North Jetty in Venice

North Jetty Beach

North Jetty Beach Park is a great place in Venice to watch the boats pass through the channel from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Gulf of Mexico. With numorous seating spots available, it is very popular among locals to spend their lunchtime here – to meet others, have a bit of small talk or simply sit and enjoy the view.

The beautiful beach at the southern end of Casey Key is great for families. Large free parking lots with several beach accesses, restrooms, concession stands, picnic shelters and a playground area attract expecially on weekends.

More info see HERE.

North Jetty North Jetty playground

Best Beaches of SW Florida: Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach Sarasota

Turtle Beach is located at the southernmost end of Siesta Key Beach. Locals seem to love it because it is less crowded than Crescent Beach or Siesta Beach. The sand may not be as white and fine as on Siesta Beach, but with some of the tallest dunes in the area, this beach is a great place to visit. It is also great for snorkeling and digging for shells about 5-10 feet inward.

The nearby lagoon and the natural wetlands are perfect spots for kayakers. Please have a look HERE for rentals. By the way: Turtle Beach was named for its sea turtle nesting habitat.

Fishing

Turtle Beach has a boat launch area and fishing is permitted in the adjacent Blind Pass Lagoon.

Beach Amenities

Newly improved facilities include pedestrian walkways, children’s playground, pavilion, handicap-access, boardwalk, enhanced restrooms and plentiful free parking, boat ramp, kayak launch, picnic shelters, horseshoe courts, volleyball and a popular campground. Please see the County’s website info HERE.

NO lifeguards on duty. Parking is free, please see Siesta Key beach parking info.

There is not a concession stand at Turtle Beach, but two restaurants directly across from the entrance.

Laughter Yoga in the Park – Venice Florida

Laughter Yoga in the Park – Venice Florida

Have you ever tried Laughter Yoga? If not, how about joining the Saturday morning class at Centennial Park in Venice? Laughter Yoga is not a comedy. it is an aerobic exercise program for wellbeing and health. Just come by and take part – no yoga mats or fee involved.

Info about laughter yoga

Online:    recipes4resilience.com

Phone:     203-856-6427.

Location: Centennial Park, 200 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285, USA

Time:       Each Saturday morning 10 – 10.30h

Best Beaches of SW Florida: Nokomis Beach Park at Casey Key

Nokomis Beach

Nokomis Beach is the second public beach access on Casey Key and also the oldest in Sarasota County. This Beach is rather quiet and mainly visited by locals. It is definitely a real insider tip for shell gathering, as Nokomis Beach is famous for the best shells in the area. The modern Beach Plaza offers clean sanitary facilities and a meeting room for events.

Drum Circle on Nokomis Beach

A true highlight on this Beach is certainly the famous Drum Circle, which takes place twice a week. Every Wednesday and Saturday, about 2 hours before sunset, people meet to make music, sing and dance together. The motto is: celebrate life!

Drum Circle

For more info about the Drum Circle on this Casey Key Beach, go to their Facebook Page.

Shark Tooth Beach Concessions

Do not miss to visit Shark Tooth Beach Concessions. The small restaurant right on the beach has a great menu, which provides something for every taste. Add a cool drink – and enjoy a perfect day!

For more info please go to their website sharktooth.biz.

Nokomis Beach

 

Location

Nokomis Beach is less than 20 minutes away from your vacation home in South Venice:

100 Casey Key Road
Nokomis, FL 34275
Sarasota County Website

 

Best Beaches of SW Florida: North Jetty Beach Park at Casey Key

Best Beaches of SW Florida: North Jetty Beach Park at Casey Key

North Jetty Beach Park is on Casey Key, an approximately 8-mile barrier island stretching from Venice to Sarasota. The beautiful sandy beach is lined with numerous lovingly maintained houses. Since there are only 2 public beach accesses – another one is Nokomis Beach, it is never crowded, even in high season.

North Jetty Beach Park

The Park is situated at the southern end of Casey Key, on the northern side of the Venice Coastal Waterway that separates Venice from the mainland. Fishermen particularly love to meet at the North Jetty with its rocks, as it is a great place for catches.

