The best camping near Fort De Soto Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Fort De Soto adventure.

The best camping near Fort De Soto Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Fort De Soto adventure.

Camping near Fort De Soto Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Fort De Soto adventure.

These five Florida Keys have white-sand beaches, lush mangroves, and a 19th-century fort.  

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Mad Beach Rv Or Trailer Spot

1 site · RV1 acre · Madeira Beach, FL
Experience the ultimate beachside getaway at our charming single home, just a short 3-block walk from the beach. Park your RV alongside our property and enjoy all the amenities of the home right at your fingertips. With both 30-amp and 50-amp plug connections available, you'll have everything you need to power up your RV and settle in for a relaxing stay. Our outdoor toilet and shower facilities are accessible 24/7, providing convenience and comfort during your beachside retreat. Relax and unwind on our spacious patio, complete with exterior seating and a cozy breakfast nook where you can enjoy your morning coffee or a leisurely meal. For entertainment, our outdoor smart TV with surround sound is perfect for movie nights under the stars. As the sun sets, watch your favorite films in style with our exterior chandelier casting a warm glow over the patio area. Whether you're lounging in the evening breeze or soaking up the sun during the day, our beachside oasis offers the perfect blend of comfort and convenience for your RV adventure.
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By the Pond...

12 sites · RVs, Tents33 acres · Ruskin, FL
Stay by a lovely pond on 33 acre fruit and ornamental tree nursery property with great vibes. Located near I-75 just 20 miles South of Tampa, 35 miles east of Saint Petersburg, 35 miles North of Sarasota, 2 hours West of Orlando. This property is home to a farm/nursery operation and has a large pond on the west side. Approximately 33 private acres allows for space and social distancing. Site is loaded with hundreds of fruit trees Lychee, Mango, Starfruit, Papaya, Guava), and thousands of banana plants. Fishing can be great, wildlife and bird watching too. Fenced and gated for safety, this old historic nursery property has good vibes and plenty to offer. Until you see it - you really may not understand. Part s of property are wide open, other areas are rugged and difficult to walk through including some wetland areas. The nursery has plenty of trees, & some fields - large pond is surrounded by cattails and marsh/wetlands and has fish (Bass, Tilapia, Sunfish, Catfish). Several species of wildlife have been seen on the property. We think the property is lovely, and definitely want you to enjoy your camping experience!
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Honey Bunny’s Urban Oasis

3 sites · RVs1 acre · St Petersburg, FL
Send Van Type and Length with Request to Book 🐝 👀check out our EXTRAS👀 🐝 Elderberry Tonic/Tropic Spice Hot Sauce/Shoo Fly! Bug Spray 🦩WE ONLY HOST VANS/CLASS B vehicles/very small travel trailers🦩 If you need to book for longer VanLife stays just message me 🌈 Everyone Welcome 🌈 As a family who has towed campers across the US a couple times utilizing Hip Camp we know others will appreciate the ease of pulling into our little 1 acre urban oasis just a couple miles off the interstate in Floridas Coolest City. It’s an ideal location to explore St Pete as we are right between the beaches and downtown (5 miles to St Pete beach, 4 miles to downtown -$10 Uber ride), Sarasota and/or Tampa. Ours is an urban spot based on ease, safety and location, not a wilderness "experience" We have a paved circular driveway overlooking our beehives, henhouse and seasonal garden where you’ll find a table with chairs and plenty of space to cookout and enjoy a quiet evening with a great sunset by the blowing bamboo. This is one of South St Pete’s oldest neighborhoods- it surrounds an active former PGA golf course and lively country club. It’s a great place for safely biking or walking with green spaces, tennis courts, playgrounds and dog parks nearby. There are many owls, raptors, green parrots, purple martins and osprey overhead as we’re just a few blocks from the beautiful Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. - not to be missed! The Pinellas Trail is just a short bike ride away too and can lead you to downtown. It is a cyclists favorite! We love our city - happy to give recommendations.
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St Pete Micro Farm

