The Florida Gulf beaches are known for their accessibility, but Cayo Costa is undoubtedly the region’s most remote beach.

It’s a state park that’s only accessible by boat.

The logistically easy access from a major airport is to fly to Fort Myers, rent a car, drive an hour to Pine Island, then board the ferry for an hour crossing the Gasparilla Sound to Cayo Costa.

Once you land, you board a tram to cross over the island to Cayo Costa Beach.

The island has no restaurants or hotels. There are only cabins and camping in the State Park.

Once you dip your feet in the sand and hear nothing but the surf, you’ll understand.

It’s known for some of the best shelling (looking for seashells) in the Sunshine State, with sunsets that defy imagination.

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