Cabbage Key is a 10 minute boat ride from the Cayo Costa Home. It's the laid-back paradise Jimmy Buffett made famous when he met the perfect "Cheeseburger in Paradise". Cabbage Key is “old Florida” at it's very best. Its one of our favorite local dining spots with great food. Dinners are especially wonderful. They also have numerous rental cottages if you want to put up a large group of guests. www.cabbagekey.com
Useppa is an island located near the northern end of Pine Island Sound in Lee County, Florida. It has been known as a luxury resort since the late 19th century, and it is currently the home of the private Useppa Island Club. The Island is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, due to its archaeological significance. The Barbara Sumwalt Museum is located on the island.
Useppa Island is rich in history. The museum features relics that date the island's early residents back more than 10,000 years and the Calusa Indians had a thriving community here by 3500 B.C. The Spanish inhabited Useppa in the 16th and 17th centuries and legend has it that in the late 1700s, a Spanish pirate kidnapped and imprisoned a Mexican princess named Joseffa de Mayorga. In the local dialect "Joseffa" became "Useppa."
The original Tarpon Inn opened in 1898 as a tarpon fishing retreat, and by the 1900s it had become a world famous base for this sport. In 1908, the Izaak Walton Club was founded and for some years Useppa served as the private vacation estate of publisher and wealthy Florida land-owner Barron Collier. Among the notables who frequented Useppa were Vanderbilts, Herbert Hoover, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Gloria Swanson, Shirley Temple and Zane Grey and more recently former President Jimmy Carter
Useppa is a private island and membership is required. The restaurant and museum are fabulous places to entertain guests. For more information on membership opportunities, visit their website: www.useppa.com/membership
The Tarpon Lodge located right on Pine Island Sound dates from 1926 and is a "real Old Florida Fishing Lodge" It has been completely restored and is a favorite spot for Lunch or Dinner. Its about 15 minutes from the Cayo Costa Home by boat.
The Lodge is also a great place to stay if you have overflow guests or want host a large party, the catering services, food and staff are simply the best. They have live entertainment several nights a week.
For more information on lodging, dining and services available visit their website: www.tarponlodge.com
Tarpon Lodge is without question one of the finest restaurants in the area and a personal favorite.
Barnacles is just a few minutes by boat from the Cayo Costa home and is another one of our favorite places for lunch. The food is fantastic and it's a great spot for families with children. Gopher tortoises roam around the resort and many otters can be seen in the water around the docks. They feature live entertainment on weekends.