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This Chain of Islands in South Florida Is the Perfect Summer Getaway

Posted on May 31, 2022
By Olivia Young, Thrillist
Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, Fort Myers, Pine Island, Sanibel

Life is an island highway.

Island hop till you drop.

When you strip away the omnipresent Disney and admittedly-pretty-funny Florida Man stereotypes that plague the Sunshine State, you just might see America’s southeasternmost extremity for what it really is: a subtropical-to-tropical paradise. Here you’ll find 1,350 miles of convivial coastline, an effervescent ecosystem teeming with nature not found anywhere else in the States, and a melting pot of (not all gray-headed) thalassophiles blissed out on the salt life.

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The Best Themed Restaurant in Every State

Posted on May 23, 2022
By Caitlin Flynn, Eat This, Not That!
Cabbage Key, Restaurant Reviews

Craving a side of fun with your meal? Check these out!

There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing a restaurant—the quality of the food, the price point, and the location are typically at the top of the list. But sometimes the full experience is the real draw, which is why themed restaurants are so popular.

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Cabbage Key: The Best of the Gulfshore 2022 Award Finalist🏅

Posted on May 23, 2022
By Cabbage Key
Awards, Cabbage Key, Tarpon Lodge

We’re Proud…

to have been selected as a FINALIST in Gulfshore Life’s “Best of the Gulfshore” 2022 awards for Best Overall Attraction, Best Vacation Rental, Best Day Cruise, Best Boat Access and honored to have WON

  • Best Boating Destination

In case you missed it, our sister property, Tarpon Lodge was voted Best Sunset View and Best Kept Secret.

Fort Myers Tip-Off Tournament Features Cabbage Key

Posted on May 23, 2022
Cabbage Key, Dining, Recreation

Special thanks to Jade Mallard, of the Fort Myers Tip-Off Tournament, and Captain Brian for stopping by Cabbage Key on their Fort Myers promotional tour:

Cabbage Key featured in Texas Lifestyle & Travel Magazine

Posted on May 19, 2022
By Daniel Ramirez, Texas Lifestyle Magazine
Cabbage Key, Nature & Wildlife, Recreation

Sunlight pierces the tree canopy as a couple holds hands as they approach Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant

Take a Ride to Cabbage Key

Take a ride with Captiva Cruises, conveniently located in the South Seas’ Marina, and you’ll find yourself on Cabbage Key, a landmark destination with quite a few interesting residents. The island is home to the ubiquitous anoles – small lizards, either brown or black – strewn throughout the island’s paths and trees, but also to a robust gopher tortoise population. Neither reptile is shy, but they aren’t as curious as the third inhabitant of Cabbage Key – Florida’s famed manatees. There’s not an accurate way to describe the sheer magnitude of these gentle mammals, save to say that they dwarf all visitors, yet are docile enough to surface and say hello. And, throughout your time near the water, whether marina or open gulf, you’ll have no end of attention from dolphins, who call this part of Florida home.

This is an excerpt from the article #TravelTuesday: Stretch Out and Stay a Spell on Southwest Florida’s Captiva Island by Daniel Ramirez, originally published in the travel section of

Houston Style Magazine Online Features Cabbage Key & South Seas Island Resort

Posted on May 18, 2022
By Reginald Dominique, Houston Style Magazine
Cabbage Key, Local Attractions

Cabbage Key Island

For a one-of-a-kind shelling experience, your adventure Captiva Cruise choice maybe Cayo Costa State Park. Another island accessible only by boat, Cayo Costa State Park is considered to be one of the best shelling beaches in the world. With nine miles of beach, acres of pine forests and more than six miles of trails, visitors may enjoy shelling, fishing, birdwatching and snorkeling on this beautiful barrier island.

This is an excerpt from an original article Captivating and Exciting: South Seas Island Resort Awaits your Arrival by Reginald Dominique on

Worth the Trip: Animal Kingdom

Posted on August 6, 2021
By John Thomason, Boca Magazine
Cabbage Key, Captiva, Recreation, Reviews

Part of the ideal South Seas experience involves leaving the resort: The on-site Captiva Cruises features five-to-six-hour narrated voyages to nearby islands, including Boca Grande, Useppa and Cayo Costa State Park. I joined a cruise to Cabbage Key, a 100-acre speck purchased by its original owners for all of $2,500. We disembarked at the Key’s sole attraction: a historic home converted into an inn and restaurant, one of many places in South Florida attributed as the site where Jimmy Buffett wrote “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

Boaters first view a sign in Pine Island Sound that marks the channel leading to Cabbage Key, seen in the background.

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History, fresh seafood, famous Cubans: Here’s our 10 favorite iconic Florida restaurants

Posted on June 26, 2021
By Annabelle Tometich, USA TODAY Network
Cabbage Key, Restaurant Reviews

Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant Outdoor Dining

Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant. Wesley K.H. Teo

Every city has a legendary restaurant that everyone knows — and recommends to visiting family, friends and strangers alike.

When it comes to iconic restaurants, Florida has plenty, including several open for more than a century, including Tampa’s original Columbia Restaurant and Miami Beach’s Joe’s Stone Crab.

While some are special-occasion restaurants, others are everyday favorites.

Here’s our list of some of Florida’s most enduring (and endearing) restaurants, presented in alphabetical order, from USA TODAY Network contributors from across the state.

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Samantha Brown’s Places to Love: Ft. Myers and Sanibel Island, Florida

Posted on May 23, 2021
By Samantha Brown, PBS
Cabbage Key, Recreation

Samantha kicks off her trip with a boat ride to the remote island of Cayo Costa, where she learns about the unique place, and finds some extraordinary shells. Hopping islands, Samantha meets Rob Wells, co-owner of the family owned Cabbage Key, who talks to her about being a steward of the island while showing Samantha his favorite spots.

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The South’s Best Stays 2021

Posted on May 23, 2021
By Valerie Fraser Luesse, Southern Living
Cabbage Key, Reviews

Cabbage Patch Cottage at Cabbage Key

Credit: Cedric Angeles

Historic Cabbage Key Inn & Restaurant

Cabbage Key, Florida

On this Gulf island off the South Florida coast, peace and quiet reign. You won’t find any traffic jams (or pavement), and you’ll need a boat to get there. A stay on Cabbage Key is a worlds-away experience, thanks to its sandy paths, historic stays, and open-air restaurant. We’re not sure of the eatery’s actual name; we just reference the gazillion dollar bills that are plastered over every available surface and call it what everybody else does: “the bar with all the money on the walls.” (Whether it really inspired Jimmy Buffett’s song “Cheeseburger in Paradise” is up for debate, but let’s just say it did. It makes for a good story.) Explore 100 virtually undisturbed acres, and sleep with the ocean breeze blowing through the open windows of your 1930s cabin. While you’re at it, have a cheeseburger—you know—in paradise.

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