Caspersen Beach

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 launches, 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 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 beachgoers behind you’ll most likely come across shorebirds, seashells and more shark teeth in the sand. This is definitely one stretch of deserted beach where you can be alone. 

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. 

Looking for a place to stay? 

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.

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