Alden Pines Golf Course offers 18 holes in a natural Florida setting. Beginners and experts alike will enjoy a challenging game with lots of water features and an abundance of local wildlife. With narrow fairways and many water and tree hazards, Alden Pines is a challenge to those used to open, flat courses.
It is a semi-private course with annual memberships available. Greens fees for non-members run between $30 and $45, depending on season, including cart rental. Reservations for tee times are highly recommended during high season.
14261 Clubhouse Dr, Bokeelia, FL 33922
Pine island has several parks and hiking trails as well as a miles long sidewalk system! You can see gorgeous flowers, wildlife or just people watch! Then take a rest at waters edge and enjoy the sunset.
The Pine Island Bike Path is a 16-mile path that spans the length of the island from St. James City to Bokeelia. On its way north, the path passes near the Flatwoods Preserve, where you will find hiking trails to explore forests, marshes, and tidal swampland. Further north, Phillips Park lies along Sesame Drive. It offers a playground, athletic facilities, and picnic tables. The trail ends in Bokeelia, where on your trip you'll pass fruit tree orchards and groves of palm trees.
Sit on your porch or visit the local marina. It’s almost like a reserve on the island. Daily you can see a variety of birds and waterfowl, Bald Eagles (there are nests in the winter), squirrels, rabbits, and other wildlife.
Whatever the season there's always something biting!! You can fish from local canals, off the Matlacha bridge or visit the Bokeelia Fishing Pier, located at the northern tip of Pine Island stretching into the waters of Charlotte Harbor. No fishing license required, just come and enjoy the fun. Rod & Reel rentals available.
8421 Main St, Bokeelia, FL 33922
Pine Island is part of the Great Calusa Blueway. Located between the mainland and barrier islands, the water is shallow, with hundreds of small mangrove islands and few beach areas. Today, nearly all water and mangrove surrounding Pine Island is protected. Paddling ranges from moderate to difficult, due to distances and open water, subject to wind and tide. Faster, low profile sit-ins and sea kayaks are best for paddling here.
You can rent kayaks and paddle boards from several places on the island.
Tarpon Lodge is a historic landmark in a breathtaking environment. The restaurant and motel rooms feel like being in old school Florida-a classic estate like setting, open windows with gauzy curtains, hardwood floors, formal servers.
13771 Waterfront Dr, Pineland, FL 33922
Tour the Calusa Heritage Trail, an almost 1-mile interpretive walkway that leads visitors through the shell mounds and canals of the Calusa culture and their environment. The Calusa were once powerful people that accumulated huge shell mounds, engineered canals, and sustained tens of thousands of people from the fish and shellfish.
13810 Waterfront Dr, Bokeelia, FL 33922
A wonderful place to watch the sunset, the waterfowl and meet your neighbors! A small group gathers most evenings, arriving on their golf carts. During the day, take a boat trip or water taxi for lunch to Cabbage Key or a full day trip to Cayo Costa State Park or Useppa Island.
13921 Waterfront Dr., Bokeelia, FL 33922
Caya Costa is a unique place where you’ll be all alone surrounded by nature on this beautiful island. Known as one of the best places for shelling. It’s only accessible by boat or ferry, and as you are cruising to the island, keep an eye out for wild dolphins. The Tropic Star has full day trips departing from Pineland Marina at 9:00 am.
The Tropic Star
Waterfront Dr., Bokeelia, FL 33922
This privately owned island has been a must-stop place for around a half of a century. The park is accessible only by charter boat or ferry. Besides some great food, another reason that makes Cabbage Key a great place to stop are all of the quirky gems on the island. Island Girl Charters at the Pineland Marina takes trips every day.
Island Girl Charters
13921 Waterfront Drive, Bokeelia, FL 33922
A unique Art Gallery in a beautiful setting by Charlotte Harbor in Bokeelia Fl. They feature many local painters, pottery, glass and jewelry.
8315 Main St, Bokeelia, FL 33922
Promised Land mangoes are organic, naturally delicious and available at the grove. They produce Mango Preserves and Mango Grove Honey, available at the farm stand.
7271 Pineland Rd, Bokeelia, FL 33922
Fruitscapes sells a variety of tropical fruits, including some rarely available in the US. They also sell homemade bread and will open up a coconut for you, too.
12870 Stringfellow Rd., Bokeelia, FL 33922
Housed in what was once the island’s first public library, the museum was built by volunteers in the early 1960s. MOTI is an all-volunteer museum, whose mission is the preservation of ancient histories and the relatively recent histories of the people who were the early pioneers of Pine Island. Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00-3:00.
PO Box 103, Matlacha, FL 33993
Manatee Park is one of those places where a power plants discharges warm water, creating a cozy spa for manatees avoiding the winter-chilled Gulf waters. You’re likely to see manatees gathering in the canal if the weather is below 68 degrees.
10901 State Rd. 80 (Palm Beach Blvd.) Fort Myers, FL 33905
There is nothing sophisticated about Fort Myers Beach. It’s a throwback to an era of unpretentious beach towns with funky bars, a commercial center with T-shirt shops and ice cream parlors, and an evening scene with live music and street performers. About 45-60 minute drive from Pine Island, it’s a great one-day trip to the beach.
Sanibel Island is a bit more low-key than Fort Myers Beach and perfect for those seeking a slightly less scheduled vacation. The main attraction on Sanibel Island is, of course, it's white sand beaches, but more than just that, Sanibel is famous for some of the best shelling in the entire world due to Sanibel's position along the coast. There is also a wildlife refuge - Ding Darling State Park.