Nestled among the palm fronds of Sanibel Island, PocoLoco takes visitors on a taste safari with its selection of fair-trade coffees, fresh smoothies, artisan gelato, and other delicious treats. The shop's organic, shade-grown blend of Kenya AA, Costa Rica Tarrazu, and Sumatran Mandheling coffees—available in light, medium, and dark roasts as well as decaf ($1.55 for 12 oz., $1.75 for 16 oz.)—banishes yawns and cuts short rambling soliloquies. Those seeking an extra boost can swig an espresso-spiked Shot in the Dark ($2.95 for 12 oz., $3.50 for 16 oz.) or sip an elegant Caffe Romano, a cup of espresso topped with citrus curls ($1.75 for 12 oz., $1.95 for 16 oz.). When they're not moonlighting as stoic sandwich sculptors, friendly blender tenders concoct all-natural fruit smoothies such as the Snowbird, a blend of peach, pear, and apricot with low-fat yogurt or milk from soybeans, rice plants, or cows' private reserves ($2.99 for 12 oz., $3.99 for 16 oz.). Preservative-free artisan gelato ($2.49 for a single scoop in a cup or standard cone, $2.75 in a waffle cone) comes in a rainbow of flavors, triggering competitive-eating contests and impromptu hunts for pots of gold.
Captiva Cruises’ Cabbage Key lunch cruise ferries midday mariners to one of Florida’s oldest and most secluded cays. During the approximately one-hour voyage, the ship’s omniscient narrator entertains easily distracted ears with tales of the island’s supposed inspiration of Jimmy Buffet’s hit song Cheeseburger in Paradise, as well as the less popular Hot Dogs in the High Seas. After arriving at Cabbage Key or Useppa, guests get two hours to explore, during which they can navigate the short nature trail or climb atop a water tower to snap panoramic pictures of the seascape. The island’s inn and restaurant, built in the 1930s by the family of playwright and novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart, lets diners refuel and tempts tourists short on tip money with autographed dollar bills taped to the walls and ceiling. Due to its lack of beached berths, swimming and shelling are not permitted on Cabbage Key.
Coffee Creations brews invigorating cups of coffee from Kona blends, Colombian Supremo beans, and Jamaica High Mountain beans, which drip into an aromatic and semisweet elixir. The shop also imbues its coffees with extra flavor with natural oils, such as vanilla, which can be mixed into hundreds of customized tastes. A simple breakfast and lunch menu accompanies each cup, with entrees from biscotti and pancakes to soup and BLTs. Coffee Creations also builds custom gift baskets, themed around gourmet coffees, teas, or hot chocolate.
Repurposed wooden furniture and hung coffee bean bags lend Sweet Magnolias Coffeehouse & Marketplace an appropriately trendy and creative ambiance. The café offers a simple menu to pair with its choice coffee bar creations; blue cheese wedge salads, bagels with cream cheese, or sweet belgian waffles made with coconut sugar, fresh berries, and raw, local honey. Swing by on Saturday evenings to indulge in their weekly chocolate buffet.