Florida has countless unique and beautiful keys that belong on your bucket list. You can take a day cruise to Cabbage Key, an island that has been around since the last ice age. This remote isle will transport you back in time to when the mammoths roamed.\nCabbage Key is a private island located off the coast of Fort Myers by the popular Sanibel and Captiva Islands. It's about a three-hour drive south from Tampa, plus a short cruise. It's a charming little key at just 3,500 feet long.\nThe island formed around 10,000 B.C. and is considered an "ice age sand dune" because it has stayed at least partially above sea level since the most recent ice age. It was inhabited by the Calusa who managed to survive 200 years after the Spanish first arrived.\nYou can visit Cabbage Key and experience its beauty for yourself. Captiva Cruises offers a Lunch Cruise to the island so you can take a day trip, and you're likely to see wild dolphins during your cruise too.\nYou can also ferry with Captiva Cruises to the nearby Useppa Island, an unusual destination with massive "melting" trees. This island is also remote — yet another hidden tropical paradise accessible mainly by sea and worth exploring.\nView this post on Instagram A view from the back side of the island A post shared by Scott Smith (@da1andonlyssmith) on Jan 13, 2018 at 3:41pm PST\nIn addition to dolphins, Cabbage Key has colorful shells, sunbleached driftwood, and turquoise waters to admire. Gopher tortoises roam the key, so keep an eye out for these friendly island residents on your visit.\nView this post on Instagram Just had a fantastic boat ride on the Lady Chadwick and Captiva Cruises! Highly recommend taking this boat to Cabbage Key! #ladychadwick #captivacruises #cabbagekey #cabbagekeyflorida #dolphin #captivaflorida A post shared by Shelby Voss (@shelbyvossphotography) on Jun 17, 2019 at 11:37am PDT\nIt's also known as Jimmy Buffett's inspiration for "Cheeseburger in Paradise," possibly referring to the island's famous burger served at Cabbage Key Inn & Restaurant. The restaurant is covered wall to wall in autographed dollar bills.\nView this post on Instagram Yellow bikini making another appearance 🍋🌴🤫 A post shared by Hazel Irvine (@hazelirvine) on Jul 28, 2018 at 1:54pm PDT\nIf you're ready to explore this little slice of paradise, you can reserve your ferry with Captiva Cruises here. You can also check out photos of dolphins jumping alongside the cruise on Instagram here.\nLunch Cruise to Cabbage Key\nPrice: $45\nWhen: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily\nAddress: 11401 Andy Rosse Ln., Captiva, FL, and 5400 South Seas Plantation Rd., Captiva, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: Cruise to this historic island in Florida and step back in time, taking in beautiful sights. \nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.