Fort DeSoto Park

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 Fort DeSoto Park is the crown jewel of the Pinellas County Park system in South West Florida – the Left Coast of FLA.

Campground view
Campground view
Fort DeSoto Park - Pinellas County Florida
Fort DeSoto Park – Pinellas County Florida

 

 

Don & I have been camping here for the past 7 years while we attend Spring Training at Steinbrenner field.  Fort DeSoto provides a good base to explore the Tampa Bay area.

 

 

 

 

 

The Campground located within the Park has over 200 campsites – the majority large enough for Recreational Vehicles and many of those sites on the water.  Located near Tierra Verda and about 30 miles outside of Tampa.

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We were fortunate to get a good site with easy kayak launching from our campsites and great sunset views.   An easy kayak paddle from the campsites to Shell key is a great way to spend the day – not much boat traffic or other visitors to the island which has great shelling.  I did a solo ride this year as Don was down and out on a sofa one day during our visit.

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Fort Desoto has many beaches which never seem to be over crowded with Snow Birds or Spring breakers.  The park has become a mecca for wind and kite surfers as a wind always blows strong off the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

In addition to the water sports available in the park, a hiking/biking trail is a good way to get some exercise in the great spring weather.  And for you dog lovers, a LARGE dog run area is available for some doggie exercising and owner-socializing.


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