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Pine Island

Visitors from the other 49 states often come to Florida looking for "Old Florida". Instead they find Disney World, Epcot Center and Universal Studios.Old Florida, the Florida before the theme parks, is one of the state's "hidden treasures." Found only a few miles west of Fort Myers and Cape ...

Pine Island

Looking at Matlacha and Pine Island today the visitor sees what some have described as Florida's "Art Mecca." But just a little over 30 years ago, before 1995, Matlacha and Pine Island were among the largest fishing communities in Florida.Fishermen and fishing families lived in the small ...

Pine Island

From the Calusa shell mounds dating back 6,000 years to the "fishingest bridge" Pine Island has much to offer visitors. Just a few minutes from the metropolitan center of southwest Florida is Florida's "creative Coast."Approaching the Matlacha Bridge the first thing visitors will see is a sign ...

Pine Island

Just 30 minutes west of metropolitan Fort Myers lies Pine Island a secluded, quiet and quaint island that lies in the Gulf of Mexico between Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass.Pine Island is the largest island on Florida's Gulf Coast but at the same time offers a taste of 'Old Florida' in ...

Pine Island and Matlacha

Pine Island and Matlacha are two of southwest Florida's best kept secrets. Some people call us the "Mayberry" of southwest Florida.Located just minutes away from Fort Myers and Cape Coral Pine Island is "world's away" from city life. From the colorful fishing shacks of Matlacha to the ...

Welcome to Pine Island

Visitors from the other 49 states often come to Florida looking for 'Old Florida". Instead they find Disney World, Epcot Center and Universal Studios.Old Florida, the Florida before the theme parks, is one of the state's 'hidden treasures'. Found only a few miles west of Fort Myers and Cape ...

Fish Pine Island

Folks from far and wide visit Pine Island for a variety of reasons, but possibly one activity that has increasingly become a draw is the fishing that is available in the waters surrounding the island.Anglers can wet a line in Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound or San Carlos Bay, ...

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 ...

Paddling the Great Calusa Blueway

Surrounded by water, Pine Island is the perfect destination for those who enjoy water sports. Kayaking enthusiasts are growing in number each year and Pine Island ranks high on the list of places in Southwest Florida to dip a paddle.Stretching more than 96 miles, the Great Calusa Blueway ...

Randell Research Center

Located in Pineland on Pine Island the Randell Research Center site was a Calusa Indian village for over 1500 years. Enormous shell mounds still overlook the waters of Pine Island Sound.The Randell Research Center is a permanent facility dedicated to learning and teaching the archaeology, ...