Pine Island Offers A Glimpse of Old-Florida

matalacha_store Florida’s best-kept secret, Pine Island, is secluded, charming and quaint offering a quiet, laid back atmosphere on the Gulf of Mexico. The lush natural environment of Pine Island is in stark contrast to the rest of Florida because it has no large beaches and is made from the same coral rock as the mainland. Pine Island is the largest island off Florida’s Southwestern Gulf Coast in Lee County. It is 17 miles long, 2 miles wide with 5 unique communities on the Gulf of Mexico. The Intracoastal Waterway passes through Pine Island. It is 15-20 minutes from Cape Coral, 30 minutes from Fort Myers and 1 hour from Southwest Florida International Airport. Mangroves, 3 aquatic preserves, and acres of palm trees, tropical plants and fruit groves surround the small town atmosphere of Pine Island, rather than white sand beaches. Pine Island has escaped the cement, blacktop and skyscraper development here, unlike some of the touristy beach communities of the rest of Florida. Outdoor adventures are numerous on Pine Island. There is great fishing on the waters of Pine Island Sound, as well as kayaking and canoeing. Birdwatchers and nature lovers find Pine Island a paradise, which includes hiking trails and ancient Indian shell mounds. In addition to outdoor adventures, Pine Island is known as Florida’s creative coast. Many artists, authors, songwriters and poets live here. There is shopping, fine art galleries, fresh seafood restaurants, and charming accommodations. Here is a resource to search for Pine Island Real Estate listings.

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