Departs at 9:00 a.m.
(Arrive at 8:30 for check-in)
Returns approx. 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Begin your trip at 9:00 a.m. with a two hour narrated cruise and then you can hit the beach! Cayo Costa (Spanish for ‘small coastal island’) is an island gem that takes you back to the real Florida of 100 years ago. Cayo Costa State Park lies on an eight mile long barrier island with a pristine, white-sand Gulf beach allowing for swimming or snorkeling in the surf, picnicking in the shade or enjoying the sun. The nature trails that crisscross the island provide opportunities for hiking. The park service maintains a picnic area with shelter houses, restrooms and outdoor showers adjacent to the beach but there is little other development on the island and there are no stores, hotels or condominiums anywhere in sight. A complimentary Park Service shuttle picks you and your beach gear up at the boat landing and deposits you on the beach.
Cayo Costa State Park consists of beautiful beaches, pine forests, oak-palm hammocks and mangrove swamps. This barrier island park is a Gulf Coast paradise accessible only by private boat or tour boat. 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.
If you enjoy sun, sand, shells, and the sea, this is the trip for you!
Pack your picnic cooler, bring the camera and sun block and any other beach or outdoor supplies that you’ll want, and enjoy approximately 2.5 hours on the island on your own. Return to the real world with us on a dolphin-filled cruise home, arriving back at our home port between 4:30 – 5:00 pm.
Please be sure to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time. There is no restaurant on the island, so pack your lunch and drinks for the day.
Popular items brought by passengers for this cruise: hat, camera, sunscreen, towels, cooler with food and drinks, beach chairs, beach umbrella, shelling supplies, and water shoes. If you have questions about additional items, call us at 941-639-0969.
For Day-Trippers: There is a Florida State Park Admission fee of $2.00 per person for everyone in your party that’s over age 5. We collect the fee when you purchase your tickets from us.
For Campers and others staying overnight:
We are happy to transport you and your camping supplies out and back on travel days that match our scheduled runs to the island. Round-trip transportation costs $76 for adults and $38 for children 3-11. Please call our ticket office at 941-639-0969 for multi-day transportation reservations as these arrangements cannot be made online. We cannot transport bikes, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards (SUPS), etc. Gear must be limited and must be able to come on/off the boat in no more than 2 trips per camper. Excess gear will be charged at $25 per camper and is at the discretion of the ticket office. Gear should be condensed into as few bags/totes/coolers as possible with no loose items. Campers should arrive at 8:15 am on the morning of departure.
Note: Online reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. For reservations within 24 hours of trip, please call 941-639-0969 for availability.
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