Overnighting in old Florida, at Pine Island’s Tarpon Lodge

Posted on January 4, 2023
By Susan Glaser,
Cabbage Key, Pine Island, Reviews, Tarpon Lodge

A sapphire blue pool reflects a serene sunset scene at Tarpon Loge.

The pool at sunset at Tarpon Lodge, an old-Florida retreat on Pine Island in Southwest Florida.

PINE ISLAND, Florida – There are no sandy beaches on this Florida island, no high-rise condo complexes, no fancy stores.

What you’ll find instead on Pine Island, just west of Fort Myers: a mostly rural atmosphere with exotic fruit farms and some of the best fishing in the state.

There’s also a unique old Florida place to spend the night, the Tarpon Lodge, with 22 overnight rooms and cottages, many with views of the Pine Island Sound.

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10 Incredible Things to do in Pine Island Florida! That You’ll Love!

Posted on August 19, 2022
Local Attractions, Nature & Wildlife, Recreation, Reviews

If you’re looking for the best things to do in Pine Island, Florida – you’ve come to the right place!

In this blog post we’ll look at all the best things to do in Pine Island, Florida – to keep you busy during your trip or vacation!

Whilst Pine Island might be a small place, there are so many options for the best things to do in Pine Island, Florida – and we know you’ll love the suggestions below!

So, let’s get into it!

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Tarpon Lodge: The Best of the Gulfshore 2022 Award Finalist🏅

Posted on May 23, 2022
By Tarpon Lodge
Awards, Cabbage Key, Tarpon Lodge

Best of The Gulfshore 2022

We’re Proud…

to have been selected as a FINALIST in Gulfshore Life’s “Best of the Gulfshore” 2022 awards for Best Hotel/Resort, Best Seafood, Best Business Lunch, Best Date Night Restaurant and honored to have WON

  • Best Sunset View
  • Best Kept Secret

In case you missed it, our sister property, Cabbage Key was voted Best Boating Destination.

Thank you for your support. You bring out the best in us!

Team Salt Life Takes Over Tarpon Lodge

Posted on February 6, 2022
By Team Salt Life
Dining, Nature & Wildlife, Recreation, Tarpon Lodge

“This trip was nothing short of amazing. The staff was accommodating, the food was delicious, and the weather was absolutely perfect. To cap it off, the captains put us on some great fish.”

This was Salt Life team member Ryder DeVoe’s thoughts after visiting Tarpon Lodge alongside fellow team members Astrid DeGruchyAlex VandegriftColton Hester, and Shawn Jackson. Each guest had a glowing review of the property, location, and arguably most importantly, the fishing.

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Have You Heard About Matlacha, Florida?

Posted on May 23, 2021
By Southern Living
Lodging, Matlacha, Recreation, Tarpon Lodge

This colorful coastal village looks as if someone flew over South Florida and dropped a crayon box.

Smiling man plays kettle drum on the dock at Bert's Bar and Grill

Photo Credit: Robbie Caponetto

Think of Matlacha (pronounced MATT-luh-SHAY) as Mayberry meets Woodstock. Locals in town—and on the island that shares its name—offer the kind of warm welcome you’d expect from a small Southern town. But Matlacha’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and its chill island vibe attract outdoor adventurers, as well as free-spirited artists and entrepreneurs who have set up shop here.

Come in July and you’ll have the run of the place, with many spots open for limited hours; show up between December and April and the joint will be jumpin’. Either way, stop by Bert’s Bar & Grill, snag a table outside on the dock, and get acclimated (

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A Return To Old Florida: 6 Fantastic Experiences On Pine Island

Posted on March 2, 2021
By Fred Mays,
Dining, Fishing & Boating, Local Attractions, Lodging, Nature & Wildlife, Pine Island

We all have those favorite vacation spots that keep bringing us back. It’s that feeling of peace and comfort that draws us again and again. That’s the way it is for me and Pine Island. I’ve been there four times and still want more.

There are any number of reasons to visit laid-back Pine Island off Florida’s Gulf Coast near Fort Myers. There is solitude and relaxation. Art galleries, fresh seafood, peace, and quiet are in abundance. There are no beaches, no hi-rise condos, not much traffic. But the biggest reason people come here is to fish!

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