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Visit Venice Beach, in Florida: Search for Shark Teeth and Shells

This bench is easy to construct and is portable. It is an excellent spot to enjoy some cool breezes and hear the sounds of nature.

The very first shark teeth found on our visit to Venice, Florida

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Travel to Venice Beach in Florida offers a plethora of polished shells and shark teeth aplenty.

One place that has remained out of the touristy loop in many respects is Venice, Florida. In this modest town are several beaches that will put you right on the shores of breathtakingly blue water one moment and luscious richer blues as the sun rolls around above.

And too there are some delightful restaurants to enjoy tasty foods. Of course, you will not want to miss out on visiting the interesting little shops around the area.

Caspersen Beach

In Venice there are several beaches including one that is dog friendly.The one that my sister and I found best suited us was Caspersen Beach.

It is secluded and the sands stretch out in both directions. There are sections that are bordered with large rocks too.

  • Wear rubber boots with good soles which will make navigating the rocks not so tricky.
  • Hiding in an among those rocks are many treasures waiting to be discovered.
  • Plan to spend several hours if you wish to find shark teeth and amazing shells.
  • Leave live critters behind including sea urchins, sand dollars, and starfish where you spy them.

You may wish to know

Tourists and local have found searching for prehistoric shark's teeth on Venice beaches an alluring way to pass away some part of a day for many years.

The colors of teeth vary according to the minerals in the soil where they land and become buried. These teeth can be black, brown, or gray.

Sharks have lived and died in the Gulf of Mexico for millions of years. The shark's body will sink to the bottom when it dies and it will then become covered by silt and sand.

Over time the teeth are washed to shore as the waters are stirred up by storms.

There are also fossils and of other inhabitants of these waters that come to shore too. Much of Florida was immersed in water millions of years ago so fossils are often found on the beaches. Digging for them is allowed only by permit.

Suggested tools

  • camera
  • Florida snow shovels---many souvenir shops will have these
  • boots (optional)
  • basket to hold teeth and shells
  • beach towels
  • beach chairs/if you plan to make a day of it
  • sunscreen
  • optional: a small net (like the ones used in a home aquarium)

Boots to Use for Walking on Rocks

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Finding shark teeth is a rush!!!!

Mesh Basket to Rinse and Hold Shells and Shark Teeth

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Florida snow shovels

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A Small Bucket for Your Treasures

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A place to rest on the way from the beach

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The Shoreline Is Dotted with Gifts Deposited By the Waters

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This little guy came up to give his approval of our efforts

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Swirling Waters Present Us with More Gifts

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Tiny Prints Made As a Little Critter Made His Way to Find Something Interesting

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Stopping off to Rest for a Bit

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Just a few feet away---king of all he surveyed

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A watchful pair of eyes...

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Visit Bert's for Fresh Tasty Seafood

In Matlacha our favorite place to eat was Bert''s which is situated right on the water.

There are seafood dishes to please every palate and some signature dishes for appetizers they serve including beach bread (bread topped with blue cheese and tomatoes among other ingredients) and potato chips that are homemade and served with a malt vinegar.

There is seating both inside and outside. Outside the refreshing breeze greets you while you soak in the natural beauty. Gulls and pelicans often amuse guests as they wait for a sumptuous meal.

The next time you visit our fair state include this out of the way village on your itinerary. Bring your children too so they can enjoy this natural little get-away.

Our second visit

On our second visit in and around southwest Florida that summmer, we traveled down to Matlacha (mat-la-shay). A tiny village away from it all. It is just a stones throw from Ft. Myers for those who wish to venture away from the idyllic setting that awaits there.

My sister and I stayed in a little inn that was built over the water. This was rather interesting when we were inside the room. We had the sensation that we were on a boat. The room sort of swayed a little. Neither one of us mentioned that we were feeling a little woozy at first. Then after a bit we both said, almost at the same time, "You know, this room feels like it is swaying. Do you feel it??" Once we realized what caused that sensation, we were fine.

The little inn we stayed at was the Bridgewater Inn and since I was the tour guide, I had selected it because it had character and because it was right over the water. We sat beside the water for a bit and were visited ever so briefly by a dolphin. Many fish scurried by trying to outrun the dolphin. Others who were staying at the inn were fishing right off the area where we were sitting.

