Your toughest decision may be where to fish. Start on the fishing pier that juts out into the Gulf near the dog beach. It’s a favorite spot for locals, and there’s a bait and tackle shop right on the pier in case you run out of essentials. The pelicans that hang out there will entertain you as you wait for a bite.
Florida’s Best Waterfront Camping
If you camp anywhere in Florida, camp at Fort De Soto Park, easily one of the most beautiful camping spots in the state. The campsites have views of blue-green water, mangrove-lined islands and scenic bridges, and all 238 sites have water, electricity, charcoal grills and picnic tables. Campsites get snapped up quickly (particularly the prized waterfront ones), so check for availability well in advance of your visit.
Accessibility at Fort De Soto Park
Fort De Soto Park is quite accessible to wheelchair users and other people with mobility challenges. The paved, multi-use trail is great for wheelchair users, as well as bicyclists, rollerbladers, runners and walkers. Other accessible areas of the park include the gift shop, snack shop, fort, Gulf pier, bait shop and 2,200-foot barrier-free nature trail. All parking lots have disability parking spots with access lines. The park has switched to a kiosk or app-based paid parking system, but visitors with disability plates or placards can park in a disability spot for free. As far as beach access is concerned, there are ramps from the parking lots to the sidewalk. There aren’t any Mobi-Mats on the beaches, but there are five beach wheelchairs available for use. During the week, visitors can call 727-582-2100, ext. 2 to request a beach wheelchair. On weekends, you must go to the campground office to request one.