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Wonderful beach, worth the trouble getting here

Off the beaten path beach location. You can catch the Captiva Cruises boat out of McCarthys Marina... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cleveland, Ohio
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Beautiful and peaceful

We come here almost annually. It changes each year as the tides rearrange the landscape, but the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
York, Pennsylvania
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Accessible only by boat, a ferry can 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 2 days ago

Paddled to Cayo Costa for 3 nights of camping. It is a very beautiful place to visit, and camp. But I do have a complaint about it. You have to buy your wood at the camp store, it is $10.00 for 4 smallish pieces of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bob A
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is just beautiful. If you have young children, bring life vests as the beach drops. Don't swim after 5-there are sharks, though, there haven't been any reported attacks. There is lots of wildlife-dolphins, alligators, manatees. Shelling is best if you go out to the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JenCat20
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Off the beaten path beach location. You can catch the Captiva Cruises boat out of McCarthys Marina, however we rented a small skiff out of Cabbage Key and took it over there ourselves. This enabled us to get to a section of beach that is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank ttrocchio
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We come here almost annually. It changes each year as the tides rearrange the landscape, but the shelling is always plentiful and the beach is rarely crowded. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. There are restrooms on each end of the main pathway through the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RoadTakenEM
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Cayo Costa State Park in search of seashells. We had to take a boat to the park but once there we found so many shells!! We spent a couple of hours at the park collecting and then took the boat back to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 106taral
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We rented a boat and made our way to the state park. A very small store sells souvenirs and ice cream. The trolly will take you to the beach via a 2 minute ride every hour. A great place to hang out for the day!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank NoelMJohnson
Reviewed February 13, 2019 via mobile

Cayo Costa is a beautiful unspoiled Florida Key with beautiful beaches and remarkable shelling. It is mostly a nature preserve so don’t expect any five star accommodations, just go for the beauty. Word to the wise, pick your travel dates carefully as it can be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank amyainvt
Reviewed January 20, 2019

We stopped here briefly to use the facilities and to walk around. There were no more places to dock but a very helpful Park ranger allowed our friends to pull their boat straight in so we could get off for a short visit. The dock...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CaptTrouble
Reviewed January 5, 2019

We had an amazing time here. We took the ferry over (about 1/2 hour) then we checked in with the ranger. The campground is only a mile a way so we grabbed our gear and walked instead of waiting for the Tram. We setup camp...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Sid_and_Roxy
Reviewed December 20, 2018

Spent 3 nights on Cayo Costa in cabins 1 and 2. Construction going on next to us for new bathrooms being built was disruptive daytime, but we were gone most of the day so it didn't really matter. 5 of the 12 cabins have screened...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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February 17, 2019|
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Response from Doug M | Reviewed this property |
Yes,at the dock IPO n Matlache.You will need to call ahead for reservations and the schedule,but 3-4 hr trips are available
February 4, 2019|
Response from CaptainswifeCannes | Reviewed this property |
It wasn't cheap but we had the boat for the whole day and were able to visit several islands
Alicia W
January 8, 2019|
Response from aenutt9 |
I am curious about this as well. We are planning a trip this December and the one site I have looked at was $50 for adults and $40 for kids. This was the price for us plus any camping gear up to 50lbs. per person.