The Secret Beach in Venice, Florida
Fun in the Sun
Venice, Florida, is win Sarasota County, about 15 minutes or so, south of the city of Sarasota with its renowned Siesta Beach and white sand. It is a very popular spot for visitors and quite congested. It is really not that great. To avoid this sort of thing, just go to Venice, blessed with many nice beaches that are not crowded. Beach access is at the North and South Jetty, Nokomis Beach, Venice Beach, Caspersen Beach. These are all with a few miles of one another. In fact, from the South Jetty area, one can literally walk for miles down to Venice Beach then to the beach at Sharky's pier and onto Caspersens Beach. None are packed with people.
However, there is still one gem many do not know about: The Secret Beach. Accessible ONLY by boat, kayak, or walking a few miles from Caspersen's Beach, this beach has crystal clear water and that Caribbean water look with its light and darker blue hues. The vegetation, unlike other beaches where it farther away from the water, is must closer, providing a more tropical look.
The adventure is getting there. One can take the ferry for a fee or use your own boat or kayak from the boat launch. If you are kayaking, the kayak launch is only a few yards from the boat launch, partially hidden by mangroves. It is just to your right of the boat launch (see #1 on map). There is another kayak launch, but you will need to carry them much further. This is down a trail to the left of the ferry launch dock.
Once in the water, just head for the dock area (see #2 on map). The trip is serene and wildlife is present as you make your way across the waterway. It is about a 10-15 minute paddle. Once at the dock, most kayakers will park along the banks of the mangroves adjacent to the boat dock. Bring some rope to secure the kayak. You will use the wooden walkway for a bit until you meet the ocean (see #3 on map).
The other way to get there is to park your car a few miles away at Caspersen's Beach, then walk along the water edge down this area. However, the kayak method is far more enjoyable, plus, you can paddle to other areas to explore wildlife.
While signs note it is a private beach, just ignore them. Many locals enjoy it even though they are not members paying an outrageous $200 yearly fee. Besides, one could say it is part of Caspersen State Beach Park since it is all continuous beach.