White sandy beaches have become the U.S. ideal - the sand twinkling in the Florida Sunshine; those stunning turquoise waves meeting the shimmering shoreline are nothing short of spectacular. If you're looking to satisfy some serious wanderlust -  Venice Beach Florida's black sand will whisk you away to Greece!

Across the ocean in Santorini Greece, you'll find the most exotic beach fronts in the entire world. While we usually think of the purest white sugar sands against the most perfect hue of blue as the ideal of beauty when it comes to beaches; however, Santorini has proven that black sands are just as breath-taking with the stark contrast dark to light contrast - and maybe even more so depending on who you ask.

But traveling abroad to Santorini will run you a pretty penny. If you were to book a flight tomorrow it's run you $2,239 round trip, not even factoring in your lodging and transportation costs for a stay.

If you've never seen Santorini before, you've missed out on an AMAZING view. Luckily, you don't have to spend all that money to get a taste of exotic views like that. Florida's Venice Beach gives views that rival those of Santorini all on U.S. soil.

You can see a few shots from Venice Beach below. In one photo you can even see where the white sand meets the black sand near the water's edge.

When you get down close on the sand, you can see that it's marbled in with the typical white sand we already know and love. Venice Beach's black sand may just be the new bae - whisking us away over the sea to Santorini, Greece.

It's even known as 'The Sharktooth Capitol of the World' for those who love hunting for a souvenir to take home. It's' also a hotspot for sea turtle nesting; one visitor said they'd never seen so many in one place before!

We're clearing our weekend schedule; If you need a mini Greecian vibe vacation without ever leaving the Sunshine State, Venice Beach Florida will be your ultimate escape.

Venice Beach

Address: Venice Beach, Venice, FL 34285

Hours: 24 hours - many come watch the moon and stars at night

Why you need to go: The tropical feel of Florida you know and love, with the wanderlust feel of seeing the black sands on the Island Santorini in Greece. A wanderlust escape without ever leaving the Sunshine State.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and wildlife. 

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