Matlacha, FL, USA

Matlacha, FL, USA

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A slice of Old Florida

From sultry tropical weather to shimmering canals, Matlacha is a slice of paradise. The colorful fishing village sits in Pine Island Sound and is brimming with charm. With its laid-back, slightly eccentric vibes, it's easy to see why it lures a constant stream of sun seekers, artists and free spirits. The town is crisscrossed with palm-fringed waterways that give it a colorful Caribbean vibe. They're lined with breezy Matlacha vacation rentals, complete with sun decks, private docks and flamboyant decor. Put simply, it's the kind of lifestyle that will have you crunching your numbers and dreaming of retiring in Florida.

Good vibes in downtown Matlacha

Matlacha is anchored by a lively downtown strip where you'll find cafes, brunch spots and quirky galleries. It's a great place to stock up on essentials or chat to locals over a cup of freshly brewed coffee. There are also a handful of breezy waterfront bars and restaurants serving cold drinks, seafood and good vibes. On a sunny day, head down to Matlacha Community Park. Popular with locals, it features a boat ramp, fishing pier and plenty of grassy picnic spots.

Paddling on the Great Calusa Blueway

Matlacha is a gateway to the Great Calusa Blueway, a scenic 190-mile long trail that winds through the coastal waters and mangrove forests of Lee County. Whether you're a first-time kayaker or an experienced paddler, a handful of local outfitters offer rentals and tours. For decades, Pine Island Sound has been a haven for artists. As well as enabling visits to local institutions like the Lovegrove Gallery, Matlacha vacation rentals make it easy to slip into the Old Florida lifestyle. You can take your pick of whimsical waterfront cottages painted in a rainbow of Caribbean colors.

Tropical winters in Matlacha

Like the rest of Florida, winter is high season in Matlacha. Long days and lashings of sunshine make it a great time to fish, paddle or simply relax on the deck of your Matlacha vacation rental property. Locals will testify that March and October are definite high points. You'll enjoy warm weather, clear skies and a low key atmosphere. The scene slows down in the summer, when most shops and galleries operate on limited opening hours. It can get a little steamy but, if you don't mind the heat, the summer months can feel wonderfully laidback.

Birds and mangroves on the Gulf Coast

Part of Florida's sun-drenched Gulf Coast, Matlacha is surrounded by lush mangrove forests and tropical palm trees. It sits in Pine Island Sound, a subtropical inlet dotted with barrier islands. As well as boasting some of Florida's best tarpon fishing, the waters of Pine Island Sound are a haven for local wildlife. You can also explore Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge, one of Florida's most important wetland habitats. Birders should keep an eye out for ospreys, eagles, herons, egrets and roseate spoonbills.