I loved Fort De Soto State Park, Florida! My favorite for this trip as far as location and atmosphere . But this may be because I seldom visit the beach type campgrounds and it’s something unique to me. If you don’t like sand in everything you may not pick this as your favorite;)
In the campground there are two loops. Most of the outer sites in each area had access to the water, some had direct access where people parked their watercraft for their visit.
In the first loop all the middle sites were long and pull through with a screen of foliage between each site. Suited for the bigger rigs. The second loop had smaller sites and the road was a little “skinnier” more for pop ups and tents. It was a little more crowded in the middle sites and less of a foliage screen between sites.
Overall both areas were very Gilligan’s Island homey if you were on a cruise ship that ran aground and everyone made their “homes” in the same area ;) It is a well maintained area with centrally located facilities. There is an inlet for fishing and short trail within easy walking distance or you can strike out on the long paved trail.
Recreationally speaking aside from the water sports there was a hike/ bike trail the entire length of the park with access to several beach areas and fishing piers. Then there is the Fort to explore if you like your history and a ferry service within the park. Another thing was a triathlon going on while we visited at the far end of the park, the swim portion would have been a definite challenge, the bike was on flat roads and I didn’t see the run portion but if it was on the sand that would be a workout!
I saved the best for last (in my opinion) there is a TOTALLY AWESOME DOG BEACH which was definitely the main reason I picked the park to visit. A nice stretch of beach where my dogs had an excellent time playing in the water, weeds and sand. There are two fenced dog parks with seats, shade and dog wash areas to rinse off the sand before heading back out. All of this is very close to a touristy area with coffee shops, fuel and other necessities. But you would never know it if you just stay in the park, it just feels very …..detached from the city.
A thumb and three paws up for this park!
This is a fun campground lots to do. There are biking/hiking trails nearby. Also a Fort that was built during the Spanish American Era, this has some unique history behind how it was used in different time periods.This campground also offers miles of white sugar sand beaches with beautiful views! You can bring your fur babies over to the dog beach for a day of fun. There’s also the option to kayak or canoe out into the ocean on the bayside, check the weather ahead of time, also know when tides going out or in this makes a huge difference in trying to get back. There is also a playground area for the kids at the front of the park. At the campground they offer electric and rv sites, some even on the beach. There’s a small shop in the office to buy your last minute items, the staff was very helpful and friendly. You do want to make reservations ahead of time, as they fill up quite fast. There are clean showers and restrooms to wash up after a day in the sand. Overall this is nice clean campground with plenty for everyone to enjoy.
Beautiful Campground with great access to the Water.Sites with beautiful waterfront views , lots of shade Trees and good amenities ….
Lots of different launch options for Boats , SUP's , Kayaks etc.Easy to get to the beach , awesome bike riding areas etc
Clear blue ocean and great pavilion to host family reunions. My family absolutely love to meet here.
close to the breweries in art district of St Pete Florida, Fort Desoto Campground has everything you could want for a long weekend or quick getaway. There's a general store if you want to stock up on snacks, fishing tackle, pool floats, or ice cream, or just catch a little air conditioning and Wi-Fi. The General Store also has a nice balcony overlooking the water and some oyster beds.
The campsites are suitable for car camping, hammock camping, tent camping, or RVs. Be sure to bring your rain gear and rain flies, as Florida thunderstorms are brief but no joke. You can rent bicycles down closer to the actual Old Fort where there's also a huge fishing pier and plenty of old military installations to explore. However don't rely on using the bikes to get back to the campground as there's no drop-off on the other side.
It can be a bit of a long walk from the campground itself to the Old Fort, which shouldn't be a problem unless you didn't pack the right clothes or shoes. If, like me, you find yourself a little under-prepared, there is Lyft and Uber in the area and in a pinch you can use that to get back and forth between the campground and the fort.
Our neighbors at the next campsite over we're, unfortunately, a bit of a party crowd, which made for a loud night and very little sleep. That said the restrooms were nice and easy to reach and all of the amenities or what you would expect at a bigger busy or campground.
Great location! Beautiful beach. Campsites has grills water and electric. Kids loved kayaking the area, they were excited to see dolphins really close! Has a camp store too.