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Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Story and Photos by Elizabeth Ginns Britten


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Lunch on day three of Genmar’s Backwater Fishing School is served at the restaurant on the beautiful island resort of Cabbage Key, located on Pine Island Sound, directly across from mile marker 60 on the ICW. The 100-acre island is accessible only by boat, helicopter, or seaplane. There are no paved roads on Cabbage Key and thus no cars, so it’s a great place to relax and unwind.

The main house, now the Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant, was built in the 1930’s by the family of playwright and novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart. Rumor has it that this was where singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffet wrote his hit song “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

Although our crew stopped for lunch only, Cabbage Key is a vacation destination for boaters and landlubbers alike. The marina can accommodate boats to 85 feet, but space is limited, especially on weekends and in the winter, so call ahead. The surrounding cottages, each with its own spectacular view and lush surroundings, offer a comfortable alternative to staying onboard.

For more information or reservations, visit or call (239) 283-2278. —E.G.B.

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This article originally appeared in the February 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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