Thursday, May 14, 2009
Cayo Costa is an undeveloped large barrier island just north of Upper Captiva. Accessible only by boat, it is a haven for bird life and a sheller’s delight. Plant life is the same as it was 500 years ago. The northern half of the island is a state park, with rudimentary cabins and tent sites. There are no restaurant facilities. Park rangers operate a truck drawn tram to carry visitors the one mile trip from the dock to the beach for a small fee. Because its remoteness, crowds are small and shells largely untouched.