Accounting Rule ChangesJan 1, 2018
Due to a state park accounting change, child visitors are now classified as 6 years old and younger. All park visitors to Cayo Costa older than 6 will be charged a $2.00 park entrance fee.
Traffic TipsNovember 23, 2016
We want to give our customers some tips to make sure they enjoy their trip. To guarantee everyone arrives at their destination on time, it is imperative that our boats depart on schedule.
The small town of Matlacha, the only way to get to and from the marina on Pine Island, has a drawbridge. If this drawbridge is up you could be delayed 15 - 30 minutes. There is also a school zone, as well as many school busses. The speed limit in the school zone is 20 mph and is heavily patrolled by the sheriff. All of these possible delays are NOT built into your GPS! For day visitors we recommend allowing 30 minutes extra to the scheduled boat departute time. Campers should allow 1 hour prior to boat departute to allow for loading baggage.
“We booked a day trip to Cayo Costa state park and took the Tropic Star boat tour to get there. This is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED activity. The captain was very friendly and kept us entertained on the ride over by telling island stories and folklore. The boat was clean, the tour was EXTREMELY reasonably priced, everything was professional and the arrival/departure times were accurate. The captain answered any questions we had and it was a great experience overall. I would definitely take this trip again. ” - Joannne