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Updated: 10/30/2013 08:00:00AM

Cheeseburger in paradise

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SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

The Cabbage Key Inn is a great place to escape for an afternoon lunch or dinner. Carve out a whole day, as it's accessible only by boat.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

It's a tradition at the Cabbage Key Inn for guests to sign their names to dollar bills and tape them to the ceiling and walls.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Capt. Bob Navin, of King Fisher Fleet, provides entertaining and informational transportation from Punta Gorda to Cabbage Key.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This is why we all moved here: sun, warmth, water. It's great to live like a tourist.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This is a view of nearby Useppa Island from the top of the water tower on Cabbage Key. Visitors are welcome to climb the tower.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Dolphins regularly show off for those aboard King Fisher Fleet boats on the way to Cabbage Key.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

The two-plus-hour ride to Cabbage Key goes by quickly due to the entertainment provided by dolphins.

Live like a tourist

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Like many of you, after moving down here, I heard about this magical island where Jimmy Buffett wrote his famous “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” The island, Cabbage Key, was nearby and served cheeseburgers worthy of a song.

The only problem: Cabbage Key is accessible only by boat. I don’t have a boat. I guess one could probably reach the island by helicopter or seaplane, but my aircraft have been in the shop (as in someone else’s shop ... and yes, someone else’s aircraft). Thus, no “Cheeseburger in Paradise” for me.

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