I always thought I had found my favorite beach in Florida - until the day we took a boat to Cayo Costa. The fine, white 14 km long sandy beach framed 10 km2 Pine forests, oak palms and mangroves. He is a special Idyllic and stands out among the dreams of Florida.
Maybe it also matters that the island is accessible only by boat and therefore little frequented. The mussel diversity and splendor is just as impressive as that of the southern island of Sanibel Iceland, which naturally counts a bit more visitors. Cayo Costa is located south of Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island, 19 km west of Cape Coral and north of North Captiva Island. The island can only be reached by charter boat, private boat, ferry or helicopter. Cayo Costa Island is one of a series of barrier islands just off Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound.
When we were on Cayo Costa, countless, hand-sized "Giant Atlantic Cockle Dinocardium robustum" of the Cardiidae family were being washed ashore. There went the many others Types of shells directly under.
There are four species of sea turtles living on the island, whose nests check and document volunteers every morning from March to October during the breeding season along the beach. There are raccoons that pose a problem during the breeding season because they are keen on the eggs of the turtles. In the water one sees again and again dolphins, if one has luck also Manatees. And in the air you can enjoy, for example, pelicans, snowy eagles and the beautiful bald eagles.
At the northern end of the island is the Cayo Costa State Park, to which some ferries z. From Bokeelia to Pine Island and Captiva. You dock on the backwater side and a small trail leads through the beautiful flora to the sea. There are several picnic areas and sanitary facilities in the park. You can also fish, snorkel and camp. And there are also simple accommodation options.