From the southern tip of St James City to the northern tip of Bokeelia, biking enthusiasts can take the 16 mile bike path to leisurely take in the sights: a perfect way to spend the day. Along the way take time to spot some of our many painted poles. Fifteen years ago the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce introduced a program to paint many of the electric poles with scenes depicting our island. Scattered throughout the island and in Matlacha you’ll see many as you tour the bike path. Mangos, eagles, turtles, pines and palm trees are just some of the paintings you’ll see.
Not too sure you want to take the entire path? There’s plenty of parking at the “Winn Dixie Plaza” just south of the 4-way stop at the center of the island.
Take a stroll, watch for birds, explore the nature preserves of the island. St. Judes Trail, on Stabile Road or Flatwoods Preserve, on Stringfellow Rd in St James City are just two of the walking trails. From flatlands to mangrove forest, birds and wildlife make these areas home, so bring your binoculars. The Calusa land Trust, a non profit island organization who manage these properties has a full list of preserves on their website.
Lots of back water areas to explore. Launching sites are scattered around the island, so there’s plenty of areas to choose from. Mangrove tunnels, narrow canals and open bay areas are just some of the sights you’ll enjoy. Pine Island is part of The Calusa Blueway paddling trail of SW Florida. You can find detailed information on the entire trail at their website: www.calusablueway.com
Pine Island is proud of our Gordon G Lewis designed, 18-hole golf course. Fairways lined with tropical palms and trees, lush native vegetation and natural water hazards, makes for a scenic yet challenging day of golf. Contact Alden Pines Golf course for details on this par 71 regulation championship course.