Exploring Cayo Costa

Exploring Cayo Costa

The shelling has been good. The surf has been heavy and the tides low. Here are a few shells I collected this week and on Thanksgiving day. I also had the opportunity to take an 88 year old man and his daughter to Cayo Costa. His family was on Cayo Costa in 1870. The day on the water with this sharp man was extremely enjoyable. We explored old trails and made some new ones. I look forward to exploring the north end of the island very soon, in search of the family’s home sight. It was nice shelling and exploring the north end of the island.

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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