Winter in Florida is the perfect time for a tropical adventure, so get ready to take a ferry to a secluded island near Fort Meyers that's surrounded by wild dolphins. Take a cruise to Cabbage Key, FL and you could spot the sea's most majestic swimmers leaping and gliding alongside the boat.

Cabbage Key is a beautiful 100-acre island situated north of Captiva Island in Southwestern Florida. It is located about 2 hours south of Tampa. This remote key has no paved roads and is reachable only by sea or air.

There are a few different companies that can take you here. Passengers on both Island Girl Charters and Captiva Cruises have experienced dolphin sightings on the way to the island. 

Captiva Cruises offers a Lunch Cruise from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Reservations are required. You can check out the company's Instagram here to see incredible dolphin photos taken from the ferry. 

The key is considered to be a hidden part of "Old Florida" that has escaped being paved and overdeveloped through the years. Due to its preservation, traveling to this island is like traveling back in time to a more lush and tropical Florida. 

If you're lucky you may see an entire pod swimming by the boat, so make sure to have your camera ready to capture them mid-jump on your journey. 

The beautiful Key is named for the cabbage palm trees growing all over the island. It's also known for being Jimmy Buffet's inspiration for the hit song "Cheeseburger in Paradise," referring to the island's famous burger joint.

You can reserve your cruise with Captiva Cruises here. For more adventures, check out this rope swing into a Florida river and this Florida park that looks like Endor from Star Wars.

Lunch Cruise to Cabbage Key

Price: $45

Address: 11401 Andy Rosse Ln., Captiva Island, FL, and 5400 S. Seas Plantation Rd., Captiva Island, FL

Why You Need To Go: Take a ride to this unique little island in Florida and you may spot dolphins along the way.


We 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.


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