Venice Beach Florida

Venice Beach Florida has fossilized shark teeth and is known as the "Shark's Tooth Capital of the World".

These black-brown toothy treasures are washed up from a large fossil deposit offshore and delivered right to the water’s edge, ready for you to pluck right out of the water.

People flock here from all over the world to find their own fossils and experience the unique beauty of this special beach.

There are jewelers in town who will mount your treasures while you wait.

The charcoal-colored sand on Venice Beach Florida is an anomaly, another creation of mother nature at work.

Waves bring in black pulverized fossils and mix them with Florida’s famous white sand and the combination produces a charcoal sandy beach; very fine and very soft.

Bring your scuba gear and collect your treasures before they wash up on shore. Snorkeling will give you an advantage also.


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There is a small dog beach located at one end of Venice Beach, so you can bring your pal Fido along too if you want to let him splash and play with others of his kind in the dog park area.

Great activities to try and nearby attractions:

  • While you’re in the area, you have to pay a visit to the Venice Pier for a small entrance fee that gives you access to a great fishing pier.
  • While you do your own form of playing, the kids can have fun playing in the sand on the beach jetties too.

  • A visit to the Ringling Museum of Art will take you on an experience unlike any other were you can walk the grounds that used to be home to the Ringlings, the infamous circus owners.

  • There are beautiful gardens to explore as well as a breathtaking view of the Sarasota Bay.

  • The museum contains art dating back to 500 years from the European and American design as well as many other places all over the world. There is also circus memorabilia on display.

  • Spend a day or two at the Myakka River State Park where you can camp out and enjoy hiking, bicycling and canoeing and camp out in one of the two campgrounds if you like.



Kids of most ages: The kids will love the Mote Marine Aquarium where they can observe lots of sharks in the 135,000 gallon tank here.

You can also learn and play with endangered sea turtles or hold a stingray, sea urchin or horseshoe crab.

Eating: Check out Sharky’s on the Pier located right on Venice pier for good food and fun.

Robbi’s Reef also offers some delicious seafood selections.

Sleeping: A short walk to the beach and shopping venues, the Venice Beach Villas are a lovely choice.

If you’d rather stay even closer to the beach, try Inn at the Beach.


Have you found fossilized shark's teeth?

Do you have a great story about finding shark's teeth here in Venice, Florida? We would love to hear your story and see your pictures.

Inquiring minds want to know: 1) Did you locate them by diving, snorkeling or did they wash up at your feet on the beach? 2) Did you have them made into jewelry?

There are many varieties, sizes and shapes so pictures would be great. Thanks!

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