What Do You Get When You Blend a Historic Fishing Village with an Eclectic Artist Community? A Fun, Colorful Getaway!
Matlacha is the tiny island village with the name even some area residents probably can’t pronounce. For the record, it’s “MAT-la-shay.”
While Matlacha is a short drive from Cape Coral, once you’re there you’ll feel like you’ve stepped away from the hustle and bustle of Midpoint Bridge at rush hour and into an Old Florida paradise—with a side of colorful kitsch.
Anglers might know Matlacha for the “Fishing-est Bridge in the World,” but others know the village for the vibrant artist community that has thrived since the 1990s. Some even refer to Matlacha as “Key West of the North.”
Despite its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it size, Matlacha has plenty to offer. Shops, restaurants, art galleries and accommodations line narrow Pine Island Road through the village.
The restaurants take advantage of the fresh seafood. The bars have live music—and even livelier patrons.
Activities run the gamut! From massages to guided kayaking and boat tours to shopping for fine art or fun souvenirs, there’s something for everyone.
A getaway weekend in Matlacha might not even be enough time to explore it all!
4331 Pine Island Rd, Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores, FL 33993 | 239.283.2423 | BridgewaterInn.com
Built on a dock above Pine Island Sound, Bridgewater Inn offers stunning views and a special closeness to nature. It’s located walking distance to the popular shopping and dining spots in Matlacha. You can even fish right outside your room!
Blue Dog Bar & Grill
4597 Pine Island Rd, Matlacha, FL 33993 | 239.558.4970 | BlueDogFL.com
Named after an owner’s black Labrador, Blue Dog Bar & Grill has received rave reviews since opening in 2014. It offers a wide variety of food and drinks, specializing in creative seafood dishes. Island visitors feel at home here.
Captain Jack’s Boat Tours
Departure locations vary on Matlacha | 239.222.9886 | CaptainJackBoatTours.com
Thrilling sights can be found in the waterways around Matlacha, including spotting dolphins and manatees. Captain Jack’s offers a variety of boat tours that include wildlife, scenery, historic sites and more. Seeing the area from the water is certainly memorable.
Leoma Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens
4637 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, FL 33993 | 239.938.5655, LeomaLovegrove.com
Known for her funky eyeglasses and eye-popping colorful artwork, Matlacha painter and gallery owner Leoma Lovegrove is also an internationally celebrated artist—she’s even been honored at the White House. She opens her art gallery store and gardens daily to visitors.
Great Licks Ice Cream
4643 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, FL 33993 | 239.282.2802
There’s often a line at this popular ice cream shop. There’s a good reason for the crowds—the ice cream is delicious! A scoop from Great Licks is the perfect treat any day of the year in sunny Southwest Florida.