Villa Happy Gator - your perfect vacation experience!
Venice - the hidden gem on Florida's Gulfcoast!
With about 21,000 inhabitants, Venice is a charming small town with typical American residential structure. The crime rate is very low. Venice consists of the districts of Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, Venice and South Venice and is located about 13 Miles south of Sarasota.
The beaches around South Venice are among the most beautiful in South West Florida and lie virtually on the doorstep of our home, because the drive is mostly only a few minutes. Parking is free at the beaches of Venice Beach and Manasota Key - no longer common in many regions of Florida!
Venice is conveniently located on US 41 (Tamiami Trail) and off the I-75. So a fast connection is ensured in all directions. The Airports Tampa and Fort Myers are about an hour, Orlando about 2 hours away. From Miami it takes about 3 hours.
In few minutes, you reach large supermarkets such as Walmart and Publix for daily needs. Big malls are located north in Sarasota or south in Port Charlotte, for a day of shopping at an outlet Ellenton outlets in Bradenton (45 minutes north) or Miromar Outlets in Estero (about 1 hour 15 minutes to the south) are perfect.
Florida is Golfer's Heaven. The selection of good courses is great, and playing amidst tropical vegetation is pure relaxation. In Venice alone, there are about 20 golf courses, more than 10 public spaces, which are all within a short drive from your vacation home. Please click here for an overview.
For nature lovers, Sarasota County around Venice is a paradise. There are numerous ways to experience the original Florida with its unparalleled wildlife. Far from the beaten track you find fascinating landscapes that are best explored on foot or by bike. With a little luck you will spot a Blue Scrub Jay, a bird species only found in Florida. A lot of them live in Lemon Bay Preserve, at walking distance to our Villa Happy Gator.
Less than 2 miles away from our house is Shamrock Park, a fantastic city park with a trail system for walking, jogging and biking within a beautiful Florida vegetation, tennis courts and a large playground. It is situated right at the Venetian Waterway Park, which stretches along the Intercoastal Waterway.