Details for Cayo Costa State Park

Cayo Costa State Park

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Average rating 4.6 stars from 24 reviews

Address PO Box 1150
Boca Grande, FL 33921

Phoneadmin: 941-964-0375, Ranger: 239-633-1654

After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: State Park with dinghy dock, floating dock, and several fixed docks.


2,420 acres on unspoiled barrier island. 12 rustic cabins, 30 tent sites available

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Put cash in the drop box, $2 per person, honor system.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - YES

Additional info: Free day dock tie-up. Modest charge overnight. No power or water.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: 42
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
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Transient price: Unknown

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AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

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Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Ample space. Dinghies are welcome. Great place to gather at 1700hrs with all your cruising friends.

Liveaboard info


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Gas priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeUnknown

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Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Ferry, Tropic Star, provides service to Cayo Costa State Park departing from Pineland on Pine Island. Phone 239-283-0015.

Pump out


Yes - $3 per bag but quanity is limited.


No - No boat trash allowed.


Yes - Outdoor shower near the beach access, but not at the dock.





Yes - Very small park store with the basics of what you might have left behind (bug spray, sunscreen, candy, ice, etc).







Hotels or motels

No - Primitive camping sites and cabins. During the winter season these are booked months in advance.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - WiFi with an extender and decent ATT and Verizon.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Ferry brings folks from Pine Island and Boca Grande.

Other services

Kayak rentals available. The park ranger and volunteers run a tram across the island to the Gulf beaches and cabin sites.


Great beach and nature trails.

Reviews for Cayo Costa State Park
very nice, great spot to veg, 2017-07-09
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

long floating dock, several fixed pillling docks, with finger about 20 ft long.
good with our 4 foot draft.
shuttle to beach every hour on the hour. small store with limited supplies and ice. No water , trash or electri, $20 a night,$10 for seniors.
Terrific beaches

for what it is I give it 5 stars

delightfully easy, 2017-07-07
Captain: , Charleston, SC (91)

Arrived at 1430 on a Friday, only one boat moored at the ranger station. Moored my 42' Uniflite DCMY, drawing 3' 9" on the inside of face dock, on a falling tide. Gladly paid my $20 so the grandkids had more room to range. It was hot, 90+ with almost no wind. Others have more than adequately described how to enter, which I followed to the letter and had no problems. Spent a delightful afternoon and watched a near full moon coming up over a lazy bay. The anchorage had more boats as the afternoon progressed. A very enjoyable stay and a natural location that even had the grandkids putting away their electronics!

Great place to explore nature, 2017-06-23
Captain: , Ocean Springs, MS (132)

This is my kind of place%u2026 just wish we could have spent more time here exploring the park. Plenty of wildlife ... four foot gator followed us in hoping for a hand out I guess, and beautiful natural scenery. The park has a picnic area, pavilions and restrooms. They also offer the use of kayaks for a small fee. Hope to return when we have more time to take it all in.

Lovely spot, NO TRASH DISPOSAL!, 2017-05-01
Captain: , Rockland Maine (344)

We came to walk and explore, and were not disappointed! good shelling on the gulf side, much wildlife and flora. Note that since it's a fairly remote island, you're asked not to bring boat trash ashore.

Great spot, 2016-01-27
Captain: , Portland,Oregon (330)

We stayed here to get some protection from some high winds coming our way. The dock is floating and is good shape. There is no water or electric but for $20 a night come prepared.

Nice Park offers camping and cabins, 2016-01-12
Captain: , Grand Rivers, Ky (2206)

$2 per person entry fee. Bring correct change. 1 mile walk to beach but a shuttle runs on a time schedule. Nice docks

Great Florida Park, 2015-04-02
Captain: , Clearwater, FL (270)

Second visit here. Don't move in or out on low tide unless you draw less than 4 foot, but as others have instructed, depths are mostly 6 ft or greater on the approach and anchorage. Delightful park, peaceful, primitive unspoiled island. Small store for basics.

Kids love it!, 2015-03-23
Captain: , Kingston, ON (260)

Great dinghy dock, friendly staff, convenient tram. Store has ice, and bait but not much more other than souveniers. Lovely beach and good trails with geocaches.

Nice Trails, 2015-02-19
Captain: , Cobb Island, Potomac River, USA (363)

Good dock to tie your dinghy to; nice network of wide well-groomed trails around the northern part of the island; beach is nice too.

Paradise anchorage, 2015-02-04
Captain: , Penetanguishene, ON (162)

We spent a couple of days here. It is a little tricky getting into the bay so follow the charts carefully and inch in slowly. Once in, there is great holding and a nice dingy dock on the island. If you like to explore a natural beach, this is the place. Beeeeutiful! Lots of wildlife. There is a little cove that you can get to through a break in the mangroves. We saw a big 'gator in there.

