Venice Beach, Fla. is a lovely, laid back city. This beachside beauty is mellow, calm, and tranquil. What more could a person on vacation ask for?
Situated on Florida’s west coast, just south of the Tampa-Saint Petersburg area, this charming small city is the perfect destination for those wanting to de-stress and relax. Whether it’s only for the weekend or for a weeklong stay, Venice will not disappoint.
The downtown area has a charming boulevard filled with boutiques and a number of local eateries, sweet shops, and welcoming places to kick back with a cold drink. The boulevard is decorated with sidewalk art in the form of hand painted, brightly colored sea turtles and dolphins. The turtles and dolphins all smile as if they know they're living in the best part of the country.
The Venice Pub is a local’s bar that has the look and feel of a British pub, but the folks inside are 100% Floridian. And of course they are friendly. Anybody looking for a cold drink, or directions, is welcome. Downstairs is a charming sidewalk café appropriately named Café Venice. The food is reasonably priced and of excellent quality. The style is American with French leanings.
Across the street is Bonnell’s Boutique & Winery which features Florida fruit wines. Free wine tastings are offered all the time, so feel free to pop in for a taste. Daiquiri’s Raw Bar on the next block is a great place to laugh it up at a lively bar.
Cute baby blue rental bikes are seen everywhere because it’s a great way to get around. The boulevard and beach are about one mile apart, so it’s a short ride. This mode of transportation, along with a handful of seaside restaurants that display signs which read “No shirt, no shoes, no problem” give Venice Beach a style and feel that is similar to Key West.
Venice Beach is known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World, and their claims have merit because it’s very easy to find sharks teeth washed up on the beach. The sand is a grayish black color and, as a result of the dark color, is very hot. Flip-flops are a must! Fossilized teeth from prehistoric sharks are found offshore, which attracts many scuba divers, but snorkeling is often good enough to reach the good stuff.
Venice is a great locale year round but, like much of Florida, the winter is peak season and the summer is off-peak. Summer is when great deals can be found, but be prepared for the extreme heat, heavy humidity, and daily thunderstorms that is summer in Florida.
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