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General Information About Matlacha

Picture a beachside paradise where modern times have taken a backseat to calm and tranquility - where artists, fishermen and other free thinkers call home - and you'll find Matlacha (pronounce Mat-luh-SHAY), the heart of 17-mile-long Palm Island.

The offshore community of Matlacha is an artist’s enclave, possessed of considerable bohemian charm. Matlacha forms a bridge from the mainland to Pine Island, which, like Sanibel and Captiva, has only stop signs and courtesy to organize the flow of traffic. Matlacha, one of five communities of Pine Island, is its own small island with less than 1,000 residents. Colorful shops, galleries, seafood markets, waterside restaurants, and a community park are a few things that make Matlacha special. One other beneficial feature of Matlacha is that it is part of the Great Calusa Blueway, a 190-mile paddling trail that makes its way through Lee County.

Just a drive over the "Fishingest Bridge in the U.S.", Matlacha is a collection of unique shops, galleries, fish markets and funky waterside restaurants.