Pine Island 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.
Matlacha (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".
Pine Island Center is the hub of island activity. It holds the shopping centers, community pool, tennis courts, ball fields, school, museum and library.
Matlacha is the first community reached when entering Pine Island via lan and is northwest Lee County. Matlacha is a non-deed restricted community but does have historic district regulations. Many of the Matlacha homes feature picturesque and fantastic water access to Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor which leads to the Gulf of Mexico. You will find a intown boat ramps for anglers' convenience.
Matlacha residents enjoy art galleries, boating, fishing and have many nightly entertainment spots in this small village. Matlacha properteis consist of hones and land with homes ranging from mid $100k to mult-million dollar waterfront properties.