If you've ever wondered what Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach used to be like, take a trip to lightly developed Pine Island, located near Cape Coral mainland and east of Sanibel Island in Pine Island Sound, with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Fish & Art
The biggest island in Southwest Florida, Pine Island is connected to the mainland by a two-lane road and drawbridge, now under renovation (expected completion date is November 2012).
The bridge earns its nickname as "the fishing-est bridge in Florida:" It's usually lined with anglers hoping for a snook or two; some hardy fishermen even spend the entire night at it.
Pine Island has four main waterfront communities: Matlacha. St. James City, Bokeelia, and – the smallest – Pineland. Each exudes its own particular charm.
Nicknamed “Florida’s Creative Coast,” the island boasts a colorful selection of art galleries, restaurants serving fresh seafood, and local "characters."
Even though Pine Island is the winter home of many northerners, its year-round community makes a living from catching and selling seafood. Try the local smoked mullet and fried shrimp at one of the waterfront restaurants.
Pine Island Vacation
Pine Island may not have Gulf of Mexico beaches, but it makes up for that with its superlative boating and fishing. One hotel that sits on pilings over the water advertises that guests can actually cast bait from their rooms.
Pine Island has escaped the concrete, blacktop, and skyscrapers found in tourist beachfront communities. Current legislation prohibits high density, high-rise development; and the island stubbornly retains it working waterfront and salty character.
Southwest Florida Travel Guide is your foremost vacation information resource for exploring the Pine Island area.