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2020 Guidebook for Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida

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2020 Guidebook for Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida

Parks & Nature
'Must-see' unspoiled beach, and native woods with sandy trails. Extraordinary barrier island accessible only by boat. Magnificent natural beach on the Gulf of Mexico, with no cars or development. Water taxi ($) from Pineland Marina, Pine Island. (See Island Girl Charters and Tropic Star Charters.) Check departure times. Bring food and beverages. Also check online for overnight (primitive) cabin rentals on the beach, which must be booked well in advance.
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Cayo Costa State Park
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'Must-see' unspoiled beach, and native woods with sandy trails. Extraordinary barrier island accessible only by boat. Magnificent natural beach on the Gulf of Mexico, with no cars or development. Water taxi ($) from Pineland Marina, Pine Island. (See Island Girl Charters and Tropic Star Charters.) Check departure times. Bring food and beverages. Also check online for overnight (primitive) cabin rentals on the beach, which must be booked well in advance.
Nearby Sanibel Island's conservation treasure. Search online for full details before you go, and decide on biking, walking, or driving through at a very slow pace. Best birding is early morning, and late afternoon. Interpretive Center is located at the main entrance, and is worth stopping for. Nearby kayak rentals: Tarpon Bay Explorers.
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J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wildlife Drive
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Nearby Sanibel Island's conservation treasure. Search online for full details before you go, and decide on biking, walking, or driving through at a very slow pace. Best birding is early morning, and late afternoon. Interpretive Center is located at the main entrance, and is worth stopping for. Nearby kayak rentals: Tarpon Bay Explorers.
Possibly the best natural beach on Sanibel Island (not Pine Island, which has no beaches). Often excellent shelling as you walk north towards Captiva. During high season, arrive very early in the morning for a (metered) parking spot, or after 4 PM. Bring plenty of cold drinks and food. Other than basic restrooms, there are no other facilities on-site. Ideal beach for an all-day visit, but be prepared for a good walk from the parking areas. Note: the return trip to Pine Island from Sanibel is best made in the evening, well after sunset. Local traffic during high season/winter months is extremely congested both entering and leaving Sanibel.
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Bowman's Beach
1700 Bowmans Beach Road
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Possibly the best natural beach on Sanibel Island (not Pine Island, which has no beaches). Often excellent shelling as you walk north towards Captiva. During high season, arrive very early in the morning for a (metered) parking spot, or after 4 PM. Bring plenty of cold drinks and food. Other than basic restrooms, there are no other facilities on-site. Ideal beach for an all-day visit, but be prepared for a good walk from the parking areas. Note: the return trip to Pine Island from Sanibel is best made in the evening, well after sunset. Local traffic during high season/winter months is extremely congested both entering and leaving Sanibel.
Pine Island favorite! (aka 'Calusa Heritage Trail': parking lot and main entrance off Waterfront Drive, near Tarpon Lodge.) Historic Calusa site; indigenous people of Southwest Florida, now extinct... spelled 'Caloosa' by some. Found on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Situated on the scenic western shore of Pine Island, 1.5 miles west of the Pelican Suite - AirBnB, the RRC encompasses 67 acres at the heart of the Pineland archaeological site, a shell mound site extending across more than 100 acres from the mangrove coastline. Favorite spot for birdwatchers, quiet bicyclists, and people who enjoy nature. The Calusa were once the most powerful people in all of South Florida. For many centuries they accumulated huge shell mounds, engineered canals, and sustained tens of thousands of people from the fish and shellfish found in the rich estuaries west and south of Fort Myers. A beautiful, peaceful walking area. Watch for egrets and nesting osprey. Contemplative space: allow adequate time.
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Randell Research Center
13810 Waterfront Drive
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Pine Island favorite! (aka 'Calusa Heritage Trail': parking lot and main entrance off Waterfront Drive, near Tarpon Lodge.) Historic Calusa site; indigenous people of Southwest Florida, now extinct... spelled 'Caloosa' by some. Found on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Situated on the scenic western shore of Pine Island, 1.5 miles west of the Pelican Suite - AirBnB, the RRC encompasses 67 acres at the heart of the Pineland archaeological site, a shell mound site extending across more than 100 acres from the mangrove coastline. Favorite spot for birdwatchers, quiet bicyclists, and people who enjoy nature. The Calusa were once the most powerful people in all of South Florida. For many centuries they accumulated huge shell mounds, engineered canals, and sustained tens of thousands of people from the fish and shellfish found in the rich estuaries west and south of Fort Myers. A beautiful, peaceful walking area. Watch for egrets and nesting osprey. Contemplative space: allow adequate time.
