St. Petersburg/Clearwater’sFort De Soto Park was named America’s Best Family Beach by Parents Magazine. With similar rankings from Dr. Beach in 2005 and TripAdvisor in 2008 & ’09, this beautiful county park at the southern tip of the St Pete/Clearwater area captured the top honors for the 2011 list.
The Parents Magazine issue hit the newsstands in June, but as summer moves on, a family trip to Fort De Soto seems the perfect getaway.
According to Parents, Fort De Soto’s natural sandbar off the coast and acting as a natural lagoon for younger
swimmers is a great part of why this beach was chosen.
Water quality also played a role, boasting a spotless record following more than 100 tests in 2009 and 2010.
With an average 2.7 million visitors annually, Fort De Soto is a large county park with plenty of options for everyone. From kayaking to the dog park and beach, the actual Fort De Soto to beach front and more, this is a lovely beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast.