Tierra Verde is a remote island located on the Gulf of Mexico at the southern tip of Florida’s Pinellas County. Tierra Verde shot to national fame in the 1960s as bridges were built connecting it to St. Petersburg and the island of St. Pete’s Beach in the north and the gorgeous natural expanse of Fort De Soto Park to the south. In 1963, the gala opening of the Port O’ Call resort attracted stars such as Frank Sinatra and Liberace. The Port O’ Call is now the Tierra Verde Resort & Marina, the perfect starting point for boating adventures to Shell Key and other nearby islands.
Tierra Verde has just 2,000 homes, and housing options include spectacular waterfront mansions with gorgeous gardens that act as private nature sanctuaries. In addition, Tierra Verde also has a range of spacious single-family homes and condominiums.
• Spectacular waterfront homes
• Boating paradise
• Seafood restaurants
• Ford De Soto islands
Tierra Verde is a boating paradise and the ideal place to explore the hidden nature reserves on nearby islands. Tierra Verde Marina offers everything you’ll need to head to the islands of Fort Desoto, Shell Island, and Egmont Key. The island of Tierra Verde itself also has an abundance of dining choices with some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste.
Tierra Verde has many waterfront restaurants combining delicious food with spectacular views. Billy’s Stone Crab is a long-time Tierra Verde favorite serving delicious Florida crabs plus prime aged steaks and other fresh seafood. Billy’s offers a choice of quiet dining spaces or bar dining with live music every night of the week.
Steps from the Tierra Verde Marina, The Island Grille & Raw Bar is another fantastic steak and seafood spot with nightly live music performances. The raw oysters and tropical cocktails at The Island are well worth sampling.
Tony & Nello’s is an inviting, family-run restaurant with Southern Italian-style pasta, seafood dishes, and Sicilian pizza. DeRusso’s Pizzeria is another good choice for pizza, with New York-style pies and slices and early bird breakfast specials.
Other popular dining options include French bistro fare at Alsace, French-style pastries, breakfast, and lunch dishes at Café Soleil, elevated bar bites at Donnie B’s, and European-style seafood at Good Times Continental Restaurant.
Tierra Verde Marina is the starting point for journeys to the many stunning islands which surround Tierra Verde. The marina has 64 boat slips and a large retail center with restaurants, bait shops, and fishing supply stores. From here, head to secluded Shell Island to see nesting sea turtles and an abundance of bird species.
Head south for Fort De Soto Park, a five-island paradise covering 1,136 acres and ringed with white sand beaches on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. USA Today named Fort De Soto’s North Beach as the best family beach in the United States. Here, you’ll discover a lagoon and tidepools with seashells of every color dotted along its sands. Fort De Soto is named for a stronghold established here during the Spanish-American War. The Fort’s history is explored at the Quartermaster Storehouse Museum on Mullet Key, the largest of Fort De Soto’s five islands.
To the southwest of Fort Desoto, the uninhabited 440-acre island of Egmont Key is a National Wildlife Refuge, which serves as a home for tortoises and several species of turtle. Palm tree-covered Egmont Key’s main landmark is a lighthouse that has continuously helped guide ships since 1858. Fishing, swimming, and snorkeling are all popular activities on Fort De Soto and Egmont Key. They are also starting points for dolphin snorkeling cruises.
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