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Cayo Costa State Park is located just west of Fort Myers and 12 miles west of Cape Coral on Floridas south west coast. You can only access this beach by ferry (unless you have your own boat! ) which keeps it truly unspoiled.
It is one of a chain of barrier islands and in fact it is one of the largest of Floridas barrier islands.
Cayo Costa is completely natural and acts as shelter for Charlotte Harbour and Pine Island Sound.
The island is just a little over 2500 acres and is made beautiful by its tropical vegetation; some of it almost unique to this island. You can imagine just how it was 5 centuries ago and indeed it is very little changed from that time.
If shelling is your thing, you will be happy; go to the south of the island and eyes down! You may also be lucky and spot a dolphin, whale or Floridas sea cow, the manatee. that huge but gentle creature.
There are lovely unspoilt beaches rich with dunes and the centre of the island has oak palm hammocks, palms and pine flat woods.
There are over 5 miles of nature trails here to enjoy and joy of joys, they rent bikes by the day or half day. You will need to see a park ranger to rent a bike and at the same time he will give you some good tips too.
Snorkelling is excellent here of course and the warm waters tempt you for a swim, so don't forget your swimming costume.
Anglers are not left out and you may catch snapper, sheepshead, tarpon or one of the many other varieties in the sea.
There is a theatre to visit for some educational videos; on a hot day this is a welcome respite.
Sea Turtles nest from may to september and their nests are flagged by wood sticks. These turtles are protected and must not be disturbed.
If you fancy canoeing or kayaking the concession holder here is Tropic Star of the Island and they will supply you with all your needs. They also run the ferry and you can call them for more info on the ferry or canoe/kayak rental on 239 283 0015.
There are picnic areas on Cayo Costa with barbecues for those more culinary adventurous than a pack od sandwiches.
The cost is $1 per person so it won't break the bankand while you are there, ask a ranger to tell you about other nearby State Parks; we have found many treasures that way.
Cayo Costa State Park
P. O. Box 1150
Boca Grande, Florida 33921
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