Cayo Costa State Park
Cayo Costa Island State Park
With nine miles of beautiful beaches and acres of pine forests, oak-palm hammocks and mangrove swamps, this barrier island park is a Gulf Coast paradise. Cayo Costa is accessible only by private boat or ferry. Visitors may see manatees and pods of dolphins in the waters around the 2,426 acre park, as well as a spectacular assortment of birds. On the island, visitors can swim or snorkel in the surf, enjoy the sun and picnic in the shade. Keep your eyes peeled as you stroll along the beach, especially during the winter months. The nature trails that crisscross the island provide opportunities for hiking and off-road bicycling. Saltwater anglers can fish from their boats or throw a line out into the surf. An amphitheater provides educational programs about the island's ecology and history. For overnight stays, the park offers primitive cabins and tent camping which can be reserved through Reserve America up to 11 months in advance. Captiva Cruises (link is external)offers ferry service to the park from locations in Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island. Reservations are strongly recommended.
FBC members 10% Discount!
One hundred acres of tropical vegetation surround our historic restaurant, inn and cottages. A panoramic view of Pine Island Sound is provided from the front porch of our open-air restaurant situated atop a thirty-eight foot Indian shell mound. There are no cars here, not even a paved road. You will find winding nature trails, picturesque views and relaxation.
Accommodations • Dining, Recreation • Special Events • Tournaments
Useppa Island Club
Useppa Island Club
New discoveries and the island’s unique beauty led to the re-opening of the Useppa Island Club in 1976. Garfield Beckstead, who purchased the island in 1976, set upon the task of restoring it to its former elegance. He has owned the island longer than any other owner, and has dedicated his time here to preserving the island’s rich history and legacy of excellence. Useppa will always maintain the Old-Florida style of elegant charm that its history dictates. The Useppa Island Club and its individual property owners continue to be driven by a vision of excellence founded on the island’s centuries-old tradition of gracious hospitality, and its long legacy of historical significance.The Useppa Island Club has been established as a private club and offers seclusion and amenities of one of the world’s truly unique islands. Club members and their guests enjoy full access to the island and its facilities and will receive invitations to all Club functions. Club activities are frequent, with parties, special events, seasonal traditions, special interest clubs and much more. Members also enjoy special privileges in using club facilities for hosting private business, family or guest functions.