Lighthouse beach with fishing pier on nearby Sanibel Island, south end. Historically significant beach formerly used by Cuban fishermen, early settlers, and passing sailors: an important landmark at the entrance to Pine Island Sound.
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Lighthouse Beach Park
112 Periwinkle Way
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Lighthouse beach with fishing pier on nearby Sanibel Island, south end. Historically significant beach formerly used by Cuban fishermen, early settlers, and passing sailors: an important landmark at the entrance to Pine Island Sound.
Kayak rentals and water trails at Tarpon Bay, on neighboring Sanibel Island. Also bike rentals. Near Ding Darling Nature Preserve. (Kayak rentals also offered in Matlacha, Pine Island.)
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Tarpon Bay Explorers
900 Tarpon Bay Road
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Kayak rentals and water trails at Tarpon Bay, on neighboring Sanibel Island. Also bike rentals. Near Ding Darling Nature Preserve. (Kayak rentals also offered in Matlacha, Pine Island.)
Pine Island gem! Galt Preserve is a habitat restoration project on 265 acres that is successfully supporting native plants, birds and animals on southern Pine Island. Often a good place to see Florida butterflies. Galt features 2.5 miles of hiking trails and boardwalks, a kayak and canoe launch, fishing pier, picnic pavilions, restroom and a paved parking area. The preserve consists of 12 plant communities, including mangrove swamp and mesic flatwoods. The preserve is also home to a variety of bird and animal species, including bald eagle, bobcat and American alligator. Located just south of the much smaller Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve.
Galt Nature Preserve
3841 Stringfellow Rd
Pine Island gem! Galt Preserve is a habitat restoration project on 265 acres that is successfully supporting native plants, birds and animals on southern Pine Island. Often a good place to see Florida butterflies. Galt features 2.5 miles of hiking trails and boardwalks, a kayak and canoe launch, fishing pier, picnic pavilions, restroom and a paved parking area. The preserve consists of 12 plant communities, including mangrove swamp and mesic flatwoods. The preserve is also home to a variety of bird and animal species, including bald eagle, bobcat and American alligator. Located just south of the much smaller Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve.
The goal is to re-establish this former Pine Island palm grove to the original pine flatwoods native habitat.
Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve
6351 Stringfellow Rd
The goal is to re-establish this former Pine Island palm grove to the original pine flatwoods native habitat.
Nearby Sanibel Island gardeners' paradise! Demonstration gardens and nursery featuring Florida native plants for sale. Historic Bailey Homestead Preserve on site, Sanibel Island. Not far from Traders Restaurant (good wine bar).
SCCF Native Landscapes and Garden Center
1300 Periwinkle Way
Nearby Sanibel Island gardeners' paradise! Demonstration gardens and nursery featuring Florida native plants for sale. Historic Bailey Homestead Preserve on site, Sanibel Island. Not far from Traders Restaurant (good wine bar).
Northeast of Pine Island. Perfect in cooler weather too. Manatees gather here during the winter months for warmer water. Kayak rentals onsite. (Manatees can also be found in Tarpon Bay, Sanibel Island, from time to time, along with alligators. See Tarpon Bay Explorers and Ding Darling Preserve, Sanibel.)
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Lee County Manatee Park
10901 Palm Beach Blvd
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Northeast of Pine Island. Perfect in cooler weather too. Manatees gather here during the winter months for warmer water. Kayak rentals onsite. (Manatees can also be found in Tarpon Bay, Sanibel Island, from time to time, along with alligators. See Tarpon Bay Explorers and Ding Darling Preserve, Sanibel.)
Hidden gem on Pine Island. Quiet, smaller natural park with very easy walking trails. Located opposite Pine Island United Methodist Church. Pinewood Trails Park contains over eight acres of pine flatwoods, a common Florida ecosystem characterized by slash pine trees. The remainder of the site is covered by palmetto prairie, salt marsh and mangrove ecosystems. Together, these areas provide habitat to a variety of plant and animal species, including the Gopher Tortoise, which is currently listed as a threatened species by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Other park inhabitants include osprey, red-shouldered hawk, northern cardinal and various woodpecker species.
