This beach is frequently called Venice Beach because it’s in the town of Venice Beach, but technically it’s called Casperson Beach. Its is known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World” because of the abundance of shark teeth that can be found along the shore. There are also fossilized stingray barbs, whale bones, dugong rib fragments, and more.
As can be seen below, fossils range from near-perfect condition to worn-down and barely recognizable as teeth. The rectangular, ridged ones are stingray barbs and a couple (we were told) are chunks of fossilized bone. These are apparently between 5 and 23 million years old.
We sifted through the sand with our hands, right where the waves break so we were sitting in the water. Some people buy actual fossil sifters but we have used a metal colander and it works fine.
Casperson Beach is nice, even if you don’t like looking for fossils.
Turtle nests are taped off for protection.
There are a lot of Osprey in this part of Florida, often nesting on top of power poles. Sometimes when a parent brings a fish you can see the babies heads pop up.
Times are based on no traffic. Use Google Maps to find the best route and check traffic before you leave.
- Distance from WDW:134 miles
- Travel time from WDW:1 hour 58 minutes
- Umbrella rentals:No
- Shelling: Yes.
- Casperson Beach Map
- Casperson Beach Surf Report