Fort De Soto Park Beach

White sand beach
J777+56 St. Petersburg, FL, USA
249 miles from Panama City Beach, FL
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality
Unknown (read more)
Clothing optional

Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • AccessibilityEasy beach access
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • PlaygroundKids will have fun!
  • LifeguardsLifeguard on duty
  • SunbedsBeach chairs available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • Gear rentalsEquipment for rent
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
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About this beach

Nestled on five islands, Fort De Soto Park boasts a 3-mile white-sand beach and offers a variety of recreational activities including swimming, sunbathing, shelling, canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, and wildlife watching.

The park features two beaches: North Beach and East Beach. Both present long narrow strips of sand stretching till the far ends of the island. These beaches offer a great opportunity to relax in a calm and quiet atmosphere. There are campsites and hotels nearby so you can stay for more than one day.

Fort De Soto Park was named “The Nation’s #1 Beach” by Dr. Beach in 2005, “America’s Top Beach” by TripAdvisor in 2009, and “Best Beach for Families” by USA Today in 2014. If you’re traveling in this area, Fort De Soto is a must-visit!

Location and Access

You can find Fort De Soto Park at 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. in Tierra Verde, Florida. There is a huge parking lot. The entry fee is $5 and already includes the parking fee. The park’s area is wheelchair-friendly.


The park has restrooms, showers, food concessions, children’s playgrounds, fishing piers, souvenir shops, and shaded pavilions with picnic tables.

Swimming Conditions

The sand is fine, pure white, and hard-packed. There are umbrellas and chairs for rent. The clear, calm waters of Fort De Soto are great for swimming and very kid-friendly. At the far end of North Beach, there is a natural sandbar acting as a lagoon-like pool for children. The channel is shallow and has a slow current. There are lifeguards on duty. Note that sometimes the water gets murky and can be not so good for snorkeling.

Other Activities

There are nature trails for hiking, biking, and wildlife watching. There is also a 2.25-mile paddling trail. You can rent bikes, canoes, and kayaks on site. You can also fish off the two free piers, Gulf-side and Bay-side, which have food and bait concessions (7 a.m. to 11 p.m.). The park provides nice opportunities for RV and tent camping – there is a large camping area with facilities.


Nature lovers will get a lasting impression of their visit to Fort De Soto Park – the park’s natural beauty is abundant in all its forms including sea life, wildlife, birdlife, and plant life. Ornithologists have documented more than 320 species of birds. The beach is popular not only with tourists but also with the loggerhead sea turtle, which nests between April and September. You should visit in this period to get a chance to see little hatchlings making their way to the sea.

Dog Policies

Pets are allowed on a leash. There is also a dog park where handlers are permitted to unleash their pets.

Driving Time

  • 45 minutes from Tampa, FL
  • 2 hours 10 minutes from Fort Myers, FL
  • 2 hours 10 minutes from Orlando, FL

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

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Visitor questions:

Question: Is the whole beach clothing optional at Fort De Soto Park?
Asked by Rory Heath almost 2 years ago
Answer: No. Fort De Soto features two beaches: North Beach (that has no nude area) and East Beach (that has a regular beach area and a nude area). Check the East Beach page on our site (, and you will find some useful tips from other nude beach goers in the Q&A section. The nude section is located at the far end of East Beach. To find it, follow the directions provided by the Tampa Area Naturists association: "Go east along Anderson Blvd until the road ends. You will see a circle of trees there. This place is also called Mullet Key". Also, we've spotted the nude area on Google Maps for you: Have a nice beach day! No tan lines!

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Tierra Verde, Florida J777+56 St. Petersburg, FL, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: February 13, 2020