Matlacha ( (listen) MAT-lə-shay "MAT-la-shay") is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lee County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 677. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Matlacha is an "Old Florida" fishing village, home to many brightly colored art galleries, island boutiques, seafood restaurants, and traditional Floridian cottages.
Matlacha is located in northwestern Lee County at 26°37′49″N 82°4′24″W (26.630339, -82.073412), on West Island and Porpoise Point Island at a narrow point in Matlacha Pass, a tidal waterway separating Pine Island and Little Pine Island from the mainland. County Road 78 (Southwest Pine Island Road) crosses the waterway at Matlacha, leading southwest 3 miles (5 km) to Pine Island Center and northeast through Cape Coral 12 miles (19 km) to North Fort Myers. Matlacha is bordered to the northeast, across Matlacha Pass, by the Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores CDP.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Matlacha CDP has a total area of 0.69 square miles (1.78 km2), of which 0.20 square miles (0.52 km2) are land and 0.49 square miles (1.26 km2), or 70.99%, are water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 735 people, 409 households, and 213 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,878.7 people per square mile (1,891.9/km2). There were 579 housing units at an average density of 3,843.3/sq mi (1,490.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.23% White, 0.27% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.68% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population. As of the 2010 census, Matlacha's population decreased to 677 and the town's African-American population increased from 0 in 2000 to 2 in 2010.
There were 409 households, out of which 6.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.7% were non-families.