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Boating To Cabbage Key And Cayo Costa – Dolphins, Old Florida, And Pristine Beaches

Posted on July 14, 2019
Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, Recreation, Reviews

Is there anything better than combining a day’s boating to a charming “Old Florida” island – Cabbage Key – with swimming at a pristine beach and dolphin watching? Maybe, but this pretty much sums up my perfect day out. If you add no traffic worries (no cars at all on Cabbage Key), lovely lush surroundings, gopher tortoises and a delicious lunch in a historic restaurant, this outing is hard to top. Wouldn’t you agree?
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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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Experience a Legendary Island Getaway on Cabbage Key in Florida

Posted on November 28, 2017
By Charity De Souza, Trips to Discover
Cabbage Key Inn Reviews, Cayo Costa

Nature lovers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life can pack their sunnies and flip flops and explore one of Florida’s best-kept secrets: Cabbage Key. Only accessible by boat, this island’s Old Florida ambiance combines the allure of boat excursions and secluded natural beaches with a famous dollar-bill bar.

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Cabbage Key Featured in National Geographic: 10 Reasons to Visit Fort Myers and Sanibel, Florida

Posted on August 20, 2016
By Gillian Kendall, National Geographic
Cabbage Key Inn Reviews, Cayo Costa, Fishing & Boating, Fort Myers, Nature & Wildlife, Pine Island, Sanibel, Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant Reviews

For a beach lover, the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel are a dream destination.

Sunset at Bowman's Beach.

A man walks at sunset down Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island, Florida. PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL GOZANSKY, ALAMY

Trouble in paradise: I’m at the tollbooth on the causeway that crosses to Sanibel Island from Fort Myers, Florida. There’s a six-dollar charge, and they don’t take credit cards. After fumbling through pockets, purse, and beach bag, I come up with only four crumpled one-dollar bills. But the tan booth attendant offers an authentic smile. “If you don’t have it, it’s OK,” she says, waving me through. “Someone ahead of you just paid it forward.”

Receiving a favor from a stranger is an unexpected welcome to the islands west of Fort Myers. But it’s just one of many things that make the area unusual.

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