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Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde
(4.7/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web)
Spread over five islands connected by bridges and causeways, Fort De Soto Park has pearl-white beaches, green surroundings, and a fort with a small museum. Go swimming, canoeing, hiking, cycling, or simply rest. Dip your feet in the water or try fishing at the two piers, where you can also buy fishing supplies. A snack bar is at the fort. You can camp in the park, which attracts more than 2.7 million visitors annually. With our online itinerary creator, Tierra Verde attractions like Fort De Soto Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The beaches and State Park are similar but on a bigger scale than Honeymoon Island - the main difference from a visitor perspective is it's further to the beach from parking areas here (which can be a...  more »
  • We took our family afternoon pictures at North Beach. There are A LOT of little privacy roads throughout this park! We decided on North Beach and we loved it, although we did receive a multitude of in...  more »
  • This park has two fishing piers that are easily accessible. There is also a beach and miles of bike trails. If you are interested in history there is also the remains of an old fort. Kayak rentals are...  more »
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  • The park is beautiful. Lots of beach area, bike rentals, kayak rentals, fort area to check out and the gift shop was nice. The best part of the day was the fishing pier. It is free to fish or just walk- and there was tons of wild life to be seen. Lots of birds and the dolphins were extremely playful!
  • Gorgeous water, relatively clean and trash free sand, unless it's a holiday weekend. Decent lifeguard and police coverage to keep it a little more family friendly than party central. It's low key and huge. From end to end there's a ton of parking and beach space and lots for people to do from fishing, boating, relaxing on the beach, cooking out at a pavilion, swimming or touring the fort. There are a ton of shells, more sand dollars than I've ever seen anywhere else and those crazy looking sea slugs. It does kind of bum me out to see people taking live sand dollars out of the water by the bucket full but it doesn't seem to be frowned upon by any authorities there or whatever you want to call them. All in all, it's a really nice place. Oh also it's got decent campsite style bathrooms. No showers but decent family sized restrooms.
  • There is more of a natural feel to this expansive beech. Yet there conveniences as well. The surrounding park is beautiful . Quiet bays allow you to fish and paddle board, kayak, and for the more adventurous , you can rent a ski boat or kitesurfing. Manatees are often seen in the shallows as are Dolphins. You also tour the abandoned fort and learn some history. It's a great place for picnics as there are covered shelters and places to grill. A truly awesome park to visit. Entrance fees are $5.00
  • Florida beachs in their natural state - no condos, no fast food, no bars, nature only. Restroom facilities and both outdoor and indoor shower facilities exist. Covered picnic shelters are available and reservable for birthday parties and such. North Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico and has the white sugar sand beaches. There also is the fishing pier and the old (I believe) Spanish War Fort. The East Beach is on Tampa Bay and it's beaches are broken shell. There is a paved recreation trail through-out the park used by bikers, runners, walkers, and skaters. The Arrowhead area is primarily a picnicing space. Near the entrance are camp grounds that you can reserve in advance. Rangers patrol the park and have an office if you have questions or issues. There also is a dog park, divided into large and small dog. Near by is a dog beach where your pup can swim in the Gulf. There is a $5 entrance fee to Fort DeSoto (well worth it if you consider feeding a parking meter at a commercial beach). Little known fact, if you have a handicapped parking pass, the $5 fee will be waived. Also, grills are available throughout the park. Hands down, best beach in South Pinellas County.
  • Great place to kayak! It was interesting touring the historic fort with the cannons and mortars. The beach, with it's white sands was very clean.