Tierra Verde was once 15 islands covered with foliage. These islands ranged in size from only a few acres to the largest, Cabbage Key, having over 289 acres. For centuries, Indians used the islands for ceremonial and burial grounds. Now it's a vast residential community with high-end single family homes and luxury condominiums. It also serves as the gateway to the award winning beach, Fort DeSoto.
Fort DeSoto is located just south of Tierra Verde, and was rated America's Top Beach in both 2008 and 2009 by TripAdvisor. In 2005, Fort Desoto was also recognized by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach," for being the nation's number-one beach.
Fort DeSoto features rare, pristine, white sandy beaches along with unadulterated wildlife, plants, and birds. Along with a 1,136 acre park complete with hiking trails, a large campsite, and a popular fishing pier, Fort DeSoto offers a stunning glimpse of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, particularly during twilight hours, just as the sun is about to set.