Some will tell you this is the Cheeseburger in Paradise Jimmy Buffett immortalized, but then again many islands claim that. Jimmy has visited here, that is for certain. He may even have added his signed dollar bill to the thousands that get taped up each year and later donated to charity when they get too deep or damp.
Built in the 1930s by novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart as a wedding gift to her son, today it is the epitome of salty island hangouts. Its restaurant and bar (dynamite Bloody Mary’s) fill during season with boaters and tour passengers (by-boat is the only way to get to this tiny outpost).
There’s an inn and rustic cottages for those who wish to escape for more than a meal. After the tourists leave, it becomes a quiet, special place where there’s nothing much to do but walk the short nature trail and watch the sun set from the water tower.
You can catch tour boats and water taxis from Captiva marinas — about a 30-minute ride.