“Shark Tooth Capital of the World.”
Situated roughly 20 miles south of Sarasota and 60 miles north of Fort Myers, Venice, FL is a charming ocean-side town filled with exciting opportunities for cultural experiences and beachfront living. Although just 20,000 full-time residents call Venice home, don’t let its size fool you. Venice has all the attractive amenities of coastal living without the hustle and bustle of the larger cities in the region. With 15 miles of beautiful beaches, Italian neo-Renaissance architecture, and endless recreational opportunities, Venice is one of the Gulf Coast’s best kept secrets, and an ideal place to live, work, and play.
Like many of the cities in the region, Venice, FL – first known as “Horse and Chaise” – was originally settled by those whose trade belonged to the water. A cozy haven for fishermen and their families, Venice originally drew residents looking to earn their livings working on the open sea or in the luscious citrus groves. Many chose this location as an alternative option to the more saturated regions further North.
This early agrarian society would eventually give way to more modern settlements with the introduction of the railway in 1911, which would bring the nouveau riche to the small Florida coastal town. One of the most notable new residents was New York-based Dr. Fred Albee, who was solely responsible for transforming Venice into the neo-Renaissance model city it has now become.
Attractions and Activities
Dubbed the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World,” for the majestic quantities which wash up on its sands, Venice is home to some of the least busy and most pleasant beaches in the region. Its main beach, Venice Beach, offers a number of comforting amenities including concessions, picnicking sites, and full-time lifeguards.
Located in the heart of downtown is one of Venice’s most delightful cultural locales – Venice Theatre. The second largest community theater in the United States, the venue offers musicals, a cabaret series, and new and established theater productions. In addition to the performances, Venice Theatre has also played a prominent role in community development since its founding in 1950, as it provides education and outreach programs for the city’s youth.
Fishing and Boating
With sun-kissed summers and mild winters, the Florida Gulf Coast is prime real estate for fisherman, boaters, and recreation-seekers. The region’s lengthy coastline, coupled with countless inlets, bays, and tidal creeks make a day on the water an appealing idea. Regardless of experience, visitors and residents can enjoy time on the open water fishing – game fish like spotted sea trout, snook, and tarpon are in abundance – snorkeling, diving, parasailing, and much more.