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Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant
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Reviewed October 29, 2007

this our third trip to tarpon lodge and not our last. we use this facility to bring between 12-14 men/our best customers to relax, fish, and entertain. the restaurant is excellent, the bar and bartenders are fun to be around, and on some nights they have musical entertainment which provides a nice atmosphere. the staff--all of the staff are there to make you feel at home and provide excellent service! the kitchen has a great menu and will cook your catch if you choose to keep fish from one of the best fishing areas in the country. the rooms are up to date, very clean, some have views of the gulf sunsets! a number of our men have returned with their wives for a romantic visit! the pool is very nice, drinks served poolside, and the entire property is very well manicured. this property was devasted by some very bad hurricanes but the family owners decided to renovate and keep up the tradition--much history in photos etc. were saved. the family also owns cabbage cay restaurant, hotel, cabins/ where jimmie buffet wrote cheeseburger from paradise.A MUST SEE!

Stayed: October 2007
3  Thank minirock
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Reviewed June 26, 2007

Had my third visit to the Tarpon Lodge recently. At this point I'm ready to vouch for its consistent good service and friendly and helpful people. I've been back a couple of times since their recent renovations, and each of the rooms I stayed in was very comfortable. Last time I was in there was live music in the restaurant one night, and the food has been great everytime. If you haven't been, the location is great too, right on the water on Pine Island, and looking out at the Gulf and barrier islands. There is plenty of docking too, so access to the great fishing and other islands, including Cabbage Key, Captiva, and Boca Grande couldn't be more convenient. Definitely recommend it if you're looking to enjoy southwest Florida . . .

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with friends
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4  Thank travelinVance
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Reviewed June 18, 2007

First-my famuily lives in Cape Coral-less then 1/2 hour from Tarpon Lodge, but for Fathers Day we decided on a get away to this suppossed lush tropical paradise. Cut to the chase-we had dinner at the restaurant on Father's Day and yes themeal was expensive-$100 for 2 adults, the kids were not hungry but the food was superb. However, we were sweltering with the heat in there and the wait staff seemed bothered to take our order, bring us our meal and hand us our check. We retired to our room and were extremely disappointed. OK, we were not looking for anything sumptious but they don't even have closets! The bed was quite rickety and we could here our neighbors clearly talking about how much they maxed out their credit cards. There are no phones (no problem) and they ae furnished in a no-frills style. The towels are the paper think kind and ice must be gotten at the restaurant bar. The next day, we took a nearby nature trail -don;t bother (that's another story) and went back to use the hotel pool. It was filthy! We asked a gardener when they would be clening it and he insisted he did not speak English, Spanish or French-just Polish. He got a waiteress outside to translate and she was totally annoyed that we asked about the pool informing us that she will get "Robert". since the pool maintenance guy was on vacation. Hey we're on vacation too! Apparently Robert is the owner and he greeted us as we were packing to leave-he agreed and thought it was a good idea for us to depart since they could not accomodate our pool request! I was shocked at how poorly we were treated. I highly recommend that you do not bother with this place.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with family
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4  Thank bbyd123
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Reviewed April 7, 2007

What a lovely setting. Beautiful island which was peaceful. Hotel accomodations were nice.

However, there were some problems: First, although the restaurant is reportedly rated "four stars" the food is marginal and too expensive. You do much better going down the road to Reds. Second, there is no beach on the Island, so you have to go elsewhere if you want to swim in the Gulf or lay on the beach. Skip Upper Captiva unless you are staying there. Personnel at Upper Captiva were rude and gave us wrong directions to the public beach. Moreover, the Island Girl water taxi told us it was only a 5 minute walk to the beach when actually it was a 25 minute walk. Finally, the Tarpon Lodge has bed bugs, which they deny. However, I came home covered literally from head to toe with itchy, bites which look exactly like the images I pulled up from Google.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank RoxanneGainesville
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Reviewed February 12, 2007

I have always liked Pine Island, it seems to attract people who care less for appearances than substance. That said, the Tarpon Lodge had both, a great location, beautiful grounds excellent staff. If you are the least bit "outdoorsy" this is a fine spot for a few days away from it all with your significant other. If shopping and wild nights is what you are after, this is probably not the place for you. The rooms themselves are modest but perfect for the style of this operation.

Get a water view room unless you are with a bunch of guys and there just for the fishing.

I was at the Lodge with my wife on a 4 day get-away. Every day was spent kayaking , fishing, and just relaxing. We took the ferry (next door) to Cayo Costa island where we rented kayaks and paddled among dolphins and manatees on the way to Cabbage Key for the required burger and beer. A very reasonable $45 for ferry and kayak. Most people who go to Cayo Costa are not kayakers but are there for the miles of virgin beach on the Gulf where they find world class shelling and what must be the most uncrowded beach in southwest Florida.

Another day rented kayaks from Backwater Outfitters in nearby Matlacha, Backwater is a first rate operation that I highly recommend. Their boats are in perfect condityion and the location is a great take-off spot for exploration. The manager told me they would deliver to Tarpon Lodge but I didn't have time to take him up on the offer... next time.

There is an interpretive trail through an ancient Calusa Indian settlement just accross the street from Tarpon Lodge, it makes a nice morning walk... lots of birds with an occasional bald eagle.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank dabcape
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