Matlacha is for LOVERS! Lovers of relaxation, fishing, art, nature, friends, social scenes and enjoying Life in this beautiful location.
This newly remodeled home is perfect for a couple+ to enjoy the water and the Matlacha scene. Close to everything - you can walk everywhere or take the free kayak out for expeditions or fishing.
This home is remodeled and completely equipped to meet all your needs while away from home. Fully equipped with everything you need other than food and consumables.
This newly remodeled house is in the HISTORIC DISTRICT of Matlacha (Mat-la-shay) and is on one of the larger canals and is within walking distance to all the great restaurants, specialty food shops, unique shopping, music venues, art and art classes and general great are to hang out and people watch.
Plenty of room for boating fishing or hanging out. Use our kayaks and private dock to launch from. You are no more than 100 yards from some of the best and unique restaurants, galleries, shops and fun places on the island. Music is everywhere and available for most of the day. Like Bingo, games, art classes, fishing nature, boating, dancing, Karaoke? All are available... History, nature, art and the social scene are available to examine in this small village. Take one of the local walking tours to explore this tiny village or one of the many expeditions or tours.
FORGET SANIBEL ISLAND!
Matlacha is the center of action for the true OLD FLORIDA BARRIER ISLANDS experience. Beaches with funky restaurants are 20 minutes away. Sanibel, if you need it is 50 minutes and a $6 toll away (closer by boat). There's a lot more to know about Matlacha and the barrier islands than you would of thought. We will give you lists of websites to review prior to your arrival.
The Great Calusa Blueway Kayak trail for Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass is the primo place for the best wild scenic, beaches, wildlife experiences that provide calmer and safer waters. I will provide maps and more complete info as you get closer to your holiday.
You can go by foot, car, bicycle, boat, ferry to the BEST ISLANDS around. If you like Sanibel - then you'll LOVE Boca Grande (the island Sanibel would love to be without the cars) via the Ferry out of Bokeelia in North Pine Island - 10 minutes away. The ferry can also take you to remote Cayo Costa State Park (the most primitive au-naturale beaches for sunning, picnicking, shelling, hiking, biking, kayaking, bird watching, snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing by the water. Also Cabbage Key - made famous by the real home of Jimmy Buffet's Cheeseburger in Paradise - do not miss lunch on this tiny and cute island!
There is water taxi service to North Captiva Island, docking at Safety Harbor Club, Barnacle's Restaurant and North Captiva Island Club and daily trips to Cabbage Key, Boca Grande, Captiva and Useppa Island and you can take in the nature, dolphin watching, shelling, manatee or bird viewing on the way through the Intercoastal waterway.
Pine Island has a special paved bike road a safe distance away from the highway that is 16 miles long - see and experience the entire island - Lots to explore.
Don't risk your chance for a lifetime memorable experience anywhere else to save a few bucks. You'll have free use of our Wilderness 2 person Kayak during your stay saving you $75 a day. More extensive boat, paddleboard, kayak or fishing expeditions start with our neighbors 200 feet away! The neighbors across the street offer sightseeing, nature and fishing boat tours.
Yes, you can have a rental or your own boat or jet ski here, anchor it in the back of the house, and will be able to watch it and use it anytime you want. Want info on where's the best place to fish that day - ask the neighbors! This area is safe and everybody is friendly and watches out for each other.
Smoking is allowed only outside with the doors closed. NO pets, sorry.
Matlacha is a VERY unique EXPERIENCE where you will want to spend some time enjoying life and the neighbors and visitors. Everybody is always in a good mood. Besides the obvious prime fishing location, Matlacha is THE Place for art and artists, music venues, food lovers and lovers of leisure... where doing nothing is an art.
In the early 1920's Harry Stringfellow, a resident of Pineland and Chairman of the Board of Lee County Commissioners, gained approval for the development of a road to Pine Island. The shell fill that was dredged from the oyster beds of Matlacha Pass was used to build the entire road and create the land mass that is now Matlacha. A wooden swing bridge was set in place over the pass and in 1927 Commissioner Stringfellow led dignitaries across the completed route.
Soldiers stationed in Ft. Myers during World War I discovered the great fishing off the bridge and it soon became known as the "Fishingest Bridge in the World". Driven by the depression, squatters began building shacks on the excess fill. A fishing industry, cannery, shrimpers, and bait shops grew giving Matlacha its quaint fishing village character.
During the 1950's and 60's canals were dug, thereby increasing Matlacha's residential waterfront availability. The old wooden swing span was replaced with the present concrete draw bridge in 1969.
Today, as they have in the past, palm plantations and groves of various tropical fruits thrive in Matlacha. These fruits are shipped all over the United States.
To pronounce it like a native, say Mat-la-shay!
(Courtesy of Pine Island Realty)
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Matlacha, Florida, United States