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Panoramic waterfront views from the comfort of your porch at the Inn on the Bay in Matlacha, Florida.
Experience Old Florida on Serene Pine Island, near Sanibel Island, visit the Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary & J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve on the Gulf Coast of Florida. A manatee and bird watching paradise!
Enjoy a panoramic waterfront view of Matlacha Bay, sunrise and sunsets, shrimp boats, river otters, tropical birds soar (ospreys, diving pelicans, bald eagles, woodstorks, kingfishers, snowy egrets, magnificent frigate birds, burrowing owls, little blue herons,black crown night herons, white pelicans, flocks of ibis, roseate spoonbills, etc.) while the playful Dolphins and Manatee frolic in the bay, all from your porch!
Inn on the Bay, a Florida Bed and Breakfast, you will enjoy large rooms with private bath, decks, queen beds and queen sofa beds, TV, Wi-Fi, AC, refrigerator and continental plus breakfast and offers a magnificent view of Matlacha Bay and Bridge with local shrimp and fishing boats, sailboats, dolphin, and manatee viewed from your porch or from our 2 - 90' fishing piers and free boat dockage. As sundown approaches watch the spectacular sunsets over Matlacha Bay, then watch the twinkling night time lights of the village of Matlacha and Bridge reflecting upon the water. Yes, a perfect ending to a perfect day in Matlacha.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Diane and William for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Travelers stay with us because we are a small, quiet Bed and Breakfast situated in an area with an abundance of wildlife (manatees, dolphins, native birds especially the Ospreys that nest next to the house every year). Also we are centrally located on Florida's Gulf Coast allowing people to visit many popular tourist destination sites.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Luckily Pine Island and the Matlacha area has maintained the Ole Florida Flavor of 50 years ago. The birds and manatee make this area unique for wildlife viewing. We love living among the wildlife and never tire of it.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Location, location, location, nature, nature, nature.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Clean, comfortable rooms with great water views day and night.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Matlacha was known as Carny Town, settled by Circus and side show folks from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Baily Circus.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Visit Cayo Costa State Park in the Gulf of Mexico for great shelling and beautiful beaches, Thomas Edison/Henry Ford Winter Estate/Museum in Ft Myers, the Shell Factory, Sanibel Island for great beaches and the JN Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, air boating, Lovers Key, Baseball Spring Training Red Sox and Twins.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
You can walk to the local art galleries and local restaurants in Matlacha, go fishing, Kayaking and paddle boarding and bird watching.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Of course the food of the day is fresh, local fish served at local restaurants.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
What Guests Have To Say About their Stay!
WOW we found it, a waterfront BnB, in ole Matlacha, FLorida, quaint fishing village, now the old cottages house artist with craftshops and restaurants. The Inn is very well kept and comfortable. My wife and i made plenty use of the snook lite at the end of their dock. 3 nites caught 14. We recommend you try the Inn On The Bay. - Pete and Susan , NJ
Large, bright and airy rooms, queen beds and what a treat, queen pillows, slept like a baby. Freshly picked local fruit with breakfast was a special treat, included was a just picked pineapple grown in the Inns pineapple garden. - Jan and Peter. UK
Waterfront room, exciting waterfront room, great views sunsets. We enjoyed watching manatees, Dolphins while having breakfast on our deck. See ya next year. - Sharon, Montana.
A pleasure to leave dreary dreadful fog in London, arrived at sunny Inn On the bay. We were so tired from the flite over went to bed, slept great and had a delightful breakfast on the deck. Wish we could stay longer, oh well next time over we will. Cheerio! - Ian and Liz, London UKOspreys nesting 40 feet away, babies hatched during our stay, manatees every morning, you bet it was terrific, owners make ya feel at home that's for sure. - Kay and Phil, California
Website said canoe with manatees,so we came and did, no lie we did and touched 1 too! - Helmut and Inga , Germany
Our second visit here and we enjoyed it as much as our first. - Fred and Alice , Maine.
Finally a B&B with a very clean private bath (tub and shower, too). After a fulfilling breakfast we visited the craft shops in the Village of Matlacha five minutes away. Bought some gifts and returned back to the Inn to watch the Ospreys fuss over their babies. In answer to our curiosity about the fresh aroma from the linens, we discovered why- they dry all the laundry the old fashion way or what is known now as "The green way", outdoors on the clothesline. While canoeing we saw manatees, dolphins, spoonbills, anihingas, pelicans, oystercatchers, all kinds of shorebirds, A smashing holiday and we reserved for next year. - Stuart and Elizabeth. New Forest UK .
Things To Do
Local To Do's
Visit local crafts and shell shops, Caloosa Indian Shell Mounds and Museum, boat trips (see link below) to uninhabited Cayo Costa , with soft white sandy Gulf Beaches, (see Loggerhead turtle nesting in season), and stop over for lunch or dinner at Cabbage Key Restaurant (Jimmy Buffet's inspiration for the song Cheeseburger in Paradise). Fish local waters for Snook, Redfish, King Mackeral, Grouper, etc., buy fresh shrimp right off local shrimp boats, charter a boat to Boca Grande Pass (the World Renowned Tarpon Fishing Capitol of the world). Take a kayak tour of the island . Visit Pine Island's free public lighted tennis courts and fishing pier. Miniature Golf, Fun park and Five Championship Golf courses are minutes away. See wildlife up close on the way to manatee beach in your complimentary canoe. Kayak friendly, easy launch on premise.
Area To Do's
In Fort Myers, tour Thomas Edison & Henry Ford's Winter Estates, The Burroughs Home & Garden, the Edison Festival of Lights the month of February, see the world's largest shell factory and gift shops, visit the spring training home of the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox. Take a day trip to Sanibel shelling beaches and Lighthouse, drive the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, tour the Barry-Matthews Shell Museum, then on to Captiva Island for more Exquisite Beaches. On the way to Everglades National Park visit the Audubons' Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, The Fragrance Gardens, drive to Fort Myers Beach for a cruise on a Casino Ship. Shop the Sanibel Island factory outlet discount stores and Edison Mall (over 200 stores ), or catch the Ferry Express to Key West for the Day!
Come and relax and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature that abounds in Pine Island's protected fish estuaries while enjoying the old, historical fishing village of Matlacha pronounced "MAT-LA-SHAY" Caloosa Indian name meaning "water to the chin".
It's so thrilling to watch a mother with her babies swim by from your porch as they travel from the Gulf of Mexico into the freshwater canals every morning to sleep and play. And in the afternoon they go out to the Gulf of Mexico to feed, and yes,they make this trip every day. You can walk out onto the dock, or even float along in our canoes, to get a real close view of the Manatee (often within a few feet of this rare & endangered species)!
There are only approximately 2000 of these gentle creatures left in all of Florida, with 300 to 400 Manatee in and around Pine Island. So, hurry on down to have your own personal experience with a Manatee.
See these beautiful birds of prey, as they nest 40 feet away.This is your incredible chance to experience life as the osprey live it right from your porch. A very rare opportunity to view nature up close and at its best as they nest.