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Address: 18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33931
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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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If you like nature and exploring this beach is for you.

This is not the white sandy beach for sunning, though you can sun. It is a preserve and where many sea creatures come to nest, eat and incubate.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Stacy K
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is not the white sandy beach for sunning, though you can sun. It is a preserve and where many sea creatures come to nest, eat and incubate.

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Madison
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in and were lucky enough to get parking. Our hope was to see the Flamingo, which we did as it waded in the low tide. I was taken with the fine texture of the beach sand, which was so soft and white that even infants were enjoying crawling across it. If coming at low tide, you can explore... More 

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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a charge for parking near the beach (2 hours at time). Try going up the beach one day and down the next. Birdwatchers often gather here as it hosts many migratory birds. The water is shallow way out so wading is OK but it is not a swimming beach.

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Turner, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beach is free though parking fee charged hourly. Best to ride you bike there, then it is free. Very quiet, very few people. Nice little nature center attached where they rent kayaks and lead guided walks each week.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for a quiet place to take a stroll check out Bunche Beach. Paid parking. Access to kayak rentals near beach.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Birders' Alert: Opportunity to see piping plover, western, spotted sandpipers, sanderlings, willets, skimmers, eagles, pelicans, dunlins, marbled godwits and a few palm warblers. Scope is useful for identification. The incoming tide pushes the waders closer and closer for exceptional viewing.

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I woke up early one morning to come check this place out. Very quiet, just a few people out and it was awesome. Tide was very low so you could walk out forever. We found a lot of great shells. Ride your bike and enjoy a quieter beach!

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The bunche beach is very nice when low tide. Walking around and enjoyed the sunset will be great feeling!

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Orchard Park, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very little parking for which you have to pay for. it seems you can't watch the sun set in florida without paying .found some small shells on sand. tide was going out and i could have walk out onto the sandy bottom. A very small quite congested area .not too much too diferenciate your pictures with. Bathrooms are not very... More 

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Monticello il
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I only shell at this beach. Tide goes out far and shelling is very good. We have sat in the sun a couple of days but restrooms are a little walk. Beautiful sunsets and great view of Sanibel!

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