Land Ho! Nice Walking Trails, 2014-12-16
Captain: , Orange Beach, AL (356)

It was great to spend a couple hours walking and exploring after 3 1/2 days crossing the Gulf. Friendly staff, and ICE and KLONDIKE BARS!!

Support your State Parks!, 2014-05-25
Captain: , Chicago, IL (1056)

Take the dinghy over to the State Park dock, pay your $2/person, take the tram over to the beach or just wander the trails. Park rangers are very helpful with suggestions for exploring the island and the park. They will take your recyclable trash, but do not expect to drop off your food waste there.

Don't miss this Gulf Coast gem, 2014-05-24
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (70)

Stayed here 3 days in May 2013. Floating dock and several fixed slips available for $20/night. No power or water available on the dock. Very nice island with a beautiful beach and great scenery. Park rangers provide regular shuttle service to the beach, with plenty of room to take your beach chairs and cooler. Small store is limited but has ice and a few essentials. Water shuttles come by on a regular schedule bringing in campers and day users, and willl take you to local restaurants for a small charge.

1: Current protection (good)
2: Holding (reported as good)
3: Wind protection (good)
4: Wake protection (good)
5: Scenery quality (excellent)
6: Shopping facilities (fair)

Wonderful State Park, 2014-04-24
Captain: , Apollo Beach - Tampa, FL (361)

We stayed anchored in Pelican Bay visiting Cayo Costa SP for two days, April 13 %u2013 14, 2014. Very nice anchorage and great state park. Only accessible by boat lends it to not being very crowded. Loved the hiking and exploring of the island. Absolutely beautiful beaches. Some very nice wild life. Enjoyed a young Bald Eagle while walking on one of the many nice trails. Park has nice floating dock, restrooms and a small store providing ice. Will return and stay again.

Very nice setting, 2014-03-11
Captain: , Satellite Beach, Fl. (125)

We did not have the opportunity to get tot he state park but used the anchorage and we would definitely recommend it if you have the time. The area is beautiful and peaceful with fairly easy in and out of the anhorage. We saw 8' in Pelican Bay anchorage and nothing less than 4'4" on our way out at near low tide.

Cayo Costa State Park, 2013-12-24
Captain: , Sandwich (722)

Cayo Costa State Park has limited docking but wide open for anchoring. Great for an overnight for something different. 7-miles of nature trails. Very rustic and peaceful. Gulf beach is beautiful.

Three time visitor, 2013-09-11
Captain: , Sanford, FL (657)

Our third trip here was today Sept 11, 2013. We were here in April of 2013 and anchored out in August of 2012. The island is very nice and the beach is great. The docks are nice and while one is a floating dock the rest are fixed. The bay is shallow but wide so wind can be an issue. There is no water or electric on the docks but for $20 a night why anchor out.

Great park, 2013-05-04
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Fl (960)

Dock here or take the ferry to camp or rent a cabin. Park Ranger does programs. Great beach.

Great place to anchor, 2013-03-27
Captain: , Deltaville, Va. (50)

We have stayed here several times. We usually raft up with several other boats back in the hole. Be careful back there. Go past the park docks and watch your chart to miss the shallows that protrude out. Once clear turn to port and head in to the most protected location I have seen. Great dingy exploration and wonderful walking paths in the park. The beach is great too. You can walk accross or take the tram. Fishing from the dingy is good also

Quiet and natural, 2013-03-04
Captain: , Bristol, Rhode Island (2761)

Easy dinghy access from good anchorage in Pelican Bay. Park rangers and staff are very accommodating.

Nice hikes, ice, and other amenities, 2012-12-18
Captain: , Block Island, RI (984)

There is ice and a few snacks at the gift shop at the ranger station. There are also bathrooms there. We did not see any showers, but we were not really looking for them. There is a tram to the gulf shore, but the walk across is much better. Other hikes take you to other spots on the island. Don't miss the good dinghy exploration to the south. There are also some small cottages for rent if you have landlubber friends who would like to spend some time with you. There are no facilities for cruiser trash.

Perfect forback to nature get away, 2012-11-15
Captain: , Treasure Island, FL (375)

We docked here 5/22/12 and really enjoyed our stay. It is close to many areas of interest but feels a million miles away. Overnight dockage was $20. No power available and no vessel generators allowed while docked. Plenty of ice at $3/ 8 lb bag. Very small gift and necessities store. Trolley to Gulf side or an easy .8 mile walk. Good shelling.

Great stop!, 2012-01-04
Captain: , Sebastian FL (152)

Our favorite on the west coast. You can walk the beach for miles, all alone. The trolley takes campers and boaters back and forth from the Ranger starion to the beach, and the $2 per person park fee is well worth it.

Cayo Costa State Park, 2011-09-05
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (639)

Dinghy in to the dock and take the free tram to the gulfside of this Island Park. Dockage is also available free of charge during the day. Beautiful wide sandy beaches gulfside. Good shelling. Campsites available for rent. Nice family place.

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