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Fort Myers Boat Show Nov. 8-11, 2001
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Pine Island, Florida's Creative Coast, is just 30 minutes from Ft. Myers, but our secluded, small town atmosphere is a world apart! One of the largest islands off Florida’s coast, Pine Island is rural, sparsely populated and a true anomaly, allowing it to occupy a rare and special place in 21st Century America


Sunrise over Matlacha Pass.

Surrounded by mangroves, three aquatic preserves and with mostly agricultural zoning, we’ve escaped the cement and development of other Florida islands. Zoning limits now in place allow future growth but preserve our unique atmosphere for years to come.

Come on down!

Upcoming events include MangoMania in July, Great Calusa Blueway Kayak Festival in October, and Creative Coast weekends in November, December, and January.

Visit the Welcome Center at 3640 Pine Island Road in Matlacha

or contact us by mail at

P. O. Box 525

Matlacha, FL 33993

Telephone: (239) 283-0888          Fax: (239) 283-0336

If You Need Reservations:

If you are planning a trip to Pine Island, please click on Tourist Links for information about accommodations and attractions. Contact the hotel or motel directly to check for availability. The sun is shining, and a relaxing vacation is just a phone call away.

Pine Island lies at the conclusion of the proverbial road less traveled. We have no traffic lights and a small town atmosphere, and many visitors are so attracted to the island they remain permanently. Abundant wildlife, unspoiled nature and fantastic fishing and boating are just some of the other reasons why people stay.

Artists, authors and musicians call Pine Island home. They enrich our local culture in many ways. Our art galleries are busy, colorful and popular. Even our telephone poles are adorned with original paintings accomplished by local artists who have memorialized our beautiful natural surroundings in these works. Pine Island also has much to offer the residents: Professional services, commercial enterprises, churches, and organizations are available as well as restaurants and tourist accommodations.


A local fisherman.

Other “residents” of our secluded and unspoiled location include many varieties of exotic wildlife. More than 20 pairs of bald eagles call this home and osprey, heron, roseate spoonbills and egrets, to name a few, can be seen over head virtually anywhere on the island.

Pine Island Coast has supported many generations of island commercial fishing families but sport fishing takes no back seat. The best tarpon fishing in the world is north of Bokeelia in Boca Grande Pass. Snook, redfish, grouper, snapper and many more help make this a fisherman’s paradise.

The waters of the aquatic preserves are a delight to explore by kayak or one can take a cruise or water taxi to the outer islands of Cayo Costa, North Captiva or Cabbage Key. Most importantly, one can just experience the island at leisure and see how friendly, beautiful and laid-back our paradise can be.


Life imitating art?

Pine Island rose from the receding seas many millions of years ago. It is not known when man first arrived but skeleton remains have been found on the island dating back nearly 6000 years. Calusa Indians inhabited the islands from about 300 A.D. until the Spanish conquered them in the 1700s. Except for the occasional pirate or fisherman, Pine Island was then basically uninhabited until 1873. Those hardy settlers who then arrived, lived off the sea and land and carved out the paradise we now enjoy. Commercial fishing and farming of tropical fruits and palm trees became the main industries on the island— as they remain to this day.

Each July for several days the islanders play host to more than 10,000 people who arrive for the largest celebration of the year -- Mangomania -- which features our fruits, exotic plants and farm goods as well as our array of artistic talent. www.MangoManiaFL.com will give you detailed information on this fun family event.

Pine Island consists of five communities: Matlacha, Pine Island Center, Bokeelia, Pineland and St. James City. Each is unique, each special, yet all are Pine Island. Restaurants are scattered throughout our five communities as are quaint and charming cottages and motels….. all with water access.


Another local fisherman.

Matlacha ( Mat-la-shay), the gateway to Pine Island is an historic fishing village and artist community. It is also the home of the “World’s Fishingest Bridge” where anglers cast all day and night for the many fish that teem in the local waters. Matlacha has colorful, cozy waterfront cottages and small motels, shops, art galleries, restaurants and more. It’s a great place to “park and walk."

Pine Island Center is the hub of island activity. It holds the shopping centers, community pool, tennis courts, ball fields, school, museum and library.

St. James City is the most developed area, holding over half of the islands population. Most of the homes are located along direct access canals that lead to the Gulf of Mexico.

Pineland is rich in archeological resources, with the Randell Research Center studying the life of the Calusa in this area. The area also has many historic buildings, including one of the world’s smallest post offices and has the largest marina on the island.

Bokeelia has an abundance of tropical fruit farms and palm tree farms, an 18-hole golf course, fishing pier as well as several marinas offering service to the outer islands

Whichever location you decide to visit, we know you will have a wonderful relaxing time. Those who live here consider it a tropical paradise. And those who arrive either for a day or a lifetime, as we’ve been told time and again, tend to agree with that assessment.