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Here are some of the many ways in which you can directly support the goals of the largest of Florida's few remaining undisturbed barrier island state parks:

Boater Friend Become a Friend Donate! Adopt a Nest Bench/Table Donor Program
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Join Us as a "Boater Friend" of Cayo Costa State Park

As a boater in the SW Florida area, we are sure you have visited the beautiful shores of Cayo Costa State Park. The island encompasses more than 2,400 acres and features nine miles of white sand beaches, pine forests, oak-palm hammocks, birds and wildflowers. Join us to help our mission to see the island stay undisturbed, maintained and enjoyed for many generations.

By joining, you will receive a $15 discount (up to 2 people) for our annual fundraiser “An Evening for the Island” held in February at Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island. You will also receive our quarterly e-newsletter with updates on events. 10% off at the Cayo Costa Gift Shop AND 10% off bike & kayak rentals when you show your special “Friend Boater” card.

Become a special “Boater Friend” for as little as $30 (single) or up to a “Lifetime Boater Friend” for $1,500.

Note: Park entry fees apply for all private recreational boaters including "Boater Friends" of Cayo Costa State Park.
Daily entry fee is $2 per person. Please use the honor box to pay fees on the bayside where the public use access docks are located along with our restrooms, camp store & gift shop. For commercial operations provided by the approved concessionaire of daily trips to the Park, visit the Cayo Costa Ferry website (http://cayocostaferry.com/day-trips.html )

Become a "Boater Friend" and receive a decal for your boat by purchasing here:

Become a Friend

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Become a Friend Today!

The Friends of Cayo Costa State Park main goal is to preserve and protect one of the few remaining undisturbed and undeveloped barrier islands left in Florida, while educating the general public and local community on the natural and cultural resource. Through donations you can be a Friend of Cayo Costa.

We know the main reason you have joined us is to support the park and help us keep it open for years to come. We also want you to know that there are BENEFITS that come along with Friendship.

These include:

  • E-Newsletter
  • Friendship decal
  • Friendship card
  • Early notice and a discount for FoCC’s two major sponsored events – the Evening for the Island Gala Dinner & Auction and Celebrate Cayo Costa Day
  • 10% discount on kayak rentals (located at the Park)
  • 10% discount on bicycle rentals (located at the Park)
  • 10% discount on items purchased at the Park gift shop
  • FREE hat voucher redeemable at the Park Gift Shop with a $100 Friendship
  • Website listing for Corporate & Associate Friends $500 and above
  • Newsletter mention for Corporate & Associate Friends $500 and above
Become a Friend

Friend/Member renewals are due in January and are valid January 1 - December 31 for each calendar year. We appreciate your support and hope to see you around the Park soon!


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Make a Donation

Your donation will help us reach our objective of preserving and protecting Cayo Costa State Park, as well as helping us to further our goals of educating the community and general public about this extraordinary natural wonder, and building a cultural center to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region.


Cayo Costa State Park is also in need of several items that will help preserve and protect the park as well as enhance guest experiences. If you are interested in donating items from the wish list or know someone who may want to donate, please contact Elaine McLaughlin, Friends of Cayo Costa State Park Steering Committee Chair, by calling 239-292-0218 or emailing friendsofcayocosta@gmail.com.


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Adopt-a-Nest: Turtle Nest Program

(Available May 1 to September 1 annually)

Did you know that Cayo Costa State Park turtle patrol volunteers mark more than 300 nests along the gulf shore during each turtle nesting season? Human impact has taken its toll on these gentle sea giants to the point that turtles are struggling to survive. FoCC is doing its part, along with experts and volunteers from around the state and country to see that the nests are protected to the greatest degree possible.

You too can help - with a $25 donation you can virtually 'adopt' one of Cayo Costa's turtle nests! When you 'adopt' a nest, your name will be listed as a donor/sponsor, and you will be notified by email of the date upon which the turtle eggs were laid, as well as the GPS coordinates of your 'adopted' nest. You will then receive a follow-up email notifying you when your 'adopted' nest has hatched!

The funds donated through the 'Adopt-a-Nest' program will be used to provide needed supplies used to protect the nests as well as pay for other turtle conservation efforts at the park. You can 'adopt' via the paypal button or click on the link below to download an Adopt-a-Nest application form, and return the form, along with payment, to the FoCC address listed on the form.

Adopt-a-Nest Application

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Bench/Table Donor Program

Donate a bench or ADA picnic table and help keep our barrier island state parks beautiful and our wildlife safe with the proceeds!

Click here for more info.


Contact us by email at friendsofcayocosta@gmail.com for more information about any of these opportunities to contribute to Friends of Cayo Costa State Park.