Cayo Costa, Florida – Island Talk Tuesday

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About Cayo Costa


Ever hear of Cayo Costa? It might sound Mexican to you but it actually is a Floridan island! Cayo Costa is a State Park in Florida and is a hidden gem. Behind all that talk of the Keys and Miami, don’t miss out on this piece of paradise.

How Do I Get There?

Cayo Costa is located in the Gulf of Mexico, off the western part of Florida. It is accessible by private boat, helicopter, or ferry. Not far from Fort Myers, you can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport or Charlotte County Airport.

The ferry runs at 9am everyday towards the island for $32 round-trip. Return times are 1pm or 3:30pm depending on day and weather. Reservations are required in advance, book here for your tickets.

What is There to Do?

Sea Shells, Cayo Costa State Park, Florida

Cayo Costa is a destination made of 7 miles of beach and sand and 9 acres of pine forest! Swimming, collecting shells, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, and camping are the main activities to indulge in. During sea turtle nesting season – March through October, you can volunteer to help find new nests and document them. Nature trails are everywhere for slow walks or pumping hikes.

You will have a good chance of spotting dolphins and manatees. The fauna is reported to be some of the only species of fauna you find underwater at Cayo Costa. Bring some tunes and relax!

Climate and When to Come Visit

Cayo Costa is warmest throughout June- September. Due to its’ location in the Gulf, check the weather for any hurricanes headed towards the Gulf area. Otherwise, the weather is pleasant in the 70’s-80’s and sunny.