lies at the conclusion of the
proverbial road less traveled. We have no traffic lights and a small town
atmosphere, and many visitors are so attracted to the island they remain
permanently. Abundant wildlife, unspoiled nature and fantastic fishing and
boating are just some of the other reasons why people stay.
Artists, authors and
musicians call Pine Island home. They enrich our local culture in
many ways. Our art galleries are busy,
colorful and popular. Even our telephone poles are adorned with original
paintings accomplished by local artists who have memorialized our
beautiful natural surroundings in these works. Pine Island also has
much to offer the residents: Professional services, commercial
enterprises, churches, and organizations are available as well as restaurants and
A local fisherman.
Other “residents” of
our secluded and unspoiled location include many varieties of exotic
wildlife. More than 20 pairs of bald eagles call this home and osprey,
heron, roseate spoonbills and egrets, to name a few, can be seen over head
virtually anywhere on the island.
Pine Island Coast
has supported many generations of island commercial fishing families but
sport fishing takes no back seat. The best tarpon fishing in the world is
north of Bokeelia in Boca Grande Pass. Snook, redfish, grouper, snapper
and many more help make this a fisherman’s paradise.
The waters of the
aquatic preserves are a delight to explore by kayak or one can take a
cruise or water taxi to the outer islands of Cayo Costa, North Captiva or
Cabbage Key. Most importantly, one can just experience the island at
leisure and see how friendly, beautiful and laid-back our paradise can be.
Life imitating art?
rose from the receding seas
many millions of years ago. It is not known when man first arrived but
skeleton remains have been found on the island dating back nearly 6000
years. Calusa Indians inhabited the islands from about 300 A.D. until the
Spanish conquered them in the 1700s. Except for the occasional pirate or
fisherman, Pine Island was then basically uninhabited until 1873. Those
hardy settlers who then arrived lived off the sea and land and carved out
the paradise we now enjoy. Commercial fishing and farming of tropical
fruits and palm trees became the main industries on the island— as they
remain to this day.
Each July for
several days the islanders play host to more than 10,000 people who arrive
for the largest celebration of the year -- Mango Mania -- which features
our fruits, exotic plants and farm goods as well as our array of artistic
www.MangoManiaFL.com will give you detailed information on this fun
consists of five communities:
Matlacha, Pine Island Center, Bokeelia, Pineland and St. James City. Each
is unique, each special, yet all are Pine Island. Neighborhoods are known
by their street names - the "fish" streets, "tree" streets, "boat"
streets and more. Restaurants are
scattered throughout our five communities as are quaint and charming
cottages and motels….. all with water access.
Another local fisherman.
( Mat-la-shay), the gateway to Pine Island is an historic fishing village
and artist community. It is also the home of the “World’s Fishingest
Bridge” where anglers cast all day and night for the many fish that teem
in the local waters. Matlacha has colorful, cozy waterfront cottages and
small motels, shops, art galleries, restaurants and more. It’s a great
place to “park and walk."
Center is the hub of island
activity. It holds the shopping centers, community pool, tennis courts,
ball fields, school, museum and library.
St. James City
is the most developed area,
holding over half of the island's population. Most of the homes are located
along direct access canals that lead to the Gulf of Mexico.
is rich in archeological resources, with the Randell Research Center
studying the life of the Calusa in this area. The area also has many
historic buildings, including one of the world’s smallest post offices and
has one of the largest marinas on the island.
has an abundance of tropical fruit farms and palm tree farms, an 18-hole golf
course, fishing pier as well as several marinas offering service to the
you decide to visit, we know you will have a wonderful and relaxing time. Those
who live here consider it a tropical paradise. And those who arrive either
for a day or a lifetime, as we’ve been told time and again, tend to agree
with that assessment.
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