Cayo Costa State Park, Boca Grande

4.5
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Cayo Costa State Park is a Florida State Park on Cayo Costa (formerly known as La Costa Island (Padilla Rancho)), which is directly south of Boca Grande (Gasparilla Island), 12 miles (19 km) west of Cape Coral and just north of North Captiva Island. The park is accessible only by charter boat (with or without captain), private boat, ferry or helicopter.
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  • We pulled up to the island. Ample spacing with beautiful views! A very nice get away from the hustle and bustle of life.  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful! We spent three days in a row on the beaches here. Pulled up in the boat and anchored in three diff spots each day. The water was gorgeous, Crystal clear and perfect. We had.....  more »
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  • It was beautiful weather so we were with quite the crowd (in Cayo Costa off-season terms). Big dropoff in the water, but really neat to see manatee and dolphin so close to shore. Very nice shower and bathroom facilities.
  • This review is specifically relating to camping in the cabins. The ranger staff is really nice, and the island is beautiful. The beach is amazing with tons of room, few people. Things I wish I had known in advance: (1) the bugs are BAD! Not on the beach, but near the cabins and bathrooms they’re aggressive. All. Day. Bring bug spray with lots of deet and you’ll be okay. (Bring one more can than you think you’ll need because every time you shower or go in the Gulf, you’ll have to reapply. Skin and clothes) (2) the screened in porch of our cabin had lots of large holes in it. We plugged them with the massive amount of plastic shopping bags we had, but duct tape would have been more ideal (3) the grill is hard to get going. Bring lighter fluid/butane. other than those minor annoyances, that can easily be mitigated, it was a wonderful experience. If you’re looking for peace and quiet and the primal camping feel, this is it!!!

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