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Activities to Do

When you visit Cayo Costa State Park, there is truly no limit to all the fun things you can experience. We briefly mentioned a few activities, like swimming, fishing, and snorkeling. To touch on Sanibel Island fishing, it’s important to note that you will need a fishing license to fish here at Cayo Costa State Park. Once you get your license, though, you can cast your line and try to reel in snook, trout, snapper, tarpon, flounder, redfish, and others. 

When you visit the beach, there’s plenty to do. You can first stroll along the shoreline to go shelling and search for oysters, scallops, and clams, as well as traditional seashells. Try to go at low tide for the best results. You can also go snorkeling here as long as you provide your equipment! 

If you want to enjoy an activity while staying on the dry land, you can always explore the park by biking. You can bring your bike or rent one from the gift shop for either a half-day or a full day. Remember that cyclists ages 16 and under are legally required to wear a helmet. 

You might also enjoy hitting the trails on foot! The hiking opportunities here are great for all ages and skill levels, and as you navigate the paths, you’ll also get to see some genuinely breathtaking bird species. Not only will you see native species, but you might also see rare or endangered varieties hanging out in the tallest treetops. 

How to Get There

One of the most unique things about Cayo Costa State Park is its accessibility. We already mentioned that this is one of the most untouched destinations in the Sunshine State, but why is that? Well, Cayo Costa State Park is only accessible by boat or kayak! The easiest way to get to the park for the average visitor will be to take the Cayo Costa State Park ferry.

Thanks to Captiva Cruises, guests can get a ferry over to Cayo Costa State Park from pickup points on Pine Island, Punta Gorda, and Captiva Island. It’s highly recommended that you make reservations to board the ferry in advance since cruises can sell out quickly. You can embark on a half-day or full-day Beach and Shelling Cruise with service to Cayo Costa State Park for $45 or $55 per adult, respectively. 

Hours and Pricing

Ready to visit Cayo Costa State Park for yourself? There are still a few more things you need to know before planning your Sanibel Island vacation. A piece of good news for visitors is that Cayo Costa State Park is open every single day of the year from 8 a.m. to sundown, meaning that you can explore the park no matter what season you’re visiting the area. If you need to speak with a ranger, note that the ranger station is only open until 4 p.m. 

To get into the park, you will need to pay an admission fee of $2 per person. This park uses an honor box to keep track of costs, and you must bring exact change. If you’re coming here for tent camping, the fee is $22 per night. Alternatively, staying in a “primitive cabin” on the property costs $40 per night, and boat camping costs $20 per night per vessel.  

Plan Your Next Stay

So, are the shores of Cayo Costa State Park calling your name yet? Want to come to explore the beautiful Sanibel and Captiva Islands? Book your Sanibel Island condo with Sandalfoot Condos today to begin your journey!