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There are Beaches everywhere, and they are all Different

You may be tempted to think that a beach is a beach, but that is not true. There are beaches with white sand, which are always comfortably cool during the hot summer months, and there are beaches with greyish sand that can get pretty hot - so hot that it will burn your feet. Some beaches are natural, while others have a backdrop of condominiums and high risers. Some beaches have lifeguards, and others don't. Very few beaches have concessions stands or restaurants nearby, but all have restrooms; many have gazebos (pavilions), and some have grills, basketball courts, and nicely equipped playgrounds for the kids. 

Beaches close to Wellen Park

Out of the impressive number of beaches, Wellen Park residents will probably use the beaches within an exactable distance. The four beaches on Manasota Key are the most convenient ones. 

Stump Pass State Beach Park is the most beautiful one (in our opinion); however, parking space is minimal. You need to be an early bird if you want to spend a few hours on that beach. But you need to bring some cash to pay the parking fee. If you have a kayak, you can launch it there. Besides a coke vending machine, you will only find a faucet. You need to bring your stuff with you. 

Englewood Beach or Chadwick Beach has more parking ($.75/hour), excellent amenities, and is close to restaurants, bars, and other facilities. If you are looking to rent a boat, jet ski, or kayak, there are plenty of rental places in this area. 

Middle Beach has restrooms and ample parking. You need to bring your food and drinks. However, you can always make a trip to Englewood Beach if you are under the impression that you are starving to death. Restaurants are only a few miles away at Englewood Beach, and it is a lovely scenic drive by the way.

Manasota Key Beach is right at the North Bridge. Expect new facilities and a decent amount of parking space; this beach also has the highest number of parking lots for disabled beachgoers. It is also the only beach with lifeguards. So, if you are not quite sure if you can stay afloat, this beach might be your #1 option. 

Five more Beaches on the Venice Isle and in Nokomis

Caspersen Beach:  Another of the best beaches near Venice, Florida, is the rocky Caspersen beach. Located south of Venice, the beach occupies more than 10,000 feet of property. When you continue walking to the south, you will eventually reach Manasota Beach. By the way, the rocky part of the beach is only a 200-yard long section. The rocks are along the waterline, and there is still plenty of space left to walk on. The beach is the best choice to hunt fossilized shark teeth if you are into that hobby.

You can expect nice restrooms and sufficient parking space, and a  boardwalk makes it easier to get on the beach. 

Broward Beach is the next beach further north, next to the fishing pier. It consists of two beaches. One section of the beach is reserved for your furry friend - if you have one. It is the only beach where dogs can swim with their masters and with dolphins. Adjacent is a dog park where the dogs can play, bark, or take a nap with their exhausted owner. 

Venice Beach is the only beach where you can swim securely under the watchful eyes of lifeguards. So, you can swim, sunbathe, have a picnic, or you can dig for sharks' teeth. You can spend the entire day because there is a concession stand on the site-no need to be hungry in the sun. Venice Beach, also called Venice Municipal Beach, is probably one of the best places to go with family and kids. Once it sinks in that too much sun might ruin your night's sleep, you can walk to Venice Main Street for a drink or something to eat. 

Nokomis Beach, on the other side of the Jetty, is Sarasota County's oldest beach. The beach is located on the beautiful barrier island Casey Key. Nokomis beach offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. You can walk for miles along the waterline or watch the dolphins, seagulls, and, sometimes, manatees floating by. Lifeguards are on duty to let you know when this remarkable, distinct, triangular-shaped dorsal fin emerges from the water. Yes, those dolphins tend to shock swimmers who are not familiar with Florida's wildlife.

Three Beaches on Siesta Key


At the south end of Siesta Key is Turtle Beach. The sand is darker than the sand of Siesta Beach because it has a higher content of shells in it. Therefore the sand is hotter during the summer months. However, although many of the shells are broken, it still makes it more interesting for beachcombers and shell collectors. There are still intact once; you just need to find them. The best time to detect one of those treasures is after a storm, especially when you are one of the first beachcombers on the beach. 

You will find picnic areas at Turtle Beach. A playground, a volleyball court, and a horseshoe pit are also waiting for users. Turtle Beach has a boat launch for small fishing boats and kayaks/canoes. However, you cannot launch the boat into the Gulf of Mexico. The Blind Pass Lagoon connects to the Intracoastal Waterway only. There are some restaurants, but Turtle Beach is neither a great shopping experience nor does it offer extravagant nightlife. 


The following Beach further north is Crescent Beach. Point of Rocks, an area rich with coral formation, is at the beach's southern end. Not too spectacular, but you have a chance to see colorful marine life while snorkeling. 

Like the sand on Siesta's public beach, the sand consists of white quartz with a minimum shell content. The backdrop of multi-story condominium buildings may lead you to suspect that this part of the beach is pretty crowded, and you are right. Therefore, one can say that Crescent Beach is a public/non-public/private beach. Everybody can use the beach; however, it is pretty much occupied by the residents in those condos. 


Siesta Beach is the one! It is a beach with sparkling sugar white sand, which consists of 99% quartz. It is an unbelievable story of how the sand made it from the foot of the Appalachians' to Siesta Key. But the sand is there, and Siesta Key's residents don't mind. This Key is the only one in the strings of islands on Florida's Sun Coast that can brag about an entirely white beach. No grey spots at all. 

Recently, Siesta added new facilities to the beach, and beachgoers can enjoy new restrooms, concession stands, shaded playgrounds, picnic areas, and tennis and beach volleyball courts. That is a lot of action. 

Its shallow water near the shoreline and year-round lifeguard protection make it an excellent beach for the whole family. The beach is perfectly safe for little kids. And there is always something to do. Drum Circles and sand sculpting, and volleyball tournaments are only some of them. A highlight is also that it's all within walking distance to the village. What is Siesta Village? Well, call it the island's capital. The village is where the restaurants, bars, and shops are waiting for customers. The Siesta Key Village is so famous that people worldwide are flocking to this happy place.