As you approach St. James City, you will pass the entrance to St. Jude Harbor, which is also the entrance to the Calusa Land Trust's St. Jude Nature Trail. Observe the native flora and fauna along this picture perfect half-mile trail. Galt Preserve is also nearby and consists of 160 acres that are perfect for hiking, bird watching, nature study/photography and fishing. If you are a biking enthusiast you will appreciate the wonderful bike path that traverses nearly the full length of the island. With easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound, where the fishing opportunities are nearly unlimited, it's easy to see why St. James City is a boating community. Deep water fish for grouper, tarpon or shark or work the waters of Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound for redfish, snook, ladyfish, trout, snapper, and more. There are fishing guides for hire or you can be your own guide, either way you won't be disappointed. There are boat ramps and many of the inns and motels can accommodate most any size trailer. Wet slips are also available at many of the businesses. You won't have any trouble finding service for your boat in our city or even finding a new boat, if you're in the market. Check out the local marinas York Road Marine, Old Pine Island Marine, Monroe Canal Marina and Bob & Annie's Boatyard. Take advantage of the beautiful views and enjoy waterfront dining at Woody's Waterside and The Waterfront Restaurant. Soak up some island flavor while having cocktails at Froggy's or Ragged Ass Saloon. Enjoy a 'staycation' at the quaint Two Fish Inn or at the KOA/Encore campground. And when you fall in love with the city, drop by and see realtor Terri James of Pine Island Realty and get the scoop on what is surely one of Florida's last frontiers for reasonably priced waterfront real estate. With its unique Olde Florida charm St. James City has become a favorite destination for many vacationers from near and far.