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Cayo Costa State Park

P.O. Box 1150, Boca Grande, FL 33921
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Boca Grande
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Traveler Description: Cayo Costa is mostly a State Park island accessible only by charter boat, private boat or ferry.  The island's beaches are among the finest in the... more »
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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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130 reviews 130 reviews
51 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We made it to the Island, Cayo Costa, running from black clouds and a upcoming storm. The Island was still recovering from the last hurricane that swept that way. Sept 2013 is not the correct date of visit, it was a few years back after a major storm, which, knocked down a lot of the trees and foliage. The shelling... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Not sure if it was because it was a rainy day or because it was off season but this place definitely didn't live up to it's reputation. We didn't stay long...

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Bowling Green, OH
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Hands down, the best shelling in the USA, maybe the world. Hire a boat captain, or rent one yourself. We've done both. Bring a cooler with lots of water and pop, some sandwiches, etc. because there is nothing there but beauty. Prepare to snorkel or do the Sanibel stoop all day and find some of the biggest shells of your... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Bring your boat and hang out on the front side, meaning the Gulf side. If you are coming from the South (say North Captiva) you can get directly there without a sand bar in the way of your trip. Simply anchor off the beach, you can stay in the water, shell, fish, etc. A relaxing day for all. Cayo Costa... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I highly recommend taking a ferry to this island. It is worth the visit. We are not shellers although most people go to shell, but we just enjoyed the total beauty of the sand, water, and landscape. This island was beautiful. We went on a two how cruise to the island. I wish we could have stayed the day. The... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We took the 1/2 day trip with Captiva Island Cruises to Cayo Costa. It's about. A 30 min boat ride over. The island is beautiful, and worth exploring. We wish we had known that we would be dropped off on the sound side and have to walk a pretty far distance to the gulf side. It was very hot, and... More

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We rented a pontoon boat from Jensen's marina on Captiva Island and headed to Cayo Costa Park early one morning. We were glad we got there early, as docking spaces can fill up fast. Cost to get in is $2/pp and there is no additional fee to tie up at the dock. There is a shuttle that will cart you... More

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This place was incredible! Took a cruise out and went shelling for a few hours. Found some of the best shells of my life! Grabbed a mask and went out to the sandbar in very clear water. Beautiful views and great for pictures!

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Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We stopped at Cayo Costa in our rented boat to explore a bit and found a most delightful beach. We were given a golf cart ride from the dock on the intercostal side to the beautiful beach on the gulf side of the island by a friendly park employee. We had the beach mostly to ourselves and it is so... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The day we went there was maybe 20 people on the whole island! It was beautiful waters and lots of shells. They have cabins you can rent while staying there. The captain of our cruise recommended staying there in September and October because of the heat. There is no electricity in the cabins. I would like to go back and... More

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