Condo Rentals Venice Florida
Bahia Vista Gulf of Venice

Venice Beach Condo
Large Beachside Heated Pool

Enjoy Gulf swimming steps from our condos
The one and two bedroom condos are located directly on the beach in Venice, Florida between Sarasota and Napels. On one side you have the beach and on the other side the condos face the canal where boat docks are available on the premises. Our condominiums are turnkey furnished and include central heat and air and cable TV. Laundry facilities are available. A large Beachside heated pool is provided for your enjoyment. There is also a Club house with a Large party room and decks.
Prices run from $2300 to $4000 monthly depending on season and unit.
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Tennis, shopping, churches and restaurants are within walking distance. Just a short drive will provide golf, water sports, charter fishing, arts and entertainment, recreation areas, museums and wonderful dining adventures.

Fossilized Shark's Teeth, Approx. 2 to 35 Million Years Old
Children love it here, there is so much "fun stuff" to do. Besides swimming in the Gulf or in the heated pool, a short trip to Casperson beach in Venice is a great place to find fossilized shark teeth. (Adults like this also). These fossilized shark’s teeth were shed by sharks that lived approximately 2 – 35 million years ago. The Carchorodon Megalodon Shark teeth have been found in excess of 71/2 inches slant length (tip to blade to the edge of the root). As shark skeletons are cartilage, there are no fossilized remains of sharks except for their teeth. The rule of thumb is 10 foot of fish per inch of tooth, meaning Megalodons could have exceeded 70 feet in length. A modern day Great While shark rarely reaches a length greater than 22 feet. Sharks have 5 to 6 rows of teeth with approximately 300 teeth in their mouth. Through the course of their life time, they shed approximately 24,000 teeth. The teeth in the upper jaw are different shape than the teeth of the lower jaw in most sharks, with the two exceptions being the Sand and the Tiger shark. Shark’s teeth can be compared to fencing blades. The upper teeth are like saber blades and are designed to cut or slash. The lower teeth are like foils and are designed to pierce the prey and hold it in place while the upper blades do the cutting. Sand sharks have piercing teeth uppers and lowers to bite down on sting rays and other bottom fish. Tiger sharks have heavy thick teeth to bite through turtles, birds, and heavier boned prey.

We have seen Manatees at the Jetty, a less than 5 minute walk from the condos. They are very shy, so you don't see them often.

About Manatees
Manatees, also known as sea cows, belong to the order Sirenia. There are four living species in the order Sirenia. The four living species are the West Indian manatee, the West African manatee, the Amazonian manatee, and the dugong. There was a fifth species, the Steller’s seacow. However, in 1741 it was hunted to extinction, only 27 years after it’s discovery in the Bering Sea.

The manatees that are seen along the coast of Florida are West Indian manatees. There are two subspecies of the West Indian manatee; the Florida manatee and the Antillean manatee. The Florida manatee can be found along the southeastern United States. The Antillean manatee can be found throughout eastern Central America, and northeastern South America as far south as Brazil’s northeast coast.

Manatees tend to stay in shallow, slow-moving rivers, bays, estuaries, and coastal water ecosystems because these areas offer the manatee everything it needs to survive; warm water, shelter, food and breeding areas.

During the winter, cold temperatures keep the manatee population concentrated in peninsular Florida. Cold affects manatees when the temperature falls below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Large numbers of manatees can usually be found near warm-water sources, such as natural springs or near power plants with warm water discharge.

During the summer, the manatees can be found as far west as Louisiana and as far north as Virginia and the Carolina’s. In the summer months, manatees range throughout the coastal waters, estuaries, bays and rivers of both coasts of Florida. They are usually found in small groups.

The average adult manatee is 10 feet long and weighs 1,200 pounds. However, manatees can grow to reach a length of 13 feet and a weight of approximately 3,000 pounds. Up to six to eight hours each day is spent in the sea grass beds feeding. They consume about ten to fifteen percent of their body weight daily, or about 60 to 100 pounds. Manatees are herbivores, and eat a large variety of submerged, emergent, and floating plants.

Female manatees reach sexual maturity when they are about seven years old. Once they are sexually mature, they only give birth to one calf every two to five years. Their gestitation period is thirteen months.

Newborn manatee calves are 4 to 4.5 feet long and weigh about 70 pounds. The main source of nourishment for calves comes from their mother’s milk, although they are able to nibble on plants within a few weeks of birth because they are born with premolars and molars. The calves nurse underwater for three minutes at a time from nipples located underneath the mother’s flippers.

Arial surveys conducted by Mote marine Laboratory have indicated that manatees are consistently found in Sarasots’s water during non-winter months. Results from the surveys have also sighted up to 117 manatees in the survey area, that manatees migrate through the Sarasota area as the water warms and cools, and that the Sarasota area has many manatee “hot spots” where they gather. This information has provided the basis for Sarasota County to adopt a comprehensive manatee protection plan.

Sea Turtles
They’re here! Sea turtles by the thousands are crawling onto our Florida beaches where it’s warm enough to hatch their eggs. Over eighty percent of sea turtles nesting in the United States come to Florida, and Sarasota County has the most Loggerhead sea turtle nests on the western Gulf Coast. Even though the worldwide sea turtle population is declining, Florida claims five of the eight species of sea turtles: Loggerhead, Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback and the very rare Kemp’s Ridley. Adult sea turtles are sizable animals; even the smallest weighs between 200 and 300 pounds, while others grow twice the size. The male Leatherback for example, can weigh up to 1,600 pounds! While we are lucky to have these remarkable, large air-breathing creatures in our midst, all of them are either threatened or endangered and need our protection to survive.

From May through October, the female sea turtle drags her heavy body ashore to dig a cavity in the sand into which she will deposit approximately one hundred ping-pong ball-sized eggs. She then covers them over with sand and reenters the sea, leaving her young to hatch and find their way to the water. Visitors to the area’s beaches can find bright yellow marked stakes identifying a sea turtle nest that lies buried in the sand. The nests should never be disturbed, and in fact, are protected by both federal and state statutes. Dedicated sea turtle volunteers trained at Mote Marine Laboratory aid in marking and recording these nest sites.

Hatchlings emerge from their eggs within two months and crawl toward the sea under the cover of darkness, oriented by the light of the moon on the water. With lighting from beach houses and businesses they can become disoriented and not reach their destination at all. This, along with the loss of habitat due to exposure to chemical pollutants leads biologists to estimate that only one out of every 2,500 hatchlings survive to the age of maturity.

At the Mote Marine Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program, studies are underway to learn more about the biology and behavior of these fascinating reptiles. Here, turtles needing care are attended to and, if possible returned to the wild. Mote has a resident Green turtle named “Hang Tough” who is blind and can never be released, “Flipper”, a Kemp’s Ridley turtle, was recently found floating offshore from Nokomis and brought to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital for treatment. He is now doing well enough for possible release to the warm waters of the Gulf.

Nearby Attractions
  • Windsurfing
  • Waterskiing
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sailing
  • Parasailing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Theaters/Cinemas
  • Shopping
  • Golf
  • Biking
  • Stroll through historic downtown Venice
  • Dining in fine restaurants
  • Boutique shopping
  • Free Outdoor concerts at the Venice Gazebo
  • Or just watch the sunset, it's all here for your enjoyment
  • Sarasota, FL is only 15 miles away
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