On the morning we were preparing to leave, I went out about 4:30 to take a look at the water before leaving. There, tied up to the dock right where we had been sitting the day before, was a small boat. How cool that was. Maybe my sister and It will arrive on our next visit via a snazzy boat too. (Sadly, that will not happen in this life.)

Pausing for a rest...tucking up one small leg

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This little guy entertained us as we waited for our meal

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This amazing pelican held our attention too as dinner was prepared.

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Calm waters greeted us

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Berts

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My sister checking out the menu at Bert's

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The briny breeze swirled around us

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Bridgewater Inn....situated right over the waters

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Sunset over the waters ...

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Make Venice a first stop in South west Florida and then head to Matlacha

Stepping away from the touristy into the real Florida, visiting both Venice and Matlacha will open your eyes to the loveliness that is often hidden just off the busy highways that traverse our state.

Away from video games and cell phones, time will slow down. The sounds of the gulls squealing above, waves crashing on the rocks, and the calm that surrounds you are reason enough to add these lo your travels sometime soon.

sources

http://www.bbonline.com/articles/florida/venice/the-4-best-venice-florida-beaches.html


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Patricia Scott

Comments

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on May 17, 2019:

O Venice Beach is a treasure.. It is not touristy and a huge draw is the beach and the search for shark teeth That is so much fun Angels once again are headed your way ps

Robert Sacchi on May 15, 2019:

It seems one of those great places few tourists know about. Thank you for posting.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on September 05, 2015:

hi Molometer It is such fun to find them...it is a delightful way to spend some part of any day. It is so exciting to find them...I cannot wait to return there. It is a new experience every time you go...so many sea creatures to see and enjoy

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Micheal from United Kingdom on September 04, 2015:

A lovely trip around Venice Beach Patricia.

I have been to the one in California but had no idea there was one in Florida.

Those prehistoric shark teeth look fascinating. The architecture reminds me of that great TV show Flipper.

I'm happy that there are still places that haven't changed. Great post.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 31, 2015:

It really is amazing ...I had no idea that the beach would be laden with them but much to my surprise the beach was black in some sections from all the teeth remnants.

The shoreline would be dotted with folks even more sunup hoping to find something spectacular. and after the sun rose, dozens of us searched for our own prize of the day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on March 28, 2015:

That would be a great outing to go looking for shark teeth and sea shells. I'm sure I would love it. I have never been to an ocean, but I can imagine.

I love those "snow shovels" hahaha!

Up votes!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 16, 2013:

Hi Sheila

Yes, definitely, when you visit again, please do visit these little Florida gems. Welcoming and friendly, there is the beauty of nature that you will find intoxicating.

So glad to see you visiting today.

Have a lovely week.

Angels are on the way to you and yours this morning. :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 16, 2013:

Hi Sheila

Yes, definitely, when you visit again, please do visit these little Florida gems. Welcoming and friendly, there is the beauty of nature that you will find intoxicating.

So glad to see you visiting today.

Have a lovely week.

Angels are on the way to you and yours this morning. :) ps

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 15, 2013:

What a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the ocean and the beach! I have been to Florida once and didn't get to see much other than Disney World. I would love to go back and really spend some time here. I would love to wander the beaches and gather sea shells and sharks teeth! Great hub and lovely pictures! Voting up, interesting and beautiful. Have a wonderful evening! :)

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 28, 2013:

Hi Faith

This is where my sister and I were when I was emailing you. It was such a glorious relaxing trip.

I hope all is going well with you, my sweet Friend.

Angels are on the way :) to you my sister in Christ ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 28, 2013:

Hi Faith

This is where my sister and I were when I was emailing you. It was such a glorious relaxing trip.

I hope all is going well with you, my sweet Friend.

Angels are on the way :) to you my sister in Christ ps

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 27, 2013:

Thanks for taking us along on your fabulous adventure on Venice Beach! It was great fun with loads of lovely views and interesting things to see no doubt!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 26, 2013:

Yes, you would, PaoloJpm---it is THAT much fun :)

Angels are on the way ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 26, 2013:

Yes, you would, PaoloJpm---it is THAT much fun :)

Angels are on the way ps

John Paolo B.Magdaluyo from Philippine on March 26, 2013:

Of course I will! I''l shout it out to the world that I found one.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

Hi drbj...

I hope you do. I know we will visit Matlacha again and of course Venice is always a favorite. Being out in such natural beauty just makes my heart sing.

