Suddenly its June, where did May go? The last part of May was spectacular. The clarity of the water was deliciously inviting. I spent as much time as possible on the water enjoying the sights, smells, and listening to the sounds of water. I enjoyed guideing two couples from Arkansas for the entire day. We tried to explore as much as possible. The trip started out by observing 14 manatees by North Captiva Island. We traveled north past the historic fishouses in Pine Island Sound. Then to one of my favorite lunch spots the Tarpon Lodge. After a fine culinary cuisine we traveled to secret spot number 2 on Cayo Costa. The beach was quiet and void of people. The guests said,”This looks like a corona commerical.” We then continued our adventure by traveling to Cabbage Key. Nothing like being at Cabbage Key in the late afternoon. I happened to run into some old friends from Cayo Costa and made some new friends as well. Back to Cayo Costa we went for more beach combing. The latter part of the afternoon was extremely enjoyable we had the whole beach to ourselves. After enjoying the pristine beach on Cayo Costa we headed south to Barnchol Phil’s resturant on North Captiva. The unique island atmosphere only enhanced the black beans and rice. It was now time to point the boat south and make our way back to captiva. The wind had calmed with only a slight hint of being out of the south. It was a great day on the water meeting new friends and showing new clients around. I look forward to when they return in July.
Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

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