There’s nothing more disappointing than driving out to your favorite beach, only to find it’s packed with tourists. Thankfully, Florida is full of stunning secluded beaches.
From these beautiful beaches without seaweed to beaches with orange sand, and the many in between there is certainly no shortage of sandy spots to choose from. If you really want to enjoy a little beachy privacy without buying an entire island, it doesn’t get much more remote than an island only accessible by boat, and that’s exactly what Cayo Costa is.
If you’re dedicated enough, you can find Cayo Costa State Park 4 Nautical Miles West of Pine Island. Accessible only by ferry, helicopter, or a very determined kayaker, it is the epitome of seclusion.
The Gulf Coast island is nine miles of undeveloped shoreline that protects the Charlotte Harbor Estuary. Once upon a time, it was the fishing grounds of the Calusa Indians, and then eventually settled on by Spanish explorers.
The calm water is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and like any Gulf Coast Island, is a shelling paradise. Visitors can also fish, bird watch, hike, and bike through the island’s interior. Definitely keep an eye out for manatees, dolphins, and sea turtles offshore.
Campsites and cabins are available for overnight stays, and you don’t have to worry about paddling your way there, because a ferry service runs to the island from several mainland locations.
Keep in mind though, that there is no electricity on the island, no stores, and no restaurants. What food you do bring is recommended to be kept in animal-proof containers.
We weren't kidding about the secluded part!
But for a chance to visit a place that looks just like it did 500 years ago, even before Europeans arrived? Worth it.
Price: $35 for cabins per night
When: 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year
Address: 4 Nautical Miles West of Pine Island (26.685789, -82.245381) Cayo Costa FL 33922
Why You Need To Go: It's almost like a private island all to yourself!