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Area information

Sun, surf, and solitude in serene Casey Key

Casey Key is a long and narrow barrier island just 15 miles south of Sarasota, a buzzing and culture-rich waterfront city. Where

Sarasota simmers with urban energy, Casey Key offers seclusion and solitude. The island, lined with stretches of soft gold-white

palm-studded sands, is mostly residential. Casey Key vacation rentals include luxury condos with outdoor pools, family-sized low

rises with flowery gardens, and beachfront penthouses with balconies overlooking the shimmering aquamarine waters of the Gulf

of Mexico.

Making waves in Casey Key

Sunbathing surely tops the list of outdoor Casey Key activities. Beachfront runs the length of the island, and much of it is

restricted for residential use. It's likely that whatever Casey Key vacation rental you go for, it'll give access to residential

beachfront. There are also 2 public beaches at the island's southern end. Alongside sunbathing, surfing, swimming, and even

shore fishing are popular Casey Key activities. Nature enthusiasts, meanwhile, can hike, bike, kayak, and canoe in nearby Oscar

Scherer State Park, a pine and mangrove forest gathered around the freshwater Lake Osprey.

Local heritage and family-friendly city sights

It may be difficult to leave the paradise-like confines of your Casey Key vacation rental, but there's plenty to explore in

surrounding Sarasota County. Take a family trip to Historic Spanish Point, an outdoor museum and archaeological complex

reflecting the area's varied heritage. Here, ancient North American burial grounds and shrines sit alongside late 19th-century

buildings and reconstructed sailboats. In Sarasota city proper, take the kids to Sarasota Jungle.

Travel to Casey Key in its sun-blushed dry season

Casey Key enjoys long hot and humid summers, and mild sun-kissed winters, with very short transitional spring and fall seasons.

The climax of Casey Key's summer season not only welcomes the hottest temperatures, which frequently climb into the high 80s,

but also sees the most rainfall, where thunderstorms often roll in off the Gulf of Mexico. October through May is the dry season,

with October and November being a top time to visit. In these months, the sun sings and temperatures relax around the high 70s

and low 80s.

Bountiful beaches and wild nature parks in Casey Key

Casey Key's smooth and unblemished beachfront looks out over the balmy and bright blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Some of

the secluded sands are dotted with palms, others with gently swaying grasses. There are some rocky crags at the southern end of

Casey Key, where sea fishing is most popular. Back on the mainland, the sprawling Oscar Scherer State Park is full of pine

flatwoods and mangroves, blueberry bushes and flowering persimmon trees, which provide a home for bobcats, foxes, and

American alligators. Birdlife in the park includes great blue herons, ospreys, and even bald eagles.

Casey Key Road

Two bridges connect Casey Key to the mainland, one at either extremity, and the north bridge -- Blackburn Point Bridge -- is one of

only two swing bridges known to remain in the U.S. from the 1920s. One twisting street, Casey Key Road, bisects the island. Along

most of its length, this public highway is canopied by massive old-growth subtropical vegetation, pines and oaks. Occasional

glimpses can be had through the hedges of huge mansion estates and a few remaining Florida Cracker beach homes, all Gulf side.

One such estate is owned by author Stephen King, who drew inspiration for his novel Duma Key from his winter stays here. Places

to stop along Casey Key Road are extremely limited, and there is no beach access anywhere along the road where it passes these

estates. The only beach access is farther down the road near the southern end of the island.

Public Facilities

Nokomis Beach comprises two long, linear expanses of sand on the east and west sides of Casey Key Road toward the key's south

end. The beach offers boat launches, a boardwalk and snack bar. At the southern tip of the island, close to where the road crosses

the south bridge, a public beach makes up the western side of North Jetty Park. A pier within the park -- Venice Jetty -- can be used

for fishing. The channel is a famous area for dolphin watching, and a resident pod often can be seen to the southeast of the jetty.

