Visit Venice Beach, in Florida: Search for Shark Teeth and Shells
The very first shark teeth found on our visit to Venice, Florida
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.
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.
- 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
- optional: a small net (like the ones used in a home aquarium)
Boots to Use for Walking on Rocks
Finding shark teeth is a rush!!!!
Mesh Basket to Rinse and Hold Shells and Shark Teeth
Florida snow shovels
A Small Bucket for Your Treasures
A place to rest on the way from the beach
The Shoreline Is Dotted with Gifts Deposited By the Waters
This little guy came up to give his approval of our efforts
Swirling Waters Present Us with More Gifts
Tiny Prints Made As a Little Critter Made His Way to Find Something Interesting
Stopping off to Rest for a Bit
Just a few feet away---king of all he surveyed
A watchful pair of eyes...
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
This little guy entertained us as we waited for our meal
This amazing pelican held our attention too as dinner was prepared.
Calm waters greeted us
My sister checking out the menu at Bert's
The briny breeze swirled around us
Bridgewater Inn....situated right over the waters
Sunset over the waters ...
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.
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