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Matlacha Fl New Home Sunrise

Matlacha Bridge Sunrise

Here’s a sunrise photo taken from one of the bridges in Matlacha Florida. There is a big, new home being built out on the point of land you see to the right, so this image may look different next time. Enjoy it while you can!

  • Jun 30
Swimming At Boca Grande FL

Swimming at Boca Grande

This week we took a trip north to swim at the beaches of Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island. It’s an enjoyable car ride of about 1.5 hours from Pine Island. The Boca Grande bridge is new and the views in all directions are of amazing tropical blue waters. Once on the island, we parked right at the very southern tip of the island at the scenic lighthouse & museum. There is self-serve public parking for $3/day and beautiful changing rooms that overlook the ocean. We saw up close and swam with about six or seven manatees as they travelled up and down the crystal clear shallow waters. Off in the near distance, in this photo you can see some fishing boats and waves, which are likely Tarpon “flipping”- Boca Grande is the tarpon fishing capital of the world.

  • Jun 29
Disney World From Pine Island

Quick Trip to Disney

One benefit to living in Florida is the ability to take a quick trip to Disney World, by car, with a big admission discount for residents. We hopped in the car and were in Orlando in only three hours! The trip across the state was arrow-straight and enjoyable. Disney, Magic Kingdom and Epcot was as I remembered… fun, crowded, amazing, exhilarating, exhausting, thrilling, frustrating and magical. Gotta love FastPass! Photo is from the incredible fireworks and projection display around 9 pm.

  • Jun 11
Pine Island Florida Sunset

Sunset on Pine Island

Yesterday evening, my daughter snapped this sunset photo from our back porch. Pine Island at sunset can be stunning!

  • Jun 2
Tropical Yard Bokeelia Fl

Boston 1468 miles!

This front yard is pretty cool in my book. It’s landscaping’s version of the laid-back beach vibe. It’s a tropical oasis in the heart of Bokeelia’s waterfront. Tall coconuts, Ti plants, variegated heliconia, bougainvillea plus one of those fun signs pointing to various far off earthly destinations makes this yard a stand out. Boston 1468 miles!

  • May 20
Burts Bar In Matlacha Fl

Bert’s Bar for Dinner

The other afternoon we went to Bert’s Bar and lucked out with a waterfront table for two overlooking Matlacha Pass. We ordered fish tacos and clam chowder – both were delicious! In the air was live steel drum music, boats coming and going, and plenty of smiling faces. We talked, drank Corona and wine (Bert’s is beer and wine only) and watched the pelicans dive for fish. Bert’s Bar & Grill is highly recommended for a casual, good time with a water view.

  • May 6
Bokeelia Fl View Tree

Old Tree in Bokeelia

On the waterfront in Bokeelia stands this beautiful old shade tree. We’re not sure what kind, but it has survived many years. Off in the distance, to the left, are fishermen on the pier.

  • May 4
Bokeelia Fl Fishing Pier

Bokeelia FL Fishing Pier

This is a photo of the gate on the fishing pier in Bokeelia Florida, about 4 miles off in the distance is Boca Grande. As the sign reads, the cost is $8 to pass the gate and then you can fish all day. One nice advantage is that the usual Florida fishing license is not needed, this saves you more than $30. For more info check out the Bokeelia Florida Fishing Pier website…

  • May 2
Kayak Pine Island Fl

Kayak Pine Island Sound

Yesterday I took the kayak out and saw many schools of mullet, skates, a cormorant sunning on a branch, a large heron and about a dozen pelicans. It was like glass out on the sound when I snapped this photo and added a “rainbow filter”. If you’re interested, there are several kayak and SUP rentals on Pine Island and a couple out in Matlacha too. Curious what it’s like out there? Watch this video and see some redfish being caught…

  • Apr 24
Dolphin In Canal Pine Island Florida

Dolphin Visit

Every week or so the dolphins come up our canal and hunt for fish, usually they swim as a couple. Today the two stayed near our dock for about 10 minutes and observed the humans as we snapped a few photos. This one was about 6 feet long. Beautiful!

  • Apr 23
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