Highlights of Tierra Verde and why it’s a great place to live

Until 1959, Tierra Verde was a group of undeveloped islands allegedly occupied by pirates and Indians. Then, the area was purchased with big dreams of developing it into an exclusive resort community. In 1962 when the Pinellas Bayway was opened, this dream became a reality. With the islands now connected to the “mainland,” the development began to grow like wildfire!   


A big boost came in 1975 with the construction of resort-style condominiums in the Isla del Sol area. Later came a golf course built on Isla del Sol. Development continued to expand until the present day. Now Tierra Verde is home to about 2,000 housing units which includes both full-time and snowbird residents. 


One of the most beautiful beach areas in the United States, Ft. De Soto State Park, sits at the southern point of Tierra Verde. Historically, Ft. De Soto was built in the late 1890s to serve as a defensive military position in western Florida and protect Tampa Bay’s mouth. In 1948 the area was converted into a park with recreational facilities, which are still in operation today. Amazingly, the ruins of the original fort can still be found in the park.  

Holding firm despite the economy, the residential real estate along the Pinellas Bayway and into Tierra Verde remains in high demand. Property values continue to increase, and homes sell quickly. Tierra Verde is both breathtakingly beautiful and conveniently located to the surrounding areas! Just a ten-minute drive will put you at Ft. De Soto Park, Pass-a-Grill Beach, or St. Pete Beach. These are some of the very best beaches in the world! In Tierra Verde, you are only ten minutes away from Downtown St. Petersburg, 20 minutes to the Tampa International Airport, and just 30 minutes to the Skyway Bridge and Sarasota.  


Other great things to do that are near to Tierra Verde are:


Speed Boat Adventures

If you have the need for speed, be the captain of your very own speedboat. Race through the amazingly crystal blue waters of Florida’s western coast. Listen and follow your expert area guide as you steer and zoom through the water instructed through the provided headsets. Experience the varied ecosystems of the Florida coastline of St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay. Birds, dolphins, and manatees are just a few of the many creatures you may see!


Dolphin watching tour

Get up-close and personal with the beautiful Florida marine life on a dolphin-watching tour. Your yacht sets sail for Boca Ciega Bay, where the calm, clear waters offer sightseers a glimpse into the natural habitat for bottlenose dolphins year-round. Boca Ciega Bay area is an aquatic preserve that is home to mangrove islands and miles upon miles of canals. This area is the gorgeous natural setting for playful bottlenose dolphins. Visitors will want to keep their cameras ready to catch dolphins and other marine life that swims right up to the boat.  


Shell Key Island Excursion

Cruise aboard an island hopper to Shell Key Island for a shelling adventure. Once there, visitors will explore its beautiful ecosystem that’s full of marine life and a wide variety of seashells.

Shell Key is a 1,800-acre nature preserve protecting marine habitats, mangrove islands, and extensive seagrass beds. This is also the perfect place for a snorkeling adventure floating in the calm waters, searching for tropical shells and creatures.  


From a group of uninhabited and isolated islands to an upscale paradise that’s conveniently connected to major areas and attractions, Tierra Verde has it all! So it’s no wonder that some of Florida’s finest quality of life is found here! And, it’s waiting for you to come and discover it all!