Exploring the islands of Southwest Florida: Cabbage Key

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CABBAGE KEY, Fla. – Throughout the month of July, WINK News This Morning and Captiva Cruises have teamed up to showcase some of Southwest Florida’s hidden treasures.

Cabbage Key began its journey as a premier vacation destination and resort in the 1930’s and only grew from there becoming home to cozy cottages, unique charm and Southwest Florida tranquility. Currently the island is home to around 20 full time residents and staff with private residents and rental cottages on the island.

One of the main focal points of Cabbage Key is the restaurant, famous for their cheeseburgers and dollar bill decor the restaurant has served Presidents, celebrities and is even rumored to have been the inspiration for the Jimmy Buffet hit, “Cheeseburger In Paradise.”

The dollar bills that line the walls, ceiling and posts of the dining room have been up for decades. Currently it’s estimated there are more than 65,000 dollars hanging in the restaurant. Each year, between 10,000 and 20,000 bills fall from the walls and that money is donated to local charities. Guests to the restaurant can still leave behind a dollar bill and post it to the wall as many still do.

Today, you can visit Cabbage Key just for lunch or spend a week of your own on the island. Assessable by boat the island is located in Lee County Florida West of Pine Island and North of Captiva.

Captiva Cruises also offers daily charters to Cabbage Key which can be booked by clicking here, or by calling 239-472-5300. To learn more about life on Cabbage Key, visit: www.cabbagekey.com


Cabbage Key Water Tower

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