A Natural Florida Paradise
Off the coast of Florida lies a barrier island known for its natural beauty, its history and its relaxing atmosphere. Not far from the hustle and bustle of the greater Fort Myers Sanibel Island region, Greater Pine Island or just Pine Island is a world class escape from life for residents and visitors alike. Conveniently located it is a step back in time to the earlier years when the pace was a bit slower than today, Pine Island offers that respite from life that we all yearn for in an otherwise hectic world.
Like other barrier islands, Pine Island serves as a barrier between the mainland and the power of the Atlantic. Constantly changing due to the wind and the waves, smaller barrier island appear and disappear randomly. Over time, plants and structures on the larger barrier islands help to protect them somewhat from the surf and overtime further build up as is the case with Pine Island.
Now a large island, Pine Island is further protected from the weather by mangroves. The 118th largest island in the United States, this popular tourist destination is home to three aquatic preserves, marinas, shopping, small communities, agriculture as well as museums, tourist attractions, and a variety of activities. Well known for its natural features, the intracoastal Waterway passes through Pine Island Sound
From art and music to shopping, dining, relaxing, fishing or boating, kayaking, body surfing, shelling, swimming or exploring nature, we invite you to take a look at just a few of the many amazing places to see and things to do on this amazing island destination.
Matlacha Aquatic Preserve – One of a number of natural protected areas on Pine island, this one is ideal for enjoying natures bounty as well as learning more about the history of the area. Established in 1972, it is home to a wide variety of birds, invertebrates and fish species in addition to sea grasses and mangroves. This area is popular for hiking and kayaking.
Enjoying the water – From the waterway to the surrounding ocean itself, fishing and boating play a large roll in the life of residents and the enjoyment of visitors. From world class fishing to boat cruises and guided tours, there are plenty of places to explore and enjoy the water.
Shopping and Dining – Pine Island is home to 5 quaint island communities all offer plenty of places to enjoy some shopping, some fine fresh local cuisine or a peak at some of the local art.
From historic sites to souvenirs, natural areas to spas, find out what you have been missing when you visit Pine Island, a top Florida destination for travel.
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