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Cayo Costa State Park

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Address: 4 Nautical Miles West of Pine Island, Boca Grande, FL 33922
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Located just off Cape Coral, a ferry will take you to this island nature...

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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Pristine beach

You can only get to this park by boat. We took a ferry ride to and from for a 5 hour stay. The beach is full of fabulous shells if you are willing to walk past the tram drop off... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
SandraE27526
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can only get to this park by boat. We took a ferry ride to and from for a 5 hour stay. The beach is full of fabulous shells if you are willing to walk past the tram drop off point. I fished as well as shelled. Weather was perfect! If you are outdoorsy at all, go to this island... More 

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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59 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a Tropic Star Cruise to this beautiful park with friends. After arriving a tram takes you a mile to the other side of the island where miles of beautiful white sand await. (There are bathrooms.) We spent a long time walking and looking at shells and sea life, then relaxed and read on the beach. Such an excellent... More 

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Warrenton, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One has to catch a ferry to get to this island, but the trip there is another good adventure. The beach is very nice and going south on the beach there is a place where the shells are layers deep, varied, and in beautiful color and shape.

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Olpe, Kansas
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the highlight of our pontoon boat rental trip.... this park provided easy access and solid docking for all sizes of boats. They provide a shuttle service from the east-side docks to the beaches on the west-side Gulf of Mexico waters. Our shuttle driver, Carol, was fantastic and very helpful!! Abundant sea shells, conchs, sand dollars and we even... More 

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Coral Springs, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful place, peaceful and relaxing, cabins are adequate but the lower bunk had no headroom. I expect bugs, but not rats and by the sound of them quiet a few. It's rather unnerving to hear them outside your cabin window.

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Michigan
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20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a boat over to the state park where we were dropped off at the dock. From there we drove a tram type vehicle to the beach on the other side of the park. We had packed a cooler and picnic lunch and beach chairs. The views were absolutely gorgeous. We walked for hours along the shoreline looking for... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cayó Costa is truly a special place. I visited this weekend for a family camping trip. You take a ferry from the mainland to a real escape. (Note the ferry is pricy-$50 round trip and only left at 2pm). There are no cars on the island but volunteer rangers operate a tram every hour to help get gear out to... More 

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1 Thank mischatz
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off, be sure to include transit time to and from the island. The ferry took just under an hour to make the trip each way and that cuts into your park time. On the island you can beach, she'll, bike, kayak or hike. It isn't crowded and you enjoy the natural island feel. A half day isn't long enough!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We anchored our boat in Pelican Bay and used the Dinghy to go into the docks to get to the park. They have a great dock setup; there are ferries that bring people over to the island for the day or there are campsites and cabins for overnight stays. There are trails and a great beach. They even have a... More 

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1 Thank Laura E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Boyfriend and I booked a campsite for NYE weekend last minute - I mean DAY BEFORE last minute, and being from Atlanta, neither of us had ever even heard of this place. We took Tropic Star ferry on the way in and saw dolphins swimming alongside the boat. The weather was overcast and chilly coming in, which made for perfect... More 

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So glad you enjoyed your stay & we look forward to seeing you again!! More 

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