1 Park near Tierra Verde, Florida
Jul 2015 - $45.00
Overall, I thought Fort De Soto Campground was pretty cool, but I have a few complaints. First of all, we reserved a "water front" campsite. Technically our site backed up to the water, but there was a row of hedges that were about 7 feet tall that basically blocked the entire view of the water, so it was worthless.
Secondly, I was there in a 45' big rig, and I would say this park is not really designed for a unit that size (although I called in advance and was told it would be fine). I didn't see any others that large, so if you have a big rig, go with caution. The roads and the sites are very tight for a large unit. My cousin was in the site next to us, and he had to go to a hardware store to buy a tool to trim some branches so he'd have enough room to put his slides out.
Other than that, the restroom and shower facilities were clean enough, and the overall state park was pretty nice. We enjoyed our stay there, but I probably wouldn't go back in a big rig. - RedRaider1993
May 2015 - $40.00
Absolutely love this place! We've stayed numerous times with heavily wooded sites right on the water. You always see lots of bird, and on a few occasions, we've had dolphins playing just a bit out from our campsite. Most sites are separated by pretty thick trees that provide decent privacy.
The park has one of the top 10 rated beaches in the U.S., which is probably a mile long with no buildings. It is only 10 minutes from St. Pete Beach, which is full of restaurants, touristy junk stores, ice cream shops and a decent grocery store.
You can fish from the seawall right in the campgrounds. There's also a small playground for kids. - Denny Johnson
May 2015 - $32.00
This park is my happy place. Large shaded sites with brush barriers in between each site. Mostly level. Water pressure is good. You can fish and boat at the back of the waterfront sites. It's about a mile to the swimming beaches. There is a dog park/dog beach a mile away. This park is very hard to get a reservation for a waterside site. You have to be diligent and computer savvy to get a good one. Reservations are taken 6 months out. There are some pull throughs available. Some of the sites are incredibly tight and require some interesting backing to get into with a long 5th wheel but we managed it. There is a great store in the campground with scoop ice cream that made afternoon snack bike rides a must. They sell bait, sundries, and fishing supplies. There are great trails, good bike trails, and an excellent boat launch area. The beaches are filled with sea shells. The ocean is about waist deep for quite a while. You can rent kayaks from the campground or have a local company deliver/pickup right to your site. We saw dolphins and manatees from our campsite. You can rent a fire ring or bring your own. There is firewood for sale. People are very friendly and weekends are super busy and sometimes loud from family get togethers and late night camp fires. If there was on onsite host we never saw them nor were they identified. The bathrooms were kind of clean and had great water pressure. There doesn't seem to be any paid staff as everyone we saw had "volunteer" on the back of their shirts. Some days the bathrooms didn't get cleaned. As it's Florida there are always lizards and bugs in the bathrooms because the bathrooms aren't closed up. This is the most beautiful park I have ever stayed in. - michellewelch