Mangoes and Seashells

Mangoes and Seashells

The last three days have been blue sky, then gray with scattered showers. I observed dolphin and paddle boarded past tarpon while enjoying taking pictures of a young Osprey that has been crying and learning how to fly for three days.  I also collected shells and found the second largest piece of Angel Wing shell EVER. This time of year in the islands is my favorite and is even better because the mangoes are earlier than usual. My new favorite is the honey mango, OMG. There is nothing better than a mango pulled out of an iced cooler, cut and eaten on the salt water, delicious.

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.

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 11:22h, 02 May

    I'll be close to Pine Island Rd soon & you can bet I'll be stopping at the mango stands looking for a honey mango. Yummo! Hope all is well wid you & yours.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 12:42h, 02 May

    Thanks for giving us another glimpse of heaven on earth! The water color is pretty.

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 12:50h, 02 May

    OMG! I want your life!!! Beautiful water and all those dolphins in one spot…and an iced mango…and sun..and sand….and SHELLS….yep I'm coming back as you in my next life…LOL