Parrot Head Legend and lore
There is a legend in Paradise that most claim is true, but only the participants know for sure. It is the kind of legend past down through generations and that songs are written about. It involves a small Island, a couple of lost sailors and a restaurant on that small island.But like any legend it depends on where you read it or who you hear it from as to what the true story is.
The legend starts out with a famous sailor / song writer cruising the Caribbean in his sailboat when he gets a bit “lost” shall we say. With little in the way of provisions other then canned food and peanut butter (other versions say beans and soup), he hallucinates a piping hot American Cheeseburger on a bun with a side of fries with a pickle wedge, topped with lettuce and tomato. From here the legend gets about as murky as gumbo.
In some versions such as Wikipedia he lands in Road Town Tortola, B.V.I. and was surprised to find a nearby establishment that actually had exactly what he envisioned. If you live in South West Florida he got so far off course that he ended up at a little island known as Cabbage Key where he found the Cabbage Key Inn who was and still to this day serves American Cheeseburgers and became the inspiration for the famous song.. Whether this is true depends on who you talk to. and which legend you believe.
Either way Cabbage Key is a beautiful Island with lots of activities for the whole family. With that said itis no chap to get to unless you own your own boat or can hitch a ride with someone who does. Daily Taxi’s leave from Pine Island and range in price from $8 for parking plus $45 -$55 currently per person round trip.
Once there you will want tovisit the Cabbage Key Inn and check out the more than 70,000 $1 bills stapled to the walls and ceiling there. Again this is part of the folklore of the Inn.After lunch you can walk that off by checking out any number of nature trails and see the beautiful cottages along the waterfront. Also don’t forget to visit the gift shop.
This is a great place to visit if you are in the area and want something different or if you are a hardcore Parrot Head and want to see a little piece of Jimmy Buffett legend while enjoying you long weekend life.