Fort De Soto Campground

     


Tierra Verde, Florida
Phone: (727) 582-2267

Sites: 238
Recent Rate: $32 5/2015


Latitude: 27.6347977520703
Longitude: -82.7181458473206

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-ocean Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

114 Reviews

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michellewelch

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $32.00
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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. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

They rarely have same day sites available for more than a day or two. They have their reservation policy clearly posted on their website. They don't give refunds although they do allow cancellation credits or moving of dates. You must pay everything up front when you make the reservation.

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Olivia Las Vegas

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: - $79.00
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I am giving this park a 10 for location, location, location. It is a county park that is very difficult to make reservations for during the season. They are booked solid and the recommendation is to try reserving a space as much as 9-10 months ahead of your visit. The park has canal front and gulf front sites and pull-throughs in the center. All sites have water and 50A but no sewer. All sites are very private. Getting to and into the sites is an adventure when you travel in a 45ft RV towing a trailer. We had been assigned a 125 feet pull-through site to avoid having to unhook the trailer and the site was more than adequate for our length. But, the road to the sites is narrow and the entrance into the sites are very narrow, too. I miss judged the turning angle and got stuck between 2 trees with only a couple of inches to spare. It took about 30 minutes of inches forwards and backwards to get out of this predicament. But the beauty and silence and the dark night skies compensated for all this trouble. We visited during the off season and had no reservation for the 2 nights we wanted to stay here. Not a problem. But, depending on what you drive, do yourself a favor and walk the sites before you commit yourself. We highly recommend this park and would return here. Next time we will heed our own advice for sure. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Fort De Soto offers a lot of activities to keep you busy for a few days. St. Pete Beach is just a few miles away and so is the city of St. Petersburg.

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ontken

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $45.00
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This park has gone downhill since our last stay here. Road is very dusty and they say the water truck is broke down so there is no was to keep the dust away. Maybe pave the road.

Last time there were a lot of raccoons, this time there are rats running around the campground.

Time to redo the washrooms and showers. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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Linda from Canada

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $40.00
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Outstanding park with access to an outstanding beach. Lots of waterfront sites. Lots of privacy. Excellent staff in the office.

This county park is full during high season but has frequent cancellations so it is possible to get in by checking every day.

Your campground fee is your entry to the most amazing beach just 3 minutes down the road. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Close to St. Pete's Beach, St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay Area. Piece of unspoiled nature in the midst of busy Florida.

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Atnt Life Grand

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: - $50.00
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Highly recommended! Beautiful campground with level and roomy sites with a fair amount of privacy. We had a site on the lagoon, and there were loads of birds visiting each day. The Ranger checking us in was polite and welcoming. Wi-fi is only available at the Ranger office and the store. We loved North Beach on the Gulf, a 5 minute ride from the campground. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

For fresh fish: Mid Peninsula Fish market and Café. The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. North Beach at the nearby park, entry fee is included with your campsite.

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Kacys Dog House

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $32.00
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This is a great County Park with access to Tampa Bay, the Historic Fort DeSoto and many great shops and restaurants within biking distance. The staff is great and responsive to any concerns. If you have a dog(s) the dedicated dog beach and exercise areas for small and large breed is the best we have seen in our travels. You are a short drive away. There is a great camp store. You can fish directly from many of the campsites. The sites are close together, but have great natural screens that make you feel secluded. The campground has dedicated areas for campers with or without pets. Our only complaint is that the rules do not allow you to even walk your dog in the "non-pet" area. For responsible pet owners, this really limits your wandering in the park.

We camp in a 27' Class A. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Book early! This is one of the most popular destinations in the greater Tampa Bay area and is full almost year round. They reserve 10% of the sites for "walk-ups" on weekends, but it got so crazy with coaches lined up on the main road that they run a first come first serve on-line "walk-up" starting at 7am on Friday morning. Good luck

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MaineDon

Review Count: 152
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $40.00
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We spent 5 nights at this park and liked it. It had been described to us as "...like a country club," and that description is pretty accurate. The grounds are beautiful; lots of lawn (well mowed and clipped) and pretty natural vegetation. Our site faced the bay, which afforded a sunset view. Sites are pretty private. Some sites look very difficult to back into and the roads are very narrow, with overhanging trees, in places. We reserved a site that looked like a reasonable back-in, which proved to be true. There is a nice walking beach, as well as a dog friendly park. All-in-all, a good place. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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NoVa RT

