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Cabbage Key: Old Florida island for kayaking, history, atmosphere — Florida Rambler

Cabbage Key, a little island west of Fort Myers reachable only by boat, is famous for a lot of things — its historic Dollar Bill Bar, papered with more than $70,000 in signed dollar bills from patrons; its association with Jimmy Buffett. Cabbage Key is familiar to thousands who visit on a popular luncheon cruise from Pine Island or Captiva and spend perhaps two hours.

But staying on Cabbage Key for a longer period of time, in the quiet mornings before day visitors arrive and in the golden evenings when the iconic bar has only a handful of boaters and fishermen, reveals a different side of Cabbage Key.

We spent two nights in a charming small room at the inn and kayaked the quiet waters between Cabbage Key and Cayo Costa Island. Cabbage Key makes an excellent base for kayaking.

I fell in love with this island, its history, its ambiance and, I have to admit, its tortoises.

It’s more than a luncheon destination for tourists; when you spend a bit more time, it’s a visit to a Florida we’ve almost lost.

via Cabbage Key: Old Florida island for kayaking, history, atmosphere — Florida Rambler

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