continued: Beaches & Parks: Pine Island & Boca Grande
Matlacha Community Park and Boat Ramp
4577 Pine Island Rd.
This park’s community buildings complement sheltered picnic tables, restrooms, a double boat ramp and benches. Drive north from Fort Myers to S.R. 78, turn left and proceed 13 miles, turn left again at the next street past the Island Super Market.
Cayo Costa Island State Preserve
Cayo Costa is a delightfully secluded island that is great for camping, swimming, shelling and fishing. Primitive cabins are available for overnight stays. Accessible only by boat.
5675 Sesame Dr., Bokeelia
Phillips Park features play areas, athletic fields, picnic areas and a swimming pool. The Pine Island Library is located across the street. Free parking.
Boca Grande Beach Park
To find this park, take U.S. 41 to Murdock. Turn left on 776 and then again on 771 to the Boca Grande Causeway ($4 toll) to the four-way stop, then turn right. There is a $2 honor fee to enter. Once there, enjoy a delightful Gulf beach equipped with picnic tables, barbecue grills and restrooms.
Boca Grande Community Center
131 First Street W.
The center has picnic areas, playgrounds, multi-purpose courts and an active community recreation center.
Boca Grande Community Park
305 Wheeler Rd.
Boca Grande Community Park has one baseball diamond.
Boca Grande Lighthouse Park
880 Belcher Rd. (941)
Picnic in the shadow of a maritime landmark. The Boca Grande Lighthouse, built in 1890, overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and is the perfect spot to observe boat traffic and fishing expeditions. Swimming is not recommended here because of the strong current. Open November through May seven days a week, June through October five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission of $2 per vehicle covers parking.