1 site · Tent1 acre · St. Petersburg, FL
Founded in 2018, the St Pete Micro Farm (SPMF) is an ambitious project located in Saint Petersburg Florida. Resting on just 1/10th of an acre, this 1957 mid-century modern home hosts over 80 different species of fruiting tree and shrub. With the goal of blending natural beauty and innovative design, it's an ever-evolving space that is both inviting and surprising. During your stay, we invite you to enjoy an open-air shower under the bananas or relax back into the "big enough for two" garden tub under the olive tree. A large outdoor kitchen area with a gas burner and grill will also be available for your use. An 8' x 7' yoga deck is a great place to stretch out, and doubles as your tent's platform when it's time to set up camp. If you're bringing your own tent (standard), please ensure it will fit on the available deck. Or, if you'd like for us to provide a tent for you, please select it in the add-ons section before completing your booking. In the outdoor shower area there's a "Nature's Head" composting toilet just a few steps away from where you'll be staying. On chillier evenings, you can toast marshmallows by the fire pit, or just star gaze and let time trickle by. During the day, you'll be free to get online and catch up with the work world, or walk the garden and discover one of the many hideaways scattered around the property. You never know what will be in season, but with the guidance of one of your hosts, you can try a variety of fruits, greens, and berries if they're ready for harvest. A rich variety of wild birds visit regularly, recognizing it as a safe haven for wildlife. And though we can't guarantee you'll see a rare one, we can guarantee you'll see CHICKENS! Six of them in fact, Salty, Sleepy, Jet, Little Comb, Tapatio, and Dutchess. These friendly, curious, and fearless little marauders are guaranteed to make your acquaintance, and if you're not looking, invite themselves to share your breakfast. They free roam the backyard during daylight hours, so please help us keep all gates shut to prevent them from going on an unscheduled field trip. They will also leave "landmines" on the pathways, so be sure to watch your step. We do our best to keep everything clean and tidy, but chickens abhor tidiness. And will go out of their way to unleash chaos at every turn. Still, we love the little bird brains and they are an entertaining addition to the grounds. They're also the reason we ask that all pets, and children under 12, be left at home. We thank you for your understanding and help in preserving the safety of our flock, and as thanks, please help yourself to any fresh eggs in the chicken coop. This is only a brief description, there's so much more to see on-site, but you'll also want to make your way out into the city (15 minute drive) for some of the unique flair St Pete is known for. Check out the Salvadore Dali museum and see his famous surrealist paintings. Visit some of the best beaches in the country, like St Pete Beach (15 minutes drive due West). Wander the Fort Desoto historical park area. Or play ultimate frisbee at a local course located 10 minutes down the road. Stop by the Morean Arts Center and see live glass blowing demonstrations, or just walk along Central Ave to soak up the cool vibe and rich city art scene. Complete with murals, sculptures, and a pier scene that's not to be missed.
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Tamiami Trails

2 sites · RVs, Tents23 acres · Ruskin, FL
RV sites located at an established petting zoo with common and exotic animals. Horseback riding is also available on site. Our property is centrally located with easy access to Tampa, St Pete, and Sarasota. Horse and hiking trails are all through native Florida landscaping. Short drive to well maintained boat ramps and marinas.
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Near Beaches, Pool, RV Site #1

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Seminole, FL
Our unique little hideaway 2 miles from the beach, we have 2 camp sites #1 has full hook ups, water, sewer, electric, Wi-Fi, and can be 22ft max., small motorhomes or vans prefered for this spot, its very tight. Camp#2 has electric and water only and RV can be up to 28 feet max. We have a large saltwater pool to relax (not heated), read and sunbathe. A lot of privacy on our 1 acre lot, we keep it quiet, no kids staying or visiting. Set back from the road in a very nice and safe neighborhood. Jeff and I live on the property that is also shared with other vacationers. We have 3 rooms as short term rentals, each have a separate entrance and bath. All guests share outdoor common areas, pool, fire pits grill area and gas grill. When requesting to book please let us know the type, size of RV or TT, and tow vehicle to help us understand how much room you will need. This is a one of a kind in our area, come check it out! Come check us out!
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The Happy Camper

1 site · Lodging1 acre · St. Petersburg, FL
Reconnect with nature at this unforgettable escape. Get away at our completely private, brand new, vintage style RV with a beautiful mural painted by a local St Pete artist. Never camped in an RV before? No problem. We will walk you through everything and help you enjoy our little oasis! Indoors: Full bathroom (including shower), kitchen, seating area, 2 TVs with cable and access to movies via Plex and queen bed in bedroom. Outdoors: completely private, fenced in backyard with a beautiful mural, firepit, and hammock.
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DragonFly Island 5/0

1 site · RV15 acres · Terra Ceia, FL
Pristine property located on US 19 in Terra Ceia. Surround yourself in a canopy of Oak Trees, Cattle, and Old Florida Charm...Park your RV under our covered awning which can accommodate a large 40'+ rig with sliders...site includes Water and Power. No Internet Service available on property. This property is Private with Owner on Site. Conveniently located near St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, and Anna Maria Island. Come experience the Serenity that this Private Property Gives!
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Pet Friendly Beach Cottage

1 site · Lodging1 acre · St. Pete Beach, FL
Escape to the beach life. This entire beach cottage is yours and has everything you need to relax. 2 large bedrooms, 1 bathroom, modern renovated kitchen that is fully stocked. A front porch, sunroom, full laundry room and outdoor shower. Dog are welcome and will thoroughly enjoy the fully fenced in backyard with mature banyan trees that provide a wonderful natural canopy. Amenities include beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and beach cruisers. Comfort and relaxation await you here at this hidden gem. This is a quiet and tranquil neighborhood off of Pass-a-grille. The Don Cesar neighborhood surrounds a 3 acre park that has a 1 mile walking loop, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, large playground and a covered picnic area. The waterfront outside loop of the neighborhood will wrap you around to the boat ramp and world famous Don Cesar hotel. Location is close to restaurants and shops on St Pete Beach, Pass-a-grille, and Corey Avenue. Easy access to the highway which is a must during peak season. Close to everything yet entirely in your owl little nature oasis. It's truly a hidden gem. Listing also available on furnished finder.
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Cotee River Bend

