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“Nice little spot” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Caxambas Pass Park

Caxambas Pass Park
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Dolphin Watching and Shelling Marco Island Eco-Tour
Ranked #24 of 71 things to do in Marco Island
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Owner description: A great place to watch for dolphins.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice little spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

This park really isn't much of a park. At least not when you think of the amenities a park should include, like a place for children to run around or even something as simple as grass.

They have a boat ramp for anyone who wishes to use it. It's $8.00 for a motorized vessel and $4.00 for a non-motorized vessel. They also offer yearly permits, however, I didn't pop into the store to find out the price. We don't live in the area and it just wouldn't make any sense to acquire a permit. I checked the website before coming here. The marina store carries the usual supplies such as tackle, frozen/live bait (yummy squid, I'm sure!), snacks, sunblock, etc. They also have a fuel dock, which is convenient.

They have a fairly decent amount of parking, but I'm suspecting that it gets busy on the weekends. We went late in the afternoon during the week, so it wasn't busy at all. Some people were fishing, others were enjoying the view. It was a very nice view.

They have restrooms and a few picnic tables, but that's about it. I wasn't aware that I needed to bring my own chairs so we would have a place to sit other than the hard gravel or the dock. If you decide to give this extremely small "park" a visit, bring chairs. They say that the park is four acres, but most of the space is taken up by the parking lot. All in all, it isn't a bad little spot. Plus, it's free.

I don't really recommend this place for children unless you are taking them fishing or out on a boat/kayak/etc. Most children don't really want to patiently sit and watch for dolphins. Don't get me wrong. If I were alone, I could come here and watch the gulf for hours. I enjoy watching for dolphin, birds or other sea creatures that may decide to present themselves. However, that will have to be on a solo trip, when I can really take my time to enjoy it.

Visited February 2014
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Marco Island, Florida
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82 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Take your lunch and watch the boats!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

There are not many places on Marco Island where you can take your lunch, sit and eat at a picnic bench, and watch the boats launch and the fishermen try their luck. There's a lot of parking, a tuck shop and of course the boat launch. It also has the headquarters building for Marco's Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla.
A lovely peaceful place for a short stroll, a little breeze, a park bench and a good book.

Visited February 2014
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Marco Island, Florida
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013

Sit and enjoy watching the pelicans, fishermen, quiet time at one of the nicest parks on Marco. Located at the Southern end. Restrooms available. Fishing bait, walls to fish from, and boat launch.

Visited December 2013
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Marco Island, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Open to the public, free.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

Small area with some picnic tables and benches along the sea wall. Public boat ramp, gas, supply store, fish cleaning station, and clean restrooms. Fun to watch boats come and go. Watched a lot of birds and saw two pairs of dolphins. Can see out to the Gulf and Snook's channel where the fishermen told us there was great fishing.

Visited November 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“small park to fish or take rentals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

The jet skis leave out of this park but we love it for the sunsets, dolphins, manatees and pelicans!!

Visited November 2013
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