Somewhat of a “fishing mecca”, Matlacha Bridge offers more than simply a way to connect up Pine Island with Cape Coral. While the bridge certainly serves its purpose in spanning Matlacha Pass, it’s also an extremely popular spot for fishing.
The tiny community of Matlacha may be small in size but it’s definitely larger than life when it comes to character. Found just off Cape Coral, the unincorporated village is known for its friendly vibe and for exuding a generous amount of appeal.
The man-made island of Matlacha provides a colorful and spirited destination, filled with Caribbean-style shops and galleries and the decades-old charm of an old fishing village. A popular location for kayakers to visit, the community also houses an eclectic mix of places to visit and to see.
Pine Island is noted for its lovely scenery, friendly relaxed vibe and balmy island breezes. Pine Island is the largest island on Florida’s west coast (17 miles long), but still keeps a charming small town sensibility. Pine Island is made up of a community of villages.
The area around The Matlacha Bridge was made famous by Fort Myers author Richard Powell in his book, Pioneer Go Home, which was made later into the popular Elvis Presley movie “Follow That Dream.” The 1962 hit musical film began filming in July 1961 in the summer heat of Florida.
Matlacha is one of 5 waterfront communities on Pine Island. It is an old historic fishing village surrounded by mangroves, home to many offbeat art galleries, island boutiques, seafood markets, restaurants, Floridian cottages, gift shops, bait and seafood shops. Matlacha is a unique culture of artists and musicians that contribute to the island’s character and laidback lifestyle.
Affordable housing disappearing quicklyOnce a quaint fishing village Matlacha is undergoing a transformation much like the majority of SW Florida. Developers have discovered the beauty of the island communities of Pine Island and Matlacha which are located west of Cape Coral and north of Captiva Island. The low income agricultural[…]