Visit Cayo Costa
We had a wonderful charter on the H2O Limo this past Friday with a family of four and they wanted to visit Cayo Costa as part of their cruise. Their tour started with a ride in our Chrysler Super Stretch Limousine from Captiva Island to the point of embarkation in Manasota Key in Southwest Florida. As the family was boarding, Captain Stuart grabbed our huge five person raft (measures 90 x 90 inches!) and secured it on top of the double decker pontoon. The nineteen year old twins were delighted and immediately climbed on top with their I-phones & ear plugs. This made it convenient for our fifty-something guests to enjoy the music they preferred on our Sirius Satellite radio. The H2O Limo is a very comfortable double decker pontoon with large sofas, a bathroom, and a full enclosure should you need to get out of the elements.
We journeyed along the Gulf's ICW near the lush mangroves while enjoying a wide variety of amazing wildlife including Blue Herons, Pelicans, Cranes, Egrets and Dolphins and also passed a sandbar full of gorgeous White Ibis birds. They got to see beautiful teal green waters as we cruised by Stump Pass which is the inlet between Manasota Key and Gasparilla Island. Next, we cruised in beside Little Gasparilla island as well as the entrance to Don Pedro State Park which is also surrounded by mangrove forests. They wanted to stop to visit Cayo Costa State Park and enjoyed many wonderful sights along the way such as the mile long fishing pier in Boca Grande which is actually an old train trestle. After crossing under several bridges, we were soon in the Boca Grande pass which was a little rough but was easily passable. An hour later, the family of four hopped off the boat so they could visit Cayo Costa as we beached the H2O Limo. That's the great thing about a pontoon boat.....it puts you out right on shore so you don't have to get wet unless you choose to! There, the family walked along the pristine beach collecting shells and wading in the calm Gulf waters. The water was a little chilly so they decided not to swim. On their Cayo Costa visit, the sun started to set so we set headed the boat towards an island called Cabbage Key, which is a restaurant and inn that is only accessible by boat. Gulf Coast sunsets are almost always extremely colorful and this day certainly did not disappoint!
We pulled into Cabbage Key shortly after sunset and our group went inside for their dinner. They loved the ambience of the island restaurant and said the food was really good. They also brought us, the Captain & First Mate two cheeseburgers! We were quickly on our way and cruised by North Captiva while star gazing. Since the southern part of Captiva was their final destination, they all enjoyed some after dinner libations inside the warm enclosure on the H2O Limo.
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