Cayo Costa State Park
A short boat ride away is the pristine island of Cayo Costa State Park, described by the state park’s system as an unspoiled Gulf Coast island that “evokes images of wind-shaped trees, dunes, beaches and freedom to explore.”
The island park known as one of the best shelling beaches in the world has 9 miles of beaches for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling and acres of pine forests for bicycling, camping, wildlife viewing, picnicking and touring.
Ferries from Pine Island or Captiva can take you to this former fishing ground of the Calusa Indians which also offers campsites and cabins are available for overnight stays.
Captiva Cruises is the Official State Park Concessionaire for Cayo Costa State Park, Gasparilla State Park, Don Pedro Island State Park, Stump Pass Beach State Park, Jug Creek Cottages and oversees all ferry services, special events and concessions. For more information call 239-472-5100 or 833-227-3886 or visit www.cayocostaferry.com.
Tropic Star Cruises also offers full and half-day daytrips to the Cayo Costa by reservation as well as similar excursions to Cabbage Key and Boca Grande. For more information call 239-283-0015 or visit http://tropicstaradventures.com/Cruises for more information or to make an on-line reservation.
For those looking for a personalized tour opportunity, Sunset Cruises, at fortmyersboattour.com , offers a variety of options, including Sunsets, Dolphin tours, lunch and dinner restaurant destination cruises as well as Island Tours to Sanibel, Captiva, Cabbage Key, Ussepa Island, Lovers Key State Park, Cape Coral and Fort Myers Beach. Visit fortmyersboattour.com fortmyersboattour.com or call 414-305-5759 OR 239-220-1711.