Pinewood Trails
10400-10478 Frankie Ln Dr
Hidden gem on Pine Island. Quiet, smaller natural park with very easy walking trails. Located opposite Pine Island United Methodist Church. Pinewood Trails Park contains over eight acres of pine flatwoods, a common Florida ecosystem characterized by slash pine trees. The remainder of the site is covered by palmetto prairie, salt marsh and mangrove ecosystems. Together, these areas provide habitat to a variety of plant and animal species, including the Gopher Tortoise, which is currently listed as a threatened species by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Other park inhabitants include osprey, red-shouldered hawk, northern cardinal and various woodpecker species.
Shell Cut Hiking Trail, Calusa Island Preserve, Bokeelia, FL: marked trail and directions to launch kayaks/canoes. Search online for 'Calusa Land Trust' for a location map, or see PaddleFlorida.net
Calusa Island Preserve
Shell Cut Hiking Trail, Calusa Island Preserve, Bokeelia, FL: marked trail and directions to launch kayaks/canoes. Search online for 'Calusa Land Trust' for a location map, or see PaddleFlorida.net
Corkscrew is a treasured nature preserve in southwest Florida, located on the mainland some distance south of Pine Island. Allow a full day to see this remarkable place. Pack a lunch and lots of drinking water for your walk through nature's wonders.
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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Rd W
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Corkscrew is a treasured nature preserve in southwest Florida, located on the mainland some distance south of Pine Island. Allow a full day to see this remarkable place. Pack a lunch and lots of drinking water for your walk through nature's wonders.
Everything Else
Pine Island's most popular tropical fruit grove. A modest Latin American food stand and small market is open on Saturdays during the winter months. This is a short drive or bike ride, just south of the Pelican Suite, off Stringfellow Road.
FruitScapes LLC
12870 Stringfellow Rd
Pine Island's most popular tropical fruit grove. A modest Latin American food stand and small market is open on Saturdays during the winter months. This is a short drive or bike ride, just south of the Pelican Suite, off Stringfellow Road.
Public library with internet and computers, printer. Local interest books and reference guides. Located near Pine Island Center, next to the tennis courts and museum. Free daytime parking. Easy to bike to.
Pine Island Public Library
10700 Russell Rd
Public library with internet and computers, printer. Local interest books and reference guides. Located near Pine Island Center, next to the tennis courts and museum. Free daytime parking. Easy to bike to.
Small local marina with launch ramp. Upgrades planned to this property, 2020+.
Jug Creek Marina
16498 Tortuga Street
Small local marina with launch ramp. Upgrades planned to this property, 2020+.
Pine Island, mainly power boats. Boat rentals available by reservation. Friendly Lazy Flamingo restaurant onsite.
Four Winds Marina
16501 Stringfellow Road
Pine Island, mainly power boats. Boat rentals available by reservation. Friendly Lazy Flamingo restaurant onsite.
A beautiful island-stilt building with extensive native landscaping on Sanibel Island. Near Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Excellent bike path nearby. Bike rentals on island, Periwinkle Way.
Sanibel Public Library
770 Dunlop Rd
A beautiful island-stilt building with extensive native landscaping on Sanibel Island. Near Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Excellent bike path nearby. Bike rentals on island, Periwinkle Way.
Goat Yoga (yes, real goats) offered by Little Big Beak Farm, Bokeelia. Popular with locals and visitors alike.
Goat Yoga
12570 Aubrey Lane
Goat Yoga (yes, real goats) offered by Little Big Beak Farm, Bokeelia. Popular with locals and visitors alike.
Yoga and therapeutic massage on Pine Island, FL.
Island Yoga Health and Wellness
5701 Pine Island Road
Yoga and therapeutic massage on Pine Island, FL.
Yoga center close to the Pelican Suite, Bokeelia, FL.
Whole Soul Wellness Yoga
13960 Stringfellow Road
Yoga center close to the Pelican Suite, Bokeelia, FL.
One of the smaller islands near the west coast of Pine Island. A popular stop for water taxis and sightseeing charter boats.
Useppa Island
One of the smaller islands near the west coast of Pine Island. A popular stop for water taxis and sightseeing charter boats.