The beautiful park has many old pine trees, that offer shade to several picnic tables as well as barbecues and a playground. At the weekends, this park is very popular among families with children. The restrooms are well maintained and of course parking is free.

Beach Bar and Bait Shop

North Jetty Fish Camp & Beach Park Concession offers baits and a nice variety of delicious snacks and drinks. Don’t miss their live music events! Location, food, drinks and music are a perfect combination.
Please see info on their Facebook Page facebook.com/NorthJetty/

Several boardwalks lead over the dunes to the beautiful beach.

Kayak Rentals

If you like to be active, you may visit Jetty Rentals and get a kayak or paddle board. They also offer guided tours, that are very popular. There is indeed a good chance to spot dolphins and manatees.
More info on their homepage venicejetty.com/jettyrentals/.

Directions

1000 S. Casey Key Road
Nokomis, FL 34275
Sarasota County website: scgov.net

 

Typical for Florida – What you may hear only in Florida

Typical for Florida

What is typical for Florida? Each region has its own charm. Florida as a part of the South has many special features. Here is a collection of 10 terms that you may hear in Florida often:

1. “Literally”

“I’m literally sick of this humidity” is just one example of literally being used literally in every possible way. The phrase “like”, that is used so much elsewhere, is not so common here and has been “literally” replaced by the new “literally”. Pay attention! 😉

2. “It will pass”

This sentence refers to the rain showers, which can occur again and again in the summer months throughout the day. In Florida, the possibility of rain is always included when schedules are created. Doubts are suppressed with “It will pass”. It can rain in the garden while it is sunny and clear in front of the house. So do not cancel any plans just because there’s a dark cloud in the distance!

By the way: This is a great site for weather info: accuweather.com

3. “West Coast”

When you hear Floridians talking about the “West Coast,” they probably do not talk about California, but rather the Gulf Coast of Florida. This is common among locals, but it can easily be misunderstood by visitors. Also with “Venice Beach”, they mean of course not “Venice Beach” near Los Angeles, but our beautiful beach in Venice, Florida.

4. “Bobo”

“Bobo” is not a bird. In Florida, the word “Bobo” is often used to describe something that is either below average or mediocre. For example: “This place is Bobo.”

5. “Is it snowing?”

Many Floridians have never seen snow in their lives. Of course, if you are visiting a state north of Florida, you are naturally very interested in experiencing this natural phenomenon live. Even today, the cold winter of 1977 is a topic of conversation in which “Snow in Central Florida” made headlines.

6. “Where are my Uggs?”

When temperatures drop below 60 degrees, Floridians get out Ugg boots and winter jackets. They are also sometimes worn with shorts and T-shirts – visitors may be amused when noting this. 😉

7. “Pub-subs”

Publix is simply THE supermarket in Florida and known across the country for its chicken subs. “Pub subs,” as Floridians call them, are cooked to order at Publix-Deli. A successful trip usually does not start until everyone has picked up their pub subs – typical for Florida.

For info: “Sub” is the abbreviation of “Submarine Sandwich” and means a long, roll-shaped sandwich, which is longitudinally cut open and filled, usually with meat, vegetables, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, etc.

8. “I’ve never parked in parallel”

This sentence is more likely to be heard outside Florida, when Floridians are supposed to park longitudinally in another state.

You do not need parallel parking in Florida, because almost everywhere there are driveways and large parking lots. Moreover, it is also not part of the driver’s license test.

9, “Is that a roach or a palmetto?”

Palmetto bugs or American cockroaches can be found anywhere in Florida. In contrast to the more common German Cockroaches, which are smaller and more likely to be found in damp corners of the kitchen and bathrooms, Palmetto bugs can grow up to 2 inches (5 cm). They prefer to live outside, in mulch beds, drains or crawl spaces – and hide in the trunk area of palmetto palms.

Why is it good to know who you are facing? Palmetto bugs can fly!

10. “Yeah, no” and “No, yeah”

It is very helpful to know the difference between the two phrases. “Yeah, no” means “no” and “No, yeah” means “yes”. So ignore the starting “Yeah” and pay attention to the second word.

