Best Beaches of SW Florida: Caspersen Beach Venice

Caspersen Beach - Villa Happy Gator

Caspersen Beach is a beautiful, long sandy beach that has been left virtually untouched, in its natural state and somewhat secluded. With about 4 miles the longest beach in Sarasota County, it is the perfect place to enjoy unspoiled beauty far away from the crowds. Together with our South Venice Private Beach, Caspersen Beach is the number one spot to find the famous fossil shark teeth.

There is a nice short nature trail through a coastal hammock. The southern two thirds of beachfront were left in its natural state and offer a more secluded experience. A dune restoration system with walkovers helps preserve the shoreline. Other habitats here include freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangroves and tidal flats.

You will also find a 10 station outdoor fitness center, a couple of pavilions and a covered playground area for the kids. Restroom facilities have been updated and are modern and clean. As always on Sarasota County Beaches, parking is free.

How about spending a whole day with the family?

Caspersen Beach is a short 15 min drive away from our Villa Happy Gator.

Caspersen Beach
4100 Harbor Drive
Venice, FL 34285



Water fun on catamarans – “Riding the Waves” in Englewood Florida



This is a great experience for the whole family: A guided boat tour of a very special kind. You can jet on two-seater catamarans through the magnificent coastal region, discover hidden dream beaches and meet dolphins.

Riding the Waves is a provider of small catamaran boat tours. Enjoy the freedom to steer your own boat across the water – safe, comfortable and fast. Trained guides will lead you and guide you through the wonderful nature of Southwest Florida. During the tour, which can take anywhere from 1 to 3.5 hours depending on the theme, you are connected with walkie-talkies.

The FloridaInside team tested the Coastal Cruising Eco Tour. Read the great report on (Sorry, only in German)

For more information about Riding the Waves, visit

Riding the Waves is located about 10 miles south of your Villa Happy Gator vacation home in Venice, a good quarter of an hour away.

Fossil Shark Teeth on Venice Florida Beaches

Shark Teeth in Venice Florida

Venice Florida is the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World”. Nowhere else you will find so many of them so easily. Everything started 50 million years ago. Visit our site and learn interesting facts. Did you know that a shark can lose more than 10.000 teeth during his life? Read about the best beach for the hunt:

Drum Circle at Nokomis Beach

Drum Circle

Every Wednesday and Saturday Evening there is the traditional drum event at Nokomis Beach, a casual gathering of drummers, musicians and people from all over the world that want to have some fun.

Join this unique event, that is taking place for decades and enjoy sharing this special time with family and friends. Best is to bring a blanket and beach chairs.

The Nokomis Beach Drum Circle is taking place at 100 Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275 – only a 20 minutes drive from our Pool Villa Happy Gator in Venice.


Guided Shell Hunting In Nokomis – Jan 13 – 9 am

Shell Hunting in Venice

Enjoy a guided shelling tour of beautiful Casey Key beach. Drive 20 minutes north from our Villa Happy Gator in Venice and meet with people who know exactly how to spot the findest natural treasures – unique shells, shark teeth, driftwood, sea urchins, sand dollars and more. Get directions here.




Beach Bar And Restaurant – Sharky’s is THE Place in Venice

Sharkys Beach Bar in Venice

Sharky’s is a great beach bar and restaurant directly at Venice Beach. They offer all sorts of drinks and great food. Enjoy the sunsets and have fun. The location is simply unbeatable.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a local Florida Cracker, visiting grandma or grandpa, or just vacationing in Venice, FL…this is the perfect place for you!

For directions, menu and events go to their website

Why I Love Venice Florida

Caspersen Beach Venice Florida

Are you looking for a new favorite place? Visit us in Venice!

“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.” (Visit Florida)

Watch this Video Clip from “Visit Florida”. VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, serves as Florida’s official source for travel planning to visitors across the globe.

Our Piece of Paradise in South Venice – The “Private Beach”

Villa Happy Gator - Private Beach

Come and visit our piece of paradise! 3 miles of pristine beaches, natural landscape, and quiet surroundings are waiting for you. Take a walk along the beach shoreline, look for some shells or find some of the world famous fossil shark teeth. Refresh yourself in the clear blue ocean, maybe do some snorkeling or paddling or simply sit at the beach and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of this unspoilt piece of nature.

It is a great feeling. Once you walk across the boardwalk from the ferry dock to the “private beach”, you are in a different world.

The pass for the private ferry, that starts only 3 minutes away from your vacation home, is provided for free to our guests.


Historic Village of Boca Grande has natural beauty and Old Florida charm

Boca Grande Florida


How about a trip into the Florida of yesteryear? Cross the 3 bridges of the Boca Grande Causeway, just  30 minutes south of Villa Happy Gator and step into a piece of paradise. A historic district with charming old houses, a lighthouse with a small museum and miles of pristine beaches will make your trip unforgettable. Read more here.

Boca Gande Lighthouse

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