Matlacha, the gateway to Pine Island, is an historic fishing village and artist community that has a low-key casual atmosphere ideal for relaxing and exploring all that this "country waterfront" has to offer. Secluded and unique, we wouldn't have it any other way!

Local restaurants specialize in fresh seafood, while art galleries and shops are known for their eclectic, funky items. For all of that, boating and fishing is what we're known for. You could literally spend weeks exploring Pine Island Sound and still not exhaust all the possibilities. Local waters are home to pods of Bottlenose Dolphin and endangered Manatee (gentle giants also called Sea Cows). Keep your eyes on the skies too, chances are good you'll spot Osprey and Bald Eagle fishing right along with you!

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