Tropic Star of Pine Island is 6 mi. n. of jct. SR 78 and CR 767 to 16498 Tortuga St., at Jug Creek Marina on Pine Island. Offered are full-day narrated nature cruises through the protected waters of Pine Island Sound to Cabbage Key and a rustic state park on Cayo Costa; a tram carries visitors to the beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors can view porpoises, manatees and birds as well as explore islands accessible only by boat.
Rental kayaks, half-day cruises and other tour excursions are offered.
Picnicking is permitted on Cayo Costa. Allow a full day.