Twenty miles southwest of Tampa, Pinellas County's finger-like
peninsula dangles into the Gulf of Mexico, offering nearly 400 miles
of shoreline and encompassing the eight resort communities of Clearwater
Beach, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, St. Petersburg, St.
Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island. Families will find the
soft sandy beaches provide a refreshing break from the fast pace of
nearby attractions. Gulf beaches boast 361 days of sunshine and an average
water temperature of 75 degrees, making nearly every day a good one
for shelling, sunning, swimming, fishing or sailing.
At the mouth of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Fort
DeSoto Park attracts record numbers of visitors wishing to sample some
of Florida's most picturesque beaches, picnicking grounds and camping
spots. The park consists of five connected barrier islands south of
St. Petersburg. Mullet Key is the largest and is the site of Fort DeSoto,
a Spanish American War-era artillery installation. The island also offers
beautiful waterside camping, four miles of bicycle and in-line skating
trails, ample saltwater fishing spots and a large playground for kids.
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