(Sarasota, FL *) On any given day, MOTE's 200-plus researchers are in the field throughout Pine Island Sound and far beyond, collecting information or asking for public help gathering information for important marine research studies. MOTE's online environmental updates change regularly, reflecting Florida's ever-changing environment. MOTE invites you to visit regularly for new information on Pine Island waters. Search online for MOTE.org - Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Strandings - Beach Conditions Report - Red Tide - Florida Keys Environmental Observations - Sea Turtle Nesting - SO COOL- Sarasota Operations Coastal Oceans Observing Lab - Tips to Help Keep Wildlife Safe on the Water and Dolphin Friendly Fishing and Viewing Tips - Dolphin-Friendly Fishing and Viewing Tips - Pine Island and Region Weather *Note: MOTE is based in Sarasota, Florida, 86 miles north of Pine Island.
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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
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(Sarasota, FL *) On any given day, MOTE's 200-plus researchers are in the field throughout Pine Island Sound and far beyond, collecting information or asking for public help gathering information for important marine research studies. MOTE's online environmental updates change regularly, reflecting Florida's ever-changing environment. MOTE invites you to visit regularly for new information on Pine Island waters. Search online for MOTE.org - Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Strandings - Beach Conditions Report - Red Tide - Florida Keys Environmental Observations - Sea Turtle Nesting - SO COOL- Sarasota Operations Coastal Oceans Observing Lab - Tips to Help Keep Wildlife Safe on the Water and Dolphin Friendly Fishing and Viewing Tips - Dolphin-Friendly Fishing and Viewing Tips - Pine Island and Region Weather *Note: MOTE is based in Sarasota, Florida, 86 miles north of Pine Island.
Wildlife rehabilitation center overlooking Charlotte Harbor, in Punta Gorda, FL. Open to the public 11 AM to 4 PM everyday. Non-profit rescue of birds and animals from Pine Island and region. Admission by donation.
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Peace River Wildlife Center
3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway
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Wildlife rehabilitation center overlooking Charlotte Harbor, in Punta Gorda, FL. Open to the public 11 AM to 4 PM everyday. Non-profit rescue of birds and animals from Pine Island and region. Admission by donation.
Echo's sustainable food growing and farming techniques are developed and adopted worldwide to reduce hunger. Located straight east of Pine Island, just past I-75 highway, North Fort Myers, FL.
ECHO Global Farm
17391 Durrance Rd
Echo's sustainable food growing and farming techniques are developed and adopted worldwide to reduce hunger. Located straight east of Pine Island, just past I-75 highway, North Fort Myers, FL.
Drinks & Nightlife
On the water in the village of Matlacha. Check the current live music. (Look for "Skip", a much-respected local steel drum musician who is often playing Bert's, outdoors. Live bands in the evenings, sometimes too.) Very casual. Note: Street parking, use caution when backing out or walking past parked vehicles. No sidewalks. Sometimes distracted drivers; narrow roadway.
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Bert's Bar & Grill
4271 Pine Island Road
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On the water in the village of Matlacha. Check the current live music. (Look for "Skip", a much-respected local steel drum musician who is often playing Bert's, outdoors. Live bands in the evenings, sometimes too.) Very casual. Note: Street parking, use caution when backing out or walking past parked vehicles. No sidewalks. Sometimes distracted drivers; narrow roadway.
Pine Island locals' hangout! Outside bar on a canal. Limited menu, but fun to stop in and watch smaller boats go by. Very casual, great staff.
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Low Key Tiki
3135 Stringfellow Road
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Pine Island locals' hangout! Outside bar on a canal. Limited menu, but fun to stop in and watch smaller boats go by. Very casual, great staff.
Food Scene
Old, funky, local restaurant-bar at the north end of Pine Island. Hearty meals, cheap beer. Opposite Bokeelia Fishing Pier ($) which has good sunset views. A good place to reward yourself with an ice cold beer at the end of a long, hot bike ride north to Bokeelia ;-) Check for karaoke on Friday or Saturday nights.
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Capt'n Con's Fish House
8421 Main Street
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Old, funky, local restaurant-bar at the north end of Pine Island. Hearty meals, cheap beer. Opposite Bokeelia Fishing Pier ($) which has good sunset views. A good place to reward yourself with an ice cold beer at the end of a long, hot bike ride north to Bokeelia ;-) Check for karaoke on Friday or Saturday nights.
