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About Fort De Soto Park
In 2009, Fort De Soto Park was named America’s top beach by TripAdvisor, and to this day hails a whopping 2.7 million visitors annually. Don’t let that number scare you away though, not everyone visits at the same time, and the 1,136-acre park is spaced out over five Florida Key islands--Mullet, St. Christopher, St. Jean, Madelaine, and Bonner Fortune.
Across the five islands, adventurers and seekers of super relaxation will find over 7 miles of waterfront, almost three miles of which boasts sand as white as the salt of the sea. The ecosystems here are insanely diverse, and in addition to the loggerhead sea turtle that calls this place home, you can spot 328 species of birds. Go ahead, stay for awhile and try to spot ‘em all, we dare ya.
Campgrounds in Fort De Soto
Located on 1136 acres of coastal lovely, Fort De Soto Campground is the creme de la creme of the Gulf Coast and one of the only sites on this coast...
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If you want a fire/firewood I suggest stopping at Publix first. $10 a bundle here (Death Valley prices :-0)! Also there aren't any fire pits so you have to rent one for $3/night and they hold a $20 deposit on your card until it's returned.
Make sure you explore Egmont Key while camping here. It's a short $20 ferry ride that leaves from the Bay Pier. Ferry leaves promptly at 10am during the longer days and they're now offering an afternoon trip at 2pm. Weekdays are best to beat the crowds.
Fab waterfront sites. Keep ALL food in the car. We once had 'coons rip into our tent while we were asleep and create a bucket brigade! Next morning (after we'd moved it to the trunk) there were paw prints around the lock. Great dog-friendly sites on the water.
This campground is beautiful but it can be a little noisy and overcrowded. My husband and I took our dog on a walk and came back to find that our kayak paddles had been stolen. It's a nice place to camp and there is a dog beach but lock up your valuables and DO NOT leave anything unattended.