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A Traveler’s Look at Cabbage Key, Florida

Mon, Feb 01, 2016 at 9:05AM

Your idea of a Florida vacation may be one of theme parks or busy resort beaches—but travel just a bit father south and you’ll be greeted by one of Florida’s greatest hidden treasures. Cabbage Key is an island off the west coast of Florida, where coastal charm and a laidback atmosphere combine to create a destination unlike any other.

Read on to see our five favorite ways to enjoy Cabbage Key.

Get in touch with nature

Cabbage Key is a one-of-a-kind island, accessible only by boat. It’s the sort of quiet, relatively untouched gem many boaters spend their lives looking for.

For these reasons, one of the best things you can do on the island is simply to get in touch with nature!

There are plenty of options and adventures available for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday city living. Stroll along the island nature trail or simply kick back and experience the sights and sounds of Florida wildlife. There are few other places in Florida where you can enjoy this level of peacefulness and natural beauty, so be sure to slow down and take it all in.

Watch a green flash

If you’ve always wanted to watch a green flash—a tiny “flash” of light immediately after the sun dips down below the horizon—Cabbage Key is the place to do it. The island is home to a water tower where guests like to climb up and enjoy the view of the Gulf of Mexico. This is an especially great place to look for the elusive green flash, since you will be able to face westward.

Go fishing

No Florida vacation would be complete without an afternoon of fishing—and Cabbage Key has it all. Head out on the water and go angling, try your hand at fly fishing, or stay close to the pier and enjoy a peaceful early morning experience. No matter how you do it, fishing is a true treat at Cabbage Key.

Lounge on the beach

For a great way to enjoy the sun and lounge around, head to the beach! Nearby barrier island Cayo Costa is accessible by boat, and offers a peaceful, secluded experience under the bright Florida sun. The pristine beaches and bright blue waters serve as the perfect backdrop for your day.

Start (or finish) your big project

Did you know that Jimmy Buffet is often believed to have written his famous song, “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” while enjoying a meal in Cabbage Key?

This out-of-the-way slice of Florida offers a mix of natural inspiration and, of course, seclusion from everyday distractions that makes it a “must-visit” spot for those looking to start or finish big projects. Whether that’s your novel, a piece of music, or another ambitious project, you can head to Cabbage Key for the peace, quiet and the spark of inspiration you need to get it done.

We hope that today’s post inspires you to travel to this unique island gem. Let us know if you’ve ever been there, or if you plan on making the trip soon! 

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