Fort Desoto / East Beach
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Continent:
North America
Country:
Florida (USA)
Next Big City:
Tampa, St. Petersburg
Next Town:
St. Petersburg
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Parking


Water
Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Ships/Boats
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
High Tide, Coming Tide, Falling Tide

Shallow water for a couple hundred yards out so it is very flat. Best at mid to high tide. At low tide you'll be riding in 3` of water or a dry bed of grass and muck. Beginner to advanced area. Make sure to check the tides if you are going to be riding at East Beach here as the water level goes down too low at East Beach during low tide. Wearing shoes is helpful.
Beach
Type:
Grass, Sand
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
Road, Cars
Beach Users:
None

Grassy launch area and slightly muddy beach. Glistening 7 mile stretch of beach, spacious launch areas. Cars park next to the beach along the road.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, April, November, December
Wind Type:
Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction:
NE, E, SE, S
Main Direction:
NE, E, SE

The strong winds come in the winter and are frontal, so not really predictable. A nice sea breeze comes in during the spring and fall, but summer has very light winds. This is one of the most popular riding spots in the area for NE, E, SE and S winds.



How to get there
Transport:
Car
Access:
No Walk


Get directions from


Take I-4 west to 275 south, to exit # 4 (Pinellas Bayway) go west, pass the toll booth (.50 cents), turn left at the second light onto "679" heading south toward fort Desoto. You will have another toll (.35 cents) at the entrance to the Park. Once in the park, take a left at the "T" junction and go all the way to the end of road. Find the launch at the East tip of East Beach. Park next to the beach.

Extra Information
Rules:
None


Still sorting them out, but no real problems for now. Just be respectful to tourists on the beach if the seasons overlap, but usually winter is kiting season and the beaches aren't very full. The beaches can get really crowed with sunbathers and swimmers during the spring and summer months. Avoid Mid-day on sunny weekends. After 5 pm the crowds are mostly gone.

Nightlife
Lots of nightlife in town.


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