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Travel to Sanibel Island, Cabbage Key for a taste of Old Florida

Posted on July 31, 2018
By Tracey Teo, Special to Nashville Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK – TENNESSEE
Cabbage Key, Restaurant Reviews, Sanibel

Diners on the patio of the Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant in Florida.

Cabbage Key in southwest Florida is a long way to go for a cheeseburger, but this isn’t just any cheeseburger — it’s a “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Legend has it that musician Jimmy Buffett wrote his classic hit at the historic Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant, practically the only evidence of human life on this roadless, 100-acre island that is accessible only by boat.

With just eight rental cottages at the inn, the island is usually a tranquil oasis, but at lunch time, it teems with hungry day-trippers, like me.

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A Magical Boat Ride to Cabbage Key

Posted on July 17, 2018
By Olivia Johnson, Baubles to Bubbles
Cabbage Key, Captiva, Recreation

I’m back in Cincinnati after an incredible family vacation on Captiva Island in Florida! We have been vacationing in Captiva since I was a baby, and it’s always a nice weeklong escape when we go.

This year Joe was finally able to come on the trip with us, so it was his first time experiencing the island. In past years, the dates of our vacations unfortunately perfectly lined up with other work/travel obligations Joe had so I was excited this year worked out!

We like to lounge on our beach vacations, so most days we headed straight to the beach. We decided to switch it up one day and rent a boat to take us out to Cabbage Key, an island only accessible by boat.

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7 unforgettable moments you’ll have fishing The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Florida

Posted on June 29, 2018
By Tom Keer, Matador Network
Cabbage Key, Fishing & Boating, Fort Myers, Pine Island, Sanibel, Tarpon Lodge

Photo: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

There are so many reasons to visit Florida’s lower Gulf Coast — all those beaches, the calm, warm water, the sailing, power boating, kayaking, diving, SUPing…. But hey, my linebacker legs don’t do well on SUPs. No, all those things are well and good, but I come here for one reason: to fish.

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Cabbage Key: Worlds Away

Posted on June 6, 2018
By Barbara Linstrom, Florida Weekly Correspondent
Cabbage Key, History, Reviews

A SMALL, SECLUDED ISLAND ACCESSIBLE BY BOAT or helicopter, Cabbage Key is beyond the real deal when it comes to experiencing the old Florida lifestyle. “We’re right off what I call the I-75 for boaters — the Intracoastal Waterway,” says Rob Wells III, whose family stewards the island and runs the iconic inn and restaurant there. Located at mile marker 60, about eight miles north of Sanibel and Captiva, the historic island is worlds away from both mainland and mainstream culture.

With an “open air” restaurant and bar, the Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant thrusts you into another time as you sit in awe at how well the breeze flows from the mesmerizing waters of Pine Island Sound into the screened-in patio, through the bar into the back screened dining area.

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How to Do a Digital Detox Holiday Near Fort Myers

Posted on March 22, 2018
By Natasha Mekhail, WestJet Magazine
Cabbage Key, Captiva, Fort Myers, Local Attractions, Sanibel

Leave your devices at the door when you visit Florida’s Sanibel and Captiva islands.

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, photo by Susan Rydberg/Thinkstock

Close your eyes. You’re reclined in a beach chair on a long stretch of powdery white sand. Out in the water before you, a pod of wild dolphins turns somersaults in the waves. You rise, walk to the ocean’s edge and dip your fingers in, only to catch a sand dollar in your outstretched hand. Around you, thousands of seashells tinkle in the tide like a giant wind chime. Relaxed yet? This isn’t a guided meditation—it’s real life on Sanibel and Captiva islands, just across the bridge from Fort Myers. Explore these unspoiled isles tip-to-tip by bike, spot resident manatees from trailside lookouts and roam the shell-strewn beaches.

Here at the top things to do.
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Hitting the right notes on Florida’s barrier islands

Posted on March 2, 2018
By Sherri Haigh, Special to the Star
Cabbage Key, Reviews, Tarpon Lodge

Waterfront silhouette of musician Clint Daniels playing guitar at sunset.

Musician Clint Daniels performed at many venues during the 2017 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest.

Cruise into quirky traditions, favourite dishes

Money may not grow on trees, but it sure looks like it grows on walls at the Cabbage Key Inn.

It’s estimated that visitors have taped thousands of autographed dollar bills on the walls of the restaurant and bar on the private island of Cabbage Key, located inside the chain of barrier islands that include Sanibel and Captiva. Ask for a marker and tape, and join the list of personalities — including ex-presidents and celebrities including actors Julia Roberts and Kevin Costner — who have posted signed bills.

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Cabbage Key: The Best of the Gulfshore 2018 Award Finalist

Posted on February 28, 2018
By Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant
Awards

Great news! Cabbage Key has been selected as a finalist in Gulfshore Life’s “Best of the Gulfshore” 2018 Awards for BEST Boat Access Restaurant. Thank you to all who voted!


The Best Places to Visit in March

Posted on February 14, 2018
By Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler
Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa

Aerial view of Cayo Costa State Park: Getty 87615746

This month is Spring Training season, when MLB teams, quite literally, warm up, with the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues of Arizona and Florida. The best base for the latter contest this year is Fort Myers, where the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins each take up temporary residence for a few weeks. The Twins will play at Hammond Stadium, while the newer JetBlue Park is a home away from home for the Sox—it even has a counterpart in left field to Fenway’s notorious Green Monster. Games run here through March 25: a standout, of course, will be the face-off between the Yankees and the Sox on March 3. If you don’t want to spend every day at the ball game, the barrier sand spits here are ideal for island hopping, whether you head for the car-free Cabbage Key or the Cayo Costa state park, with its nine miles of untouched beaches.

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Keys to the backwaters: a coastal Florida road trip

Posted on January 27, 2018
By Tim Dorsey, The Guardian
Cabbage Key, Pine Island, Tarpon Lodge

Away from the overcooked theme parks, there’s a calmer side to the Sunshine State, in tune with the ocean and vast wetlands.

Florida author Tim Dorsey takes us on a tour of remote outposts where small town life still flourishes.

To say that Florida has a mixed reputation is like saying my president occasionally utters unusual sentences. We have packs of tourists wandering the mega-theme parks of greater Orlando like flocks of flightless birds; locust swarms of spring breakers funnelling beers in Panama City before leaving motel rooms looking as if The Who had stayed; and supermodels weighted down with bling filming commercials on Miami Beach.

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