Cabbage Key Travel Guide

  • Surprise
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  • Happy New Year
    Happy New Year
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  • Bloody Mary's on the foredeck
    Bloody Mary's on the foredeck
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Cabbage Key Things to Do

  • A red hat

    The theme of the party was red, and this guy had just the perfect hat for the occation. Party on, Dude!!

  • Kaloz's Red socks

    Somewhere during the evening, I seem to have lost my pants. Well, that is a sign of a good party, eh?

  • Kiss someone at midnight!!

    What would a new year's party be without kissing at midnight! Find a partner or better yet several and plant tulips (two lips) for the start of the year.


Cabbage Key Restaurants

  • People who make a party a success

    You are having a good time, but only because there are people working even on a holiday, so start the year off right by leaving a nice tip, these guys have to watch you party.

  • Tip your servers

    Some people have to work, even on New Years, so be sure to tip your servers, and try not to make them work too hard, it is tough to be working when everyone else is partying.

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Cabbage Key Nightlife

  • Thank you, Candace!

    I wouldn't have made this trip if I haden't met Candace in New Orleans earlier this year. Life is too short to pass up opportunities, so if your invited, go, and have a good time. The ladies have spiffied up, and so should the guys, I wore a tux.

  • Celebrate the year just begun

    It's a new year, so make new friends. Everyone is in good spirits, thanks to good spirits, so make some new friends and help them break their New Year's resolutions. Dress like you mean it. If it is New Years, wear a tux or a dress, this is a time to look good and feel good.

  • Celebrate the Year just ending

    There is only one bar on the island, and you can't miss it. Music, dancing, drinking, and just having a good time. This is a New Year's Party, the only requirement is to wear RED . The ladies were all in dresses and me in my Tux. Some people were more casual, but I don't think they had as much fun!


Cabbage Key Transportation

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    You'll need a boat to get to Cabbage Key

    by kaloz Written Jan 2, 2003

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    I flew into Fort Meyers (RSW), and Candace picked me up at the airport. We drove to Punta Gorda where she keeps her boat. Her friends, who couldn't believe she invited someone she briefly met at Mardi Gras, kept calling to see if I had killed and raped her, I hadn't. Some people only think the worst.

    Candace's boat is a beauty, and was well apportioned for the trip to Cabbage Key. (Plenty of Bloody Mary mix).

    This is living!!

    Candace's Boat

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Cabbage Key Local Customs

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    Tape money to the walls

    by kaloz Written Jan 2, 2003

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    In the bar on Cabbage Key, the first thing you notice is that the walls are covered with money! Visitors sign their money and affix it to any available surface. It is hard to find a place to put your bill, so in many places the wall paper is several dollars thick!

    Kaloz doing the local thing

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Cabbage Key Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful what you get yourself into

    I found out later that Candace told her boyfriend that he couldn't go because it was a ladies only trip, so I was the only man on board the boat (except her son). This caused some tension later, but was quite fun for me!A friend, a doctor, gave me a box of Viagra to take along, it is hard to see in this picture, but the ladies thought it was a...

  • Be careful what you bring

    If you pack an accordian, people will want to play it!! I don't know how many of you travel with an accordian, but it probably applies to any musical instrument.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Cabbage Key What to Pack

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    Don't forget your pants

    by kaloz Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: I try to carry very little while travelling. The more bags, the more likely to have trouble. I carry a backpack (rucksack) and on this trip an accordian.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Since the purpose of this trip was a New Year's Eve party. I brought my tux. And because the theme was red, I brought my red silk socks.
    Other times on the island are casual, and you should dress for the islands

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The cabin was well stocked, so only personal items need be brought. We did have some food stuffs on the boat and the cabin had a kitchen for cooking breakfast.

    Photo Equipment: Cabbage key is dense with vegetation, so a telephoto lens is not necessary, I like a wide angle and a portrait lens, and slow film to get the colours (no faster than asa 100)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Cabbage Key is in a muddy area, that is why the mangroves grow here, so we didn't encounter any swimming beaches. You can dive off the boat, so swimwear is always a good idea, unless you go starkers.

    Miscellaneous: Bring a fishing pole. This is a great area for sport fishing, and Tarpon is king!

    Kaloz sans pants
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Cabbage Key Favorites

  • Don't waste your time

    I have been to this place at least a dozen times, usually when guests come in from out of town. Each time I go it just gets worse. It starts with a rude and ignorant dock hand. Then if you go at mid day you could wait more than an hour for a table. The wait staff looks overworked and scarce. The menu is limited and the food is so-so.I'm leading a...

  • Welcome to Cabbage Key

    Cabbage Key is very muddy, so pay attention to the channel markers as you pull up to the dock! The mangrove trees are really something to see with their root systems, and the island is very pretty Making new friends for the new year.

  • Duets at the bar

    As long as there are musical instruments around, you will have a party. We went to check out the bar before the party and ended up playing some duets on the piano. Don't be shy, go for it. Being the only man with a six woman crew!


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