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Fort Desoto beach offers a break from reality

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By Crystal Ratthe

When I need a break from reality, the first place I like to go to is the beach. Fort Desoto is one of my personal favorites. With the combination of the beach, trails, nature, and history, it makes for a perfectly relaxing day.

The five islands, 1100-acre beach is located in Terra Verde at the south end of the Peninsula. The park includes miles of beaches, a dog beach, dog play area, historic fort, trails for biking, and so much more. The beach includes picnic tables, concession stands, showers, restrooms, and activity rentals. A popular activity is kayaking and paddle boarding, which can be rented right there at the park. For all the bike riders out there, there is a seven-mile trail and two nature trails. With two fishing piers, one reaching 500 feet and the other reaching 1000, there is plenty of room to fish.  One of my personal favorites at this park is the fort. Anyone who likes a little history can stand in the middle of a fort that was built in the 1900s during the Spanish American war.

I love going down to this park just to relax for the day; it’s a get away from all the stress of school, work, and everyday problems. It is also a peaceful place to sit at one of their picnic tables and study. It’s so nice being outside where the only sound that’s being made is the sound of nature. Featured here are pictures that were taken on my recent visit to the park. With the five dollar parking fee, it includes a full day of adventure, history, and relaxation on one of the nations top beautiful beaches!

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