Thursday, January 21, 2010

America's Top Beach 2009: Fort De Soto Park Florida

I didn't know it at the time, but last week I visited America's Top Beach for 2009 as chosen by Trip Advisor. Fort De Soto Park is at the end of the Pinellas county peninsula near St. Petersburg and Tampa. According to the parks website:
Fort De Soto Named America’s Top Beach for 2009
Pristine Area Favorite Lauded as “Portrait of Tranquility”
Fort De Soto Park was named America’s Top Beach for the second consecutive year by TripAdvisor, the world's largest online travel community. Citing a “spectacular combination of soft white sand, calm, clear water and a laid-back atmosphere,” the popular online travel network put the park’s North Beach at the top of its annual best-of list, based on TripAdvisor's Popularity Index. This marks the second time in three years the pristine Pinellas County beach has received top honors on an annual “best-of” list. In 2005 Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a.k.a. “Dr. Beach,” named Fort De Soto the nation’s #1 Beach .

The sand on the beach is soft and fine like sugar and several dolphins were feeding very close to shore throughout the day.   Sadly, there were also dead fish on the beach from the region's recent two week cold snap and an octopus-like sea urchin creature.


  1. ... appreciate the exposure to that beach Labrish ... I've come to realise how subjective that tag "top beach" is having seen some variations on the theme ... did I miss the post about that beach in your header? ...

  2. Thanks for checking out the post. I agree the "top beach" tag is very subjective...