Feasting on a Fresh Crab Omelet in Matlacha, Florida
As you cross over the Matlacha draw bridge onto Pine Island, the mangroves fall away to reveal a Gulf Coast fishing village peopled with artists, fishermen, and locals enchanted with old Florida. If Sanibel is the prom queen of Gulf Coast islands, think of Pine Island as her mangrove-encrusted tomboy little sister. Instead of beaches, walls of state-protected red mangroves surround and prop the 34-square mile island up on green water, preserving the calm, slow lifestyle of the 9,000 folks who call Pine Island home. Every morning locals stream into The Perfect Cup, a hole-in-the-wall restaurant serving fresh crab omelets and lattes. The crab comes from the local fishermen and you'll dine a short walk away from what locals call "the World's Fishingest Bridge".