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Bunche Beach

18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33931
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Ranked #22 of 54 Attractions in Fort Myers
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Owner description: Visit Old Florida, where things are done naturally.San Carlos Bay - Bunche Beach Preserve is a 718 acre beach and mangrove forest preserve with a variety of recreational opportunities to enjoy including: Bird Watching, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Canoeing/Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking (Boardwalk), Nature Study/Photography, Picnic Area, Swimming and Sun Bathing.Step back in time visiting San Carlos Bay- Bunche Beach Preserve, one of the few natural beaches framed with native vegetation and mangrove tunnels to explore by kayak or canoe. In 2010, public beach facilities were completed & opened with ADA parking, restrooms, fishing piers, kayak ramp, picnic tables, and a small boardwalk overlooking Rock Creek. On the white sandy beach, there is an ADA mobie mat that leads to an ADA picnic table. Bunche Beach is not a barrier island beach. It is narrow compared to the beaches on Sanibel and Fort Myers beach. This adds to its unique charm. This Beach is never crowded and easily accessible with no traffic concerns. Kayak and SUP rentals are available through the on site vendor, Kayak Excursions, which also sells bottled water and assorted sundries at the Activities center located just behind the beach.Enjoy a quiet day by the bay.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Parking $2/hr. Sand area is very small (shallow) in depth - nonexistent in some parts at high tide. Water is not even up to your waste 30yds out. Much of the bottom is sticky mud. There are so many outstanding beaches in SWFL I don't know why anyone would waste their time, unless just for the canoe/kayak launching area.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Very good for boating enthusiasts. Pretty beach but as a local I would not recommend it for bathing. Too much local power boating activity which has a tendency to foul this bay frontage. Great for pictures though. And down the street on the main entrance to the waterfront is a new park facility with lavatories and boat launches. History of... More

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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I paddled on a SUP from Bunche Beach to Bowditch Point and back. A secluded beach not crowded with tourists. A nice get away. Parking is $2 an hour. "Free" if you have a parking permit from parks and recreation.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
3 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Nice and quiet but not much parking and absolutely no concessions. Although that is part of its charm. It's at the very end of John Morris Road (off Summerlin).

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Cape Coral, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The location at the end of John Morris Road is about 3 miles off Summerlin. The parking is very limited and there is a solar pay machine that has occasionally not functioned. The beach itself faces due south and stretches for about 4 miles.. Narrow but right at the Gulf where Sanibel, Ft Myers Beach and FT Myers intersect. Limited... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I'm hesitant to post this review, because I really don't want a ton of people to discover this secret gem. :) No karaoke, no bathrooms, no grills for cooking out, just an awesome beach the way they are meant to be enjoyed.

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Westerville, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This beach area is known to the local people who live in that area of Fort Myers and that makes it's quiet, nice because it is not full of tourists, and maintained well. You can walk out pretty far when the tide is out. Take a lunch or/and cooler because there is no services there, just a nice, clean, beach... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love this beach. It is easy to get too, plenty of parking, a great place to go walking or swimming. I love to go and watch the gorgeous Florida sunsets. Perfection.

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Fort Myers, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I love Bunche Beach -- it has gotten a bad reputation (male prostitutes and old man "meet ups"), but seems to have cleaned up a bit in the past few years. I haven't seen *anything* sketchy here in my many, many visits, but I still think it's good to be aware. The mangroves around the inlets of Bunche Beach are... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We didn't go on the beach but we did park in the new car park - $2 per hour. We went on the board walks and up the lookout tower. A nice way to spend an hour.

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