Just south of Sarasota along Florida’s white-sanded Gulf Coast, Venice offers 14 miles of beaches from Casey Key to Manasota Key and plenty of recreational opportunities, including swimming, sunbathing, fishing and boating. Shelling is also a favorite pastime, and fossilized shark’s teeth can be found in abundance by sifting through the sand.

Venice, one of Florida’s first planned communities, has proudly preserved  its 1920’s commercial areas and oak-shaded Venezia Park neighborhood with  stucco homes built in a fanciful Italianate style. Venice hosted an air training facility during WW II and, was also a winter home for the troupes and animals of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. Today, downtown’s Miami and West Venice Avenues offer a lively mix of antique and resale shops as well as stand-alone souvenir and apparel boutiques. Several small restaurants offer casual and upscale dining. Whether your taste runs to sandwiches, sushi, sundaes, or sirloin, pedestrian-friendly Venice has a cuisine to suit.  Live theatrical performances, outdoor music and arts festivals as well as a weekly farmers’ market make Venice an all-season draw.  Venice also offers a unique thrill for beachcombers–the very real possibility of finding a prehistoric, fossilized shark tooth on its Gulfshore sands . The annual Shark’s Tooth Festival, now in its 22nd year, capitalizes on this local trove of fossil finds.

Venice also is a Florida Main Street City – its downtown graced by northern Italian architecture and beautifully landscaped boulevards that date to the original city plans of 1925 and reminiscent of the Italian city whose name it borrowed.

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Featured Venice Accommodation

Inn at the Beach

The Inn features a wide variety of room layouts including deluxe guest rooms, beachview suites with breathtaking views of our spectacular Florida sunsets as well as one and two bedroom suites. Many of our rooms feature full kitchens. All accommodations are equipped with in-room safes and complimentary high speed internet access.

Start each morning with our continental breakfast served in the lobby. From this point, the day is yours. Stretch out and enjoy the lush tropical landscaping around our heated pool and Jacuzzi, or just steps away, enjoy a leisurely stroll along Venice Beach, collecting a variety of beautiful shells and the famous sharks teeth for which Venice is known.