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These fifteen tropical islands covered with mangroves, hardwood forest, tropical birds, and small deer sit at the entrance to Tampa Bay and have seen quite a bit of entertainment through the years. Centuries ago, they hosted ceremonies and were burial grounds for Native Americans. But in the 1960s, a bridge transformed sleepy Tierra Verde into a spot for Sinatra, Dietrich, Liberace, and Torme to hang out and put on shows. Even the popular TV show Route 66 was filmed here. Today, a quiet residential community spreads out over the islands.
What to Do: Be sure to visit Pinellas County's best park, Fort De Soto. Its three miles of unadulterated beaches are some of the prettiest and least crowded in the area, plus the park welcomes dogs. An old fort gives you a place to escape rain or find shade and has one of the best views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at twilight.
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