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Cayo Costa State Park

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Address: 4 Nautical Miles West of Pine Island, Boca Grande, FL 33922
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Located just off Cape Coral, a ferry will take you to this island nature...

Located just off Cape Coral, a ferry will take you to this island nature reserve known for its beautiful beaches and great collection of shells.

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Beautiful natural Florida

These natural islands are gorgeous and make one feel the true awe of the beauty of southwest Florida. The water is clear and warm, and the sand is like sugar. Lots of great... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Tish M
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Charlotte, NC
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Charlotte, NC
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

These natural islands are gorgeous and make one feel the true awe of the beauty of southwest Florida. The water is clear and warm, and the sand is like sugar. Lots of great shells.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My all day adventure started with a ferry ride from Pine Island to Cayo Costa. Boat is the only option.. Disembark from the ferry on the bay side of the island where you find a Ranger station; Kayak and Stand up paddle board rentals; bike rentals, and a small store w snacks, ice and t shirts. There is a shuttle... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Loved this day adventure! We took Tropic Star from Bookelia for the full day trip and just loved it. It was quiet, clean, had flushing toilets and fresh water in the bathrooms and no trashcans out at the beach area so be sure to leave with everything you came with. Shelling is better at the south end of the beach... More 

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An absolutely beautiful day trip but it wasn't enough time to see much except the beach. It felt like the minute we got there we unpacked our beach bags and it was time to pack back up. No shells to report but the tide was wrong for that. Disappointed but not surprised. No bugs either.

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Thank samsmomm
Bryson City, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Camping on an island requires a lot of preparation and effort. If you forget it or it breaks, you will do without and everything must be hauled to and from the boat, to the tram, and to the campsite....and you'll do that in reverse when you leave. That said, we had a great trip. Our family of 5 (2 adults... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family has religiously tent-camped on Cayo Costa a week at a time for the last several years. The fishing is plentiful, the shelling amazing, the tent sites spacious, the rangers and volunteers friendly, and we love the seclusion. The bugs, the heat, the raccoons, the cold showers we easily deal with, no biggy, but this spring break, however, we've... More 

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Matlacha, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely loved our day on Cayo Costa! So many beautiful shells, scenery, peaceful day of shelling, picnic lunch, fishing and walking the beach. We found tons of sharks teeth too!!! Make sure you pack a lunch and have drinks and snacks. I highly recommend this trip. Take Tropic Star from Bokeelia!

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Miami
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The caveat is I visited in late March. The insect problem was minimal to non-existent. Some of that had to do with a rather 'cooler than usual' spring for Florida. However, the Rangers were adamant that insects can be a problem on any day of the year. All that being said, do not come here unless you thoroughly enjoy the... More 

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New Albany, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This Spring Break, we spent two days at Disney and three days at Cayo Costa. My ten year old enjoyed the park more than Disney. He is so excited about this place he is already begging to come back next Spring Break. We stayed in the cabins and thoroughly enjoyed the size of the site. Plenty of room for cooking,... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is our 4th visit to Cayo Costa State Park (Pelican Bay). (It is only available by boat) We come by boat and anchor in the bay. There are tour boats which shuttle campers and beach goers. It is easily accessible by boat if you watch your charts. The park allows dinghy parking and charges $2.00 per person for access... More 

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