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Matanzas Pass Preserve

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
239-463-3764
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Type: Parks
Traveler Description: What a great place for a walk.  There is a mile or longer boardwalk, a dock and trails.  There are several different ecosystems such as oak hammock... more »
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Burlington, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Very easy walk along a boardwalk. Queit and peaceful. So cool to see an unspoiled piece of land and be inside a mangrove.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Well worth the stop. Ever wonder what is must have been like for the Spanish when they first stepped foot in Florida? This walking trail sure opens your eyes. Easily accessible.

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Port St. Lucie, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Nearly 100% elevated boardwalk, gives you an easy stroll through mangroves and wetlands. Excellent for a view of what Estero Island once appeared, and the boardwalk can be accessed by all. Kind of buggy so be prepared with repellant. What we really would have liked to see was the old cottage associated with the trails, but it is only open... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I finally included Mantanza Pass Preserve in my daily walk. After a week of enjoying the beauty of the beach side of Fort Myers Beach I decided to try out the pass side of the island and was not disappointed. The trails are an education of nature. The access to the river is rustic and stunning. I did not see... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Good place to take a walk,like other preserves but this one borders the bay with a kayak landing.Too far to carry a kayak to the landing from parking for me,but great if you want to arrive by kayak.We went here on the way to the mound house,it is about a mile away so good to do both on same day.p,s:... More

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nyc
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Mornings around 9 am, watch the sun come up over Estero Bay. See dolphins and manatees. Fort Myers Beach is nature's paradise.

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North Haven, Connecticut, Usa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Outdoor dining on the canal is nice- boats pull right up and dock. We have seen many fish jumping in the water. The food is good and it's a pleasant experience

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Cambridge, UK
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56 reviews 56 reviews
6 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We had a great table on the waterfront and really enjoyed the view. Had a half rack of ribs and it was ok but have had better. However they did a good margarita. Thought it was a bit pricy but then I suppose you pay for the location.

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Albuquerque, NM
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142 reviews 142 reviews
38 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

You walk on raised plank paths and are basically crossing through marshy mangroves. Bring bug spray. You can spend about an hour. It's free.

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Nice place for a walk and to see dauphin's at dusk, go during low tide to get the most out of the paths

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