Matlacha Tiny Village
Inns, Lodges, Resorts
Article and photos by Polly Dean
When pronounced correctly, the name Matlacha rhymes with “Sashay.” This tiny fishing village has a small town feel with much personality. Though artsy with its galleries that dot the highway, it is a town that lives and thrives on the water. Much of it is centered around the bridges that connect the mainland of the Fort Myers area in southwest Florida out to Pine Island in Pine Island Sound.
With the slogan “A Tiny bit of Paradise,” the resort of Matlacha Tiny Village is small in size, but not in personality, much like the town it resides in. The comfortable individual units pack all the comforts of home in small houses for your overnight stay in the seaside village. These whimsically, colorful tiny homes sport names just as vibrant as their hues. Flamingo, Dolphin, Margarita, Alligator and Mermaid have full kitchenettes with microwave, refrigerator, induction cooktops and coffee maker. The units sleep from two to six adults. They feature comfortable sitting areas with televisions and separate bedrooms with queen-sized beds. Some require a climb into a loft sleeping area.
Outside, community amenities include a dock on the waterway for securing boats or launching kayaks. Various species of game fish can be caught from the back of the property. There are barbecue grills, picnic tables and a large common area for gathering and enjoying the balmy temperatures, while savoring the outdoors.
Located in the center of Matlacha, this resort property is convenient to the nearby eateries, boutiques and galleries. Many are within walking distance.
The Matlacha Cove Inn, the sister property owned by the same proprietors, is just a short distance down the road. This property is also on the water, featuring water access and fishing from the docks out back. It is also a unique mom-and-pop-style property with different configurations of suites and rooms that also feature kitchenettes and sitting areas. Some have private balconies for enjoying the outdoors. Some rooms are connected with locking doors and can be rented together for larger families and groups. There is a community washer and dryer available for use by guests.
The Cove Inn
With freshwater hoses for rinsing fishing gear and plenty of space outdoors for storing it, these resorts are the ideal options for fishermen and their families.
If planning a visit to the funky little village of Matlacha, choose accommodations that befit the fun vibe of this colorful seaside town that lies amid the bridges. For more information on these retreats visit matlachatinyvillage.com or matlachacoveinn.com.