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Sharky’s on the Pier, Venice, FL

Do you want to go to lunch or dinner, walk along the beach, see a beautiful sunset, or do some fishing on a pier?  You can do it all at one location – Sharky’s on the Pier.  Sharky’s is a beachfront restauarant and tiki bar located in Venice, FL.  Here is a link to their web site where you can read about the history, view their menu, shop their online store and see some great photos and videos:  http://sharkysonthepier.com/

Sharky’s menu provides a variety of options such as appetizers, salads, desserts, seafood, sandwiches, steak and pork, pasta and a large selection of drinks including tropical and frozen.  You can enjoy live musical entertainment Wednesday to Sunday.

While there you can also visit Papa’s Bait Shop located right on the 700-foot Pier.  They have live bait, shark’s teeth, snacks and Sharky’s apparel.  If you are a visitor and need some gear, they also have rentals of rods, reels, Florida snow shovels, umbrellas and beach chairs.  There is no fishing license required to fish from this Venice Municipal Fishing Pier.

Don’t forget your stroll along Venice Beach where you can sit back and soak up some sun, hunt for some shark’s teeth or even collect some sea shells.  Venice is the Shark Tooth Capital of the World.  Did you know that sharks continually shed their teeth and grow new ones?  You can use a tool to dig for sharks teeth or just spot them along the shore.  Besides sharks teeth, fossils and other marine creatures are found in this area. 

When we have visitors in town, this is a place I like to take them.  This is one of my Walkabout Wednesday articles.  Stop by each Wednesday to see a new place to visit.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL


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Englewood Beach, FL

Englewood Beach

Englewood Beach is located on Manasota Key, a barrier island that stretches along the coastline of southwest Florida.  It is one of the most populated beaches in the area.  It is open from 9am to 4pm daily.  There are no lifeguards on duty.  The park has a lot of amenities such as a large building with showers and restrooms.  There are boardwalks, pavilions, grills, picnic tables, and showers.  You will also find activities such as basketball hoops, volleyballs nets, a playground, and a horseshoe pit. 

There is a fee to park your vehicle.  There are kiosks in the park where you pay and put the sticker on your dashboard. The park is patrolled and you will be ticketed if you don’t pay or go beyond your time.  Get there early if you are going on the weekend during snowbird season, because the parking lot can fill up pretty quickly.

There are plenty of places to eat across the street and in downtown Englewood.  There is a nice souvenir shop just a few steps away as well.  We usually pack a lunch and eat while at the beach.  Be careful of the seagulls and other sea birds, they will swarm around you when eating. 

If you are having a family, social, or business event, you can reserve a pavilion for a fee.  There is a minimum rental of four hours to accommodate your event and set-up/clean-up needs.    Reservations are for the pavilion only and do not include exclusive use of the park or other facilities. 

My favorite things to do at Englewood Beach are hunt for sharks teeth and seashells and of course walk the shore and soak up the sun.  The shark teeth can be black, brown, or gray and range in a variety of sizes.  You can find them just by walking along the shore or you can use a trowel to dig up a scoop and sift through it.  I have a collection of shark teeth that I keep in a glass vase and when visitors come to our house, I send them home with a baggie full. 

Bring your beach gear, your sunscreen, pack a lunch and have a great day!

For more information, go to the Charlotte County web site at:  http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/CommunityServices/ParkPages/EnglewoodChadwick.asp.

This is one of my Walkabout Wednesday series.  Check back each Wednesday for another place to walkabout.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL