Imagine your own private island: a sweep of bright white sand along the shallows of the Gulf of Mexico. While a public park, open to all, Don Pedro Island State Park is a rare retreat for bathers, swimmers, and sun worshipers.
Location: Cape Haze
Fees: $3 per vehicle, $2 pedestrian/boater/bicyclist
Open: 8 AM to sunset
Pets welcome but not on the beach
Access to the island side of the park is by private boat only or via a private ferry for island residents and guests of Palm Island Resort.
It’s not very far across the narrow, sheltered inlet to enjoy the quiet pleasures of the southern tip of Don Pedro Island -- but you have to have the means to get there.
How do you get to Don Pedro Island?
- Passengers on the Palm Island Ferry can ferry across with a bicycle for $10, then bike south to the park.
- Drop your own boat in at the ramp on the land side portion of the park in Cape Haze
- Kayak over from the land side parking area to the island
- Check with Captiva Cruises about their Cape Haze Cruises. Each narrated ecotour puts you on the island for two hours and costs $20 adult, $15 child.
Starting at the land side parking area, a nature trail showcases the diversity of habitats to be found along this part of the Gulf Coast. Another nature trail on the barrier island immerses you in the coastal dunes and coastal scrub.