Let's spend a weekend at Cayo Costa- an island just off Pine Island.
With nine miles of beautiful beaches and acres of pine forests, oak-palm hammocks and mangrove swamps, this barrier island park is a Gulf Coast paradise. Visitors may see manatees and pods of dolphins in the waters around the 2,426 acre park, as well as a spectacular assortment of birds. On the island, visitors can swim or snorkel in the surf, enjoy the sun and picnic in the shade. Keep your eyes peeled as you stroll along the beach, especially during the winter months. The nature trails that crisscross the island provide opportunities for hiking and off-road bicycling. Saltwater anglers can fish from their boats or throw a line out into the surf. An amphitheater provides educational programs about the island's ecology and history.
For overnight stays, the park offers primitive cabins and tent camping. A tent site is $22 per night and you may have 2 tents per site. I received the Florida Resident discount and received the second night free. Cabins are sold out. Visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/cayocosta/ for more information or to book your site. Or call (800) 326-3521. Please do so before RSVPing. I have booked site 007 if you would like to book in that general area.
Everyone will be responsible for bringing their own food although we will have a common gathering area to eat together and enjoy the campfire, games, etc. We can share grills, etc. so we don't have to bring too much stuff on the boats. More to come as we get closer!
Cayo Costa is accessible only by private boat or ferry. The ferry, Tropic Star of Pine Island, departs from Jug Creek Marina in Bokeelia and requires reservations. See below or visit http://www.tropicstarcruises.com/cayo.cfm for more information, schedule and fees.
CAYO COSTA STATE PARK FERRY
TROPIC STAR OF PINE ISLAND, INC. is the Official Concessionaire for Cayo Costa State Park. We provide daily transportation, year round to Cayo Costa State Park. Special water taxi service can be arranged on a charter basis from other nearby location pick-ups (by reservation and at the discretion of Tropic Star management).
DAILY CAMPER SERVICE TO CAYO COSTA STATE PARK
Morning and afternoon departures available based on reservations. Call for times, locations and availability.
Reservations are required for all Tropic Star Services
Schedules may be changed without advance notice, Tropic Star is not responsible for delays/changes caused by weather conditions. Tides and wind patterns effect itineraries.
Additional scheduled service may be available during high season and Holiday travel dates.
Special surcharge fees will apply to unscheduled service. Note that Cayo Costa State Park requests arrival at the Park before 5:00PM.
If the above scheduled service does not meet your travel needs, additional water taxi service may be added with advance arrangements.
For overnight camping reservations at the Park, be sure to contact Reserve America at[masked]-3521.
Based on regularly scheduled service shown above.
Roundtrip including taxes
$35.00 CHILD (12 yrs & Under)
Normal camper gear per passenger is allowed in the above fares. (*50lbs weight limit per person.)
Bicycles and kayaks and other oversized gear will have additional charges.
Kayaks - $15.00 transport fee
Bicycles - $10.00 transport fee
Dogs - $20.00 transport fee
Transport of gear for non passengers is charged extra.
Marina parking charges are not included.
All rates and schedules are subject to change.
Campers MUST arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to guarentee passage.
As we get closer we can organize a car pool to the ferry. EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THEIR OWN CAMP SITE AND FERRY RESERVATIONS!!!
Our last camping trip was a blast and I am looking forward to this one!