Welcome to the Friends of Cayo Costa State Park

To preserve, protect and promote the unique unspoiled natural beauty and heritage of Cayo Costa State Park for present and future generations.

Hurricane Ian Update:

Cayo Costa State Park was significantly impacted by Hurricane Ian, and as a result, the park is closed for repairs. 

Friends of Cayo Costa is proud to be actively supporting the rebuilding efforts and asks visitors to be patient as the state works to address all concerns. Please continue to check the park website and this page for updates. Thank you for your patience! 

Park Manager’s Message:  

Cayo Costa State Park was significantly impacted by Hurricane Ian, a devastating category 4 storm that destroyed much of the park’s infrastructure. As a result, the park is closed for repairs. Cleanup and demolition efforts are complete, and staff are actively working on repairing and rebuilding the infrastructure. We are working daily on repairs and managing natural resources. The native flora and fauna are already bouncing back with palm trees, hardwoods, and pines showing signs of life, while gopher tortoises, shorebirds, manatees and alligators are thriving in their habitats. Shorebird and sea turtle nesting seasons are underway, and we are closely monitoring these activities. We look forward to welcoming our park visitors back as soon as we can do so safely. Until then, we appreciate your patience and please continue to check our website for updates. 

The goal of the Florida Park Service is to create a sense of place by showing park visitors the best of Florida’s diverse natural and cultural sites. Florida’s state parks are managed and preserved for enjoyment by this and future generations through providing appropriate resource-based recreational opportunities, interpretation and education that help visitors connect to the Real FloridaSM. Learn more at FloridaStateParks.org.

The Friends of Cayo Costa State Park is a division of Barrier Island Parks Society, a not for profit 501c3 Citizen Support Organization (CSO), that works with the Florida Park service to specifically support Cayo Costa state park. Learn more at Bips.org

Special thanks to our Corporate Sponsors:

Contact us by email at friendsofcayocosta@gmail.com for more information