However, I do suggest paying very close attention to the markers in the intracoastal, as the area is full of treacherous shallows, especially at low tide. Situated east of Cayo Costa, Pine Island is Florida’s biggest island. Luckily, it was deep enough and nothing happened, but this was also a timely reminder that it’s best to stick to what you know. Have you been to Cabbage Key? Relaxing boat ride to Cabbage Key! Afterwards it is time to explore the island. I only saw the ground (and freaked out) once, and even got to steer the boat for a bit. Captiva and Sanibel are the perfect starting points for such a boat trip. We made the mistake of following a local boat for a moment – and this was when I saw the ground briefly. A Magical Boat Ride to Cabbage Key. About the Cabbage Key Lunch or Diner Cruise: Take a spectacular cruise for lunch or dinner to Cabbage Key - where Jimmy Buffet either did or did not write his biggest hit "Cheeseburger in Paradise"! Enjoy a 4 hour tour to Cabbage Key. These are placed by conservationists to mark the nests of sea turtles. They have a small menu which means the food is fresh and they do those few items really well. 6 Minute Cruise To Cabbage Key. 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. Cayo Costa remains a refuge for all who want to lodge in perfect harmony with nature. However, if you don’t want to rent your own boat you can reach the island via various ferry services from Pine Island and Captiva. We rented a boat from Tween Waters and were told the exact route to Cabbage Key, as well as Cayo Costa, which made boating there a breeze. We thoroughly enjoyed the quirky and historic atmosphere, as well as the food there. Feasting on such culinary delights is the perfect way to end your unforgettable boat trip. If you want to enjoy a bird’s eye view of this tropical island, you should climb the old water tower. Check out the “Old Florida” decor and the dollar-bills wallpaper. It's Worth The Trip! You should definitely leave some room for the Inn’s signature dessert: refreshing Key Lime Pie topped with whipped cream. Cabbage Key was undeveloped at that time and said to have been occupied by one squatter, some wild pigs, and the usual Florida critters. Box 200, Pineland FL 33945 Channel Marker 60 Latitude N 26º 39' 24.162" Longitude W 82º 13' 20.635". Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, and Useppa Islands Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, and Useppa Islands - These beautiful Southwest Florida Islands are a short boat trip away from Cape Coral!. But of course, thanks to TV and internet, you are not cut off from the outside world. The estate was finished in 1937 and included everything one needs to live fairly comfortably on the little island: a main house (now the restaurant), a boat house with docks, a water tower, cottages and a power house. We were desperate for a cool down, and thankfully the water here felt quite refreshing due to the beach being so close to the inlet. The gulf side is restricted for boats, but of course you can always take a walk there. 81 Reviews #10 of 31 Tours in Boca Grande. HOW TO GET TO CABBAGE KEY: You can only arrive at Cabbage Key by boat. If you are heading up the intracoastal, marker 61 will show you a sign for cabbage key heading east (to your left as you cruise up north from Captiva). Fishing Charters & Tours, Boat Tours. This restaurant is not only known for the many dollar bills stuck to its wall and donated to charity once a year. Like in old times, Cayo Costa can only be reached by boat. August 2019 (1) July 2019 (2) June 2019 (1) April 2019 (1) Truly an amazing and unforgettable experience. If you want to learn more about the island’s biodiversity, you should head to the ranger station. High-quality steaks and comfort foods like cheeseburgers and Cuban sandwiches are on the menu as well. Cabbage Key is one of the many keys and islands located in Pine Island Sound on the south-west coast of Florida, and can be reached via ferry and cruise companies on Pine Island and Captiva, or – by far the best option if you dare – by private boat. About the Cabbage Key Lunch or Diner Cruise: Take a spectacular cruise for lunch or dinner to Cabbage Key - where Jimmy Buffet either did or did not write his biggest hit "Cheeseburger in Paradise"! Sanibel, Captiva and North Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Island and Lover´s Key. Even from afar this islet pleases the eye with its lush, tropical vegetation. Located 1 mile from the docks is the camping ground with toilets, showers, drinking water, picnic areas and enough space for 30 tents. The Stults’ began to develop the existing island buildings to establish Cabbage Key Inn. Hiking paths run alongside old, gnarled trees that are home to many birds such as herons, ibises and fish eagles. The menu satisfies guests with good old American comfort food like burgers and sandwiches, as well as fresh seafood and the grilled catch of the day. Fly into Fort Myers and book a private charter or take the water taxi Island Girl Charters from Pineland Marina. No shortcuts! 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? However, it all turned out fine. At first, I thought the nice man in the marina was joking when I asked about the depth finder, and he said “no electronics, but there is a paddle for that”. Wouldn’t you agree? For those like us, who do not live in the area, it is advisable to pay close attention to directions given by your boat rental, and most of all to pay close attention to the markers. The old house is now the Cabbage Key restaurant and bar. When we visited it was over 90 degrees in June and we were melting away with hardly a breeze due to the island being sheltered by its lush vegetation. United States ; Florida (FL) Southwest Gulf Coast ; Captiva Island ; Captiva Island - Things to Do ; Captiva Cruises; Search. Posted on July 14, 2019 Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, Recreation, Reviews. Don’t be fooled, these people have local knowledge (I hope) and know the waters. Travel on our newly added covered 6 passenger boat. Even today, the large barrier island north of Captiva presents itself like it did 500 years ago, when the first Europeans arrived. Captiva Cruises. Fast forward to more recent times, the Rineharts (Alan and Gratia) purchased Cabbage Key – then known as Palmetto Key – in 1934. Yes, you can actually stay on this little paradise and enjoy Old Florida not just for a day. Thanks to a handy chart provided by Tween Waters boat rental, however, we did get to Cabbage Key in one piece. This article by Tamara Scharf originally appeared on tamarascharf.com, Our staff is standing by to help you book your stay and answer any questions you may have about your relaxing island getaway. And we live to tell the tale! 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island, FL 33924. Despite this, only 9.000 people live here. Looking for a fun, quaint and "old florida" style place to stay for a night on our anniversary next month.....and arriving by boat. Boat cruise to Cabbage Key - Boca Boat Cruises. This tour runs from Matlacha, Burnt Store Marina, and Boca Grande. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The island itself is pretty small and covers just 100 acres. Maybe, but this pretty much sums up my perfect day out. - Captiva Cruises. We were told that the beach facing the Gulf of Mexico is one of the top beaches for shelling, and easily reached by walking from our anchoring place around the southern point of the inlet. Also, there are dolphins everywhere. Rental kayaks are available at the docks and provide the perfect opportunity to explore the mangrove coast. Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The marina’s stores are also a life saver in case you forgot your sunscreen at home. "Welcome to the real Florida" – this sign greeting visitors perfectly sums up Cayo Costa.