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $37.00
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Rate is for a waterfront site ($5 more). Great water views, although some are limited by mangrove trees, as indicated on the campground map. Camp fee includes admission to the entire park. The North Beach is the best feature - white sand and clear, warm water, and only a few people on the mid-week days we were there. Sites are level, well-shaded, and somewhat separated from neighboring sites by the heavy vegetation. Sand is plentiful, but you're on the water, so it comes with the territory. A hand vac by the entrance minimized the problem. Restroom/bathouse was clean and also had washer ($1.00) & dryer ($.75). Staff was friendly and efficient. Camp store had the basic necessities and serves ice cream! Bring lots of quarters for the bridge tolls ($.75 & $.50) that you encounter getting to the park. AT&T cell phone service was good. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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Dennis Reid

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $40.00
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This was our first stay here. The place stays full so it is hard to get reservations. Great location for the beaches.

It is extremely tight for motor homes because of thees. Especially ours at 43 feet. They also don't have sewer on your sight. So you either have to move through the trees to the dump site or use the bath houses.

Not sure why they would have 50 amp service and water on site but no sewer. Go figure.

It's also expensive at $40 per night for what you get. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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HRambler

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $41.00
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The campground is absolutely beautiful, many with water views, egrets walking through the campsites, and dolphins swimming by. It is well kept and the sites are very wooded, sometimes you can't even see the rig next door. The heavy growth may make getting into the site a little rough for some less experienced drivers especially those that have to back a large fifth wheel on a curve. If you want to get satellite, it may be all but impossible. I picked a site that I could put my portable dish by the water. The roads do need work as they have a lot of potholes. Some of the sites are narrow, but the length makes up for it. The beach is a bit of a drive, so don't plan on walking or biking to it. Water view sites are a little more expensive than the interior sites. They have a separate pet campground. The pad and sites are gravel/sand and are level. We would have stayed longer but weekends are difficult to get unless you make reservations months in advance. Wish it had sewer. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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Appleknocker

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $43.00
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This is a wonderful campground in a great county park on a group of connected islands at the mouth of Tampa Bay. It is difficult to get reservations but a percentage of sites are kept available for walkups. On a Tuesday morning we were third in line 2 hours before the office opened and had our pick of a couple of "pet" sites. There is seven miles of paved recreational trail suitable for rollerblading, casual cycling, or walking. There is also a great dog park with an adjacent stretch of white sand beach for the canines. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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kgkaroonie

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
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Claims to be big rig friendly, but low hanging limbs, hard to get into sites and lots of pot holes. Rangers are very rude, not people persons. But with that being said, lovely sites on the water, nice walking/biking paths, beaches and picnic areas. And a couple of tolls to pay. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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A. Hotaling

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $38.00
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Pros: Wow - what a great location!! You can't get any closer to the water than this place without camping on a boat, you can actually anchor your boat right off the shore of your campground. Fishing galore, several beaches, great trails for walking and biking, canoe/kayak rentals, nice shop, all very well maintained, super nice park rangers. Cons: who brings their own fire ring? no campfires without one. REALLY tight roads and low branches in and out. We have 36' trailer and it took some patient maneuvering to get parked and more to get out, but plenty of room once we were set up. The strict no booze rule was kind of ridiculous. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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MeetTheGriswolds

Review Count: 63
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $42.00
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Pretty much a perfect campground. Amazing sunsets, lots to do in the park. Excellent facilities, well laid out. Roads are a bit rough. We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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imagardener

Review Count: 40
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $38.00
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You can't get much better than this park. Great beaches, great wildlife and a friendly professional staff. We had site 39 which is for tent and van campers. It was level and easy to back in and super quiet at night. Nothing larger than a 22' van could make the road turns however, pretty close vegetation. We got up early to photograph and at 5 am there was a line of 2 dozen people in the dark, at the camp office hoping to get a walk-in spot because all reservable spaces were taken (late Feb). Two fishing piers, multiple beaches including a dog-friendly one. We will be back again. (This was our second trip.) We camped at Fort De Soto Campground in a Motorhome.

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