This may be the cutest little town in SWFL, but don’t blink because you just may miss it…
Matlacha (pronounced Mat-luh-SHAY) forms a bridge from the mainland to Pine Island, which, like Sanibel and Captiva islands, relies only on stop signs to control the flow of traffic. The most well-known of the Pine Island communities, Matlacha occupies its own small island dotted by colorful shops and galleries, seafood markets, funky waterside restaurants and a community park that fronts Matlacha Pass, part of the Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail. This artist paradise is possessed by a strong bohemian charm, and it’s easy to fall under its spell.
Heritage shows up, too, in small town streets, general stores and antique shops, as well as kids riding bikes and retired folks helping with street fairs or keeping benches warm around courthouse squares.