Cayo Costa also known as La Costa Island, a barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, has some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida and is considered one of the best places for shelling in the world. Nine miles of beautiful beaches and acres of pine forests, oak-palm hammocks and mangrove swamps make this barrier island a Gulf Coast paradise. Brimming with wild life it’s a great place to visit for bird watching, snorkeling, hiking or just talking a walk along it’s sugar white sand beaches.
This lush little slip of land is only accessible by boat and there are ferries and cruises that will take your there from either Captiva Island or Pine Island that offer half-day or full day trips to Cayo Costa. The Cayo Costa State Park occupies a large percentage of the island and the isolated beaches lined with verdant vegetation have escaped development making this the perfect place to visit if you want to get away from it all and just enjoy nature.
As part of the amazing trip we too recently to South Seas Island Resort (you can read more about it HERE) in Captiva Island we took a half day cruise with Captiva Cruises and spent the morning in Cayo Costa. We boarded the boat at McCarthy’s Marina in Captiva Island and traveled north passing North Captiva and Redfish Pass before reaching Cayo Costa. While on the boat we learned much about the history of Captiva Island and North Captiva which used to be one island but was separated after hurricanes during the 20th century. The captain and our tour guide, both Florida natives, where very knowledgeable about the area and in the 30 minute boat ride we heard so many interesting facts about the islands from the way of life of it’s early settlers the Calusa Indians to the more recent notable residents that included the world renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg.
The turquoise blue water was warm and there where almost no waves making the water ideal for a swim. Impenetrable lush vegetation lined the beach and a collection of bare tree trunks standing in the white sand gave the island an exotic and wild feel. It really felt like you where miles and miles away from civilization and it was wonderful to get away from it all and be completely surrounded by natural beauty.
If you are looking for quiet and relaxing tropical retreat Cayo Costa is the place to go. Make sure you come prepared with everything you will need like sunblock, bug spray, drinks and snacks when you come as there are no facilities on this state park island.
You can watch my short video about Cayo Costa below:
Captiva Cruises operates a fleet of vessels & an exciting program of tours and cruises from world-famous, South Seas Island Resort and McCarthy’s Marina on beautiful Captiva Island. A recognized leader in the Florida ecotourism industry, Captiva Cruises offers cruises to Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Boca Grande as well as dolphin watch & wildlife adventure cruises, sunset cruises, sailing cruises and private charters. You can find more about Captiva Cruises on their website and like their Facebook page and follow them on twitter @captivacruises. If you are planning a trip you can get discount coupons HERE.
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