Pine Island Florida

Pine Island Florida

A Very Special Retreat!

Pine Island Florida, affectionately called Florida’s Creative Coast is only 30 minutes from Fort Myers, but is a world apart from the hustle bustle of the city.

When you drive onto the island you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to a different era.

If you can stay until sunset, you’ll see spectacular sunsets.

Pine Island Florida Sunset

Photo Courtesy of Ludi Barrs

There are no beaches on Pine Island.

Bokeelia View

There is a laid back, island atmosphere and is truly Florida’s best kept secret.

It is the largest island on the West Coast of Florida, measuring 17 miles long. It is protected by the barrier islands of Sanibel, Captiva, North Captiva and Cayo Costa.

Pine Island Florida

Pine Island Florida

Because of it’s location behind the other islands, and separated from the Gulf of Mexico, there are no real beaches on Pine Island.

This island is the only island off Florida that has remained rural, with no traffic lights or high rise buildings. Perhaps this is the case because of the lack of beaches.

But there’s no shortage of water here. There is Charlotte Harbor at the north end, Pine Island Sound and San Carlos Bay. The fishing is great! Many folks who come to vacation here, decide they love the island lifestyle and end up moving here.

The Communities of Pine Island Florida


There are 5 distinct communities on Pine Island Florida.  The shopping on Pine Island consists of one-of-a-kind boutiques and galleries.  While you’re on Pine Island shopping and exploring, stop at one of the great restaurant on the island.

Matlacha Florida is the first community you come to as you drive onto the island. Matlacha is a quirky, Key West style village with funky island wear and gift boutiques, art galleries, small motels, seafood restaurants, bait shops, small marinas, a seafood store and a bar.

Bokeelia Florida is at the northern end and has many single family homes, both waterfront and non-waterfront and low rise condominiums. Bokeelia has many of the tree, plant and fruit growers, a couple of restaurants,an art and gift gallery and a magnificent water view.

Pineland, which is on the western side of the island, has a golf course, a small marina, and single family homes. It’s proud to be the site of many Calusa Indian shell mounds.

St. James City Florida is on the southern end and has mostly single family homes, many on canals. There are a couple of casual restaurants and a small marina. The majority of the population resides in St. James City.


Pine Island Center is basically in the center of the island. Here is the main intersection of Stringfellow Road and Pine Island Road. This is where most of the commercial activity takes place. There is a strip mall with a supermarket, lighted tennis courts, a park with a pool, a ball field, a library, , medical and dental facilities, the island’s primary fire station with EMS services as well as a few restaurants.

We’ll be exploring each of these communities with lots of pictures.

Are You Planning on Visiting Pine Island?

If you’re thinking of vising Pine Island and are considering staying at a local hotel, I’d suggest strongly that you use Trivago to compare prices from different services.  This way you’ll be sure to get the best price.

If you’ve been to Pine Island before, you might be thinking of renting a home for a couple of weeks, or, maybe spending the entire winter season.  If that’s the case, why not let me help you find a Realtor in the area, who’s  familiar with the best deals on Pine Island.  I belong to a Real Estate Referral Company and have my Florida Real Estate license, so I know and can highly recommend the best Realtors in the area.  If this sounds good to you, please fill out our contact form.  I’ll forward this information to a great Pine Island Realtor, who will contact you. There will be no pressure, just great service.

When you experience the beauty and laid back atmosphere of Pine Island, you might even decide to live here.  Whether retiring or just making a change, you’ll need a good Realtor to help you purchase the home of your dreams or connect you with a fine builder on Pine Island.  If this interests you, please provide your information in the contact form. Your information will be kept confidential and will not be posted for others to see.

Do You Have a Story About Pine Island?

Take a look at what others have to say about Pine Island. Please share your own story about your trip to Pine Island Florida in the Comments Section below. Your comments will add a tremendous amount to the website.

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