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Under the Stars


Cayo Costa State Park may soon acquire an important new designation, thanks to the efforts of some of its friends.

A group from Captiva Cruises and the Friends of Cayo Costa State Park are applying to have Cayo Costa State Park designated as an International Dark Sky Place through the International Dark-Sky Association.

The International Dark Sky Places conservation program recognizes and promotes excellent stewardship of the night sky.  Founded in 2001, the award-winning program encourages communities, parks and protected areas around the world to preserve and protect dark sites through responsible lighting policies and public education.

Currently, there are only 130 certified places in the world, and just two located in Florida: the Five Mile Prairie Trail at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades.

Imagine just how mesmerizing it’ll be to relax amid a clear night sky on an uninhabited tropical island.  Definitely one more reason to add Cayo Costa to your “must do” list on your next visit to Ocean’s Reach!

For more information about Cayo Costa State Park and the Friends of Cayo Costa, visit

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