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Fort Desoto Beach

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Fort Desoto Beach

Has anyone been. Apparently it's rated #1 in America. DOes anyone know how far it is from Orlando?

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Lots of folks love this beach. Takes about 2 hours from Orlando. Worth a trip.

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Its on my 'to do list this year'. It looks amazing!!

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It is about 2 hours if you are not driving during rush hour. North Beach is the nicer of the beaches on the island. You can watch windsurfers from one of the other beaches.

There is also a ferry that takes you to Egmont Key. It leaves either once or twice a day depending on the season. I still want to do that.

If you need more info, just google Ft DeSoto Park.

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Fort DeSoto is awesome. It is my favorite Florida beach.

Drive time from 192 and I-4 is under two hours. If you leave WDW at 8:00 AM or later you will slide through Tampa after the worst of the traffic.

For an added treat, take the long way home and go south on 275 over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. It is an exquisite bridge with gorgeous views. Pick up I-75 near Bradenton and avoid all the traffic on the way home. The detour will add half an hour compared to returning through Tampa when there is no traffic, but will be faster than returning through Tampa in rush hour.


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We were just there a couple of weeks ago. We went on a Sunday and left Orlando at about 730AM and arrived at Ft. DeSoto beach (North Beach) at 9:15. You can rent a couple of chairs with a big beach umbrella for $16 for the day.

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We go to Ft Desoto about once a week. It is great!! From Orlando it is about 2 hours or a little less depending on traffic. Like PP have mentioned north beach is the best, and if you do not like to be close to ppl go to the far end of NB. There is a snack stand but we always bring a cooler with sandwiches, drinks and snacks. (If you do not want to make sandwiches there is a Subway right before Ft Desoto in Terra Verda. Or right when you get off the exit there is a Publix that you could get lunch meat/sandwiches at) If you did want to go to Egmont Key there is a ferry. Egmont has ruins that are pretty cool if you like that type of thing.Have a great time and HTH.

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We camped here 2 years ago, and are returning this Jan., 2010. When we were there before, we did not fine a seafood market or a vegetable (fruit) stand that was close. Any suggestions? Thanks

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