This beautiful, relatively unspoiled barrier island features seven
brilliant white beach, pine forest, oak/palm hammock, and mangrove
swamp at the mouth of Charlotte Harbor.
This island is well-known for its birding potential. August and
September are the best month for observing American oystercatchers,
black skimmers, long-billed curlews, plovers, whimbrels, gulls, and
terns. Magnificent frigatebirds soar overhead in the summer, and
ospreys and brown pelicans are here year-round. Look for bald
eagles in the spring.
Department of Environmental Protection
Take Interstate 75 in North Fort Myers to exit 26. Drive west
on Florida Highway 78 for 20 miles to Pine Island. Turn right
(north) on Stringfellow Road to Bokeelia. The concession-run
ferry takes visitors to park from 4-Winds Marina. Call for
details and reservations (813)283-0015. The ferry docks at
island's bay side. There is a 1 mile walk to beach or ride
the park-operated tram.
Florida Wildlife Sites