15 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · New Port Richey, FL
Our RV Campsites are located in a grassy field next to dense woods. Electric and water hookups are included in the RV/Camper sites, but not the Tent Site. All sites have a picnic table. Cell phone service is not a problem, as we are not that remote (although it sort of feels like we are when you are here) - we are 5 min from downtown New Port Richey, 2 minutes from groceries, gas, restaurants. This beautiful slice of Old Florida is named for the Pithlachascotee River that bends along the back side of the property. Pithlo is the Creek word meaning canoe, and chaskita means to dig or chop out, together signifying "place where canoes are chopped or dug out". Seminoles of this area used canoes dug out from the great cypress trees found along Florida rivers. From the 1980s until 2014, this property was owned by the Cotee River Lions Club. They held a popular monthly pancake breakfast fundraiser in the large pavilion along the river. We purchased this 4.9 acres of land in late 2019. It is now where we live and have a woodworking shop. It has been a magical place for us, with no shortage of wildlife, rich jungle forest, a lazy winding narrow river, and even the occasion river otter sighting. We are grateful to all the humans who have occupied this place over the centuries before us for keeping it as nature intended it. It is our intention to do our part to conserve and protect its natural beauty as long as possible. We hope you find it to be as restful and rejuvenating as we do.
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Heart of Cortez

1 site · RV1 acre · Cortez, FL
RV parking spot in the heart of historic Cortez, Florida. Walk to 12 local restaurants, the Cortez Maritime Museum, enjoy a self guided walking tour to see the many historic homes. Cortez Market with grocery items within 2 blocks. Kroger refrigerated grocery delivery is also available in Cortez. 3 blocks to Cortez bridge, with free trolley on Anna Maria Island, running from 6am to 10pm daily. 2 houses from the bay. Private home with shell driveway. 50 amp or 30 amp RV plug in, hose spigot for potable water hook up, wi-fi included, ROKU stick with local cable, HBO, Showtime, The Movie Channel, Cinemax, EPIX, STARZ, and sports for use on your television. Quiet, dead end street. Dump station located 3 blocks away.
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Yurt & Treefort

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Tampa, FL
A magical space designed to give you peace and serenity from the hussle & bussle of the city. Formally, a yoga studio, this yurt is 30 ft round which is about 800 square feet w/ 30 ft high vaulted dome. The ancient cultures who lived in yurts lived longer happy lives due to the closeness to nature the round design & Nomadic lifestyle. We invite you to enjoy this perfect getaway space, affordable accommodation w/ outdoor dining & treefort for bird watching or meditations. No parties. RV parking.
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The best camping near Fort De Soto Park guide

Overview

About

Fancy lounging on the palm-fringed shores of the Florida Keys or camping by tropical beaches but don’t want to stray too far from Tampa? Fort De Soto Park is the perfect compromise, with its five interlinked islands affording 1,136 acres of white-sand beaches and manatee-filled mangroves along the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Bring your boat, opt for a kayak rental, or get out on a canoe to paddle around the islands, hike or bike along miles of scenic nature trails, and explore the Fort De Soto historic site. You’ll want to stay longer, so snag a tent or RV site at the beachfront campground, all a short stroll from the water.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Campers can reserve one of 238 Fort De Soto Park Campground campsites in advance via the Pinellas County Parks online reservation system.
  2. Fort De Soto is often mistaken for a state park, but campsite reservations for this county park open six months in advance for non-residents of Pinellas County and seven months in advance for residents. 
  3. Camping spots book up fast, especially for summer and holiday weekends, and many sites sell out on the first day of availability. Plan ahead and reserve your site as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 
  4. Tent camping sites are more likely to be available on shorter notice but still come with picnic tables and charcoal grills.

When to go

Fort De Soto Park is hugely popular with both locals and travelers, especially during the summer months and on sunny weekends throughout the year. Expect heavy traffic and long wait times along the road to the island during peak times—arrive early (before 10am) to avoid the worst and plan a weekday visit if possible. The park is open daily from 7am through sunset.

Know before you go

  • Fort De Soto Park is set at the mouth of Tampa Bay, off the coast of St. Petersburg. Access to the park's islands is via Pinellas Bayway S/679. Shell Key Preserve is nearby but only accessible via boat.
  • Daily parking fees apply at Fort De Soto Park; admission is free for visitors arriving on foot or by bike. A saltwater fishing license is required to fish anywhere in the park. 
  • Facilities include a small camp store, food stands, picnic areas, restrooms, a dog beach, a boat ramp, and two fishing piers. Fort De Soto Campground has water and electric hookups, wifi, fire pits, dump station access for RVers, and laundry facilities. 
  • There are accessible camping areas, beaches, restrooms, and picnic areas at Fort De Soto Park, including North Beach and Arrowhead.

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