This my first time being down on Pine Island in January and there are ospreys everywhere. Must be the warm weather and great food.
If you are looking for a healthy organic meal be sure to try the Island Way Cafe at Pine Island center. great wraps and produce too! www.facebook.com/Islandwaycafe/
Castaway Cottage on Pine Island is pet friendly and we just built a new fence to keep your furry companions safe.
Pine Island is not known for i'ts beaches but during the winter months and prevailing north breezes a beach is born at the end of Oleander. During the low tide cycles often there a pretty nice beach to explore.
If you plan on visiting the area consider November. The daytime temperatures are in the low eighties and at night they deep to the upper sixties. Paradise is only 45 minutes from the RSW airport.
Pine Island Florida is home to many birds These are just some of the birds you will see sitting in the back yard of Castaway Cottage.
We often take our dogs to picnic island which is just off the southern tip of Pine Island. On this visit we met Caleb who is on a fund raising missing to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Caleb is paddling and sailing his way through the great loop. Before leaving the island we loaded him up with ice and a few cold beers. We will try to meet him in NYC during the summer for a cold one. Follow him online and make a donation pages.teamintraining.org/sd/yourway16/cbartleyski
We have had a few guests that have stayed at Castaway Cottage and told us they never saw a manatee during their visit. Despite their large size manatee's are very stealthy travelers. The tell tail sign of a manatee is the disturbance on the surface of the water from their large tail. You will many times see these boils 10 to 15 feet apart as these make their way down the canal. When they do come up for air it's very brief and only their snout is visible. So sit back and enjoy the manatee parade.
Ron from Rhode Island enjoyed a day out on the water with Captain of Triple Tail Charters. They fished the back country and scored with Snook and Redfish.
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.