Reviews | Cabbage Key Inn & Restaurant

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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Iconic Cabbage Key

Posted on July 8, 2019
By Lazy Locations

Cabbage Key is an island located in Charlotte Harbor and probably my favorite place for lunch when I’m in the area.  It’s south of Boca Grande, east of Cayo Costa and located at marker “60” on the intracoastal waterway.  It’s the most visited spot in the area hands-down!  It can only be accessed by boat or ferry and it’s famous for it’s fabulous, “old-Florida” restaurant.  Supposedly, it was the inspiration for Jimmy Buffett’s song, “Cheeserburger in Paradise”.

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The Most Unusual Dining Destination In Florida Will Delight You In Every Way

Posted on April 23, 2019
By Marisa Roman,
Cabbage Key, Restaurant Reviews

The next time you’re thinking of visiting this one particular restaurant in Pineland, Florida then you should probably bring your dollar bills. Aaaaand, it’s not what you’re thinking, just to be clear. This unusual yet delightful restaurant uses dollar bills as decor taped to the walls and ceilings, which makes for a surprisingly fun way to dine in Florida.

Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant is one of the coolest, and possibly strangest restaurants you’ll ever come across in Florida.

Located in the Old House on the property, this open-air restaurant serves three meals a day—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—365 days a year.

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What to expect at Cabbage Key

Posted on April 11, 2019
By Kita Roberts, Pass The Sushi
Cabbage Key, Recreation, Reviews

Whether you are just coming in for a burger at the infamous Cabbage Key Restaurant or planning to spend a few nights, here’s why you must visit this iconic island in southern Florida.

“A slice of old Florida,” I heard it described by several before I arrived at the small island of Cabbage Key.

Never having been to ‘old’ Florida before, I wasn’t terribly sure what that meant. I had been to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and several other cities in Florida, always for those quick vacations and needed getaways. I have done the theme parks and seen the beaches. With that as my reference, what could ‘old Florida’ truly be?

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Florida’s Gulf Coast: Five Wonderful Island Escapes

Posted on January 21, 2019
By Fred Mays, GoNOMAD
Cabbage Key, Recreation, Reviews

Aerial view of Cabbage Key, Florida.

Aerial view of Cabbage Key, Florida. Fred Mays photos.

Florida is a big, very populous state with lots of tourists, and consequently finding a little quiet peace on the beach gets harder all the time.

Yeah, there are over 1,350 miles of coastline, and you would think that’s enough to give everybody their own place on the sand. But no, everybody seems to want to pile in the same spot you picked.

But there are places where you can get away from the crowds and enjoy a little sand dune solitude. Here are my picks for couple’s getaways on Florida’s Gulf Coast where you can find great beaches, fine restaurants, and comfortable hotels.
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Charmed by Southwest Florida

Posted on December 11, 2018
By Bruce Sach, Dreamscapes Travel and Lifestyle Magazine
Cabbage Key, Captiva, Reviews

We drove through Captiva island to embark on a Captiva Cruise to Cabbage Key, a tiny 404,685-square-metre island (key) one hour away by boat. From the dock, we carefully crossed the very shallow Pine Island Sound, so shallow that our guide causally mentioned that if we ran aground, they’d open up the bar while we waited to be unstuck by the Coast Guard!

Nothing untoward occurred, however we were occasionally entertained by pods of delightfully playful and curious dolphins. They love sounds and are attracted by the boat’s engine and any noise we cared to share.

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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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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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