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Cabbage Key Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Bokeelia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 15, 2011

Thank you for a wonderful 3 day getaway at Cabbage Key! My husband and I loved our stay in the "Tarpon" bungalow. We wanted a peaceful, beautiful, relaxing environment for a much needed getaway. We found it with you!! The food was delicious, the staff was helpful, friendly and fun to be around. We will plan another trip and bring our children and grandchildren! Thanks again

Room Tip: Entire Island is beautiful!
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Keithchristie
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cabbage_key, Guest Relations Manager at Cabbage Key Inn, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2011

On behalf of everyone here at Cabbage Key, we are delighted that you and your husband enjoyed your stay with us. We are glad you were able to enjoy the peaceful, relaxing atmosphere that makes Cabbage Key so unique. Your kind comments will be shared with our resort staff.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family back very soon!

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Reviewed June 9, 2011

We just spent another great weekend at Cabbage Key over Memorial Day. I have to admit just turning in at channel marker 60 puts a big smile on my face. We figured on the way home that we had been going to Cabbage Key since 1994 and have always had a great time. We have gone by ourselves, with our boys, with groups of friends, and last summer took our grandkids. I believe we have stayed in every room in the inn and all but one of the cabins on the island, and we are always comfortable and pleased with our accomodations. The management and all the staff are always friendly and eager to help, even with an inn full of customers in the midst of a large lunch crowd. I don't remember ever having a bad meal, I have to admit I really enjoy the chefs nightly creations, fresh seafood prepared and presented beautifully. We go by boat and enjoy the fishing and exploring all the beaches at our disposal. We have also had boat trouble and walked the island trails and climbed the water tower to enjoy the view. I believe for anyone looking to get away from the norm and get back to a place with that "old florida" feel you will not be disappointed.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JollyMon33563
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cabbage_key, Guest Relations Manager at Cabbage Key Inn, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2011

On behalf of everyone at Cabbage Key, we are delighted that you had another great trip to the island! I will pass along your extremely kind comments to our resort staff. We are delighted that you and you family appreicate our unique, "Old Florida" atmosphere.

Thank you again for writing and we look forward to your next visit!

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Reviewed June 8, 2011

This is a one of a kind "old Florida" feel. I had a great time over the Memorial Day weekend and would gladly go back every chance I got. The food was great and the staff was always accommodating. For those that want to go on vacation and watch TV. . . this is not for you. For those that want to enjoy the beauty of West Coast Florida, this will be a trip you will remember. I will definitely be back and soon.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank MACMCG
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cabbage_key, Guest Relations Manager at Cabbage Key Inn, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2011

On behalf of everyone at Cabbage Key, we would like to thank you for your kind comments regarding your recent visit to the Island. We love when our guests appreicate our unique, "Old Florida" qualities.

Located on ICW 60 in the Pine Island Sound, 5 miles offshore from Pine Island, we have some of the best fishing in the area. Cayo Costa, a seven mile stretch of white, sandy beaches is a short kayak or boat ride away.

Thank you again for writing and we look forward to your return visit to the Island!

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Reviewed May 31, 2011

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We’d heard wonderful things about the Cabbage Key Inn’s restaurant and it’s waterfront cabins. We planned to visit when our finances permitted.. The opportunity finally arose, and in March we made reservation for this Memorial Day Weekend. At first we were disappointed when the Inn management told us all the single cabins were already booked, but they assured us the rooms in the main building were very nice and that we’d better book immediately. We were anticipating a great three-day as we stepped off the water taxi an onto the Cabbage Key docks.

