sunscreen, a hat for shading your head, water and perhaps food along with a towel and (depending on the time of year) cool, light weight clothing to use as a cover in case the sun gets too hot and you start to burn. If heading for the woods bring along that bug repellent, too.
Another attraction to this remote beach occurs during the months of May through July…when lots of sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. You can see the nests marked by wooden stakes and yellow tape; some covered by chicken wire to fend off raccoons. You may even notice turtle tracks left in the sand.
Ample Free Parking…But Get There Early!
The vacation rentals in Venice vary from apartment efficiencies, hotels and motel rooms to rental condominiums. The atmosphere is casual with plenty of good restaurants and excellent shopping. Historic Venice Florida is a quiet, but popular vacation spot…so book early and enjoy your stay. RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS
DIRECTIONS: From Sarasota/Bradenton airport, go east on University Parkway to I-75. Take I-75 South to exit #200, continue on the exit ramp to US 41 South. Stay on US 41, through Nokomis. Continue on US 41 (right lane) over the drawbridge to the second traffic light (Venice Ave.) Turn Right (west) on Venice Ave., go to the first traffic light (Harbor Drive South). Turn Left (south) on Harbor Drive South. Caspersen Beach is at the end of the island.
From I-75, take exit #193, go south on Jacaranda Blvd. to the second traffic light (Venice Ave). Turn Right (west), cross over US 41 Bypass, continue over bridge to the second traffic light (Harbor Drive South). Turn Left (south) on Harbor Drive South. Caspersen Beach is at the end of the island.