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Venice, Florida, a charming small town in Sarasota County on Florida's Gulf Coast, is a unique combination of old world elegance and modern, comfortable, luxurious living, making the area an increasingly popular draw for people seeking residence in the Sunshine State. Read more about Gulf Shores.
Venice, known as the "Paradise on the Gulf" as well as the "Shark tooth capital of the world", with its easy, simple lifestyle, as well as the breathtaking beauty of the area, is continuing to reinforce the city's reputation as one of the leading ten places to retire in the U.S.
Potential new residents to the Venice area would do well in checking out the attractive home sites in the Gulf Shores community.
Gulf Shores is among those communities that enjoy Venice's outstanding location on the Gulf of Mexico. Unlike many other cities in southwest Florida that have barrier islands fronting their shorelines, residents here take in the full beauty and splendor of the Gulf for as far as the eye can see.
Residents in Gulf Shores, able to enjoy 14 miles of gorgeous local beaches, have two deeded beach easements at their disposal, providing quick and easy beach access. The community has its own fishing pier, as well as a public boat near the neighborhood, providing additional Gulf access.
The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), built in 1963, is a big draw for residents and visitors alike. Helping foster Venice's growth, it combines the past and present. The ICW construction led to the establishment of the beautiful 10-mile long Venetian Waterway Park, where visitors enjoy walking, jogging, running, biking, and other recreational activities.
In addition to the beaches that Gulf Shores residents have access to, Venice features other beautiful beaches nearby. Among those include:
Caspersen Beach, the longest beach in Sarasota County, has been left in its natural state. Secluded, windswept, and uncultivated, it is a great spot for shelling and for searching for prehistoric sharks teeth.
The Venice Municipal Beach, also a prime location to find sharks teeth and other fossilized artifacts, is a big draw for divers, who venture out to its coral reef 1/4 mile offshore.
The Venice area features a great number of shopping and dining options, merchandise and food to suit anyone's tastes.
Located halfway between Tampa and Ft. Myers (a 1-hour drive to each), Orlando is only a 2-hour drive away. With such a prime location, a great number of attractions are right nearby. Some of these attractions include: Adventure Island; Busch Gardens; Clearwater Beach; Disney; Cypress Gardens; Sea World; Universal Studios, and many others just a short drive away.