Island life happens 24/7 at this coastal hippie town in Florida known for its picturesque restaurants and waterfront views. A drive out west will connect you to Matlacha, a place in Southwest Florida with the most scenic waterways and colorful cottages.
Before 1927, the only way to Matlacha was by water. Now, few bridges connect this small town to other islands including Little Pine and Pine Island. Visitors are always enthralled by the colorfully-painted houses and one-of-a-kind tiny home village.
This quaint small town embraces Florida traditions where a community of islanders continue to practice the simple life of fishing and sipping on frozen cocktails even before 5 o'clock. Matlacha pronounced (Matt-LaShay) has lots of things to offer to keep its residents busy and entertained.
Many restaurants in the area offer canal views with Island-inspired cuisine that will give any traveler a purpose again. According to Southern Living, Matlacha is a crayon-colored town for the free-spirited, outdoor adventurer and emerging entrepreneurs.
At Matlacha, locals live in island time whether having a cocktail on the dock of a restaurant or paddling through the canals.
Leoma Lovegrove is one of Matlacha's best artistic venues where creativity spreads like a rainbow. This colorful landmark features a relaxing botanical garden and a gallery with the artistic work of Leoma.
Besides art, you can enjoy fresh fish at Sandy Hook Fish and Rib featuring a gulf-front site with water views. No matter where you turn, Matlacha will provide Southern-style hospitality and tropical vibes all year long. Yucatan Waterfront is another waterfront restaurant serving fresh seafood in a relaxing vibe.
This is the place to escape any season whenever you want to forget about high rises, big taxes and the hectic life of a city.
Location: 4637 Pine Island Road NW Matlacha, Florida 33993
Why you need to go: This is one of the most coastal hippie towns in Florida with picturesque buildings and shops.