Pine Island

The art of easy livin'.

To paint a picture of Pine Island, we first need to harness the spirit of the artists and other welcoming folks that call it home. It's part Mayberry, part working fishing village, and at the center of this 17-mile-long piece of perfection is colorful Matlacha. Found just over "The Fishingest Bridge in the US," the heart of Matlacha is really just a collection of homegrown shops, galleries, fish markets and few residences. The rest of Pine Island feels almost rural, where modern times have taken a backseat to independence and peace and quiet.

Greater Pine Island is made up of five communities, each with its own distinct personality.

Mayberry-like, quirky and infused with the spirit of artists from the past and present, Pine Island takes you on a trip back in time. Greater Pine Island is made up of five communities, each with its own distinct personality.


Tiny Matlacha (pronounced Mat-luh-SHAY) forms a bridge from the mainland to Pine Island, which, like Sanibel and Captiva islands, has only stop signs and courtesy to organize the flow of traffic. Matlacha occupies its own small island with a jumble of colorful shops and galleries, seafood markets, funky waterside restaurants and a community park that fronts Matlacha Pass, part of the Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail.

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    • Lonely Planet Guidebook

      Discover Florida's Island Sanctuary, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, with this new guidebook from Lonely Planet. Click here to view the e-book and view all the sights and activities Pine Island has to offer!

    • Our Pinterest Board

      Pine Island's secluded, quaint and "country waterfront" atmosphere is a huge part of its charm. Fringed with mangroves rather than white sand beaches, Pine Island has escaped the concrete, blacktop and skyscrapers found in the more touristy, beachy communities. Click here to see!

    • On Water Activities

      We owe everything to the warm Gulf waters that surround us. The soft, white sand beaches to play on, the millions of shells to find, or the days spent kayaking, boating or fishing – none of which would be possible without it. The water connects us to nature, and with each new discovery, to each other. Click here to view other water activities!

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