March 13, 2005
On the Lemon Bay near the Alligator Creek estuary, you will find 5 acres of public area with the ferry terminal, boat ramp, and crab dock. The ferry holds 18 passengers at a time and leaves the dock every half-hour between 9:30am and sunset every day (except Wednesdays) to carry you to your private beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The 4-minute ride to the pristine beach on the Gulf is unforgettable. The beach is unique in its privacy and provides an opportunity for swimming, sunning, shelling, and shark-tooth hunting. You may see manatees during the ride, and dolphins come to the beach almost every day. It is a perfect place for those looking for a vacation of low-key activities like boating, kayaking, or sailing. Shore fishing in Lemon Bay is another popular activity.
Florida is a paradise for golfers and draws more golfers than any other state. The South Venice Beach area alone offers three privately-owned golf courses (Bird Bay, Capri Isles, and Waterford), one public golf course (Lake Venice Golf Club), and another eight within a half-hour’s drive.
In the northwest part of South Venice Beach is Shamrock Park & Nature Center
(free). Here visitors can find tennis and basketball courts, children’s playgrounds, a nature trail (1 mile), an environmental center, and a sheltered picnic area. The Venetian Waterway Park links Shamrock Park with the Venice historic district. The Waterway Park is actually a 8-foot-wide picturesque trail running along the Intracoastal Waterway.
From journal Venice, Florida’s Jewel