Nearby Attraction

Historic Spanish Point (historicspanishpoint.org) is a 30-acre archaeological and environmental museum in Osprey, Florida, located

just across Little Sarasota Bay from the north end of Casey Key. Calling itself "a window to the past," the facility boasts the world's

only museum exhibition built inside a prehistoric shell mound. There is also a collection of pioneer-era buildings, a butterfly

garden, nature trails that meander through landscaped gardens and native coastal habitats, and a long boardwalk that looks out

over the bay. The facility also offers wedding packages.

Getting to Casey Key

Two bridges connect Casey Key to the mainland, one at either end, and the north bridge — Blackburn Point Bridge — is one of only

two swing bridges known to remain in the U.S. from the 1920s. The two roads that connect with Casey Key Road are Blackburn

Point Rd to the North end and Albee Road West to the South.

Casey Key Road, which runs the length of the island, is canopied by massive old-growth subtropical vegetation, pines and oaks.

And, you can catch a glimpse of huge mansion estates and a few remaining Florida Cracker beach homes along the Gulf. One

estate is owned by author Stephen King, who drew inspiration for his novel Duma Key while staying here.

Beaches and Public Facilities

Access to the public beach area is available only near the southern tip of the island. Nokomis Beach is a large white sand beach,

with Lyons Bay to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. It has a boat-launch ramp, boardwalk, pavillion with

restroom/changing facilities, covered picnic areas and free parking. The town’s holds a drum circle event each week on Wednesday

and Saturday from about 4pm to just after sundown.

At the southernmost point you’ll find the North Jetty Park beach and one of the best spots for surfing and snorkeling. The channel

is a famous area for dolphin watching, and a resident pod often can be seen to the southeast of the jetty. The beaches are open

daily and lifeguards are on duty during peak hours.

Wildlife Sanctuary

The Casey Key Conservation Act of 1970 designated the island as a marine and wildlife sanctuary. There are plenty of

opportunities for bird-watching while biking or hiking as well as enjoying the island’s flora and fauna. Endangered sea turtles nest

here and their nests are marked with stakes and orange tape. Endangered manatees also frequent the waterways here and

visitors often spot dolphins swimming close to shore.

Boating

The Intracoastal Waterway is just to the east of Casey Key, which also offers opportunities for boating. Deep water boat docks are

available on the bay side of the island. There are full- or half-day charters for boating in the bay and Intracoastal Waterway, with

deck boats for parties of up to 10 people and pontoon boats for larger groups. Personal watercraft can be rented by people over

age 18 and fees include wetsuits. Kayaking is another way to explore the area inlets and waterways, with both single- and two-

rider craft available for rent.

The North Jetty Beach is a popular area for shore fishing, and many anglers also fish off the rocks around the Venice Inlet. Boat

charters are available from the marina for deep-sea fishing in the Gulf. Fishing gear and bait are available from the North Jetty

Fish Camp on the northern bank of the inlet.

Dining

There are several restaurants located at the west end of the north bridge and has 175 feet of deep-water dockage for patrons’ use.

Nearby Attractions

Oscar Scherer State Park is located on U.S. 41, two miles south of Osprey. A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes this park

one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida.

The park also protects scrubby and pine flatwoods that were once widespread throughout Sarasota County. Fifteen miles of trails

through these beautiful natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing.

Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along South Creek, a blackwater stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Freshwater and

saltwater fishing are available along the creek. Anglers can fish along the shores of Lake Osprey, which is also the park´s

swimming destination.

Picnic areas along South Creek are equipped with grills; pavilions can be reserved for a fee. The park has full-facility campsites and

a youth/group campground.

The Oscar Scherer Park Nature Center also has exhibits and videos about the park´s natural communities.

Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point is a 30-acre archaeological and environmental museum in Osprey, Florida, located just across Little Sarasota

Bay from the north end of Casey Key.

The facility boasts the world’s only museum exhibition built inside a prehistoric shell mound. There is also a collection of pioneer-

era buildings, a butterfly garden, nature trails that wander throughout the landscaped gardens and native coastal habitats, and a

long boardwalk that looks out over the bay.

