I’ve featured several beaches from Florida, but one I’ve found just in the past year is Casperson Beach. Just south of Venice, it is also part of Shark Tooth Capital of the World.
Although there has been much erosion lately, it is a gem of a beach, harkening back to the days of old Florida. City laws make it impossible to build along the beach here, so there are only cabbage palms and sea grapes along the quiet roadside.
Here you can look for sharks teeth in a family setting, and enjoy the children’s joyful cries when they find a shark’s tooth, or grab a net full of tiny minnows.
The waves gently lap along the rocks, and the pelicans swim in clusters, launching up every minute or so to throw themselves back into the ocean diving for a school of fish.
I did go twice on weekdays so I’m not sure how busy it gets. But I enjoyed it so much more than Venice Beach. And did I mention currently there is no parking fee? That’s a huge perk.
Even as you enter the beach, you can tell this one is different.
It’s truly a magical beach.
Just north of the beach is the Venice Fishing Pier, where Sharkey’s on the Pier is located. It’s a popular place for drinks, casual lunch and dinner. Finn’s offers a bit more upscale atmosphere, has the same owners and is located on the property as well.