North of the Pelican Suite, west off Stringfellow Road on Pine Island. Located in the popular Four Winds marina, which offers power boat rentals. Good waterviews. Very casual. An ideal place to pull in off the Pine Island-Stringfellow Road bike path for food and beverages.
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Lazy Flamingo 3
16501-B Stringfellow Road
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North of the Pelican Suite, west off Stringfellow Road on Pine Island. Located in the popular Four Winds marina, which offers power boat rentals. Good waterviews. Very casual. An ideal place to pull in off the Pine Island-Stringfellow Road bike path for food and beverages.
Ribs, chicken, etc. Casual restaurant, just south of Pine Island Center. (South on Stringfellow, past Shell gas station, before you reach Winn-Dixie grocery store.)
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Saltwater Smokehouse
10251 Stringfellow Road
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Ribs, chicken, etc. Casual restaurant, just south of Pine Island Center. (South on Stringfellow, past Shell gas station, before you reach Winn-Dixie grocery store.)
Friendly, casual local restaurant in Matlacha, east of Pine Island Center.
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Blue Dog Bar & Grill
4597 Pine Island Rd
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Friendly, casual local restaurant in Matlacha, east of Pine Island Center.
Matlacha restaurant at the west end of the village. Good waterviews.
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Yucatan Waterfront Bar & Grill
4875 Pine Island Rd
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Matlacha restaurant at the west end of the village. Good waterviews.
Fine dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, 10 minutes from the Pelican Suite, Bokeelia (AirBnb). This is a very relaxing location and a venerable Pine Island restaurant. Favored by visitors and locals alike, especially for romantic dinners and other sunset moments.
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Tarpon Lodge
13771 Waterfront Drive
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Fine dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, 10 minutes from the Pelican Suite, Bokeelia (AirBnb). This is a very relaxing location and a venerable Pine Island restaurant. Favored by visitors and locals alike, especially for romantic dinners and other sunset moments.
Breakfast and lunch specialties, Pine Island Center. Fresh, wholesome menu choices.
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Little Lilly's Island Deli
10700 Stringfellow Road
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Breakfast and lunch specialties, Pine Island Center. Fresh, wholesome menu choices.
French bakery, just south of Pine Island Center. Arrive before 11 AM for the best selection
Pine Island Getaway Cafe LLC
5281 Doug Taylor Circle
French bakery, just south of Pine Island Center. Arrive before 11 AM for the best selection
Getting Around
Pine Island's concrete bike path connects three small communities: Bokeelia, in the north, Pine Island Center, and St James City in the south. Historic Pineland is located one mile off the path, riding directly west off Stringfellow. (See Randell Research Center, Calusa Trail, and Pineland Marina online.) Bike rentals are recommended, and the best biking is off the main concrete bike path, on the many quiet roads west of Stringfellow Rd, north of Harbor Dr. (One local favorite is Capri Lane to Robert Rd, then south to Pineland Rd or north to Caloosa Dr, Pineland. Or stay north on Bokeelia Rd to rejoin the path along Stringfellow, to Main St, Bokeelia.) Ask for Dave at P.I. Cycles. Located on Stringfellow Rd, near the center of Pine Island.
Pine Island Cycles
5261 Pine Island Rd
Pine Island's concrete bike path connects three small communities: Bokeelia, in the north, Pine Island Center, and St James City in the south. Historic Pineland is located one mile off the path, riding directly west off Stringfellow. (See Randell Research Center, Calusa Trail, and Pineland Marina online.) Bike rentals are recommended, and the best biking is off the main concrete bike path, on the many quiet roads west of Stringfellow Rd, north of Harbor Dr. (One local favorite is Capri Lane to Robert Rd, then south to Pineland Rd or north to Caloosa Dr, Pineland. Or stay north on Bokeelia Rd to rejoin the path along Stringfellow, to Main St, Bokeelia.) Ask for Dave at P.I. Cycles. Located on Stringfellow Rd, near the center of Pine Island.
Pine Island's favorite marina for visitors. Water taxi ($) to beautiful Cayo Costa State Park, and other locations. Also a good place to watch the sunset from the main dock, and to meet pelicans. Located near Tarpon Lodge Restaurant and the Randell Research Center-Calusa Heritage Trail, Pineland.
Pineland Marina
13921 Waterfront Drive
Pine Island's favorite marina for visitors. Water taxi ($) to beautiful Cayo Costa State Park, and other locations. Also a good place to watch the sunset from the main dock, and to meet pelicans. Located near Tarpon Lodge Restaurant and the Randell Research Center-Calusa Heritage Trail, Pineland.