Casey Key Lodging | PO Box 673 | Venice | 34284 info@caseykeylodging.com 

Area information

Sun, surf, and solitude in serene Casey Key

Casey Key is a long and narrow barrier island just 15 miles

south of Sarasota, a buzzing and culture-rich waterfront

city. Where Sarasota simmers with urban energy, Casey Key

offers seclusion and solitude. The island, lined with

stretches of soft gold-white palm-studded sands, is mostly

residential. Casey Key vacation rentals include luxury

condos with outdoor pools, family-sized low rises with

flowery gardens, and beachfront penthouses with balconies

overlooking the shimmering aquamarine waters of the Gulf

of Mexico.

Making waves in Casey Key

Sunbathing surely tops the list of outdoor Casey Key

activities. Beachfront runs the length of the island, and

much of it is restricted for residential use. It's likely that

whatever Casey Key vacation rental you go for, it'll give

access to residential beachfront. There are also 2 public

beaches at the island's southern end. Alongside

sunbathing, surfing, swimming, and even shore fishing are

popular Casey Key activities. Nature enthusiasts,

meanwhile, can hike, bike, kayak, and canoe in nearby

Oscar Scherer State Park, a pine and mangrove forest

gathered around the freshwater Lake Osprey.

Local heritage and family-friendly city sights

It may be difficult to leave the paradise-like confines of your

Casey Key vacation rental, but there's plenty to explore in

surrounding Sarasota County. Take a family trip to Historic

Spanish Point, an outdoor museum and archaeological

complex reflecting the area's varied heritage. Here, ancient

North American burial grounds and shrines sit alongside

late 19th-century buildings and reconstructed sailboats. In

Sarasota city proper, take the kids to Sarasota Jungle.

Travel to Casey Key in its sun-blushed dry season

Casey Key enjoys long hot and humid summers, and mild

sun-kissed winters, with very short transitional spring and

fall seasons. The climax of Casey Key's summer season not

only welcomes the hottest temperatures, which frequently

climb into the high 80s, but also sees the most rainfall,

where thunderstorms often roll in off the Gulf of Mexico.

October through May is the dry season, with October and

November being a top time to visit. In these months, the

sun sings and temperatures relax around the high 70s and

low 80s.

Bountiful beaches and wild nature parks in

Casey Key

Casey Key's smooth and unblemished beachfront looks out

over the balmy and bright blue waters of the Gulf of

Mexico. Some of the secluded sands are dotted with palms,

others with gently swaying grasses. There are some rocky

crags at the southern end of Casey Key, where sea fishing is

most popular. Back on the mainland, the sprawling Oscar

Scherer State Park is full of pine flatwoods and mangroves,

blueberry bushes and flowering persimmon trees, which

provide a home for bobcats, foxes, and American alligators.

Birdlife in the park includes great blue herons, ospreys, and

even bald eagles.

Casey Key Road

Two bridges connect Casey Key to the mainland, one at

either extremity, and the north bridge -- Blackburn Point

Bridge -- is one of only two swing bridges known to remain

in the U.S. from the 1920s. One twisting street, Casey Key

Road, bisects the island. Along most of its length, this public

highway is canopied by massive old-growth subtropical

vegetation, pines and oaks. Occasional glimpses can be had

through the hedges of huge mansion estates and a few

remaining Florida Cracker beach homes, all Gulf side. One

such estate is owned by author Stephen King, who drew

inspiration for his novel Duma Key from his winter stays

here. Places to stop along Casey Key Road are extremely

limited, and there is no beach access anywhere along the

road where it passes these estates. The only beach access is

farther down the road near the southern end of the island.

Public Facilities

Nokomis Beach comprises two long, linear expanses of

sand on the east and west sides of Casey Key Road toward

the key's south end. The beach offers boat launches, a

boardwalk and snack bar. At the southern tip of the island,

close to where the road crosses the south bridge, a public

beach makes up the western side of North Jetty Park. A pier

within the park -- Venice Jetty -- can be used for fishing. The

channel is a famous area for dolphin watching, and a

resident pod often can be seen to the southeast of the jetty.

