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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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The Natural Beach

In Fort Myers, there are different beaches for different occasions. Fort Myers Beach is for partying and drinking, Sanibel is for shelling. Captiva is for exclusion, and Bunche... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Lee, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This is currently an undiscovered beach to most. With this in mind I hesitate giving it the rating I will. We have been going here for years. Me to walk and fish and my bride to walk and look for (increasingly rare) shells. Great for sunrises and sunsets. Don't go to swim and, as a previous reviewer wrote, if you... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

In Fort Myers, there are different beaches for different occasions. Fort Myers Beach is for partying and drinking, Sanibel is for shelling. Captiva is for exclusion, and Bunche Beach is for nature. This beach has no facilities, save for a trash can and two picnic tables (there are restrooms up the block at the kayak launch). The water is too... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I recently visited Bunche Beach while staying at a nearby hotel. I arrived in time to see the sunrise, which was wonderful. Despite it being a weekday, there were already a lot of others there, including a college class with their professor. Be aware that the parking can fill up quickly. The tide was out at the time I visited,... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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7 reviews 7 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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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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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
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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
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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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