Caspersen Beach Park
Venice, FL 34285
Sarasota County Call Center
6 AM - 12 midnight; 365 days per year (parking closed from 12 midnight – 6 AM)
Beach, swimming, fishing piers, canoe/kayak launch, fitness trail, nature trail, connect with Venetian Waterway Trail, picnic area, grills, play equipment, restrooms, parking, no lifeguard
Caspersen is one of the most enjoyable shelling beaches in the area and an exceptionally good place to find prehistoric sharks’ teeth. Enjoy a 20 minute walk along Caspersen's nature trail through a coastal hammock. The southern two thirds of beachfront were left in its natural state and offer a more secluded experience. A dune restoration system with walkovers helps preserve the shoreline. Other habitats here include freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangroves and tidal flats.
The property was originally deeded to Sarasota County by the Caspersen family in 1968, with a stipulation that the land would revert back to the family in 20 years. A Land and Water Conservation Fund grant combined with proceeds from a 1986 voter approved bond referendum provided the funding to acquire the site.
Open beach, coastal dune, coastal hammock, mangrove swamp, fresh and saltwater marsh, scrub
177 acres (9,150 linear feet of gulf beach frontage)
Who Owns and Maintains
Owned and maintained by Sarasota County
SCAT Bus stop and route