Thursday, August 4, 2011

Fort Desoto Park ~ St. Petersburg, Florida


The Captain and I recently spent a beautiful and sunny Florida day on the white sandy gulf beach at Fort Desoto Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.

We couldn't have picked a better day . . . no rain, no storms . . . very unusual for this time of year.  There is nothing like sunning on the beach and cooling off in the warm, salty and refreshing Gulf of Mexico.

Our day started very early in the morning . . . we arrived as the sun came up . . . daybreak on the Gulf of Mexico beaches is awesome!


The park offers great diversity with a wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life.  We just visited the beach, but the park also includes two fishing piers, campgrounds, the historial forts, museum, boating and so much more.

Although it has been many years, it was one of my favorite places to go camping, where you can encounter cute raccoons that are very adept at stealing food, hiking or biking through the trails or fishing from your camp site.  An awesome place to go camping, if that is your thing.
  
The park consists of 1,136 acres of protected islands . . . home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and native plants.  It is the one place in this area that I imagine is as it was when the Spanish explorers first discovered its vast beauty.

The park's natural ecosystems provides a home to more than 290 documented species of birds and the beaches provide refuge to the loggerhead sea turtle as they nest between April and September.
  
Fort De Soto's three miles of white sandy beaches was named America’s Top Beach for 2009 by Trip Advisor, the world's largest online travel community. In 2005, “Dr. Beach,” named Fort De Soto the nation’s #1 Beach.

Here are some photos we took . . .







Click here for the official website of Fort Desoto Park.

We plan on visiting again very soon to check
 out other amenities the park provides . . . 
hopefully for a couple days of camping and fishing!




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13 comments:

sstone said...

We have camped there before, and we really liked it. There are plenty of racoons, but the sites are really nice. It's on the list of top campsites for us.:)

JO said...

I can't wait for our trip to Miami... I missed the beach so much.

~ Jo's Precious Thoughts ~

Gina Alfani said...

@sstone . . . at first the racoons were cute until we caught them trying to get into our tent . . . they are very good with zippers. Thank God for twist ties!!

@JO . . . Miami!!!! I'm jealous!! I have not been to Miami in way too many years. Have a great time :)

Joyce Lansky said...

Tomorrow my daughter heads off for her freshman year of college in Orlando. :(

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

* Michael * said...

Beautiful. Nice campsite and beaches.

Gina Alfani said...

Hey Joyce . . . Now you have an awesome place to visit :)

@Michael . . . it is truly a beautiful place to spend a day or longer!

Thanks for visiting and commenting :)

A Mom said...

nice pics!

Gina Alfani said...

Glad you enjoyed the pics! Thanks for visiting and commenting :)

Have a wonderful day . . . Gina

Joyce Lansky said...

Beautiful! I wish I lived near a beach.

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

teecup said...

Hi Gina. The place looks very quiet. I wonder where the rest of the people are. It must have been very nice that you got the beach all to yourselves - just you and the captain :)

Gina Alfani said...

Hi Tee! It was very early morning . . . the sun had just come up. Yes, it was very nice to have the beach to ourselves until the people started showing up around 10AM.

Thanks for visiting . . . have a beautiful day :)

mannoy said...

The place is beatiful and seems very peaceful

Gina Alfani said...

Yes, the park is so big you can always find a spot away from the crowds. It is more beautiful in person!