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Gator Bites, Issue #067 - Off the Beaten Path
December 01, 2018

Off the Beaten Path

Hello everyone!

If you haven't had a chance to go to Pine Island yet, take some time to go, there are many things to explore!

To get there, just take Pine Island Rd from the Cape to Matlacha and just keep going till you get to the intersection of Stringfellow Rd, about in the center of the island, which is around 15 miles long.

I headed south first, to St James City at the southern tip of the island.

Grab a bite to eat at The Waterfront, seen in the photo above, or stay at The Southernmost Inn. There are a few shop/galleries and several more restaurants to check out. If you go to the end of Stringfellow Rd, you can see Sanibel across Pine Island Sound!

One thing you'll notice about Pine Island are all the palm tree nurseries. Pine Island is also known for growing tropical fruits such as mangoes and lychees, and for seafood.

When you turn around and head back north towards Bokeelia, on the northern end of the island, take a left and go west onto Pineland Rd.

You'll see the cutest little post office!

On the way, look for signs to buy Mango Salsa, Mango Honey, or Mango Jam from Promised Land Mangoes ...... I love their Passionfruit Mango Jam!

Keep driving around the bend and you'll come to the water ...... and to a Calusa Indian Shell Mound that is quite grassy now, but you can climb up and see the views.

After that, keep driving and you'll get to Tarpon Lodge, a lovely place to stay with a fine dining restaurant for romantic dinners with your special person, or even a wedding.

After Tarpon Lodge, if you continue on Pineland Rd, you'll get to the Randall Research Center, which is dedicated to the history and archaeology, history, of SW Florida and the Calusas.

Just beyond the research center is Pineland Marina, home of the boat taxi to North Captiva.

Head back to Stringfellow Rd and head north to Bokeelia. You can enjoy the views of Cayo Costa and Boca Grande from the pier or at Cap'n Con's while having chowder and pie!

My next newsletter will come out in March.

Have a good fall season!

Don't forget to check out my soaps, body butters, salt scrubs and beach glass jewelry at Coastal Island Creations.

Follow me on my Salt + Sea Soaps Facebook page.

And, I'm year round at the Sunset Farmer's Market at Surfside Shops on Tuesdays from 2-7PM. The market is outside in the parking lot October - May, inside near the Dollar Tree from May - September.

From October - May, I'm selling at the Saturday Cape Coral Farmers Market at Club Square off SE 47th Terrace and SE 10th Place from 8AM-1PM from October through April.

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Sunset Celebration the first Wednesday of the month, October - May.
Art and Music Walks first and third Saturdays.
Live music and Ladies Night at the Tiki Bar at Fathoms on Tuesdays and half-price pizzas on Wednesdays.
Live music at The Nauti Mermaid on the weekends.
More ideas for fun at Cape Coral Nightlife.
Check to see what Cape Coral Festivals are happening this month.
Get ideas for things to do by going to Cape Coral Attractions.

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