Cabbage Key Boating to Paradise
To add another dimension to just renting a boat, why not go explore an island
while you are boating for the day. The perfect place to choose is Cabbage Key on
the Pine Island Sound. You may even want to stay a couple of days for a real
adventure! This tropical island is only about 100 acres and only accessible by
boat, helicopter or seaplane! There are no paved roads and no automobiles on the
island. To get around the island visitors will have to use bicycles, golf carts
There are no grocery stores or shops to browse thru on this island. You will
have to visit the mainland for those types of activities. There is only one Inn
on the island and that is The Cabbage Key Inn.
It is the former mansion of mystery writer Mary Roberts Rinehart. The home
was built for her in 1929. You can stay in the main building or smaller
cottages. The main building has six air-conditioned rooms, some have fireplaces
and all have a private bath. You can also choose a cottage to rent, there are
seven of them accommodating one to four couples depending on the cottage. Only a
few of the cottages have kitchen facilities. If you would like to stay at the
Inn please call 239-283-2278 for availability and to make reservations. You can
only make reservations between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (seven days a week) and
by phone only.
It is recommended that you bring drinks and lite snacks with you to the island.
It would also be a good idea to bring a flashlight if you are staying overnight.
The most popular and well known experience to have on Cabbage Key is to eat at
the "Dollar Bill Bar" at the Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant.
This is the bar and restaurant made famous in the Jimmy Buffet song
"Cheeseburger in Paradise". The bar area is covered with one dollar bills on all
the walls and even the ceiling. A very fun place to get a drink and have a nice
meal. You can eat inside or on the patio outside overlooking the water and small
marina. Check behind the bar to see a picture of Jimmy Buffet himself!
The restaurant serves more than cheeseburgers and has a large menu from which
to choose a great meal! Fresh food is boated over daily. The restaurant serves
breakfast, lunch and dinner.
When boating to Cabbage Key just look for Channel Marker 60 and you have found
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