It was windy & chilly the day we visited Venice Beach but we didn't care. The sky was blue, the sun was shining & it was still a long shot warmer than our home in Northern Michigan! We walked the beach looking for shells & shark's teeth but didn't find any on Venice Beach. Recent beach reclamation projects undertaken throughout Florida have temporarily changed the beaches. They're beautiful but the added sand covers the shark's teeth. That's what we were after!
We spent a lot of time on the Venice Fishing Pier watching the fishermen, birds & the waves. But, after striking out on shark's teeth, we decided to check out another beach just down the way. Jason walked the shoreline while Cousin Aaron & I followed in the wagon. I think we'd all agree, we liked Casperson Beach even more. It was rocky, beautiful and the beach combing was better!
The bird watching is fantastic in Florida. So many varieties you just don't see in Michigan. These little guys (below) are Sanderlings and they are hysterical to watch. They chase the waves to pick for food in the sand, then the waves chase them. Back & forth they go as fast as their little legs can carry them. Sanderlings are migratory birds that spend August-April wintering in Florida before returning to their breeding grounds in the Arctic.
We were hooked on beach combing and quickly turning into beach bums but we did take some time off the beaches to explore downtown Venice too. As you can see from our postcard below, Venice is a beautiful area. Visit if you can!
After breakfast, we popped into Sea Pleasures & Treasures gift shop in search of postcards for Uncle Ed but it was the shop's extensive fossil display that caught our attention. The rarest fossils are on display but the shop offers plenty of fossilized shells, bone, shark's teeth & corals for sale too. Sea Pleasures & Treasures is located at 255 W. Venice Avenue in Downtown Venice. The shop doesn't have a website so we'll give them a shout out to spread the word. It's worth a visit to check out their incredible display!
Venice & Casperson beaches were beautiful but we had better luck finding shark's teeth, fossils, shells & coral outside our front door on the the beaches of Manasota Key. We were determined to find the best spot on the Gulf for beach combing. So we decided to check out the beaches on Sanibel & Captiva Islands.
Stay tuned for our next adventure!