Not everyone knows the name of the island……but just about anyone who listens to music knows the song “Cheeseburger in Paradise”…..made famous by Jimmy Buffet. This small island sitting at channel marker #60 in the intercoastal waterway, has long been a favorite destination for boaters. Why is it so popular…….read more.
I first visited Cabbage Key in the 1990’s and fell in love with the ambiance of the island and its 100 acres of its undisturbed vegetation, the old house that is full of character, the dollar bills posted on the ceiling with travelers names or towns where their from, the water tower with ts great views [if you decide to take the climb], and the trails and walkways. Cabbage Key is the highest point in Lee County, and may even be the highest point in SW Florida. Don’t try ordering french fries or onion rings…they are not on the menu, since they have no fryers. The potato salad is excellent.
Here is what they say on their blog site:
“Welcome to our Gulf Coast island. One hundred acres of tropical vegetation surround our historic restaurant, inn and rental cottages. A panoramic view of Pine Island Sound, near Fort Myers in Bokeelia, is provided from the front porch of our open-air restaurant situated atop a thirty-eight foot Indian shell mound. There are no cars here, not even a paved road. You will find winding nature trails, romantic picturesque views and relaxation.”
Getting to Cabbage Key is an adventure itself. Hal & I highly recommend you take the Tropic Star charter boat that leaves from Jug Creek at the north end of Pine Island. Its a slow 1 hour ride, but is narrated by both the captain as well as his mate. They explain the voyage in detail and we found it quite entertaining. Dock departure was 9:30 am and arrival at Cabbage Key was at 11 am.
Once on the island I recommend you eat first. The larger charter boats arriving at 11:30-noon will fill the restaurant and slow the lunch service. Once you eat, go climb the water tower and take your camera for some great pictures. If its steamy hot, I would not recommend the walking tour to deep into the Indian mounds, due to the mosquito’s. Boat watching is fun, so grab one of the many outdoor chairs and watch the boats arrive and depart. There is a gift shop down at the docks, for your souvenir.
Its a great day on the water, and the cheeseburger is delicious and well worth ordering. There is a helpful dockmaster that will assist in your dockage. The family owned business is now operated by the next generation of the Rob Wells family. Enjoy the “Olde Florida” atmosphere. For more information visit their blog by googling Cabbage Key, or call 239-283-2278.