Pine Island is located to the west of Cape Coral and connected to the mainland by Little Pine Island, Matlacha and a draw bridge. Pine Island is the largest barrier Island in SW Florida at 17 miles long and 2 miles wide but also one of the least populated because it contains mostly native plant and tree nurseries, small neighborhoods and fishing villages. Stringfellow Road runs the entire length of the island and will take you from Bokeelia at the north end of the island to St. James City at the south end. Beachgoers to the island will be disappointed since most of the island is surrounded by mangrove forests. The island is trying to keep their quaint character and small size by limiting the number of homes per acre and maintaining restrictive zoning regulations.
There are very attractive places to visit on the island including Bokeelia where you can see beautiful Charlotte Harbor which is world famous for it’s Tarpon fishing. I stopped at a tropical fruit nursey and bought some mangoes which are grown widely throughout the island. I also had a coconut drink from a freshly picked coconut tree. There is a ferry boat service for people who want to see neighboring Cayo Costa Island. The restaurants on and near the island are mostly small and casual places. It is worth the trip to see the native nurseries and views from either end of the island. You can learn more about the island by visiting The Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce or the PineIslandFl.com websites.