Cayo Costa, Florida, USA

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Cayo Costa, Florida, USA

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Discover postcard-worthy surroundings at Cayo Costa

Prepare for the feeling of love at first site as you arrive at Cayo Costa, one of Florida's largest underdeveloped barrier islands. Travelers come here to truly get away from it all, attracted by the nine miles of Gulf beaches, strewn with shells and driftwood, and the chance to explore the scenic wooded trails that meander through the lush surroundings of the Cayo Costa State Park. Whether you're planning a weekend break or want to soak up the island's awe-inspiring landscape for a week or more, Cayo Costa vacation rentals provide the perfect base for your wilderness adventure.

Enjoy leisurely kayak tours around Cayo Costa

While it can be tempting to simply settle back on the unspoiled beaches and take in your surroundings, there are many other lovely ways to experience the natural beauty of Cayo Costa. So long as you steer clear of the Boca Grande Pass, kayaking around the island offers a fairly easy paddling experience. Head south along the island's coastline and you're all but guaranteed to catch a glimpse of dolphins frolicking in the water. If you're visiting from October through the winter months, you'll also come across a manatee-filled lagoon. More experienced kayakers can join a group tour to Cabbage Key.

Hit the trails on Cayo Costa

Attractions on Cayo Costa are pretty much always of the natural variety, and to that end, the Cayo Costa State Park comes up trumps. Covering half of the island, the park features a variety of nature trails, perfect for hiking and off-road biking. Bikes are available to hire on the island, although the ferry companies that transport travelers from Pine Island or Punta Gorda are happy for you to bring your own for an extra fee. After sunset, it can be fun to head off on a flashlight-lit trek to the Pioneer Cemetery, the resting place of the Padilla family.

Soak up the sun on Cayo Costa

If you're in search of the sun, the best time to visit Cayo Costa is from May through August, when highs of around 90 are typical. That said, it doesn't get much cooler at any other time of the year, although the chance of hurricanes may inspire you to avoid booking your stay in September and October. Whenever you're hoping to enjoy your island getaway, it's best to plan ahead and confirm your stay well in advance. Cayo Costa vacation rentals are not particularly numerous and are often booked up months ahead of time.

Explore a diverse landscape on Cayo Costa

All manner of natural wonders are quite literally on the doorstep of your Cayo Costa vacation rental. Take the time to explore and you'll find everything from white-sand beaches lined with palm trees to sweeping expanses of dense pine forests and mangrove swamps teeming with birds and wildlife. Wherever you choose to spend your day before heading back to your rental, be sure to swing back to the beach first. The sight of the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico is a sight that will stay with you long after you've left this idyllic island paradise.