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“Private” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cayo Costa State Park

Cayo Costa State Park
P.O. Box 1150, Boca Grande, FL 33921
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Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Boca Grande
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

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.)

Visited February 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

wonderful beach, good campground, great cabins-deserted island feel and great place to escape.I would go again in a heartbeat and wish I had had more than the 3 nights I spent there.

my only criticism would be the organization-If you've never been expect to feel very lost until you've set up camp and had some time to look around. the ferry experience is every man for himself as is the tram. In fact most things are every man for himself, information pretty much has to be pulled out of most of the volunteers. If you thrive on organization, this is probably not the place for you.

Noseeums were not too bad for us, nothing worse than the mosquitoes we're used to in Michigan. Recommend Deet bug spray and to start your campfire before dawn. Drinking water was good-did not taste bad. Camp store is scarce-coke, diet coke, klondike bars, juice boxes, small bags of chips, few canned goods, candy bars, matches, charcoal. ice, firewood, souvenirs.

Visited February 2014
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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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“wonderful day trip from Captiva”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

My husband and I took a ferry to Cayo Costa state park for the day and it was great, like being on a deserted island. There were tons of shells and I found many conchs and a huge dried starfish! Bring lunch and drinks with you, there is no restaurant on the island.

Visited December 2013
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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“A must go to!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We took a cruise boat over to this island and it was by far, the BEST place to visit while in Captiva/Sanibel area. We went with the Captiva Cruise company and spent a half hour traveling to get there and then 2 hours on the island. We found so many shells that we could barely carry them back to the boat! Wish we had planned to spend the whole day there! The next time we go, we will definitely visit this place; however, we will plan to bring a lunch and spend the whole day! Loved it!

Visited January 2014
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Pinecrest, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

My wife and I visited Cayo Costa via kayak about 10 yrs ago at Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the staff at the registration was somewhat rude, but that is a minor problem. I want to review the negative reviewers, particularly the group of kids that have written the most negative reviews, and any others that might come unprepared for Florida beach camping. Here are some suggestions: (1) come only during the "winter" months--late Nov through Mar. It is hot in Florida, the sun is unrelenting. Temps in Jan-Feb are great. (2) Be prepared for noseeums, ESPECIALLY when the wind dies. When the wind dies, you will be at the mercy of the noseeums. Plan to wear long-sleeve shirts, long-legged pants, even if it is hot. Bring sneakers w socks and tuck your pants into the socks. Bring a "noseeum" head net--mosquito net will not keep noseeums off. If you do not have a head net, then a hat w/o holes is a necessity. Any holes in your hat, allow noseeums to get into your hair and bite. Bring Off or some 20% plus Deet repellent. It does not repel noseeums, but it does kill them--it is the oil base. If noseeums are getting into your hair, spray your hair. If you have wind, noseeums are not a problem. (3) try to set up your noseeum-mesh tent in an airy (windy) campsite. (4) Do not camp near the bathrooms--too much noise, traffic, & smell. (5) Bring a tarp/sunshade with poles--to give you some relief from the sun--it is a necessity. Plan to swim to cool off. (6) Most of this is logical, especially if you have camped in south Florida. Be prepared. This is a camping trip. (7) Minimize gear to make packing easier and life better. (8) Don't get mad at the Park staff if they seem unsympathetic to your noseeum/roach problems--the staff live with these year around. (9) Don't get "Whiner of the Trip" award. This is a camping trip. Be prepared. Enjoy the outdoors. (10) If you survive CC, you might consider camping at Ft Desoto, another beautiful campground--really the best in FL.

We are planning a camping trip to CC this winter, 2014.

Visited November 2013
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