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Florida Beaches - Venice: South Venice Beach
Don’t leave Venice without experiencing South Venice Beach
Even on vacation deciding where to best spend your limited time can become an undesired hassle. There should be no questions that before you leave the Venice Florida area you must visit South Venice Beach. South Venice is a unique community set off from the rest of Venice that every visitor should experience while in the area. This is not your typical tourist trap filled with roving amateur photographers, but instead promises a spot with a pleasant, laid-back atmosphere and a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico.
South Venice Beach is made up of a small stretch of seven miles of land, which can only be reached by ferry or boat. Once you arrive at South Venice Beach there is a private beach area kept in immaculate condition, which residents hold dear to their hearts, so respect the rules of the beach. As well there are three privately owned golf courses (Bird Bay, Capri Isles, and Waterford), and the Shamrock Park & Nature Center, which is free for visitors and houses basketball and tennis courts, a one mile hiking trail, and even a playground for the kids. More central to South Venice Beach is also a small strip of stores for a wonderful afternoon of shopping or a café lunch.
South Venice Beach offers a little bit of everything for a variety of different vacation styles. There is a beautiful view of the surrounding Gulf of Mexico near the residential homes and on the beach as well as access to sports and fun. Visiting South Venice Beach feels like a vacation from your vacation on the mainland in Venice!
The South Venice Beach land is located just south of Venice and is wedged between the east and west sides of US 41 in between Alligator Creek and Harbor Drive. To access the ferry ride to South Venice Beach, head to Lemon Bay near the Alligator Creek estuary. Here you will find the ferry terminal along with a boat ramp where you can independently head to South Venice Beach. The ferry holds 18 passengers at a time and leaves the dock every half-hour between 9:30am and sunset every day (except Wednesdays) to carry you to your private beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The ride only takes 4-minutes and costs a small fee for non-residents, but is worth the cost and the short ferry ride there!