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If you dream of escaping to a simpler time and place, surrounded by lush native wildlife in their tropical habitat, then Pine Island just might be the perfect place for you. Pine Island is an “Old Florida” style seaside town and the largest island (17 miles long, 2 miles wide) off the west coast of Florida. Its secluded atmosphere is a huge part of its charm. Even the topography is different. Instead of sandy beaches, it’s fringed with mangroves. Pine Island remains a quaint village full of quiet pleasures. It includes the communities of Bokeelia, Matlacha, Pineland, St. James City and Bocilla Island. Although only 15 minutes from Cape Coral and 30 minutes from Ft. Myers, it’s quaint and secluded tropical island atmosphere is part of its charm. With friendly neighbors, a mild climate year-round, and no traffic lights or billboards, Pine Island has escaped the concrete and blacktop, and the skyscrapers and high rises of other more touristy communities. Current legislation prohibits high-density development, preserving the unique “rural island” heritage. Pine Island’s 6,000 residents include many well-known authors, artists and musicians, providing an atmosphere rich in culture and festivities. And the island hosts more than 50 clubs and organizations.
Pine Island's fishing heritage has supported generations of island families. Sport fishermen long ago discovered the abundance of finny creatures in Pine Island Sound, San Carlos Bay, Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. The sport of tarpon fishing originated in Pine Island Sound in the late 1880s. Boca Grande Pass (just 20 minutes across Pine Island Sound from Bokeelia) is considered the "Tarpon Capital of the World." These fighting fish can measure 6 feet long and weigh 350 pounds. Other popular game fish are snook, redfish, seatrout, grouper, snapper, cobia, mackerel, barracuda, blacktip shark, sheepshead, seabass and many others.