The Old Florida Charm of Pine Island, Florida

Posted by Mary Ray on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 at 9:09am.

Pine Island, Florida, located just a half hour from Fort Myers, is the largest island (17 miles long and 2 miles wide) on Florida's west coast. One visit to Pine Island's secluded and charming atmosphere will cause you to feel that you've stepped onto a beautiful movie set, or back to a simpler time of 'old Florida'. Preserved for generations to come by the current laws which prohibit aggressive development, make this area even more attractive.  

 COMMUNITIES

Pine Island consists of Bokeelia, Matlacha, Pine Island Center, Pineland and St. James City.

BOKEELIA: Beautiful Bokeelia is a tropical paradise featuring historic buildings to explore, fishing, and a wide variety of exotic tropical agriculture. Bokeelia is also home to the Four Winds Marina, where you can enjoy the convenience of boat rentals, charter boats or water taxis that are ready for your island hopping adventures.

MATLACHA: Matlacha is the picture perfect vision of a quaint fishing village, sprinkled with just the right amount of eclectic shops, seafood restaurants, cottages, and art galleries. The drawbridge over Matlacha Pass is known as the 'Fishingest Bridge in the World.' Here, you can join your fellow anglers and fish this bridge 24 hours a day.  If you'd rather go by boat, there are two full service marinas to serve you.

PINELAND: Explore Calusa Indian mounds, enjoy a chartered fishing trip, and play a round of golf all without leaving Pineland. The Pineland community also offers a full service marina, boat rentals, water taxis, and the Tropic Star Cruiseboat.  

ST JAMES CITY: St. James City is Pine Island's most developed area. About two thirds of the island's entire population reside here, in beautiful canal homes with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, San Carlos Bay, and Pine Island Sound. What could be better than living like this?

PINE ISLAND CENTER: This buzzing community holds most of the island's commercial activity. Here you will find shopping, a community park, sports activities, a community library, and the Museum of the Islands.

Each community has its own special flair and flavor. There is truly something for everyone here.

Those who love culture and history can leisurely spend days meandering through shops, art galleries, and museums.

Wildlife lovers have almost an endless list of areas to explore with shelling, bird watching, nature hikes, and sea life to enjoy.

Serious anglers will think they've found heaven (and they have) here in the abundant waters of the Pine Island area. The sport of tarpon fishing originated in Pine Island Sound in the late 1880s. Boca Grande Pass, which is just twenty minutes across Pine Island Sound from Bokeelia, is considered the "Tarpon Capital of the World." Other popular game fish are snook, redfish, seatrout, grouper, snapper, cobia, mackerel, barracuda, blacktip shark, sheepshead, and seabass.

Kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts have miles of peaceful waterways to discover. Camping can be enjoyed at several island facilities, or on secluded Cayo Costa Island. Island hoppers can cruise leisurely by water taxi or tour boats to Cabbage Key, Captiva, Cayo Costa, Sanibel, or North Captiva.

Give us a call at Sporleder-Ray Realty group and we'll be more than happy to fill you in on available property in the exceptional Pine Island area. Come for a visit, and we will make time to show you around

By David Sporleder | Sporleder-Ray Realty Group | david@davidsporleder.com| Google+

 

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