A pleasant young lady, driving a golf cart, helped us get our luggage to the lodge. Our first shock was the room. For $150 a night we were led to a tiny, dark, pine paneled, room. Next door, through the paper-thin walls, we heard a disappointed arrival exclaim, “I thought this place was supposed to be nice.”
Our room was clean; had two comfortable beds a single and a twin, a couple of pole lamps and a musty, garage sale, dresser. We had three adults in the room and were charged a $10/night extra person fee. (When asked about this up charge they told us it was because of the extra linens, which, incidentally were new and clean)
Our bathroom was minuscule and cramped, you could not move in the plastic shower enclosure. Showering was an ordeal. Water pressure was a trickle., and hot water was only intermittent..
To our surprise a thin unlocked door in our room led right into our neighbors bathroom. Needless to say he locked the door from his side, but we heard every groan, plop, and gas release. Given the quality of the dinners served here, these sounds were very distressing at night.
As I was saying for $150 per night the “ Cabbage key Inn” provides NO amenities, none, nada, nichts, no pool, no spas, no TV, no ice machines, no landscaping, no comfortable seating, no real walking trails, no beaches. If you don’t have a boat you will have nothing whatsoever to do here, except lie in bed and read, and endure the afternoon noise of the restaurant.
It didn’t take long to realize that providing quality accommodations was a secondary concern of The Cabbage Key Inn. The inn makes its money primarily from the tourist excursion boats that disgorge packs of brand new customers on weekend afternoons. The Inn has marketed itself, as high quality, laid back, old Florida, kinda place, but under this guise lies a cynical money grubbing, turn em upside down and shake em, operation that rivals the worst Orlando tourist traps. Excursion boat Tourists, and even a few local, sandbar boaters, are hustled through frozen, pre prepped, meals with assembly line efficiency by a glazed eyed, robotically programmed, live in “cult” staff.
Customers are cycled through so quickly and ruthlessly that before they know it they’ve been fed, hustled from their tables, and are wandering aimlessly about, the island wondering how two sandwiches and two drinks just cost them a days pay.
When the last tour boat is gone the Island becomes deathly quiet, it’s Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend, and the restaurant is nearly empty. That should have been our first tip off, but we ignored the signs: sat down in the UN air conditioned, dollar bill festooned, restaurant and endured a merciless $200 shellacking for four, low end, amateur prepared, dinner concoctions that left everything to be desired. Lunch and breakfasts proved to be of equally inferior quality and also vastly overpriced. The Cabbage Key Inn is voracious when it comes to your money, and charges for items considered complimentary nearly everywhere else in the USA, (a styro cup self serve morning coffee $2.50, Ice for the room $6.50/ bag) Wait staff is programmed to steer customers into higher end fare and to brag/exaggerate the amount of business the place does. . The janitorial staff was impeccable and did a through job cleaning our room.
A previous review discussing the Harbor Master is spot on. He is without a doubt one of the rudest people I’ve ever had the misfortune of meeting. (Likely he’s a relative of the ownership, who else would employ a fool?) This guy was in conflict with, someone at the dock everyday we were there. He showed his gums to the big boat owners, and snarled at everyone else..
By Sunday, we’d had enough and departed Cabbage Key, one day early. (Of course no refunds when you leave early, but we were just happy to be away from there)
The one most enjoyable part of this trip was our boat rental from “Bobs Boats”. He delivered an impeccable 20 ft center console boat to the docks for $250. We spent 8 hours of memorable boating and swimming time around beautiful Cayo Coasta and Boca Grande

PS. All positive reviews of the Cabbage Key Inn are likely written by programmed cult employees/staff or management. This place is one of the worst I've ever encountered Southwest Florida.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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17  Thank Andre S
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Reviewed May 13, 2011

Cabbage Key is a great place to spend the day / night, not a lot to do on the island, but kick back and relax, good food, entertaining bar and great staff / service make i a good place to visit, get a water taxi or grab the ferry over for better value,
inn rooms are great clean and welcoming, try and get a cottage for jusy a few ore dollers as these look fantastic ove teh back drop of the pretty location.
mqake sure you take the bug spray!!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2011

We loved it! It made me feel like I was back at Summer camp as a kid, only with Coronas. We stayed in Room #5 in the Inn.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Wetbrat
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Reviewed May 3, 2011

I can't believe I've lived in Florida all my life and haven't been here. It is a REAL Florida get-a-way. Not fancy. Not spa. Not luxurious. Just real Florida. We had a great time.

