Welcome to Nokomis
A peaceful beach town with a rich history
Tucked along the coast above Venice, Nokomis is a quiet beach town that Florida dreams are made of. This town is primarily known for its beautiful beach, which locals can enjoy year-round and is often less crowded than other tourist destinations. Nokomis is a charming town that feels less like an escape and more like coming home.
In its early days, Nokomis was home to a citrus operation that produced such delicacies as pickled orange peel and orange wine. But in 1917, Dr. Fred Albee bought the land that is now Nokomis and began to build a subdivision between Dona Bay and Roberts Bay. The town’s first luxury hotel, The Pollyanna Inn, turned it into a vacation destination for those seeking warmer weather.
Nokomis is rich in history, and many of its properties would qualify for a historic listing. Off the waterfront, there are many single-family homes set along the gorgeous streets. And facing the bay are high-end villas that offer waterfront access.
What to Love
- Pristine Nokomis Beach
- Legacy Trail
- Lots of waterfront dining
People & Lifestyle
From the beginning, Nokomis was popular with snowbirds and continues to be a haven for retirees who are seeking the great weather and peaceful atmosphere of Florida. It has great schools and a hometown feel that also appeals to young families. It’s especially ideal for people of all ages who enjoy spending time outside in nature and would rather travel farther for work for a chance to enjoy the peace that Nokomis has to offer.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The shops and restaurants of Nokomis are staples of the community, and many of them have been around for decades. In this small town, you’ll find neighbors and friends whenever you go out.
Enjoy the fresh bounty Florida has to offer by picking up some citrus at Nokomis Groves
. They also have an ice cream stand that serves fresh flavors like orange-vanilla and lemon chiffon. There are lots of small mom-and-pop shops in the area, as well. Get a piece of history at Rum Runners Antiques
, suit up for a day in the waves by stopping at Windflight Surf Shop
, or pick out some local flair from Nokoloko gift shop.
Pop’s Sunset Grill
is reminiscent of Old Florida, and it serves fresh local fare in a casual waterfront atmosphere. Another waterfront institution is Pelican Alley
, which has long been a favorite gathering spot for the locals. Visit Mama Leone’s
for some of the best Italian in the area, or find your way to Captain Eddie's Seafood
for daily fresh-caught fish that you can either eat there or buy from their market to take home.
Things to Do
Life is sweeter when you spend time outdoors, and Nokomis makes it easy to do just that. With plenty of parks, beaches, and walking trails, the sunny weather beckons you to explore.
Almost every night, locals can enjoy live music at Paradise Grill
. There are small community events as well, like Nokoloko gift shop’s community movie night. Every year, the county of Sarasota brings together the most delicious of what the area has to offer at the North Jetty Park Food Truck Rally
is a historical and environmental stretch of land that is open to the public, allowing them to wander the trails, view native wildlife, and enjoy the undeveloped wilderness. It stretches from Sarasota to South Venice and connects Nokomis residents to all of Sarasota County. Humphris Park
is a stretch of beach by the South Jetty where residents can walk along the shoreline, surf, or picnic in the sun and sand.
Nokomis is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: