I was delighted with Cayo Costa and wish I could have camped there. It is pristine - and so quiet. We took the ferry over with 35 other people and it was like having our own private beach. My husband and I walked for two miles on the shore without encountering any people. We found some excellent shell specimens and observed a lot of wildlife. The trees on the beach provided an opportunity for shade around the north end of the island. It is nice to know there's a beach with no high rises or developments that's just simple and pure. The drawback is that it is not inexpensive and you only get to be there for about four hours. Camping may be the only way to go to get a true sense of what the island has to offer. Four hours was just a drop in the bucket.
(There is no power at the campground either so no light pollution on the island. But there are flush toilets and running cold water.)
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