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Cayo Costa State Park

P.O. Box 1150, Boca Grande, FL 33921
941-964-0375
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Ranked #5 of 13 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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Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We hired a small boat from Beach Bums on Captiva Island and headed out for the day. It is very easy to navigate from Captiva to Cayo Costa as it's marked quite clearly. We saw dolphins, sea turtles, osprey and pelicans on route - quite amazing. You pull up the to dock and then the ranger runs a shuttle over... More

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Went with friends to spend the day but didn't stay long so I'll stick to the parts I can speak to factually as a person born and raised along the Florida's coastlines. The shelling was honestly poor compared to Lovers Key, Boca Grande (across the pass from Cayo Costa) and Venice Beach and a few other places. Daily afternoon rains... More

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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132 reviews 132 reviews
53 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
29 helpful votes 29 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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Chesterfeild
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
63 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
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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Pittsburgh
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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