Some Moonlit Bay Matlacha Getaway
[Meal codes are B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner]
Day 1: Once we cross this very tall bridge, it’s time to get the party started!
Geography may have saved one of the most original and scenic out-islands in Florida. You see, in order to get onto Pine Island, you have to cross a little bridge in Matlacha. Matlacha, a tiny fishing town crowds the bridge on both sides making expansion nearly impossible. This quirk of geography renders Matlacha and Pine Island as places much like Key West before Key West was discovered. On this island adventure, we will reveal it for you in a way you will never forget.
Since this ‘getaway’ is about unwinding and exploring, our first night on bustling Fort Myers Beach should offer one of the higher adrenaline bursts of the trip.
Check into the Pink Shell Beach Resort and let’s head out for a night of fun and camaraderie at Nervous Nellie’s (The place used to just be called Nellie’s until we told them we were bringing you there).
Afterwards, Fort Myers Beach’s Times Square, framed by the island’s fishing pier, is ours to explore. [D]
Day 2: Today we learn about Cellular Cosmogony & the function of a rectilineator…
What if I told you that we were heading for an oak-shrouded, densely tropical river where we will board canoes in search of an isolated, now–uninhabited, Victorian religious colony which practiced bizarre rituals? Well, you won’t be able to say I didn’t tell you.
Tonight, we can add some levity to the day at Smuggler’s Cove Miniature Golf; Arghh… hole in one! [B,L,D]
Day 3: Another day, another Island…how does Sanibel-Captiva sound to You?
We can start off a little lazy this morning but that’s only because we have an activity-packed, rest-of-the-day to follow. Today, we check out beautiful Sanibel/Captiva Islands. The theme is shells, wading birds, winding beach roads with stunning views, and maybe a native crocodile and some good eating.
Tonight we settle into a genteel, old-Florida resort on the tip of Captiva Island. Anyone up for the Bubble Room? [B,D]
Day 4: There’s definitely something about island life that slows the heartbeat and soothes the nerves.
Rumors of a cheeseburger in paradise have us boarding a catamaran to an island associated with a 1930’s era murder mystery writer. Late afternoon will deliver us to Tarpon Lodge, our ‘island paradise’ for the remainder of our getaway. This day in paradise is definitely going to be a hoot! [B,L]
Day 5: A King’s temple once rose 30 steps from our front door
Today, guided by archaeologists, we travel back a century to discover an ancient Indian capital and its fascinating people, the Calus.
We head north for lunch to the harbor town of Bokeelia with its magical shoreline.
The afternoon will be dedicated to poolside lounging, walking island roads, maybe a little fishing but tonight…
Tonight, is reserved for a visit to the southern Pine Island town of St. James City and dinner with live music at Woody’s. Usually, some friends from past trips drop in on us for the festivities. [B,L,D]
Day 6: A boat, a white sand beach and Tiki gods facing the mainland
There is an entire barrier island, uninhabited with glistening white sand beaches not far from here. It is only accessible by boat. Do you want to guess where we are going today?
Dinner tonight will be in the cozy, wood-floored, charming restaurant of our very own inn. [B,L,D]
Day 7: ‘The greatest little place you’ve never heard of’
This afternoon will be dedicated to Matlacha, a place that gives one a view of what Key West may have been like before it was discovered: great food, cool shops, live music.
Tonight we will be partying in 'the greatest little place you've never heard of' [B,L]
Day 8: One day, we will have to make this paradise stuff permanent
Sometimes you just don’t want it to end. But it must… until the next Margaritaville Adventure. [B]
All taxes and fees are included in the price as well as ALL accommodations, activities, transportation, and meals as outlined on the itinerary [B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner]. So get ready for boardwalk strolls, deserted beaches, wildlife habitats, shell collections, artists dens, lots of fresh seafood, live music, exploring hidden corners and a whole lot of eating! All you have to do is show up!
Tipping is solely at your discretion. If you feel that your guide has done an outstanding job, a tip of $5 per person per day is suggested.
Twenty-one years of age and older is one of our few restrictions. Margaritaville Adventures and its partners do not provide alcohol during the trip. Alcohol may be purchased by participants at any restaurant or attraction where available on your own and for an additional price. Some of our guests do not drink at all and then there are the others.
On Friday afternoon in Fort Myers Beach, meet your fellow travelers and guide(s)-extraordinaire at the Pink Shell Resort, Fort Myers Beach (275 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931). Welcome session with dinner afterward. If the starting location changes, we will notify you 30 days prior.
We can provide airport transfers upon request for an additional fee. Otherwise, we suggest you call Pine Island Taxi for rates from Southwest Florida International (RSW) to the hotel and from the final hotel (Tarpon Lodge, 13771 Waterfront Dr, Bokeelia, FL 33922) on the last day. ALL transportation from the moment we meet at the first hotel until the moment we say our sad goodbyes at the last hotel is INCLUDED.
During the trip we will be staying at two separate hotels with a combination of beachfront and bay front locations. Ninety days before the trip you will receive the itinerary with hotels and scheduled activities. We always have a few surprises along the way and sometimes due to season or additional participant signups we may send out revised itineraries before the actual departure date with adjustments to activities or hotels.
Seasonally this trip can be very hot or cool. Bring t-shirts, shorts, bathing suit (you always pack that, right?) maybe a sweatshirt or light jacket for fall, winter and spring. We will be on secluded beaches, busy beaches and small town environments. We will be walking on some of the excursions so bring comfortable shoes. Sunscreen is always a plus. Keep all prescription medications with you in your carry on. We will be traveling on a motor coach and boats, so if you are prone to motion sickness bring something along. Quick drying clothes are recommended for water activities. None of the restaurants/activities require a fancy outfit but some participants may want to bring a few nicer items for dinners. Weather can sometimes be fickle; layers help. We may have extra eye patches and cutlasses if you should forget to bring yours.
There are many fishing, kayaking, art gallery browsing, rum distillery tasting and other excursions in SW Florida! On the Some Moonlit Bay Matlacha Getaway we have compiled a mix of some of our favorite excursions and we feel it is the perfect amount of relaxation and activity. But we know that some people like to really maximize their vacations so we have put together a list of attractions and outfitters for you to inquire with on your own for additional activities. Give us a call or shoot us an email for this list.