Bordered by the beautiful cities of Sarasota and Venice, Nokomis Florida is primarily known for its beautiful white sand beaches, the island of Casey Key, Heritage Trail, fishing, as well as numerous opportunities for biking, boating, canoeing and kayaking along the Intercoastal waterways.
The unincorporated town of Nokomis, FL includes Nokomis Beach, at the south end of exclusive Casey Key where residents and local visitors participate in a popular drum circle. Known to many this Wednesday & Saturday sunset event is one not to be missed when visiting the area.
With its multi-million dollar estates and private residences Casey Key is home to the rich and famous and offers vacationers a quiet, peaceful retreat at one of the many beach side rentals.
In addition to the attractions in nearby Venice and Sarasota, Nokomis boasts pristine Gulf coast beaches and ample fishing charters for visitors, as well as a boat launch ramp for those with their own boats.
Visitors to Nokomis can enjoy a relaxed small-town beach atmosphere, while also experiencing exclusive shopping and dining that Florida’s Gulf Coast is famous for.
The narrow, 8-mile long barrier island of Casey Key is one of the Nokomis area’s hidden gems. It is located in Sarasota County, about 15 miles South of the City of Sarasota.
With a view of Sarasota Bay to the East and the Gulf of Mexico to the West, Casey Key offers visitors spectacular sunrise and sunset views of this picturesque place.
Two bridges connect Casey Key to the mainland, and the one to the north, the Blackburn Point Bridge, is one of only two swing bridges known to remain in the U.S. from the early 1900’s.
Along most of the length of the island is Casey Key Road, which is canopied by massive old-growth subtropical vegetation, pines and oaks. Occasional glimpses of huge mansion estates and a few remaining Florida Cracker beach homes can be seen through the hedges as you travel along Casey Key Road. One of the larger estates is owned by author Stephen King.
Casey Key Beach
Access to the public beaches is available only near the southern end of the island. All other parts of the Casey Key beach are considered part of private estates. Beaches with public access are Nokomis Beach and the North Point Jetty Beach and Park.
Nokomis Beach features 20 scenic pristine acres of sea grapes and Australian pines. Offering public access to the inter-coastal waterway and the Gulf of Mexico, Nokomis Beach supplies a boat ramp, fishing sites, a children’s playground, free parking, lifeguards, a new pavilion with restrooms & showers and picnic tables with grills.
Nokomis Beach extends along both the east and west sides of Casey Key Road toward the key’s south end. The beach also offers boat launches, a boardwalk and snack bar. Nokomis Beach is also one of the better surfing spots along the Gulf Coast, so be sure to bring along your surf board!
Walkovers to the beach are provided by boardwalks crossing over the dunes. Visitors can observe breathtaking sunsets from gazebos and benches strategically placed along the walkways. …more on Nokomis Beach
At the southern tip of the island, close to where the road crosses the south bridge, a public North Jetty beach makes up the western side of North Jetty Park. A pier within the park — Venice Jetty — can be used for fishing.
Fishing from the large rocks along the jetty is a favorite pastime and the park has picnic areas and free parking. But, arrive early, weekends can be a bit crowded! A concession stand and bait shop are also available at the North Jetty Park.
Vacationers and locals alike enjoy relaxing on the fine white sand while watching boats cruise along the jetty.
The North Jetty park area along the channel is a popular place to watch large yachts, sailboats, dolphins and pelicans diving for fish.
Other than a snack bar, restaurants are not allowed on Casey Key or Nokomis Beach. The closest restaurant is the Casey Key Fish House, located at the west end of the north bridge with 175 feet of deep-water dockage for it’s patrons.
The Casey Key Fish House is famous for their seafood, much of it caught locally and the large outdoor tiki bar. Specials are featured daily and you can also order burgers, hot dogs or chicken if preferred. There are several other good restaurants just across the bridge and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed.
Casey Key Lodging
Lodging is limited in Nokomis, FL. The vacation rentals on Casey Key vary from “old Florida” apartment efficiencies to rental condominiums and a few hotels. One of the newest is “On the Beach” Casey Key, a unique “Cape Cod” influenced beachfront hotel which features 11 newly renovated rooms.