It is nice to see you this evening...Have a lovely evening...Angels are on the way to you :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

Hi Kathy

Nice to see you this evening. You will not be disappointed if you take a few little detours on the way to and fro somewhere in our fair state. Each time I find a little gem like these I try to share them.

Thanks for visiting today Angels are on the way :) ps

drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 25, 2013:

Next time I travel on the west coast of Florida I will have to stop over in Venice and visit Matlacha based on your outstanding better-than-a-tour-guide description, Patricia. Your photos are beautiful.

kathyjones1952@at from Jasper, Alabama on March 25, 2013:

Thank you for posting this very interesting article along with the pictures!!!!! They are beautiful!!!!!! If I ever get a chance to go back to Florida, I would love to come to Venice and Matlacha :)!!!!!!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

Hi prasetio

It is much more gorgeous than the pictures can show. And it is a calming tranquil setting to get back in touch with our inner selves and enjoy the moment, you know.

Thanks for visiting my Friend...Angels and good wishes are on the way :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

Hi prasetio

It is much more gorgeous than the pictures can show. And it is a calming tranquil setting to get back in touch with our inner selves and enjoy the moment, you know.

Thanks for visiting my Friend...Angels and good wishes are on the way :) ps

Sissie on March 25, 2013:

I am so glad that our travels delight others as well as ourselves!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

Hi Carol

So you know the secret.. this little gem nestled in and among so much beauty. I just can't stay away. The next time we would check out the eateries there too

Sending Angels and blessings to you this morning :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

Hi Carol

So you know the secret.. this little gem nestled in and among so much beauty. I just can't stay away. The next time we would check out the eateries there too

Sending Angels and blessings to you this morning :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

Hi PaoloJpm

I hope you will share your findings if you go shark teeth hunting. It is exciting to sort through all of the shells and find that first one. After that you search and search eagerly looking for more.

Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

Hi Martin

Glad to see you this Monday morning. And you used the right word...it was beautiful...the water, the sand, the critters.uld ask for more.

Sending Angels and blessings your way :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

Hi Peggy

It sounds like we share many common interests. Since you have done this you know how enjoyable it be. My sweet sister moved here from Austin two weeks ago and I am being her tour guide :)

thanks for visiting this morning Angels are on the way :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

Good morning Billy

I am glad you got to come along. It was a lovely trip...relaxing and a time to enjoy and back up and regroup, you know.

I will be going back over to visit soon and probably will post more of our adventures.

Sending Angels and blessings all the way to Washington this morning.

Happy Monday :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

thank you, KerryAnita

It was so much fun. My sister just moved here from Texas so we are having a great time seeing Florida together.

You will enjoy your trip for sure.

Thanks for stopping by

Angels and blessings are on the way :) ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 25, 2013:

thank you, KerryAnita

It was so much fun. My sister just moved here from Texas so we are having a great time seeing Florida together.

You will enjoy your trip for sure.

Thanks for stopping by

Angels and blessings are on the way :) ps

KerryAnita from Satellite Beach, Florida on March 25, 2013:

Great finds:) I'll have to make a visit to the Venice area the next time I'm over on the Gulf.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 25, 2013:

Well thank you for taking me along on your trip. Beachcombing really is a lovely way to pass the day. Wonderful pictures, PS. Have a great week my friend.

Hugs and blessings coming your way

bill

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 25, 2013:

From the picture, it looks beautiful beach. Some day maybe I can travel to visit such a beautiful sight. How lucky I am to have found this article this morning. Thanks for writing and share with us. The photos you included are the best. Voted up (useful, beautiful, interesting, awesome).Cheers...

Prasetio

carol stanley from Arizona on March 25, 2013:

When we lived in Florida we often went to Venice beach...came close to moving there. It is beautiful there and they have several good eating places. Great hub and fun read. Voting up and pinning.

John Paolo B.Magdaluyo from Philippine on March 25, 2013:

awesome! finding one would be so cool! I bet its little bit hard to find one since, it would look like an ordinary fang shape rock, or any other shells or something. Anyway, looking forward to find one as well.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on March 25, 2013:

Thank you for the beautiful tour.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2013:

My aunt and uncle had a home not too far away from Fort Meyers in Florida and my mother and I got to visit them several times. My uncle always collected sharks teeth on the beaches and had quite a collection of them. I loved collecting shells while there. UUBI votes and will share.

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