Friends of Cayo Costa to host Cayo Costa Day November 6

October 22, 2021
By Staff Report

Celebrate Cayo Costa! Will be held at the Island State Park on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Affordable all-inclusive tickets feature round trip boat transportation from three departure points, all activities and a barbeque lunch catered by Big Nick’s BBQ.

“This is a great opportunity to visit the park by boat and enjoy the unique amenities this pristine barrier island has to offer. We thank our charter boat sponsors for providing transportation so that visitors, some of whom have never had a chance to come out, can learn more about the Park’s fascinating history and walk the sandy beaches and trails,” stated Nancy MacPhee, Friends of Cayo Costa chairperson.

The day will feature tours of the island, including a walk to the Pioneer Family Cemetery, as well as nature and shelling beach walks. Displays by DEP, FWC, Audubon of SWFL, Calusa Land Trust, C.R.O.W. and the Barrier Island Parks Society. 

Park Staff will be presenting information about the Island State Park.  Families can try their hand at palm weaving and a variety of shell crafts or just visit the beach! We are excited to have BIG NICKS BBQ join us this year to cater a wonderful BBQ lunch. Visitors will enjoy a tram ride across the mile wide island where activities will be held near the campground.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $40 for children under the age of 12 and members of Friends of Cayo Costa. The all-inclusive price includes transportation to and from the island, all activities and a catered lunch. The event will take place rain or shine.

Sponsors include: Captiva Cruises, Tropic Star & Kingfisher Fleet tour boat services, which are offering roundtrip transportation (included with admission on a limited, first come first serve basis). Attendees are encouraged to reserve early. Adventures in Paradise is generously providing transportation for volunteers who will work the event.

For reservations call the following, depending on your location:

– Departures from Pine Island with Tropic Star, 239-283-0015

– Departures from Captiva with Captiva Cruises, 239-472-5300

– Departures from Punta Gorda with Kingfisher, 941-639-0969

 Private boating parties are encouraged to attend and can purchase tickets on the Island. Dock space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Refer to the Friends of Cayo Costa Park’s website for specific details regarding the event and FoCC friendship opportunities at: friendsofcayocosta.org follow us on Facebook@FriendsofCayo.

 The Friends of Cayo Costa State Park is based on Pine Island, Florida. FoCC is a steering committee of the Barrier Islands Parks Society, a 501c3 organization which is the official Citizens Support Organization for Cayo Costa, Gasparilla, Stump Pass, Don Pedro State Parks and Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum. All funds raised by FoCC will be used exclusively for Cayo Costa State Park.