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Pinellas County's Gateway to Paradise.

Photo Credit: Zi Azizi

It’s a different world in Tierra Verde Florida. This island is home to the world-famous Fort De Soto beach. If you are seeking unspoiled beaches wrapped in nature, excellent fishing, and location, this is the place for you. This special island is just a stone's throw from active St. Pete., yet worlds away.

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Fishing in Style

As you drive over the bridge, you will immediately notice the Tierra Verde Marina on the left. This full-service marina offers the quickest access to the Gulf of Mexico on Tierra Verde. They are pet and people-friendly, offering concierge services like unlimited in and outs and free boat rinse. Fishing is a way of life on the island, and finding the perfect spot to drop a line is easy in Tierra Verde. Just ask a local for the best spots. This laid-back island paradise has a small shopping plaza providing necessities and a few great places to grab a bite to eat and a cold drink. Island life has its perks, and waterfront dining is a way of life for the residents of Tierra Verde. In the typical laid-back Tierra Verde style, The Island Grille raw bar offers waterfront dining in a casual tiki fashion with live music and a great selection of fresh seafood.

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Island Life

Tierra Verde exudes laid-back elegance that blends seamlessly into nature. Home to some of the most incredible unobstructed views, it’s no surprise that many yacht owners have chosen to build custom homes on Tierra Verde. After all, you need a place to park and rejoin the world on occasion. Tierra Verde is home to custom waterfront homes and gated estates that offer a relaxed, secure and secluded island lifestyle. For a maintenance-free lifestyle, the island offers condos and townhomes with water views and docks available to the residents. You will notice this quiet community comes alive on the weekends with the flow of beachgoers heading to Fort De Soto State park, and boaters hitting the water in search of the one that got away.

Photo Credit: Michael Kriz

No Passport required

Fort De Soto gives the Caribbean a real run for the money; think pristine sand, crystal clear water, and semi-private islands waiting at your doorstep. The Old Spanish fort holds history and the hearts of all nature and beach lovers. The remains of the Spanish fort are just a small part of what brings the crowds of happy beachgoers. There are so many places to explore in Fort De Soto, you can spend a week exploring all the trails and islands. If you want to see beaches that truly rival the Caribbean, I recommend you check out the islands you can walk to when the tide is low. Grab your beach gear and go for it, when else can you have an island all to yourself? The beaches are pristine, not a condo in sight, no hotels, just the sweet sound of the waves hitting the shore. Paradise would not be complete without your furry best friend, and yes, dogs are welcome at Fort De Soto park. They even have a dog beach, dog park, doggy wash station, and of course, a cool water fountain for chilling off after a long play in the surf. The park offers great places to launch your kayak and plenty of trails for bike riding. You can go glamping or camping at one of the waterfront campsites offered inside the park, and take your time exploring this little slice of paradise. You will not want to leave this island paradise, and you will be surprised to find this unique island lifestyle is affordable. Search for properties now.

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