Hotel at a Glance: Holiday Inn Express Venice
The Holiday Inn Express Venice is located just a few miles from Venice’s 14 miles of beaches. Fuel up with the hotel’s complimentary hot breakfast before working on your tan at the outdoor pool or playing in the waves at nearby Venice Beach. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir, keep your eyes peeled for shark teeth while walking along the shore.
- Get comfortable: Read your complimentary newspaper in your guest room, which is outfitted with a microwave and mini fridge.
- Grab a bite: Just steps from the hotel is BrewBurger’s Pub and Grill, where you can have wings, a half-pound burger, and a cold beer.
- Myakka River State Park protects wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pineland. You may spot wildlife while strolling on the boardwalk and treetop canopy walkway, hiking, or kayaking.
Venice, Florida: Championship Golf Courses and Beaches Along the Gulf
Located on central Florida’s Sun Coast between St. Petersburg and Fort Myers, Venice boasts 14 miles of beachfront along the Gulf of Mexico. The town is affectionately called the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World”—at Venice Beach, divers comb the offshore reef for teeth, and the town hosts a festival every year to celebrate the abundance of the fascinating fossils. The coast is strewn with plenty of other treasures, as well. You can find a variety of shells on Caspersen Beach, including lightning whelk, lion’s paw, and junonia, which can only be found on the state’s west coast. Fishing is another popular pastime, and anglers line up along the 700-foot-long Venice Beach Pier in hopes of catching tarpon, flounder, or spanish mackerel.
There’s more to the city than its beaches. Venice also boasts a number of championship golf courses, some of which offer dazzling water views. Downtown Venice is a charming mix of alfresco cafés, funky boutiques, and historical sites. Each Saturday, at the Venice Farmers’ Market, you can pick up fresh seafood, locally grown produce, and handmade knickknacks.