South of Sarasota off the south end of Casey Key, the snorkeling around the North Venice Jetty is popular for encounters with leatherback turtles. These large sea turtles can typically be spotted during Spring days cruising the calm waters of the north side of this rocky jetty, along with small reef fish. There are also usually good shells to be found on the north side of the jetty. The water visibility is usually low, especially in the summer. For the best visibility, try early mornings when the wind is low. The water temperature can be uncomfortably cool from November through February and a thin wet suit might be required.
After a long morning of snorkeling, get that salty taste out of your mouth by heading over to Pops Sunset Grill or the Casey Key Fish House And Tiki Bar.
To reach the Casey Key snorkeling from US75, use Exit #195. Head west on Laurel Road. Turn left heading south on Bayshore Drive. Turn right heading west on Albee Road. Turn left heading south on Casey Key Drive to the end.
Snorkeling on the Florida Gulf Coast, such as at Casey Key, is not known for good visibility. Matter of fact, the snorkeling is known for very low water clarity in the range from 1 foot to 7 feet most of the year.
Overall, Casey Key is the 8th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 18 snorkeling dives in Florida Gulf Coast.