Nearby Attraction

Historic Spanish Point (historicspanishpoint.org) is a 30-acre

archaeological and environmental museum in Osprey,

Florida, located just across Little Sarasota Bay from the

north end of Casey Key. Calling itself "a window to the past,"

the facility boasts the world's only museum exhibition built

inside a prehistoric shell mound. There is also a collection

of pioneer-era buildings, a butterfly garden, nature trails

that meander through landscaped gardens and native

coastal habitats, and a long boardwalk that looks out over

the bay. The facility also offers wedding packages.

Getting to Casey Key

Two bridges connect Casey Key to the mainland, one at

either end, and the north bridge — Blackburn Point Bridge

— is one of only two swing bridges known to remain in the

U.S. from the 1920s. The two roads that connect with Casey

Key Road are Blackburn Point Rd to the North end and

Albee Road West to the South.

Casey Key Road, which runs the length of the island, is

canopied by massive old-growth subtropical vegetation,

pines and oaks. And, you can catch a glimpse of huge

mansion estates and a few remaining Florida Cracker beach

homes along the Gulf. One estate is owned by author

Stephen King, who drew inspiration for his novel Duma Key

while staying here.

Beaches and Public Facilities

Access to the public beach area is available only near the

southern tip of the island. Nokomis Beach is a large white

sand beach, with Lyons Bay to the east and the Gulf of

Mexico to the west. It has a boat-launch ramp, boardwalk,

pavillion with restroom/changing facilities, covered picnic

areas and free parking. The town’s holds a drum circle

event each week on Wednesday and Saturday from about

4pm to just after sundown.

At the southernmost point you’ll find the North Jetty Park

beach and one of the best spots for surfing and snorkeling.

The channel is a famous area for dolphin watching, and a

resident pod often can be seen to the southeast of the jetty.

The beaches are open daily and lifeguards are on duty

during peak hours.

Wildlife Sanctuary

The Casey Key Conservation Act of 1970 designated the

island as a marine and wildlife sanctuary. There are plenty

of opportunities for bird-watching while biking or hiking as

well as enjoying the island’s flora and fauna. Endangered

sea turtles nest here and their nests are marked with

stakes and orange tape. Endangered manatees also

frequent the waterways here and visitors often spot

dolphins swimming close to shore.

Boating

The Intracoastal Waterway is just to the east of Casey Key,

which also offers opportunities for boating. Deep water

boat docks are available on the bay side of the island. There

are full- or half-day charters for boating in the bay and

Intracoastal Waterway, with deck boats for parties of up to

10 people and pontoon boats for larger groups. Personal

watercraft can be rented by people over age 18 and fees

include wetsuits. Kayaking is another way to explore the

area inlets and waterways, with both single- and two-rider

craft available for rent.

The North Jetty Beach is a popular area for shore fishing,

and many anglers also fish off the rocks around the Venice

Inlet. Boat charters are available from the marina for deep-

sea fishing in the Gulf. Fishing gear and bait are available

from the North Jetty Fish Camp on the northern bank of the

inlet.

Dining

There are several restaurants located at the west end of the

north bridge and has 175 feet of deep-water dockage for

patrons’ use.

Nearby Attractions

Oscar Scherer State Park is located on U.S. 41, two miles

south of Osprey. A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods

makes this park one of the best places to see Florida scrub-

jays, a threatened species found only in Florida.

The park also protects scrubby and pine flatwoods that

were once widespread throughout Sarasota County. Fifteen

miles of trails through these beautiful natural areas provide

opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing.

Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along South Creek, a

blackwater stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico.

Freshwater and saltwater fishing are available along the

creek. Anglers can fish along the shores of Lake Osprey,

which is also the park´s swimming destination.

Picnic areas along South Creek are equipped with grills;

pavilions can be reserved for a fee. The park has full-facility

campsites and a youth/group campground.

The Oscar Scherer Park Nature Center also has exhibits and

videos about the park´s natural communities.

Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point is a 30-acre archaeological and

environmental museum in Osprey, Florida, located just

across Little Sarasota Bay from the north end of Casey Key.

The facility boasts the world’s only museum exhibition built

inside a prehistoric shell mound. There is also a collection

of pioneer-era buildings, a butterfly garden, nature trails

that wander throughout the landscaped gardens and native

coastal habitats, and a long boardwalk that looks out over

the bay.

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