For those who love to get away from it all, and just enjoy some relaxing time on the beach and exploring nature, then Fort De Soto Park is the perfect destination for you. Located just outside of St. Petersburg proper, the park is made up of five small islands, or keys, interlinked today by bridges and causeways.
There are no restaurants, bars or hotels to be found in Fort De Soto Park: just a simple snack bar and camping grounds, and some basic amenities like restrooms and showers. However, what Fort De Soto Park does have is two incredible beaches – one in fact, the North Beach, is considered one of the best beaches in the United States (it held the number one spot in 2005.)
Fort De Soto Park is also great for those who enjoy hiking, cycling, fishing, boating and exploring historic sites. The waters on North Beach are some of the calmest and clearest I saw in the St. Petersburg beach area, making it a perfect location for those who love to swim, walk and play in the water. The park is so large that while there may be many visitors on any given day, it doesn’t feel crowded, and you can easily find a spot to yourself on the sand to relax and unwind.
For more information on Fort De Soto Park, check out:
* Fort De Soro Park: Official Website
* Fort De Soto Park – Wikipedia
* Fort De Soto Park Florida – Travel and Beach Guide
* Fort De Soto Park – Pinellas County Website