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Secret getaways in Florida

This by far is one of my favorite beaches in all of Flotida.You have to take a boat rude from... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Doug M
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We hired a boat from Sanibel Island and took ourselves here. It was so beautiful and unspoilt, plus... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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.
4 Nautical Miles West of Pine Island, Boca Grande, FL 33922
+1 941-964-0375
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This by far is one of my favorite beaches in all of Flotida.You have to take a boat rude from Matlache to get there,about 25 mins.Very few people live there full time.Its run on Generators,solar or natural gas that have to be brought in by...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Doug M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hired a boat from Sanibel Island and took ourselves here. It was so beautiful and unspoilt, plus unlike Sanibel the water was crystal clear and ideal for snorkelling. Lots of shells and bird life, really relaxing and memorable.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank CaptainswifeCannes
Reviewed August 16, 2018

We recently spent two nights in Cabin 12. We hiked many miles of very well-marked trails, spent time on a secluded beach, and saw many kinds of wildlife. ALL park staff and volunteers were very pleasant and helpful. Contrary to hearing otherwise cell phone reception...More

Date of experience: August 2018
7  Thank Joann F
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Yes, Cayo Costa was beautiful. There’s no denying that. We camped here Monday night in a cabin. Cabin 12 was the best imo. It had a screened in porch, was by the bathroom, and right next to the trail to get to the beach. It...More

Date of experience: July 2018
8  Thank Becca C
Reviewed July 3, 2018

If you want to see what old Florida used to be like this is a must see. What a nice way to unplug from the world, explore and relax in the beauty of true Florida. We have our boat in Placida and make a run...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank cherylbH7652DL
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

We traveled here for the full day trip 10-4. The boat ride alone ( which is awesome) takes up two hours round trip. The full day was great but went by fast. You need to bring lots of water, bug spray, lunch, an umbrella and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank sheridan1363
Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

We go here 6 times a year by boat from Cape Coral. Good shelling on west side. Shuttles go here from Pine Island... Always friendly people on beach.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ed L
Reviewed May 22, 2018

If you are a true nature lover who wants to experience the way Florida beaches looked before the condos and motels, take the ferry to this wonderful state park. From there you can sit by the beach, hike the trails or rent a kayak and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
8  Thank anniepala
Reviewed May 7, 2018

One of the most untouched beaches that you can imagine.Take a boat over to the island,relax and enjoy the quiet!!!

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank Doug M
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

We had a great weekend unplugging and enjoying the SW Florida area. We went with another family and rented 2 cabins, 8 and 11. There were not far apart and there were 2 bathrooms very close by. As other reviewers have stated, the cabins are...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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November 21, 2018|
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Response from anniepala | Reviewed this property |
I was at Cayo Costa in April, 2018 and never saw a rat or even a mouse. Cabin was super clean and comfortable for 4. It is a beautiful place and well worth a visit.
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October 2, 2018|
Response from scott s | Reviewed this property |
Mote Marine labratory has a website which monitors conditions reported at Florida beaches. It is usually updated daily and has had good information when I have used it. Check it out.
August 24, 2018|
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Response from cherylbH7652DL | Reviewed this property |
You will have quite a ways to go from Boca grande/Gasparilla island to Cayo Costa in a kayak. I would suggest pine island instead. But if you do decide to launch from Boca Grande area there is a boat ramp in Placita that... More
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jacob b
Knoxville, Tennessee
potential sanibel/cayo costa trip (2 Replies)
My wife is soon to finish veterinary school in early May and I am tryiing to plan a ~10 day special trip. We will be driving from Tennessee and I was thinking of breaking up the drive at Manatee Springs. From there heading to Sanibel area and staying either vrbo or motel for a couple of nights. Then I would like to head to Cayo Costa State park for 3 nights. Will the bugs be awful in mid-May? After Cayo Costa am thinking a couple more nights in the sanibel area. Cabbage Key? Am also wanting...More
March 12, 2013|
Response fromamanx|
they'd be too awful for me? Try the Sanibel Forum. The longer you stay in one place in Sanibel, the cheaper it will be as there are mostly Condos. You could take a day trip to Cayo instead?
boating to cayo costa (9 Replies)
We are going to be in the Ft Myers Beach area the first week in February with a 20 ft pontoon boat with a 90 HP engine. We're thinking of boating to Sanibel Captiva area. I've been reading a lot about Cayo Costa State Park and would like to boat up there. Can anyone give me some information on where that is in relation to Sanibel. About how long of a trip via boat it would be. And the best way to get there. Are there boat docks or do you just anchor off shore? I'd appreciate any...More
January 17, 2008|
Response fromRalph|
It's up above Cabbage Key, which is above North Captiva. It makes a good day-trip up the InterCoastal Waterway from down around South Ft. Myers or the Causeway. It's over behind Pine island if you are at Ft. Myers. Had a friend doing the 'driving' so I can't offer much more. I keep my little runabout back in Dinkin's Bay mostly. Look for a place to launch on Captiva. That would be ideal. Might be able to put in at Jensen's, on Captiva?? You might be able to put in at The Castaways which is at...More
jacob b
Knoxville, Tennessee
potential sanibel/cayo costa trip (4 Replies)
My wife is soon to finish veterinary school and I am trying to plan a special trip. We are living in Tennessee and I was thinking about 10-12 days. Was thinking about breaking up the drive at Manatee Springs and then heading to the Sanibel area for a couple of days be it vrbo or hotel type lodging. Then thinking of 3 nights at Cayo Costa State Park. Will the bugs be awful? After that we are thinking of a couple more nights in the area but not sure where. Cabbage Key? Back to Sanibel area? Am...More
March 12, 2013|
Response frombeachbratz|
So you are Camping? CCSP is only accessible by boat, must rent cabin or have a backpack tent. Also, when does your Wife finish school? It's still Spring Break here and very crowded with traffic.