Venice Florida is a friendly and vibrant city nestled between Sarasota and Fort Myers, directly on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Crossing one of Venice's bridges to the historic downtown area, known as "The Island of Venice", instantly transports you to a place of unparalleled charm where palm tree lined avenues host an endless array of exciting things to do and see. You’re sure to find a shop or boutique to satisfy your style out of the 100+ unique shops, salons, and other businesses along the Island Avenues of Venice. If dining is your idea of excitement, your palate will be especially pleased. With many sidewalk cafes and several picturesque waterfront restaurants, Venice offers a total dining experience that is truly second to none
In Venice, you’re guaranteed to find the experience you desire along our 7 miles of beautiful beaches from surfing and fishing to golfing, nature trails, a dog-friendly beach or just relaxing with your toes buried in the soft white sand and soaking up the sun. Our “main” beach, Venice Beach, plays host to live music nearly every night of the week.
Always alive with excitement, downtown Venice hosts or sponsors an extensive schedule of events throughout the year. Venice's fall and spring outdoor art shows some of south Florida's best, are signature events, showcasing art created by talented local artists. Outdoor music performances in the Centennial Park Gazebo, holiday gatherings, winter and summer craft fairs and old fashioned MainStreet parades are also regular events.
Travelers are designating Venice as a "base" from which they can travel to larger metropolitan areas, yet stay in a relaxing and less populated beachside paradise. Lodging options for such visitors are numerous, from ocean view hotels to executive suites, condominiums and charming Bed & Breakfast Inns.