After a long, cold New England winter, the warm Florida sunshine is the type of vacation we needed! Even though we’ve visited Florida a number of times, we’ve never spent time on the Gulf coast. After doing some research my husband and I settled on Pine Island for the first stop of our stay. I came across Pine Island while looking at Airbnb on Sanibel Island and kept seeing homes listed on Pine Island. After doing my research I found that Pine Island was more laid back, not as touristy and less expensive than Sanibel. We were sold!
Where to stay
There are a few hotels when you first arrive on the island in Matlacha. We ended up booking an Airbnb in St. James City which is located on the south part of the island. Our Airbnb was nothing but perfect. It was located in an adorable community, located right on the water.(Use my Airbnb code to get $40 off your home booking and get $15 to use toward an experience worth $50 or more.)As soon as we walked in the door, we immediately felt like we were on a island vacation. The owners have everything you could need; kayaks, bikes, beach towels, fully stocked kitchen and washer and dryer. I could not recommend a better place! We enjoyed taking walks around the island in the morning, there is nothing quite like waking up to a water view.