Pine Island is surrounded by mangroves and includes three aquatic preserves. The island of Pine Island includes Bokeelia to the north, Saint James City to the south and Matlacha to the east of the island. Each one of these beautiful cities has their own unique touch. Whether you’re looking for gift shops, art museums, community parks to marinas and restaurants you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for on the island.
Residents and visitors are attracted to Pine Island’s natural rural character, fishing and boating. Pine Island is mostly zoned as agricultural land; some visitors travel more than a hundred miles to purchase tropical fruit such as lychee and mangoes grown and sold on Pine Island.
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.