Best For Fishing buddies.
Sleep An old-school fishing lodge with upscale trimmings, Tarpon Lodge provides comfort—we love the island house, a building on stilts with views of Pine Island Sound.
Eat & Drink The lodge has one of the best blue-crab-and-roasted-corn chowders around. When you're out and about on the waters, dock at Cabbage Key and hit the bar for a Cabbage Creeper—white rum, cream of coconut, coffee liqueur and pineapple juice. Check out the dollar bills pinned to the ceiling and walls with sayings like "Go Noles" written on them.
Play Tarpon is the premier catch here, but Native Attitude Fishing Charters will take you to waters where redfish, snook, tripletail, cobia and others—depending on the season—are biting. Don't miss a group of wooden shacks on stilts off North Captiva Island. They're still used by private fishermen for overnight excursions.