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Cayo Costa State Park

Address: P.O. Box 1150, Boca Grande, FL 33921
Phone Number: 941-964-0375
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Ranked #6 of 17 Attractions in Boca Grande
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Located just off Cape Coral, a ferry will take you to this island nature reserve known for its...
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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Sugar Grove, Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We booked a 3 hour trip to Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises on Captiva Island. We did this 2 years ago and decided to do it again. We took the 9am to 12 pm cruise. Cayo Costa is a state park on North Captiva Island and is only accessible by boat. The cost is 40 dollars per person and they... More 

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Concord, North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Rented one of the rustic cabins for 5 days. Well run park - lots of volunteers and rangers who work hard to make things nice. Rented bikes and rode all over the island and took long walks to the north and south points. Was warm (70's) in January which was great but was very overcast almost all week. So much... More 

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East Amherst, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

If you are looking for the "Real Florida" like it was before all the attractions got built - this is the place. Great low keyed camping. Sites and cabins are primitive and you do need to take a ferry boat to get there but it is well worth it. We drove 4 hours out of our way to get there... More 

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Front Royal, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My family recently rented a house on the island for a holiday escape. I'm not much of a beach bum, preferring ski resorts to sandy beaches in the winter time but this was fantastic. We basically had the beaches to ourselves. "Busy" days were when we saw maybe 4 other people on the beach. Lots of walking, shelling, bird spotting,... More 

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Vermont
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Looking for an outdoor adventure, my husband and I kayaked to Cato Costa from Bokeelia.(not sure of the distance from up Jug creek to the state park but anywhere from 5-8 depending on your route.) It took us about 3.5 hours of fairly steady paddling. We did make one stop on Patricio Island about 1/2 way. We spent some time... More 

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Park Rapids, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is not a place with snack stands and places to buy things. Take your beach chairs and umbrella along with lunch and drinks. It's a place to enjoy the long stretch of beautiful beach. Today is New Years Day and we are heading there on our boat. It's a rustic state park which to me makes it all the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Beautiful beach. We use a private boat, so we don't have to worry about the ferry, but you do need a boat or ferry reservation to get there. Holiday weeks have been crowded - maybe 150 people there and visible. Off weeks are less so (from prior years experience). They have updated both the gift shop and ranger station. Do... More 

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San Francisco
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We hired a private captain and boat to take us here and drop us for several blissful hours. So romantic and drop dead gorgeous!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I never do these kinds of reviews, but my frustration and disappointment have reached a boiling point. I'm also writing to warn others about this experience. Cayo Costa's website http://www.floridastateparks.org/cayocosta/ is very VERY misleading and confusing. So be careful. My buddies and I showed up this past Friday, only to turn around and drive back home. So here's the deal... More 

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Jupiter
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

My sister and I go on trips together, and a 4 day stay in one of the cabins was part of this year's trip. However, the weather did not co-operate so we cancelled 2 of our days. If you go, you need to book way, way ahead. Took the ferry from Bokeelia. Take everything you need but a mattress. All... More 

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