Don’t tell anybody but I’m about to show you one of my favorite secret places to spend an afternoon vegging out. We park in the grass and walk along one of the many almost hidden trails. That’s hubby way ahead of me. It looks really far but it’s only about a 5 minute walk to the beach from the car.
As we get closer to the beach you can see the sand dunes.
I took this panorama while standing on the edge of the water. It was early in the morning so there weren’t too many people there yet. The water was perfect.
Clouds were starting to roll in on the land side but we still had sun all morning.
Fort Desoto is a huge park. There are some areas that get miserably crowded and some areas that stay quiet if you know where to look. Most people go to the main parking lots and go out to the beach from there. Most of those areas have lifeguards so it’s best to be there if you have kids. We found a spot that’s not near a main parking lot. It’s usually pretty quiet except for big holiday weekends (we stay home on those weekends anyway). The sand is perfect. The water is usually perfect. Unless a bad storm has just come through, the water is clear. I can sit in my beach chair and read my book while hubby takes a nap. We go in swimming a lot but here you have to do the stingray shuffle. There are a lot of stingrays that hang out in this area so you have to shuffle your feet to scare them away when you walk in the water.