Experiences & Amenities
Surf fishing can yield catches of flounder, snook, trout, redfish, snapper, whiting, sheepshead and tarpon. All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.
Scuba diving can be enjoyed off the beaches of Cayo Costa State Park.
For everyone's safety, the following rules must be observed:
- All persons participating in scuba diving activities do so at their own risk.
- Each diver must dive within the limits of their certification.
- A dive party must consist of at least two divers.
- A diver-down flag must be displayed.
- Fossils and artifacts must not be disturbed or removed. Aquatic plants must not be trampled or disturbed.
- Do not carve or otherwise deface rocks or any other surfaces.
- Keep a minimum distance of 50 feet between you and manatees at all times.
- Dives must be completed one hour before sunset.
Beachcombing or shelling is a favorite pastime of many visitors, and the beaches of Cayo Costa State Park are a great place to find them. Collectors can find a multitude of shells, including clam, scallop, oyster and olives.
Plan your shelling around the low phase of the tide, which exposes the most beach area.
Please be aware that most everything you find on the beach was, is or still could be alive.
Manatees, porpoises and a multitude of shorebirds are just some of the animals you might observe during your visit.
Sea turtles and many species of shorebirds use our beaches to nest. Bird nesting season is generally late winter through spring.
Sea turtle nesting season begins in May and continues through October.
All nests are protected by law and are well-marked and easily recognized.