ABOUT OUR PINE ISLAND PARADISE
Pine Island Paradise Cottage is in the center of Matlacha Village, with the bay on both sides of the road in walking distance to many really good restaurants, art galleries, boat rentals, bait shops and ‘The Fishingest Bridge’ -a name given by the Guinness book of records because no matter what time of day or night there is always someone fishing on it.
You can also fish from our own dock where there is always great fishing!
There is also a story that Matlacha was made famous by Elvis Presley, the movie ‘Follow that Dream’ , was based on the book Pioneers Go Home, written from the experiences of the first white people to settle in Matlacha, but we understand that it was actually filmed on the Sanibel Causeway.
Matlacha resembles the old style Key West, rustic and quaint, so many areas like Matlacha are disappearing in the name of progress but Matlacha has been deemed Historical so as to preserve its unique qualities.
Matlacha pronounced MAT-LA-CHAY is an Indian name meaning Water to the waist, apart from the boating channels most times the water does not reach above the waist. Matlacha is a very popular fishing village where you can book a deep sea fishing event or rent a boat yourself.
Matlacha is a very popular area for kayaking, people come from all over Florida to kayak our calm tranquill waters. Matlacha and Pine Island are surrounded by a magnificent mangrove forest. This mangrove forest is Florida’s rain forest providing an ecosystem for its huge variety of marine life.
30 minutes by boat to Sanibel, Ft. Myers Beach, Boca Grande,Cabbage Key and Cayo Costa, 1 hour to Venice Beach (famous for its prehistoric sharks teeth and you can find them on the beach), 45 minutes from Ft. Myers International Airport(RSW),30 minutes from Cape Coral and Ft. Myers
Pine Island Paradise Cottage, is the perfect place to stay. It’s great for Fishing, perfect for a honeymoon, watching the Dolphins, manatees, otters, osprey and many other wild birds or for just relaxing in peace and quiet by the pool.
We also have a kayak,canoe, peddle boat(our own launch pad on site),bicycles and boat docks – all COMPLIMENTARY
Matlacha is a tiny strip island that leads to Pine Island.
Everyone who has stayed here loves it. We’re sure you will too.
Keywords: Cottages, full and limited kitchens available and fully stocked with dishware, pots, pans and utensils. Private pool, Free Wifi, cable tv, laundry facilities, and ample parking.
Pine Island is not home to white, sandy beaches or luxurious resorts, yet the simplistic charm of this nature abundant island tucked into Lee County’s northwest corner, has provoked a tourist frenzy in the recent years.
Surrounded mostly by mangroves, Pine Island stretches 17 miles from north to south and up to 2 miles wide. The six communities of Pine Island consist of Matlacha, Pine Island Center, St. James City, Bokeelia and Pineland.
Mostly known for its fishing, boating and farming, Pine Island is now becoming an artistic and cultural community. Numerous artists and writers now call Pine Island their home, inspiring the many art galleries and museums throughout the island. The numerous fine seafood restaurants offer the savor of the freshest catch, while the quaint shops offer many treasures for all tastes.
Biking, kayaking, hiking, concerts and tours can take you to the most wondrous places. The tranquility of this sleepy island is refreshing to all of those that visit or those that stay. Pine Island has been called “The Forgotten Island” in the past, but once you have experienced its beauty and serenity, you simply will not forget it.