Today I traveled by boat and stand up paddle board (sup) to Cayo Costa. A long time client and I explored the lagoon on Cayo Costa. Wow!  What a great time exploring. I even rode a wave  from the gulf to the lagoon. Yes this part of the island is open. ( just a side note for the mom and daughter from Minnesota/ North Carolina I met last December on a windy day. The lagoon opened the week of May 17th we had strong winds for 10 days.) I enjoyed paddling around places I have not been before.  For the first time I can feel the pulse of the Island. My explorations in the last 2 weeks have given many new insights on Cayo Costa. I look forward to July’s full moon and exploring more.


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.

  • mkdally
    Posted at 01:21h, 28 May

    Awesome! I remember being there years ago and the lagoon being open. We found so many great shells that trip.