Venice, Florida Travel Diary

I don’t travel nearly as much as I would like. I plan to change that in 2020… We’ll see, I say that every year. Up until this month, the last time I had gone anywhere noteworthy (or far enough away to fly to) was in 2017. It also happens to be the same place I just went to a few days ago. Venice, Florida.

I was only there for three and a half days this time around, but man were those a wonderful three and a half days.

Where we ate

Nokomo’s Sunset Hut

At first glance you may not guess, but Nokomo’s Sunset Hut is actually a hoppin’ atmospheric tiki hut waterfront bar. From the live entertainment, shout out to Jimmy Bones, to the drinks and food, this place did not disappoint.

Bud’s Restaurant

I take after my dad here, among other things, like putting a few ice cubes in my hot coffee. I want to drink it without burning my throat, ok? It makes sense… but I love a good breakfast, just like my dad. Bud’s did not disappoint, although there was a long wait for the food, ultimately it was worth it. We also got to enjoy a live flutist during our wait.

Luna’s

After walking around the Venice Art Festival for a couple of hours, we went to Luna’s for dinner. Pizza and wine. My kind of meal.

Pop’s Sunset Grill

After spending the day in the sun at the beach, we went to Sharky’s Pier so I could get some sunset pictures before heading to quite possibly my new favorite restaurant, Pop’s Sunset Grill. My dinner consisted of two skinny margaritas and a grilled chicken wrap with french fries and coleslaw. Let’s be honest here, I got it for the fries, but the wrap was amazing as well.

I am a big fan of eating outdoors at restaurants (weather permitting. I will not freeze my butt off to eat outside.) Luckily, in Florida, the weather is pretty much always permitting. Pop’s had an indoor seating area, but why would you want to do that when you can eat outside by the water?

Burgundy Square Cafe

Best pancakes I have ever had. It was also the largest pancake I had ever had. I am also not a huge sausage fan, but this sausage was pretty good. So were the home fries. You know what? Everything was amazing.

What we did

Flying into Fort Meyers, I was greeted with glorious palm trees lining the streets. I was already in heaven. After getting the rental car, we made our way to Venice and spent the afternoon on the beach. No complaints here.

Venice Art Festival

After walking Nokomis beach and catching a few rays of sun, we decided to catch the last afternoon of the Venice Art Festival. There were so many talented artists, from photographers and painters to jewelers and the Tube Dude.

Shark tooth hunting

Instead of getting up early for breakfast, we got up early to do one of my favorite things (and again, my dads)… shark tooth hunting! Manasota Beach, known for shark teeth, is the place to go. Everyone is armed with their shark tooth sifters all along the shore chatting about their finds. One of these days I’ll find a Megalodon.

Shopping

Tuesday, day 4, aka my last day. My flight was at 3:15 pm which meant I had to get to the airport around 1-1:30. We got up early and walked the beach, then had breakfast at Burgundy Square Cafe. After that, we went and did a little shopping at St. Armands Circle on the way to the airport.

Have you ever been to Venice, Florida? Let me know your favorite spots in the comments below!

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