Although Pine Island is only 34 miles from Fort Myers' international airport, it's secluded, waterfront charm makes it one of the West Coast's hidden gems. The friendly residents and rural setting provide a "small town" atmosphere reminiscent of old-style Florida. The Island is home to four residential communities – Bokeelia, St. James City, Matlacha, and Pineland – all with their own marinas, shops, and distinctive appeal. Fringed with mangroves and aquatic preserves, Pine Island boasts a variety of wildlife including bald eagles, manatees, osprey, and heron. Flowering plants and lush greenery add to the tropical feel. Pine Island is well known to fishing and boating enthusiasts with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico. Affordable waterfront homes with deep boat dockage enable anyone to take advantage of the Island lifestyle. Despite the waterfront setting, Pine Island has largely escaped the concrete and skyscrapers that dominant in other more touristy areas of the Coast. Zoning restrictions protect the Island from high-rise developments, assuring the Island's allure for generations to come.