Pine Island Sound is an Aquatic Preserve and body of water that lies between Pine Island, Sanibel Island and Charlotte Harbor and covers approximately 54,000 acres of water. The Sanibel Bridge crosses the Pine Island Sound and you can get a good view of the aquatic preserve and watch people fishing, kayaking, swimming, and bird watching when you drive across the water and land bridge. I have kayaked , fished and photographed birds in the sound and enjoyed being followed by dolphins while I kayaked. I have included some of my own pictures of the sound in this article and a You Tube video of a fish boat captain cruising through the waters of Pine Island Sound.
Pine Island Sound is ecologically diverse containing seagrass beds, oyster beds and mangroves which provide food and habitat for many types of fish and marine life. Dolphins and manatees are regularly seen swimming through it waters. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation located on Sanibel Island is a scientific and research organizaion which monitors the health of the coastal habitats of Pine Island Sound and provides restoration efforts like restoring oyster beds, sea grass beds and mangroves.
The Great Calusa Blueway crosses Pine Island Sound and many people take advantage of the scenic views and waters in and around Pine Island Sound. The Florida Dept. of State contains some basic facts about Pine Island Sound and a map of its location in SW Florida. The waters of Pine Island Sound mix with the salty and brackish waters of the Charlotte Harbor, San Carlos Bay and Caloosahatchee River estuaries which helps to make it unique and rich in marine life.