Capt. Brian Goes Exploring In The Back Country Of The Keys

Capt. Brian Goes Exploring In The Back Country Of The Keys

Exploring new territory is always fun. I am a map/chart lover. I spend many hours looking at charts and plotting new courses. The paddle board allows me to travel to places few people travel. There is remote  and then there is paddle board remote. The area I was in had restrictions on shelling. However the views were astounding. I took many photographs off of the paddle board in many unique places. My old friend the frigate bird flew over as I explored. I had fun exploring the back country of the upper Florida Keys, but always thinking of the beaches that are to the north where I had traveled just a few years ago. The Ten Thousand Islands. I look forward to taking the paddle board to some of  my favorite spots in that remote region in the next three months.

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.

  • Little Black Scrap Cat
    Posted at 11:08h, 15 August

    Amazing!! Off the beaten path! What kind of shelling restrictions do they have? Such a beautiful area!

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 11:08h, 15 August

    Wow Brian. Looks like it's just you and the sun, sea and sand. And it just happens to be beautiful! The water color and clarity is fabulous. I imagine it would be soul soothing!!

  • AntKaybe
    Posted at 11:08h, 15 August

    That friggin frigate was stalking you again. The water looks spectacular. Hope you enjoyed your getaway.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 12:52h, 15 August

    That looked beautiful. I've never been to the Keys. It always makes me laugh when you mention the frigate birds and I remember the time I thought you called them "those friggin'" birds. LOL!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:00h, 16 August

    The restrictions are you can't take any Queen conch.