Ft. Desoto Park

77% love it
Gorgeous beach and park
After entering Ft. Desoto park, follow signs to the North Beach. Park in the last parking lot and walk and cross the "rainbow bridge" and wade across a shallow lagoon. Once at the beach, continue to your right to the end of the island until you get to the small unofficial gay area.
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    • JonSmyth
      JonSmyth 11 months ago

      The north beach used to be exciting, but is now disappointing. They removed the bridge and most of the trees near the beach, the Life Guard stand is gone, and the rates have increased (still free to veterans). We used to be able to see lots of gay couples walking to the area, like guys with crocheted thongs with their balls hanging out, but not any more. Now you have some old women with nothing better to do than be the “prude patrol.” They reported my friend to the Park Ranger for wearing a Speedo! While he is buff and nicely endowed, it wasn’t lewd and nothing was hanging out.

    • tsqtpie
      tsqtpie Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Luv IT
      love this beach and is my favorite beach I have ever been to

    • mikkidee
      mikkidee Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I LOVE IT!!!
      always have a great time whenever I visit Ft Desoto park. love the gay section. love laying in the sand watching the hard men walk by showing thier stuff

    • tnmuslman
      tnmuslman Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Nice beach
      Pretty = YES. Gay = Don't think so. There were a LOT of families there and kids. There is a bridge between the picnic area and the beach that I "assume" is "the rainbow bridge"......there is no other bridge as I walked the entire beach and around the "island". If you are looking to go meet and hang out with other gay men you might prefer another beach.

    • rodrn1
      rodrn1 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      not worth the effort
      I've been to this park twice. I parked in the last section as posted and still have not come upon the famous "rainbow bridge". Another annoyance is the huge Mosquitos attacking the beach goers. .....simply not worth all that effort.

    • Gaytravelers
      Gaytravelers Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Can be a VERY cruisy beach and beautiful!
      Everything we had heard about this beautiful beach is true! Located southwest of Tampa (south of St. Petersburg, but just a short drive. They have different sections of the beach and you can real quickly tell where the gay part is, with sand dunes, etc. We were here three days and lots of guys each day.

    • mictimmul
      mictimmul Over a year ago
      Loves it

      This is one of the best beaches ANYWHERE, and one of the several reasons I miss living in the Bay area. Do trek a little to get away from the crowds. The cardio will do you good and you will be happy that you did.

    • Blue69
      Blue69 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great place to explore
      Has a feel as though you are secluded in some areas. Most gays go to the far North end to lay out. Definitely a good recommendation!