North of Sanibel, Pine Island does not appear to be one of the most touristic islands of the archipelago. Still well-preserved, you can visit the charming town of Matlacha here. Here, people practice fishing and sailing on pleasure boats. If you take a boat on Pine Island, you will reach Cayo Costa, another small island, whose main attraction is the National Park. Then head towards the small islands of Cabbage and of Gasparilla (you can also get there by road). In Gasparilla, the tarpon fishing contest takes place every year; also do not miss the village of Boca Grande.
Thanks to the large number of species present, it is very easy to catch a glimpse of some stunning birds on these islands.© LynnBerreitter / iStock
Pine Island and Cayo Costa: a splendid photo capturing the magical colours of a sunset over the islands©Geckophoto / Istock
The roseate spoonbill lives in swampland, mangroves, mudflats and close to lagoons. It often builds its nest alongside egrets and herons.© Frank Leung / iStock
The snowy egret lives in the brackish waters of Florida. It feeds on frogs, small fish, shellfish and aquatic insects.© Liu Feng / 123RF
The palm trees on Pine Island and Cayo Costa are characteristic of the flora in the Sunshine State.© William Silver / 123RF