Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Matlacha

Fly into Punta Gorda, FL (PGD-Charlotte County), the closest airport, located 20.1 mi (32.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), which is 20.9 mi (33.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Matlacha?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,733 vacation rentals near Matlacha. From 1,655 Houses to 35 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Matlacha for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Matlacha?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Matlacha:

  • Mid Island: 1,219 vacation rentals
  • Pelican: 1,668 vacation rentals
  • South Island: 1,052 vacation rentals
  • Palm Island: 187 vacation rentals
  • Bonita Bay: 293 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Matlacha?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Matlacha. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens: 8,149 vacation rentals
  • Sanibel and Captiva Island Visitor's Center: 7,523 vacation rentals
  • Sanibel Island Lighthouse: 9,742 vacation rentals
  • Del Tura Golf and Country Club: 4,017 vacation rentals
  • Times Square: 1,705 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Matlacha listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Matlacha?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,655 Houses in Matlacha. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Matlacha include:

  • Cottages: 35 rentals available
  • Villas: 511 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 439 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Matlacha?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,467 vacation rentals with pool available in Matlacha. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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