Local taxi service on Pine Island, Florida, located near the Center, on Pine Island Road West (near Mobil-7-Eleven). Ideal for traveling between St James City, Bokeelia, and Pineland. Airport pick up and drop off as well: Fort Myers (RSW) Airport and Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte Airport. Reservations required. Also check UBER.
Pine Island Taxi & Limousine, Inc
5261 Pine Island Rd
Local taxi service on Pine Island, Florida, located near the Center, on Pine Island Road West (near Mobil-7-Eleven). Ideal for traveling between St James City, Bokeelia, and Pineland. Airport pick up and drop off as well: Fort Myers (RSW) Airport and Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte Airport. Reservations required. Also check UBER.
Tropic Star charter boat rides to the barrier islands, located next to Pineland Marina.
Tropic Star of Pine Island Inc
16498 Tortuga St
Tropic Star charter boat rides to the barrier islands, located next to Pineland Marina.
Passenger service to Cayo Costa State Park and other barrier islands. Located at Pineland Marina.
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Island Girl Charters
13921 Waterfront Drive
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Passenger service to Cayo Costa State Park and other barrier islands. Located at Pineland Marina.
Kayak rentals for those who prefer to blaze their own trail and explore the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, Pine Island, FL.
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Gulf Coast Kayak (Kayaking, Kayak Rentals, Kayak Tours) )
4120 Pine Island Road
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Kayak rentals for those who prefer to blaze their own trail and explore the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, Pine Island, FL.
Entertainment & Activities
Golf course on Pine Island, Bokeelia. Fun to bicycle on the connecting roads, very peaceful.
Alden Pines Country Club
14261 Clubhouse Drive
Golf course on Pine Island, Bokeelia. Fun to bicycle on the connecting roads, very peaceful.
Private fishing pier ($) on Charlotte Harbor. One of the very best views of the water, looking north towards Boca Grande. The pier is a sunset location, opposite the venerable old Capt Con's restaurant.
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Bokeelia Fishing Pier
8421 Main Street
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Private fishing pier ($) on Charlotte Harbor. One of the very best views of the water, looking north towards Boca Grande. The pier is a sunset location, opposite the venerable old Capt Con's restaurant.
Free-to-play BINGO every Tuesday night in Matlacha. Small cash prizes. (Arrive early for a table.) Local seafood and beverages available.
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Olde Fish House Marina
4530 Pine Island Road
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Free-to-play BINGO every Tuesday night in Matlacha. Small cash prizes. (Arrive early for a table.) Local seafood and beverages available.
For everyone who has ever picked up a sea shell and wondered, "where did this come from?". Or, "what kind of creature made this?". Located on Sanibel Island, (not Pine Island): check drive times, depending on how busy tourist season is. Note: the Shell Museum is not far from Sanibel's Bowman's Beach. Arrive early AM for a parking spot.
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Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel Captiva Road
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For everyone who has ever picked up a sea shell and wondered, "where did this come from?". Or, "what kind of creature made this?". Located on Sanibel Island, (not Pine Island): check drive times, depending on how busy tourist season is. Note: the Shell Museum is not far from Sanibel's Bowman's Beach. Arrive early AM for a parking spot.
Arts & Culture
Small local Pine Island museum with an eclectic collection, which is a labor of love for its volunteers.
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Museum of the Islands
5728 Sesame Drive
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Small local Pine Island museum with an eclectic collection, which is a labor of love for its volunteers.
On Sanibel Island, near the library and town offices. (Not Pine Island.) Featuring numerous small historic buildings. The story of Sanibel Island is told from the Calusa and Spanish eras, to the early pioneer families who settled on the island in the 1800s. Note: depending on local traffic, arrive early AM for activities on Sanibel. We recommend driving before 8 AM if you are going over from Pine Island.
Sanibel Historical Museum and Village
950 Dunlop Road
On Sanibel Island, near the library and town offices. (Not Pine Island.) Featuring numerous small historic buildings. The story of Sanibel Island is told from the Calusa and Spanish eras, to the early pioneer families who settled on the island in the 1800s. Note: depending on local traffic, arrive early AM for activities on Sanibel. We recommend driving before 8 AM if you are going over from Pine Island.