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Retire in Matlacha, Florida?
Overview: On Florida's southwestern coast, mellow Matlacha (Mat-la-shay) sits on and completely covers a little island that is situated between Pine Island, which is Florida's largest island, and the mainland where Fort Myers is located. Quaint and cute, it is an old fishing village that still boasts slightly ramshackle, seaside charm.
Pine Island Road, which connects the mainland with Pine sland, runs straight through Matlacha and has roads radiating from it. Along these roads, homes, which include pastel colored cottages, concrete block ranch ramblers and toy-sized, bohemian bungalows, are tightly packed together. Each one backs to a canal. Matlacha Cottages has pink and green rental cottages, perfect for checking out Matlacha before retirement. There is no true downtown, but there are funky boutiques, quirky art galleries, fish houses and delicious seafood restaurants. Sandy Hook Fish and Rib House is a favorite with locals and tourists alike, and Bert's Bar is the place for great live music and a cold brew after a long day of doing not much.
This is a recreational fisherman's Paradise, with sea trout in particularly good supply. Professional fishermen tend their vessels at the marinas along Pine Island Road and each day set out in search of shrimp, clams and crabs. Matlacha Community Park has two boat ramps (but no beach), with the Gulf about a 30 minute boat ride away. The town also has plenty of Hookers (women who wear hooks in their shirt pockets and are members of a civic group that sponsors fundraising events).
Population: 925 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 72%
Cost of Living: 33% above the national average
Median Home Price: $390,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons a year. Summer and early fall are hot and humid. Late fall and winter are less humid and cooler.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Cape Coral Hospital, eight miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Cape Coral Hospital, eight miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes can happen.
Notes: Shopping and services are found either in Pine Island Center, three miles to the west, or in Fort Myers, five miles to the east. Matlacha has increased its population by 15% within the last decade or two.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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