This and That

Find interesting things all around Venice and Florida.

Golf in Venice Florida

Florida, the Sunshine State, is a true Golfer’s heaven. This popular vacation destination with year round outdoor weather, miles of beautiful beaches, unique flora and fauna has developed into a mecca for golfers. Approximately 1250 golf courts have established over the last years, most of them in a very clean condition that leaves nothing to be desired.

Venice, the City on the Gulf, is a great location for Golf Players. There is a large selection of first class semi-private and public courses, where visitors can play during their vacation without a mandatory membership.

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Golf in Venice Florida



Our South Venice “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.

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Myakka River State Park

This is another wonderful Park no Florida visitor should miss. It is one of the oldest State Parks in Florida. Through the Western part of the park meanders a 14 mile long section of the shallow and winding Myakka River, which is protected as Florida Wild and Scenic River.

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Myakka CanopyMyakka Gator

Fossil Shark Teeth in Venice Florida

Did you know, that Venice Florida is the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World”? How comes that there are so many fossil shark teeth and other fossils in the area around Venice? Fifty million years ago, Florida was covered by the ocean and remained so for millions of years.

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 Shark Teeth in Venice Florida

Alligators and Crocodiles

Have you ever asked yourself what is the difference between alligators and crocodiles? Don’t they look alike? Well, they may look similar, but there are some differences. Read more…

Impressive Alligator - Villa Happy Gator


Sea Turtle Nesting Season – The Miracle of Nature on Florida’s Beaches

Have you known that our beaches around Venice offer the great opportunity to watch one of the most impressive natural wonders of coastal life? From May 1 until October 31 is nesting season for sea turtles! Read more…



The Florida Scrub Jay – The Blue Little Goblin From Florida

The Florida Scrub Jay is a bird you only find in Florida. Because of this, bird friends travel from all across the country to observe this unique species. Read more…

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Best Travel Time for Venice Florida

First of all: I think, Florida is worth a trip the whole year: Christmas under palm trees, New Year’s fireworks at the beach, hiking through one of the many nature preserves during dry season, the daily rain downpour on humid summer days, the cooling evenings in late fall – each season has its own charm. Read more...


May I present: Shamrock Park in South Venice

This beautiful and unique Citypark inspires me over and over anew. 10 minutes from our Villa Happy Gator a canal bridge branches of Shamrock Drive and leads directly into the nature preserve that offers of course a lot of interesting things.
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01-Shamrock Park South Venice