Cayo Costa State Park is like a little piece of heaven. Cayo Costa translates to “key by the coast”, and the locals pronounce it Kay-yah Coss-tah. The park is located on the Gulf coast, due west of Ft. Meyers and directly north of Captiva and Sanibel Islands. If you like, you can visit the Park’s website or these YouTube selections.
Frankly, it’s not the perfect destination for everyone. The park offers a few “primitive” cabins and campsites, primitive being the operative word…there is no electricity (except at the ranger station), so you can forget about air conditioning!
For those who don’t mind roughing it, Cayo, in my opinion, is some of the best atmosphere Florida has to offer, the quickly-disappearing “real” Florida, the way it used to be. Our last trip was in July of 2009, and boy is it hot in July! But there is always a breeze along its nine-miles of secluded beach.
Cabbage Key. This little spot is a private island that has sweet cottages and a small inn with all the amenities:
Note to self: get back to Cayo soon!