Casey Key is a narrow, 8-mile barrier island that stretches from the southern portion of Siesta Key on Little Sarasota Bay and ends near the Venice Inlet that separates it from Venice Island to the south. Originally called Chaise’s Key, the origin of which is lost to history, it was renamed to Casey Key after Captain John Charles Casey, who helped map and survey the area. Today, Casey Key is considered as one of the more sought-after residential communities in the area due to its seclusion, quiet lifestyle, and spectacular beachfront strip that runs throughout the length of the island.
Since the island is primarily residential, real estate on Casey Key is mostly single-family detached homes, with quaint beach cottages and sprawling estate properties. Sometimes the island becomes so narrow that only one house can be found on either side of the road; homes on the left side of the road have the beach and the magnificent Gulf Coast views right in their backyard, while homes of the right side of the road have their own private boat docks facing the bay. As one approaches the northern part of Casey Key, the road becomes more tree-lined and narrower as the homes become more lavish and grander. To the south, several apartments and motels for vacationers can be found, as well as an exclusive gated community called Casey Key Estates.
Casey Key Quick Facts
- There was an attempt to change the name of the island to “Treasure Island” during the 1920s, but it was unsuccessful.
- Casey Key Road is the only major road that runs the entire length of the island.
- Access to Casey Key is through two movable bridges: the historic Blackburn Point Swing Bridge on the northern side, and the Albee Road Drawbridge on the southern side.
- North Jetty Park, located near the southernmost tip of Casey Key, is a popular spot for fishing, picnics, strolling, and enjoying spectacular sunset views.