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Address: 18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33931
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Description: Visit Old Florida, where things are done naturally.San Carlos Bay - Bunche...
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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An Old Florida preserve

This is a 'primitive' beach, meaning saved from over-development and commercialism, and is quite beautiful in a calm way. Lovely and easily strolled, and very well-kept.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This beach is very quiet compared to Fort Myers beach and there is always a place to sit and chill. Sandwiched right between the bridge to Fort Myers Beach and the bridge to Sanibel Island. It's at the end of John Morris Blvd. I took a lot of pictures and the sunset was beautiful.

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Derry, New Hampshire
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is definitely NOT handicapped access able. There is no where to sit and wipe the sand off to put on shoes. There is no shells. You sink into the bottom and it feels like muck. Others may like it but for us It was a disappointment.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Go for the sunsets. Enjoy the active birdlife and broad low-tide exploration. Please leave the sea life alone...no live shelling in Florida. Hard to see children capturing baby horseshoe crabs, kings crowns and other marine creatures. Watch, appreciate but leave them to thrive. Parents please educate children to take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints.

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Satin John, IN
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113 reviews 113 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We love Bunche beach. It's not a swimming or laying out type beach. Instead, it's a treasure of creatures! Great for families that like to walk and explore. You may see Osprey, crabs, turtles, oysters, clams, and other cool things. Perfect for a morning excursion!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I love Bunche Beach because it's not crowded and it's a wonderful spot to bird and photograph. I saw another post that said this beach is a river and not part of the Gulf of Mexico, that is untrue it is very definitely part of the Gulf, however it's an "inlet". Glorious sunsets overlooking Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach. When... More 

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Clarkston, Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I found this place looking for birding sites and popped over here for a quick visit to see what it was like. The parking was limited so get there early. It is a beautiful beach for walking, shelling, and seeing nature. I had limited time but could of spent the day here. I can't wait to go here in the... More 

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Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a 'primitive' beach, meaning saved from over-development and commercialism, and is quite beautiful in a calm way. Lovely and easily strolled, and very well-kept.

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Montgomery, NY
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

There is limited parking so you need to get there very early or after 3 p.m. The beach is narrow with no bathroom facilities. The water is jerky and not representative of the pictures you see of Florida beaches.

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Waynesville, North Carolina
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85 reviews 85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I grew up on Fort Myers Beach, and at that time Bunch Beach was for minorities. Of course that has all changed. Lee County has spruced up the place with parking and bathrooms. People go here because you can avoid Ft. Myers Beach and Sanibel crowds. Just remember, it is not a beach on the Gulf. It is a beach... More 

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Wisconsin
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47 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

What a wonderful, relaxing day. We arrived when the tide was out. The actual beach area is still pretty much natural in that there are still little stumps sticking up and not a big "beachy" feel, but the view and wildlife make up for it. It is also a great place to watch the sunsets. It's just off Summerlin so... More 

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