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 Caspersen Beach

 
4100 Harbor Drive, Venice, FL  
 
No Lifeguards are on duty
 
Caspersen Beach is recognized as
one of the most enjoyable shelling beaches in the area and an excellent spot to find prehistoric sharks’ teeth! There are nature trails traveling through freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove areas, and tidal flats, and excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.
 
A restored dune system features boardwalk-style dune walkovers. The walkovers serve to protect the dunes, and they also provide an excellent vantage point from which to view spectacular Gulf sunsets!
 
This beautiful park is located south of the Venice Municipal Airport and is bounded by the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway.
  
Caspersen Beach is a National Healthy Beach, and is certified as a "Blue Wave" beach by the Clean Beaches Council.
 
 

 History

 
  • Originally deeded to Sarasota County by the Caspersen family in 1968 through a special warranty deed that stipulated the land would revert back to the family in 20 years.
  • In 1972, a bond referendum was held and passed for the purpose of acquiring Caspersen Beach and South Lido Park.
  • In 1986, the Board of County Commissioners included the Caspersen Mainland site (64 acres) in a $20 million bond referendum which the voters approved.
  • A friendly condemnation suit was filed by the Caspersen family requiring the county to prove in Federal Court the need for the land as a public park. The court ruled in the county's favor and established the value of the land.
  • A Land and Water Conservation Fund grant combined with proceeds from the bond referendum provided the funding to acquire the site at the price established by the court.
 

 Park Beach Information

 

Hours
Park is open year round.
Parking is from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Directions

From U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail toward Venice, turn onto W. Venice Ave., drive about 0.4 miles and turn left (south) onto Harbor Dr. S., drive about 3.2 miles, road dead ends at Caspersen Beach Park.

Google map to Caspersen Beach

 

 Activities

 

  • Birding
  • Canoe/kayak launch
  • Dune walkovers
  • Fishing
  • Fitness equipment
  • Picnicking
  • Playground-ADA
  • Trails-paved/unpaved​
 

 Amenities

 

 

  • Beach access-parking
  • Canoe/kayak launch
  • Dune walkovers
  • Parking
  • Picnic shelter-reservable
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground-ADA
  • Restrooms
  • Showers-outdoor
  • Trails-paved/unpaved
 

 Want to know more?

 

For questions or additional information regarding Caspersen Beach, contact 941-861-5000 or email parksonline@scgov.net

 

Sarasota County, Florida
941-861-5000
TTY: 7-1-1
or 1-800-955-8771
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