Fort De Soto Travel Guide

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Fort De Soto Things to Do

  • Find a secluded spot along the water

    The area around Fort DeSoto has a number of places where you can pull off the road and back your pickup truck right next to the water to swim, fish, drink beer, or just sleep. Lots of fun, and way more quiet than the big beaches at Clearwater or St. Pete Beach.

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  • Nearby Pass-a-Grille

    Pass-a-Grille is within the city limits of St Pete Beach, but it certainly has a distinct feel. Pass-a-Grille features four miles of beach, with no high-rise hotels, condos, or apartments. 8th Avenue is the town's historic district, and it features galleries, boutiques, and restaurants within an easy stroll of the beach. The historic district...

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  • Birds of Fort Desoto

    Birding (is "bird" a verb?) is very popular pastime on Fort DeSoto. The best time to see a variety of birds--and avoid the hot summer sun--is September through November and March-June when many species are migrating. Birds abound at Fort DeSoto due to the diversity of habitat here including mangrove swamps, some hardwood trees, the water, sandy...

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  • See the dolphins at Fort Desoto!

    People love to fish at Fort Desoto's piers. Why? Because the water is full of fish of all types and sizes. This current around the bend in the island brings in every kind of fish imaginable. Guess what? Dolphins like it here for the very same reason. This place is a prime place for them to catch lunch as well. Somehow they generally avoid the bait...

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  • Redington Shores - home of Dubai Long...

    Redington Shores was established in 1955, and it stretches 1.2 miles along the coast. The old Redington Long Pier was renamed the Dubai Long Pier after a spat between the owner and the city. Apparently the city gave the owner the option to bring the pier within code for about $500,000 or close it down. Since the city didn't offer to help fund...

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  • Fort DeSoto Park's Fishing Piers

    Fort DeSoto Park has two fishing piers that are open for use of local fishermen and nature lovers. Both piers offer free access, food and a bait concession. The Bay Pier is the eastern pier, and it extends 500 foot into the water. The more westerly pier is called the Gulf Pier, and its length is double the Bay Pier at 1000 feet.

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  • Egmont Key & Light

    The island was first explored by the Spanish in 1757, and the US took control of the small island in 1827 when the entire state was transferred from Spanish control. The lighthouse was constructed in 1847 but destroyed a year later. The current structure, the second on the site, has stood since 1858 to mark the mouth of Tampa Bay. Also in the late...

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  • Tierra Verde Mound

    A plaque near Fort DeSoto reads:A large Indian burial mound was built near this spot about 1500 A.D. It was used for some years by the inhabitants of a nearby Safety Harbor culture village, Indians who were among the ancestors of the later Tocobago tribe. Excavation in 1961 by State agencies added to our knowledge of these people.

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  • Fort DeSoto Park's North Beach

    North Beach at Fort DeSoto is widely acclaimed as one of America's best beaches. In 2005, North Beach was named top beach in America by Dr. Beach, and in both 2008 and 2009 TripAdvisor named this location the best beach in America. Here you will find hundreds of parking spaces, a dozen or so picnic pavilions, plenty of restrooms, picnic tables,...

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Fort De Soto Restaurants

  • South Beach Bar & Grill -- or Screwie...

    Madeira Beach is home to South Beach Bar and Grill, one of two bars in the St. Pete area owned by a guy who goes by the handle Screwie Louie. We were just driving along the beach and saw that the South Beach Bar and Grill was busy at breakfast time, so we stopped in. Even at 10am, the bar was packed and there were probably 75 customers filling the...

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  • Paradise Grill - Pass-A-Grille Beach

    Paradise Grill is located right on the beach in Pass-A-Grille. They serve simple breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, along with ice cream, beer and other drinks. We stopped in for a beer on a beautiful holiday weekend. We had two Longboard Lagers from Hawaii's Kona Brewery for about $10. Then we sat along the water and enjoyed the waves, the sun and...

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  • The Wharf - Pass-a-Grille

    While fishing one day, we pulled our boat into the Wharf's dock, and, after we rescued our captain from the warm water, we found a table upstairs and had a great lunch. Yes, our charter boat captain fell in the water, but he was OK.For lunch we started with a few Yuenglings ($2.25 cheap!) and the fried crab claws ($7.75), which were excellent, and...

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Fort De Soto Transportation

  • Toll Roads

    From St. Pete Beach, take the Pinellas Bayway S.R. 682 (at the Don Cesar) east. Turn south on S.R. 679 and drive south for about 5 miles to Fort Desoto County Park. There is a 50 cent toll on the Bayway, and another 35 cent toll to get to the park.

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  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge

    The 5.5-mile long Sunshine Skyway Bridge carries I-275 and US-19 over the mouth of Tampa Bay connecting St. Petersburg and Sarasota. The bridge was constructed from 1982 to 1987 to replace the original Sunshine Skyway Bridge that was badly damaged in a boat collision in 1980. The first bridge here had one span built in 1954 and the second span in...

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Fort De Soto Warnings and Dangers

  • Sailboats and Draw Bridge

    There is only one way off the island and if you own a sailboat you are king. The drawbridge operators can care the least how many vehicles they stop. Miles and miles of vehicles can stop for hours and hours. Just the way it is out here on Tierre Verde which is the only way to Ft; Desoto. So just be prepared is all I can say.

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  • The 2nd Beach is a long way from the...

    The outer Beach is basically unattended as far as the Lifeguards are concerned. However they will respond. In this case the Lifeguard had to drive all the way around the little inlet but she was able to repond to a young child. I am not exactly sure what happened to the young child but the response time was hindered by the distance. The lifeguards...

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  • Shuffle your Feet for Stingrays

    Shuffle your Feet. There are plenty of Stingrays in the water. They will not hurt you intentionally but shuffling your feet signals them you are in the area.

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Fort De Soto Sports & Outdoors

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    by 50sr Updated Mar 9, 2006

    Canoeing is real fun but tiring...

    Equipment: U dont have to bring anything with u but cash money to rent a nice big canoe fit for 3 adults for 18$ per hour as mininum... there are other different rates that may las up to five hours...

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