We absolutely LOVE Fort DeSoto.
We have camped here in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008. Now, it has become so popular that reservations and campsites are very hard to come by. When we first discovered this Pinellas County park, you could only make a reservation in person. Our friend Dick that lives in Pinellas County would make the reservations for us and we had some amazing sites. The internet reservation system and the popularity of the campground dashed all hope of our camping here this trip.
So we just made our visit a one day outing. It was about a 50 minute drive from the Tampa East RV Resort where we are staying (sigh) to this paradise. The entrance fee has gone up considerably since our last visit, but still is only $5.
We went to the gulf pier first and although it was a bit chilly it was so nice to look out on the gulf. We then parked the car and took a long wonderful walk at North Beach (one of the top 10 beaches in the US).
Walking along the three miles of beautiful, white sand beach we spotted this guy and were able to actually get surprisingly close to snap this pic.
The chilly morning had kept the crowds away but the sun came out and it was the perfect day for a walk on the beach.
For old times sake, we visited the campground and relived our adventures there. And we determined, yes, given the right site and the miraculous act of actually being about to snag a site, we could maneuver the beast into one of these near perfect campsites on the water.
There’s a museum and fort to visit and lovely walking/biking trails to enjoy. For doggy, there’s a dog park and a dog beach. If you get hungry there are a couple places to get a snack.
And yes, there are a lot of raccoons here. One year, a family hung out under the picnic table while we ate and later sat on our steps and looked in the motorhome.