We love to take trips to towns and places in Florida and this is one of our top two trips. The mere fact that you have to take a boat ride to get here is wonderful and you instantly feel like you are away from it all. Not to mention how cool is it to be on a boat. And to see the location from a boat. To realize that you are in the bay, surrounded by mangrove islands. Very special.

I also think you get a real sense of Florida living, since you're not staying in a traditional hotel. Instead you're either in the main house (indeed, a real house, somebody's old house converted into an "inn" and bar and restaurant) or in a cottage nearby. You can easily imagine what it must have been like to have lived in this house before it became an inn.

You get an even better sense of place when you climb the water tower. You can see all around and see the other mangrove islands and Cayo Costa and see the sun set.

And the kayaking was wonderful. Magical. Very special. We stayed 2 nights and on the day in between the 2 nights we rented a kayak ($50) and kayaked to Cayo Costa. The ride there on the kayak was great - to get near the beach side of Cayo Costa you have to go through a very narrow canal or waterway and you are surrounded by mangroves. Very picturesque if you're into nature. Then how awesome is it to be on Cayo Costa - an undeveloped barrier island in Florida! Like having your own private beach. And the kayak ride back to Cabbage Key was the most memorable kayak trip in my life - we got so close to 2 dolphins that I could just about touch them and then, just as we were that close, they noticed we were there and took off at full speed. A once in a lifetime experience.

We ate both nights at the restaurant (it is your only option, you are, after all, on an island) and the food was very good. And, yes, very expensive (at least, in my opinion). And we had drinks in the famous bar with the dollar bills. I had their signature drink - a Cabbage Creeper - yummy! And also $7. But, worth it. The only disappointment was the one lunch we had there - the famous "Cheeseburger in Paradise" - which was a mediocre cheeseburger and a little overcooked for my taste.

Mosquitoes were not a problem at all. There were some no-see-ums, though. But with either long sleeves or bug spray it wasn't a real bother.

There is no pool, but there is a small beach like area that you could go into if you wanted to get wet. It wasn't very appealing to me, but while we were there a guy did go in and hung out in the water near the dock.

We stayed in the inn, in the room with the porch that looks out on the water. I'm told that is the best room since you have a private porch. The walls are thin, so you do hear the lunchtime crowd if you happen to be in your room during the day. And there is no tv, which to me is a blessing.

If you are picky about rooms and want everything to be state of the art and as perfect as a fancy hotel, then you'll be disappointed. If you want lots of frills and bells and whistles, this probably isn't the place for you. But if you like to just relax and sit around outside with a good book and have a few drinks and spend the day kayaking or fishing and if you want to experience real Florida, then you'll love this place.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Morel
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Address: Intercoastal Channel Marker 60, Bokeelia, FL 33945
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Location: United States > Florida > Bokeelia
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Bokeelia
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cabbage Key is a 100 acre island located five miles off of Pine Island, FL in the Pine Island Sound. The Inn, built in the 1940's by the family of Mary Roberts Rinehart, now houses our famous Restaurant & Dollar Bill Bar and six guest rooms. The rooms in the Inn are all different with old Florida charm - they do not have TVs, phones, or refrigerators. We have seven cottages on the island, ranging from a 1 bedroom/1 bath cottage to 3 bedroom/3 bath waterfront units. All cottages have refrigerators, televisions (no cable) and coffee makers, some units have full kitchens. Our restaurant is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch & dinner. If you want to relax on a beach...we do not have one here. But, Cayo Costa is a close kayak or boat ride away. This is a great retreat to discover "Old Florida", relax with a book, fish from our docks & watch the boats go by. ... more   less 
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