A day spent on Fort de Soto beach is a day packed with fun. This wonderful stretch of coast was nominated as the United States’ top beach in 2014 – and once you spend time here, it comes as no surprise. Named after the old military structure that still stands today, Fort de Soto is more than a beach and offers a wide variety of leisure options that make it a must-visit during family holidays to Florida.
The beach is set within 900 acres of parkland, situated on the southernmost tip of the St Petersburg peninsula. Children will have a fantastic time exploring its north beach too, as a large pirate ship protects the entrance to a fun filled playground. There’s a tidal pool that’s wonderful for paddling adventures, as well as sea shells and sand dollars – flat sea urchins – to be found.