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Bunche Beach

Address: 18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33931
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Ranked #27 of 103 things to do in Fort Myers
Owner description: Visit Old Florida, where things are done naturally.San Carlos Bay - Bunche Beach Preserve is a 718...
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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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Milton, Delaware
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Wasn't impressed. I guess it's OK to avoid crowds. Nice view of the gulf. Don't plan to go back. No restroom facilities that I saw.

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Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Bunche Beach was a delightful surprise! My husband had already been once but he took our boys and I for the first time last week and I was thrilled. Just like everywhere else...yes you have to pay to park, unless you purchase a Lee County parking sticker (which is totally worth it if you plan to frequent area beaches and... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Nice views of Ft Myers Beach & Sanibel. Water appears to be farly shallow even at high tide. I've seen many people wading but none swimming. John Morris Rd which leads to the beach has a wide shoulder on one side that facilitates walking & biking. I'm staying nearby so I frequently walk to & then along the beach. There... More 

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Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Perfect beach and now commercialized w paid parking and kayaking Etc. Would have preferred it the way it used to be but a fabulous beach to go to any time!

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Syracuse
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We have been coming to Ft. Myers for vacations for at least 12 years and never knew about this beach. It's totally different than Sanibel or Ft. Myers Beach, smaller and less crowded for sure, and a nice change of pace for walking, watching wildlife or just sitting and reading a book. Talked to one of the park Rangers and... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Not the "prettiest" beach, but very popular with nature photographers, as my husband & I are, especially at low tide when there are many species of birds on the flats there.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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46 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

If you are looking for a beach then you have found the right place. There is sand and water and some shells. You will also get sun so bring some sunscreen! Have fun!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is not a beach where you can go for long walks on the sand. There is some distance for walking, but it's not miles and miles long. It's also not very wide. The positives are that it is easy to access and I've seen some beautiful sunsets from here. Good birding as well; the water is fairly shallow. I've... More 

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CENTRAL WI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

on left before sanibel bridge,,, brought in white sand ,, a couple old picnic tables ,, really nothing to write home about ,, has a long history that is posted on a sign , kinda a back bay off the gulf ,

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Newburgh, Indiana
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Picked this beach for the convience of renting a kayak and paddleboard for a few hours as Kayak Excercursions has a rental building steps from the beach. The beach does not have a ton of room to build sand casltes or play on the beach but my kids enjoyed the shallow waters and searching for shells.

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