 

So enjoy, what is typical for Florida and have a great time!

National Doughnut Day – June 7 2019

National Doughnut Day

Do you like doughnuts? I do! These delicious treats have conquered the world. How wonderful that there is even a National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut Day

History

On the first Friday in June each year, people in the US celebrate National Doughnut Day. It remembers The Salvation Army Lassies, the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I at the front lines in Europe. With home made foods those brave volunteers brought a morale boost to the troops. The doughnuts were often baked in oil inside the metal helmets of the soldiers.

In 1938 National Doughnut Day was created by The Salvation Army to honor these women and to start a fund-raising for Chicago’s Salvation Army. The goal was to help the needy during the Great Depression. National Doughnut Day was born.

National Doughnut Day

About the Doughnut

A doughnut is a ring-shaped sweet snack that is made of fried dough. It can be rolled in sugar or topped or glazed with icing. There are also doughnuts filled with jam, custard, or cream.

Food historians believe, that the doughnut came to the US with Dutch immigrants in the 19th century.

In the late 20th century, the shortened form “donuts” became popular with a successful doughnut chain, but still “doughnut” remains the most common spelling.

National doughnut day

 

Let’s celebrate!

Take some friends and enjoy the sweet snacks at your local doughnut store. Many doughnut stores have special offers on this day, so be sure to check.

Maybe you love baking? Try a new recipe and treat you and your loved ones at home.

Or continue the spirit of charity and volunteer for the local Salvation Army chapter or another non-profit organization that works with the armed forces.

National Doughnut Day

 

Doughnuts in Venice Florida

You are in Venice at National Doughnut Day? Be sure to visit Yummies Donuts, they are amazing.

On Friday June 7th, they will give ONE FREE glazed doughnut to everyone!!! (Until running out, so hurry!)

For more info, visit their website yummiesdonuts.com

National Doughnut Day

Boat Rental in Florida – Pure Water Fun!

Boat Rental in Florida

A boat tour along the beautiful coastline of Florida is a great experience for vacationers. Discover Florida from the water and see a whole different world. Find idyllic, natural beaches, discover the diverse island world or take a trip on the Caloosahatchee River.

Enjoy dolphins or turtles swimming by and admire the many colorful birds. The boat trip on Florida’s southwest coast will certainly be a highlight on your vacation.

Incidentally, renting a boat is quite easy in Florida: you only need your valid car driver’s license and you should be at least 21 years old. If you were born on or after January 1, 1988, you would need to purchase a “Florida Boating Safety Identification Card” in advance. You can purchase this life-long card with an online course here: https://www.boat-ed.com/florida/. With each rental you will receive a detailed introduction.

Our Venice area is perfect for a boat trip, so there are plenty of good boat rentals for all kinds of watercraft.

Furthermore we have dear friends that own a boat anchoring in Gasparilla, about half an hour south of Villa Happy Gator, and that they rent out to travelers at a very special and low rate. We gladly provide the contact info to our guests. Of course a profound introduction and fully comprehensive insurance is included. Please ask us for more information.

Where to eat around Venice: Waterfront dining at Pop’s Sunset Grill

Pops Sunset Grill Nokomis

Pop’s Sunset Grill in Nokomis is THE place to take your friends and family for a taste of Old Florida. It has become one of Western Florida’s favorite landmark over the past 30 years. Guests love the casual atmosphere and fresh local fare.

Have a Cesar’s Salad or some bay scallops while enjoying the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway and the fabulous natural wildlife. Sip a delicious cocktail with the scenic view of boats and ships sailing by. Mostly at weekends, they offer some of the best live local entertainment in the Venice and Nokomis area. Be sure to check the calendar!

All of their items are prepared fresh in their kitchen daily. If you have any questions regarding ingredients and would like to modify your meal for dietary, allergy or some other reason, ask the friendly staff. They will do their best to accommodate your request or assist you with alternate menu suggestions.

Please visit the website popssunsetgrill.net for opening hours, events and menu.