The Tarpon Cottage

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Tarpon Cottage

The Tarpon Cottage is a historic fishing outpost constructed in the 1930’s for the New York aquarium to study Tarpon. The Tarpon Cottage, completely remodeled in January, 2010, is a two bedroom, one bathroom air conditioned cottage that has a queen bed in each bedroom, living room, basic TV, fully equipped and furnished kitchen and is located on the water with a private dock and screened front porch facing a gorgeous view of the Pine Island Sound.

Other Important Details:

  • Two night minimum
  • Rates are subject to change.
  • Discounts are offered for extended stays.
  • Credit Card is required to book a reservation and then upon check-in.
    We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Cash or Travelers Checks.
  • Check-in is 2:00 pm.
  • Checkout is 11:00 am.
  • Outdoor barbecuing, grilling, campfires, fireworks or open flames are not permitted.
  • Boat and kayak rentals must be rented by 10:00 am and returned by 4:00 pm.
  • Boat and kayak rentals are “CASH ONLY”
  • Marina Dockage Fees (Transient slip – 30 or 50 Amp Power – No Water): $1.95/foot per night plus tax
  • Dockage Fees (Rinehart, Blue Heron and Inn Rooms – no power): $1.00/foot per night plus tax
  • Accommodations, restaurant and lounge are non-smoking facilities.
  • More than 90% of our docks are available for transient dockage on a first come, first served basis & we do not discriminate against any individual because of race , color, religion, sex, National origin, age, handicap or marital status.
  • Pets: Unfortunately, we have had a number of issues with pets in the past.  In consideration of the large amount of natural wildlife and other guests on the island, we ask that no pets other than service animals are allowed on premises.

Cancellation Policy

  • Reservations cancelled more than 2 weeks prior to arrival:
    No Charge
  • Reservations cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to arrival:
    Total Due is charged to your credit card.
  • Cabbage Key does not issue refunds to guests who depart early.

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Reviewed December 6, 2015 by Brian T

My girlfriend and i stayed in the Tarpon Cottage this past weekend to get away for my birthday. We have been here many times for lunch but never have stayed until now. The weather was terrible but that is beyond the control of the great staff. Everyone from making our reservation, the dock master, restaurant & bar staff, house keeping to the owners were all great. The cottage was perfect & only steps away from our private dock.

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“Does it get any better??”

Reviewed April 20, 2016 by KTP7 of Asheville, North Carolina

My family and I spent a week at the Cabbage Key Inn in the Tarpon and Cabbage Patch cottages to celebrate my Dad’s retirement and birthday. My Dad and his family used to spend their vacations down there as a child, which is what brought us back to his old stomping grounds. It was amazing to hear how little had changed, however it still had all of the modern amenities that we could want! The staff is amazing- everyone is incredibly friendly and laid back. We had a blast meeting everyone and spending a week with them. Katie C was amazing- always trust her menu recommendations! She never steered us wrong and is good people. The food is wonderful- fresh caught fish every day prepared in a different fashion every night. The cocktails are awesome- maybe a little too good haha. But wash it down with one of their amazing cheeseburgers and you have an equation for a perfect day! The island is fun as there are always people coming and going from the restaurant and bar, but at night it quiets down and is magical with the relaxation that just innately washes over the place. It really is a tropical paradise. Thanks for a great stay!

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“Love this place…but might not be for everyone”

Reviewed February 3, 2014 by thewilsonswanderings of Washington DC, District of Columbia

… But, this is where it becomes a challenge to review the lodging as it feels like I am sharing a secret that I shouldn’t be sharing (that staying on the island is awesome) and because I kind of want to keep it to myself! … We stayed in the Tarpon Cottage for four nights– a wonderful, light, bright, simple but very clean two bedroom cottage which included a well equipped kitchen. We peeked into the Dollhouse and the Cabbage Patch and found both of these to also be just as clean and comfortable. We could sit inside in the living room, on the screened porch or out on the dock and watch the water, sunsets and the boats and dolphins go by. What more could you want!? … The island is wonderful to explore and kept very natural – with birds and other critters in abundance … Communication/booking with the Cabbage Key staff was easy and helpful as it was with Island Girl Charters and Pine Island Taxi which made it easy and convenient to get to Cabbage Key from the airport. A special shout out to Tim and Brian on the boat who were really informative and friendly. We can’t wait to go back and hope to make it a yearly event!

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“One of the best vacations ever!”

Reviewed June 15, 2012 by Fshbustr of Destin, Florida

In June 2012 my wife and I stayed at Cabbage Key in the Tarpon Cottage. It was an absolutely fantastic time. We both agreed that we didn’t want to leave. Having never been there and not knowing if we would like it, I only booked 4 nights – Epic Fail! I should’ve booked a week. If you want to totally relax, this is the place to do it. There are only 7 rentals on this 100 acre unspoiled island. The Tarpon cottage has it’s own private dock as do several other of the rentals. We tied our boat up, unloaded to the cottage and 4 of the resident mallards showed up and for food. Every morning and evening 4 mallards and 1 white heron would show up for breakfast. It was also nice watching the ospreys and dolphins feeding and the manatees swim by. One even hung around our dock for 15 minutes. Neighboring Costa Cayo island is a state park and it is beautiful! Also, you can explore Gasparilla, Captiva and Sanibel islands.

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“Rx for †the‡ stressed”

Reviewed May 28, 2012 by FrankInSWFla of Fort Myers, Florida

It is hard to verbalize the charm, personality and benefits of Cabbage Key simply because there is nothing to compare it to. It is unique and has to be experienced first hand. On this visit to Cabbage Key I stayed in the Tarpon Cottage and had one of the most pleasant and detoxifying vacations I have had in a long, long time. … Stepping onto Cabbage Key, and staying at the Tarpon Cottage was like taking a step back in time. The cottage is very much the same as it was built many years ago. It is a two bedroom, one bathroom cottage with a kitchen, family room and screened in patio. Everything about the cottage is simple, yet perfect. … The cottage is surrounded by large, mature oak trees and palms. There is a dock in your front yard. The view from the dock looks northward, over miles of mangrove islands and calm bay waters. Sitting on the dock, you remember the joys of the simpler things in life, such as the sounds from the Ospreys calling out, watching fish as they jump in the waters before you, seeing Egrets catching minnow, watching as otters frolic about and the distinct aroma of salt water surrounding you. The best part is when you realize that the inner child in you is still alive and well. You’re allowing yourself to be entertained by nature. You (hopefully) have turned off all your electronics, and are taking in the spectacular show that mother nature has provided you. Once you get experience this, you will be a lifetime fan of Cabbage Key.

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“Step back into Old Florida”

Reviewed January 27, 2012 by Michael K of Miami, Florida

My wife and I paddled our kayak over from Pine Island and stayed in the Tarpon Cottage, a 1930 former Tarpon research lab. The cottagge has its own dock with a view of the sound from the living room. It was very cozy and the full kitchen as nice to have. The restaurant was good-nothing fancy but well prepared and the service was warm and friendly. Having a drink at the bar with the colorful locals is a must. Cayo Costa state park is a short paddle away with access to the Gulf beaches, which were empty. If your looking for a relaxing get away without fancy ameneties this is defimitely the place.

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