Nokomis is part of Venice, a beach community that lies along Florida's Gulf Coast. It's just below Sarasota and is home to some world-renown beaches. People come from all over to bask in the year round sunshine and play in the water. If you plan a visit to Nokomis make time to swim or snorkel in this vacation haven.
Nokomis Beach offers clear water that is ideal for swimming or snorkeling. Snorkel close to shore to come across sand dollars, starfish and shells. Dolphins are often spotted close to shore, while manatee sightings are rare but not unheard of. It's family oriented, boasting shower facilities and free parking. It is a local favorite and draws crowds on the weekends and during tourist season from November through April. If you want to avoid the crowds visit in the early morning or late evening. Pets are not allowed and there is a lifeguard on duty.
For a more rugged experience, try Casperson Beach. It's the longest beach in the area and offers more seclusion. The beach is known for the hundreds of shark's teeth that are scattered along its shoreline. Time your visit for the spring if you want to attend the annual Sharks Tooth Festival. You'll see hundreds of fossils and art from local artists. When you're done swimming, there's a boardwalk, picnic area and nature trail.
Venice Municipal Beach
Venice Beach has mild waves and a large coral reef just off the shoreline for swimmers and snorkelers to explore. It tends to be more crowded than other beaches in the area but there is still room to spread out. Concessions are available on the boardwalk and there is a lifeguard on duty. Equipment rentals are available at Florida West Scuba School, which is just two miles from the beach.
Brohard Paw Park
Bring your family pet and swim at Brohard Paw Park. It's on Venice Beach and is the only park in the area where dogs can roam free. There are fire hydrants, dog water fountains and leash posts for your four-legged friends. Other available activities include fishing from the 740 foot pier and observing the wildlife such as wading birds, scrub jays and tortoises. There is no lifeguard on duty.
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