Updated: Oct 26
Cayo Costa State Park state park is located on a barrier island off the Gulf of Mexico. The park covers an area of over 2,400 acres and is only accessible by boat or ferry.
If you arrive by kayak, it is best to do so from the ocean side, which is much closer to the campsites, and you can usually find some fellow campers to help you carry your kayak out of the beach.
It may be advisable to book in advance during the winter season, as the campsite sites get very busy. If they are full then you'll have to hide around the lagoon and pitch your tent after dark so you don't get caught by the park service.
The campsite has good shower and bathroom facilities.
There is a kiosk and a marina that brings visitors to the park via ferry at the bay side of the island. A trolley usually works to take visitors from the marina to the campsites a mile away. The kiosk is worth a stop. Last time I was there in 2020, they had ice-cream.
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