Venice Beach, Florida found between Tampa and Fort Myers on Florida’s west coast aptly known as The Suncoast for its sunset west facing beaches and mainly sunny disposition between December and May. Interesting Northern Italian Renaissance architecture, beautifully landscaped boulevards and parks. The city of Venice is an exception to most beach towns for its gracious and generous layout which has an unusual (but in a good way unusual) feel. When you see it, you’ll know what I mean. Venice is encircled by water with three bridges providing access to her downtown.
The Venice Fishing Pier and Brossard Beach are favorite spots for sunset watchers and fishermen. Further, Maxine Barritt Park provides a picnic shelter for large gatherings and an extraordinary view from the walking trails that meander around a small fresh water lake. Further down the beach is Brossard Paw Park, the only beach in the county where our beloved dogs are allowed to swim, socialize and play in the sand and chase ball, sticks and frisbees. Meanwhile, avid fitness seekers and those that love Mother Nature will fall in love with Jaspersen Beach. Bike, hike and paddle around inlets or jog through shaded trails to fitness stations along the path.
Fun shops and wonderful eateries of all kinds line the streets of Venice, Tampa Avenues and Centennial Park. The Park’s gazebo, is the site of frequent free concert offerings throughout the winter with a Farmers’ Market open on Saturday mornings.
Temps from December through February average 72.6 degrees with cool evenings, at times, requiring a light jacket or sweater to keep you comfy.
There’s an active art center and café, a symphony orchestra, an award-winning community theater and festivals throughout the year.