Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail SEGMENT 11: CHARLOTTE HARB
Developed and pristine barrier islands contrast each other in this segment and paddlers have the option of cruising the bay side or the Gulf side, depending on weather and individual preference. A must see is Gasparilla Island State Park, located just before Boca Grande Pass. Land along the bay side and stroll scenic beaches or visit the historic lighthouse before setting off for Cayo Costa. Boca Grande Pass can be challenging to cross and should only be attempted under optimum weather conditions. After making the mile-long crossing, follow the bay side of Cayo Costa Island for roughly another mile and you'll see the state park's boat dock where you can land and explore this undeveloped island.