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Archive for February, 2009

Cabbage Key

Posted by Shane On February 20th

Cabbage Key is a great place to go to get away from the mainland. It is an island that has a restaurant on it as well as accommodations. You can rent rooms in the main building or rent one of the homes on the island. Or if you choose to, you can hook up to the shore power and stay on your boat at the dock for a fee. We love going to cabbage key, taking clients and friends .

It is a great environment and the people are so friendly. The food is great also. Have a Cheese Burger in Paradise. (I’ve heard Jimmy Buffet wrote Cheese Burger in Paradise sitting at the bar.) There is a full bar and if you go into the rear dining area you will see thousands and thousands of dollars hanging on the walls and ceiling where past visitors have left their mark. Down by the water is the gift shop. You can buy all kinds of cool things there.

Something else to check out is the water tower on the island, just to the right of the restaurant. You have to climb several flights of stairs, but well worth the view. I cannot put the view into words, you need to see it for your self.

Something else to check out is the water tower on the island, just to the right of the restaurant. You have to climb several flights of stairs, but well worth the view. I cannot put the view into words, you need to see it for your self.

How Do I Get There?

This is easy. Coming from Cape Coral Yacht Club, get into the ICW and head towards the mouth of the river. Go through the slow zone, when it says to resume normal speed, go almost straight ahead, you will see a green marker this this is the opening of the miserable mile as some people call it. Proceed staying in the channel do not go out side the channel or you will run aground, it is very, very shallow outside the channel. Follow the ICW into Pine Island Sound. You will have the back side of Sanibel on your left. Keep following the ICW. You will then pass Captiva Island on your Left and North Captiva Island on your left. You will see a pass called Cativa Pass. The next island up is Cayo Costa Island. Keep following the ICW. Look for red marker “58”, immediately to your left is Cabbage Key. The channel into cabbage Key is well marked. When you get up to the dock, the dock master will direct you where to go and help you park your vessel.

The Waterfront Restaurant

Posted by Shane On February 13th

This is located in St. James City. You can go by car or boat, but of course, by boat is way more fun.

This is what I would call more rustic, a neat hole in the wall place to go. The seafood is always fresh and great food. You must try a few of the Chef specials, yum, yum. The service is great too.

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Big Shell Island Sand Bar

Posted by Shane On February 6th

This is a fun place to go to if you are short on time and do not have time to run further out. This is a great place to grill out and meet friends and family. Pull right up on the beach. Remember pull up on the rear of the beach (the NE side) as long as you run on close to the island you will have good water. I would not bring a large boat around the rear side. This sand bar is not as nice as say a real beach, the sand bar does have rocks and some oyster shells, however, the kids can still play and have a great time and dad can still fish from shore. Depending on the time of year, you can catch, Sheeps Head, Red Fish, Trout, Snook and snapper right from the Sand bar. If you get to hot and want a treat, hop in the boat and go get an ice cream from Bearon’s Water Weenie Taxi across the Channel ( you cannot miss it, it is the only floating ice cream boat you will see.) to Shell Point Cove also known as Cocktail Cove. This is a quick location to get to and if the weather gets nasty as it often storms in the summer time, you will be close to your home port.

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