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Fort De Soto park – Florida USA

Fort De Soto park, located on the southern tip of Pinellas County Florida is without doubt one of Florida’s finest beaches.

The State park is an area of five keys covering 1,136 acres and boasting over 3 miles of pristine coral white gently slopped beaches,  acres of mangroves and of not forgetting the historic fort it self, worth a visit alone.

De Soto Beaches are frequently voted among the best in north america

Whilst at the park there is more than enough on offer to keep everyone in your group happy from fishing on one of the two piers, walking some of the 10 miles of self guided  trails, kayaking,  exploring the fort or for the beach lovers looking to relax there’s an abundance of beautiful spots on the sands to relax and listen to the gentle waves lapping the sands.

The beaches of De Soto also play host to nesting loggerhead turtles

The park also plays host to a variety of wildlife both on and of shore. Dolphins are often seen cruising along the shore line or playfully leaping around the pier. Whilst on the beach and walking the trails you have a high chance of seeing some of the 328 documented bird species which are either visiting or native to the park.

If you wish to stay in the tranquility that little bit longer the park also has some 238 camping pitches along with all the amenities to provide a comfortable over night stay.

Fort De Soto Cabin - TravelammoFort De Soto  is a truly unforgettable place and we recommend anyone visiting the Tampa bayClearwater-St Petersburg area find time to visit. Bring along a picnic or even a cooler full of meat, shrimp and fish to cook on one of the many onsite BBQ pits free to use, just don’t forget to pack the charcoal and please remember to clean up and dispose of the ashes carefully following the parks guidelines. For even bigger family gatherings there are also  picnic shelters with seating and BBQ areas although these need booking during peak times.

For the more active members of the group why not rent a Kayak and explore the mangroves, 7 miles of shoreline and inner bays on offer providing the perfect setting to leisurely paddle away. Bike rentals are also available should you want to explore on dry land.

Fort De Soto is located at 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 3371.

Driving times are approximately 45 minutes from central Tampa and 20 minutes from St, Petersburg.

  • Restrooms available.
  • Plentiful parking.
  • Bait, souvenirs and concessions.
  • Two Fishing piers.
  • Boat launch and floating docks ( Permits required ).
  • Suitable for all ages.
  • Dog restrictions in place ( Facilities provided ).

For more information, bookings and permits  please visit  Pinellas County Parks and Recreation.

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Clearwater-Florida Travel Guide

Situated to the west of the Tampa Bay, Clearwater is a popular holiday destination for both international and national tourists.

Lined with coral sand beaches  and beautiful state parks on the outer islands along its gulf coast, the area attracts millions of visitors looking for a relaxing break in the sun annually. Clearwater has far more to offer than just beaches, the area is renowned for its sporting activities both on and off the water, fishing, wildlife and fine dining.

For those looking for beaches though, there is no better location with the famous Clearwater Beach just over the memorial Bridge, the energetic Indian Rocks Beach to the south and the beautiful State parks of Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island.

If your looking for a gentle cruise and dinner on the water or maybe some deep see fishing the marina areas has lots of deals on offer. St Petersburg , south of Clearwater is also the location of the Tropicana Field Stadium, home to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team if your looking to watch a sporting event.

The area is also home to some of the area finest hotels and resorts in the Tampa bay area and is often a top destination for visitors to the city of Tampa being only a short drive over the Bay Bridges.

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