Panama day 2

Panama day 2

My guide, Cesar, thought it would be a good day for a drive in the country. I couldn’t have agreed more. Cesar is a team roper and a cow hand, as well as a guide. Growing up in western Nebraska I was around cattle, many rodoes and some of my best friends are ropers. Needless to say, an enjoyable time was had driving to the far stretches of Panama through handmade cattle gates, pastures, forging rivers and walking beaches with no footprints except for the occassional crab. We stopped by old fish markets, observed fishermen mending nets, just like the Calusa of southwest Florida did hundreds of years ago. The vistas were stunning. The people were friendly and answered all my curious questions. The flora observed was undeniably mind shattering.

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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