Only a short boat ride away to the south east is Picnic Island, a great place to wade through the water and enjoy the wildlife.
People say that Pine Island doesn't have any beaches, that may be true, however, if you have access to a boat your only a 15 min boat ride to the best beaches on Sanibel with no traffic and rock stare parking.
I believe his name is Willy One Eye and lives in the pond behind the American Legion. I have heard about alligators here but this is the first time we actually have seen one. Willy is a big guy, looks to me at least ten foot long.
My wife and I checked out the Blue Dog Bar and Grill in Matlacha. I have heard many good things about the place but never had the chance to stop in and check it for myself. I took the recommendation of the friendly server and had the Tuna Nachos. Wow, perfectly seared tuna on deep fried wanton noodles topped with mango salsa and their special sauce. My wife who doesn't eat seafood raved about her bacon cheese burger. They may have the best food in Matlacha.
Blue Dog Bar and Grill
Tim C. Smith
Jen & Tim
When not visiting their home on Pine Island, Florida, Jen and Tim live on Long Island. This page is a journal of their explorations of Southwest Florida, including Pine Island, Sanibel and Captiva.