Why Visit The Cape Romano Dome House?
I have always had an obsession with dereliction. It’s a thing called Urban exploration (often shortened as UE, urbex, and sometimes known as roof-and-tunnel hacking). Who knew?
For me, it started when I was growing up in a neighborhood full of empty buildings filled with vintage goodies. I thrived on rummaging through the left behind artifacts of years gone by. A favorite for me was an old hotel at the end of our street, where the other kids and I would explore for hours. I find myself daydreaming about how and why a place is derelict. The mystery of places frozen in time is chilling and surreal. It provokes imagination, followed by a burning desire to research why. This is the second part of the fascination – I love history!
Given my obsession visiting The Dome Houses of Cape Romano was a must! I’ve done many tours seeking various abandoned places from homes, mansions, castles, and cities! But never have I explored a water-bound abandoned house.
Seeing The Cape Romano Dome House in person is an exhilarating experience. When the domes appear in the distance, you will recognize the alien-like shapes. The sun is beaming down on top of the birds that now call them home. As you get close, you will see the graffiti that now adorns them. You will also look at the underwater domes’ rims – a stark reminder of the decrepit state. Every abandoned building has a story, but Cape Romano Dome House is unique. Most of all, it will not be with us much longer. It’s only a matter of time before another storm crumbles the remaining four, eliminating this treasure forever. The Cape Romano Dome House survived the 2019 hurricane season, and fortunately, Dorian did no damage.
Visit The Cape Romano Dome House
If you plan on visiting Cape Romano, you will have to get there via water. There is no bridge to the Island. Some people kayak, some go on paddleboards, some boat. It could be as much as a five to seven-mile trek depending on where you start, so plan carefully. Here are some maps to see before deciding if you will go solo or take a tour.
Can You kayak To Cape Romano?
Yes, you can, but you need to be physically fit, know your way around, and check the tides long before taking off!
Map of Cape Romano
How Do You Get To The Cape Romano Dome House?
As mentioned, the home is only accessible by water. So you either need to navigate there on your vessel or take a tour.
We choose to take a tour to explore the islands and the dome houses. A brilliant decision for several reasons.
- If you are not familiar with this area, there is a strong potential to get lost.
- We wanted a guide that knew the area and who could give us some of the history.
- Neither of us fancied paddling anything for five to seven miles with or against the tide.
We took a 2.5-hour tour, and our guide was fantastic! The tour guides are brilliant, local Floridians who know the waterways like the back of their hands and are also expert boaters! I can’t say enough good things about this tour. The tour guides carefully navigate you through no-wake zones while stopping along the way to capture photographs of you!
In addition to seeing The Dome Houses of Cape Romano, we also got up close and personal with a family of dolphins! An added and much enjoyed bonus.
Rent a Craigcat From Ten Thousand Island
If you want a really exciting way to view the dome houses, rent a Craigcat catamaran! There’s no better way to explore the Ten Thousand Islands area than by boat. Join a guide and drive your own Craigcat catamaran to explore the region. Enjoy a slow ride down a quieter canal and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including alligators, dolphins, manatees, and stingrays. Then, hop out at White Horse Key to walk around and collect some shells before heading back.
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