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Bunche Beach

Address: 18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33931
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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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Syracuse
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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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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LIVINGSTON
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Live right down the road from this. Can bike there or go by car. This beach protected from the waves, and you can walk way out almost to Sanibel on the sand during the really low tides.Lots of wildlife, watch ospreys fishing, horseshoe crabs, and anglers. A nesting area for fighting conch's

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Fort Myers, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Parking $2/hr. Sand area is very small (shallow) in depth - nonexistent in some parts at high tide. Water is not even up to your waste 30yds out. Much of the bottom is sticky mud. There are so many outstanding beaches in SWFL I don't know why anyone would waste their time, unless just for the canoe/kayak launching area.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Very good for boating enthusiasts. Pretty beach but as a local I would not recommend it for bathing. Too much local power boating activity which has a tendency to foul this bay frontage. Great for pictures though. And down the street on the main entrance to the waterfront is a new park facility with lavatories and boat launches. History of... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I paddled on a SUP from Bunche Beach to Bowditch Point and back. A secluded beach not crowded with tourists. A nice get away. Parking is $2 an hour. "Free" if you have a parking permit from parks and recreation.

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