Fort De Soto Beach

Tierra Verde, FL

Fort De Soto County Park has some of the best beaches in America. This post will give you all the details.

THE BEACH

Fort De Soto County Park consists of two, primary beaches. The first is North Beach and the second is South Beach. North Beach is where you’ll find access to the most unspoiled and prettiest part of the park. It’s also where most of my photos for this post were taken. South Beach is where you’ll find the fort and concession stand.

THE WATER

Like most parts of Florida, the water at Fort De Soto Beach is crystal-clear in the spring and fall. The photos in this post were taken in late May. It’s one of the best places I’ve visited for super clear water. The conditions are usually calm and the water temps are in the mid to upper 80’s from May until October.

ANOTHER AMAZING BEACH JUST NORTH OF ST. PETE

BY BOAT

Another way to visit Fort De Soto is by boat. Bunces Pass is a popular location in the park and is great for relaxing and spending the day. In addition, Fort De Soto Park has one of the best boat ramps in the world if you’re thinking of trailering your boat. More on that HERE.

AMENITIES

Amenities are abundant in this park. The beaches have restrooms, freshwater showers, covered pavilions for gatherings and cookouts, a gift shop and concession stand, campground, nature trails, biking trails, fishing piers, and more.

EGMONT KEY IS ANOTHER GREAT PLACE TO VISIT NEARBY

THE FORT

The island has a military history that originated during the Civil War and extended until the Spanish-American War. The actual fort and guns were built for the Spanish-American War as the islands of Fort De Soto Park and Egmont Key were important defense positions for enemy troops invading Tampa Bay.

Consider Boat U.S. for your boating needs.  They are a great organization that provides numerous resources to improve your life on the water AND trailering your boat.  Click HERE for more information.

 

 

BEACH INFO

LAT/LONG:
27.64’77”N 82.74’92”W

SETTING:
Natural/Unspoiled

SAND:
White, Powdery

PARKING:
Parking at North Beach Lot

SHOWERS:
Yes

BATHROOMS:
Yes

STAIRS:
No, Grass to Sand

PICNIC AREA:
Yes

WAVES:
Usually calm

WALKING DISTANCE TO BEACH:
Far and Really Far to the Northern Tip

COST TO PARK:
$5 Park Entry Fee

LIFEGUARDS:
No

WATER CLARITY:
Very Clear to Epic

SETTING:
Natural/Unspoiled

RESTAURANTS NEARBY:
Concession Stand at the Park Gift Shop (South Beach Lot)

NEARBY HOTELS:

The Don CeSar

Inn on the Beach (Pass-A-Grill)

NEARBY HOMES FOR RENT:

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