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Panoramic waterfront views fromthe comfort of your porch!
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, 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.
So, 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".
Its 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 Incrediable 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.
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 UK
Ospreys nesting 40 feet away, babies hatched during our stay, manatees every morning, you bet it was terrific, owners make ya feel at home thats 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 fullfilling 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!