Serenity Bay Cottages

4824-4826 Pine Island Road
Matlacha, Pine Island 33993
Telephone ... 408-561-8041
Email = sihlefeld@gmail.com

PINE ISLAND … Florida’s Best Kept Secret

Nestled in the sparkling waters between Sanibel Island and Cape Coral lies Florida's best kept secret - Pine Island.

Pine Island rose from the sea approximately 24 million years ago becoming a lush tropical forest; the surrounding waters teemed with abundant sea-life, making Pine Island a virtual paradise for fishermen whom have inhabited its shores for the past six thousand years.  

It is the largest Island found on Florida’s west coast. Today it is one of the last areas on the Gulf Coast that pretty much looks the same as it did one hundred years ago. Still, there are no traffic signals anywhere on the island.

Pine Island has vigorously resisted change. Preservation of nature is a prime concern to the 8,340 residents who live here year round and co-exist in harmony with the thousands of species of birds, mammals, and fish. The main industries of the island are’ commercial fishing and farming of tropical fruits and palm trees.

Vacationers along with an estimated 4000 additional winter residents also enjoy this 18-mile tropical paradise with its small town atmosphere and its quaint and quirky village.

The Island consists of five small communities, Matlacha, Pine Island Center, Bokeelia, St. James City, and Pineland.  Each is unique, each special, with streets named for fish, trees, boats and the like. 

Mostly forgotten during the first half of the century, Pine Island, with all its yesteryear enchanting beauty and authentic natural charm is now being rediscovered by both the laid-back and the lively, attracting bird watchers, artists, poets, musicians, tropical fruit lovers, and commercial and recreational anglers. And although Pine Island lies at the conclusion of the proverbial road less traveled, it is only a short drive to I-75, Sanibel, Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Southwest Florida International Airport. 

 Ahhhh … Palm Trees, Cool Breezes, Cool neighbors … it’s all here on Pine Island