Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.


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.


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.

Natural features

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.

Where to stay around Cayo Costa?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,281 vacation rentals near Cayo Costa. From 92 Cabins to 1,256 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cayo Costa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Cayo Costa?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cayo Costa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ft Myers Beach: 8,396 vacation rentals
  • Sanibel Island: 6,148 vacation rentals
  • Florida Gulf Coast: 28,613 vacation rentals
  • Cape Coral: 7,425 vacation rentals
  • Ft Myers: 8,150 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Cayo Costa! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Cayo Costa?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cayo Costa:

  • Ft Myers Beach: 8,396 rentals
  • Cape Coral: 7,425 rentals
  • Ft Myers: 8,150 rentals
  • Sanibel: 5,320 rentals
  • Englewood: 2,357 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Cayo Costa?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Cayo Costa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gasparilla Island: 1,356 rentals
  • Sanibel and Captiva Island Visitor's Center: 7,258 rentals
  • Sanibel Island Lighthouse: 9,421 rentals
  • Times Square: 1,732 rentals
  • Cayo Costa State Park: 5,677 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cayo Costa listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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