Our Small-Town Atmosphere Is A World Apart!

Our little corner of paradise is just 15 minutes from Cape Coral and 30 minutes from Fort Myers, but our secluded, small town atmosphere is a world apart! Surrounded by mangroves, three aquatic preserves, acres of palm, tropical plant and fruit groves; we have escaped the cement and skyscraper development you see elsewhere. The waters provide some of the finest fishing in Florida and are a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Hiking trails, kayak and canoe waterways, ancient Indian shell mounds will add to your outdoor adventures. Home to many artists, authors, song writers and poets, we are known as “Florida’s Creative Coast”. Enjoy shopping in our fine art galleries and specialty shops. Dine in one of our wonderful fresh seafood restaurants, listen to live music, and enjoy a local brew.
Your Hosts, Janette & Karl purchased the motel in 2015 and live on premises. As islanders’ have plenty of suggestion for things to do in the area and beyond.

Captain Karl has over 45 years of in-shore and blue water boating experience ensuring you an enjoyable and safe time on the water. Having completed the University of Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Program, Capt. Karl offers a wealth of knowledge about the very diverse estuary ecosystem of Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, Pine Island Sound and the Barrier Island Cayo Costa.
As a long-time resident to the Pine Island Area, Captain Karl knows the hidden places where the local only know of. He has firsthand knowledge of local eco-system and how the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve and Pine Island Sound play a crucial role in the health of the Gulf. Preserving this pristine wilderness has been his lifelong passion.


Matlacha Tour By Sea

We recommend this 90-minute tour to all new comers to the Island.
On this tour Captain Karl will point out the various things to do on the water. The tour also will give the kayaker points of reference, the fisherman best places to go and the naturalist key points of discovery.
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