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Calusa Blueway: Kayak trail with maps, markers so worth exploring

Calusa Blueway: Kayak trail with maps, markers so worth exploring

The Calusa Blueway is a 190-mile long paddling trail through the Gulf Coast waters around Fort Myers. It’s not designed to be through-paddled, but it IS designed to be Florida’s best kayak trail.

Kayaks on the beach at Cayo Costa

At Cayo Costa State Park, you live your dreams of a private island

This wild island on the Gulf coast is never crowded — it’s too hard to get there. For those who drive to Pineland on Pine Island and then take the hour-long ferry to the state park, the rewards are many: Nine miles of perfect beaches, shaded jungle-like trails and wildlife that includes osprey nests, dolphins, stringrays and all sorts of bird and sea life.

Fort Desoto. Photo by Bob Rountree

Favorite campgrounds around the state

We thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite campgrounds — and most of the best campgrounds are in Florida’s award-winning state park system.