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Bunche Beach

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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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More refined relative of Fort Myers beach!

Quieter relative of Fort Myers Beach! This is a nice little beach close to Sanibel island. You have to pay to park (as you do at all the beaches in the area). Much less activity... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Visited with my fiance for an afternoon at the beach. I had heard from locals this was a "forgotten" beach where there are less crowds. True, there were less crowds but it is on the bay side. I like to swim where the water is clearer so we prefer to go to Sanibel or Bonita Beach. This beach would be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Went for a couple hours, enjoyed the scenery. Tide was low but we'll loved looking at all the shells & wildlife. My daughter will definitely paddle board there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Quieter relative of Fort Myers Beach! This is a nice little beach close to Sanibel island. You have to pay to park (as you do at all the beaches in the area). Much less activity than Fort Myers Beach and more readily accessible than Sanibel's beaches, thus is a good alternative.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Beach sand not as fine as at Fort Myers Beach and smaller beach area, but still fun. Only a few picnic tables. Nice to just go to watch sunset if you don't want to fight the traffic in season. Looks like a good place to rent a kayak.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This may depend on tides and season when you go, but the sandy beach itself is small, more like sandy mud than a nice beach. When I was there it was suffering red tide algal bloom and the stench was unbearable. However, birds feast there and are pretty tolerant of humans - great place to get good bird photos. Nearby... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is one of my favorite hidden/locals spots. When the tied is low you can place your chair very far out and walk around the visible sand bars. However once the tied is high the beach is very small.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Take Summerlin Rd thats 869 west, leads to San Carlos Bay and Bunche Beach. It's a wet lands area, includes mangroves, salt flats, and a wild Bunche sandy beach. Parking is $2. hour. They do rent Kayak's. It's on a bay, not the Gulf. The beach has a muddy bottom, at low tide it exposes sandbars, you can look for... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

If you are looking for a more private experience to curl up and read your book or walk along the natural beach shore line, this is a great place to do it. It has become more popular in the last several years, especially during peak season, but it still offers a different experience. It's a great place to take children... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

this beach has incredible bird watching especially during low tide. It is best during winter and fall... the summer has the no see-ums at times... But we really enjoy this beach!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Not sure why more people don't come to this beach, But kinda glad that they don't. The beach is awesome and has everything the bigger beaches have. If your in that area definitely check it out you won't be disappointed.

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