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Pine Island

May 28, 2014
FL Guide

Pine Island is Southwest Florida's best kept secret. No high-rises, no stop lights, no fast food... just a secluded strip of island minutes away from Cape Coral and Fort Myers.

Located on the west coast of Florida, Pine Island, at 17 miles long and 2 miles wide, is the largest island in Southwest Florida.

One feature that makes Pine Island unique is our island is surrounded by mangroves. Mangroves are one of Florida's true native plants. They thrive in salty water and the relationship between mangroves and Florida's marine life can not be overemphasized. They are home to fish, shellfish and crustaceans. They also provide food for snook, snapper, tarpon, jack, sheepshead, oysters and shrimp.

The main vocation and avocation of the island is fishing. The water surrounding Pine Island attract anglers from far and wide. Snook, grouper, redfish, shark, pompano and tarpon are all abundant in these waters. And the calm waters of Matlacha Pass offer some of the best kayaking in the world.

Pine Island is also known for its art especially on the small island of Matlacha. The name "Matlacha" comes from a Caloosa word meaning "water to the chin." Entering from the east one first sees the small "fishing shacks." These colorful buildings, that once housed local fishermen, are today small shops offering everything from jewelry, to statuary, to fine art.

With more than two dozen restaurants visitors can find everything from burgers to bar-b-que to the finest and freshest seafood anywhere.

Sunsets on Pine Island

Bokeelia, St. James City and Matlacha offer great locations to watch the beautiful Florida sunset every night. Some sunsets can also be watched from the table of one of the many waterfront restaurants on the south and north end of the island. The Bokeelia pier is also a popular destination for those wanting to catch the vibrant colors from a sunset.



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