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Matanzas Pass Preserve

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Address: Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Phone Number: 239-463-3764
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Hiking the trails offers a shady respite from the sun

The trails are easy to walk, not challenging and offer a different way to experience the beach. It is a good opportunity to see local vegetation such as hammock forest and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Ottawa, Canada
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Wiltshire
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91 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Tucked behind the library on Fmb lies the preserve in a beautiful, tranquil area. Walk along various trails and admire the beauty of the mangroves and reach the covered dock to view the bay. There is a short boardwalk to the bay, suitable for people unable to walk around the whole trail.

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Clinton, Iowa
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very small, but nice park to visit. Good views of dolphins in early AM. Relatively secluded beach area. Very clean, well maintained restrooms and public areas. As in every area of FMB, parking is minimal and expensive.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The trails are easy to walk, not challenging and offer a different way to experience the beach. It is a good opportunity to see local vegetation such as hammock forest and tropicals. Bikes are not permitted on trails.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Linda one of the staff for the Preserve was getting ready to leave and she took the time to give us a History lesson on Matanzas Pass Preserve. Linda was excellent and we learned a lot. We stayed in Fort Myers Beach, Fl for the month of January love it. Linda invited us to come back when the Tour Guide... More 

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Dameron, Maryland
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356 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure you grab one of the maps before you enter the Preserve! They are located in a weather protected box right before you enter the Preserve itself. It is open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. There is limited parking here, but we had no problems with parking. Interesting trails through acre after acre of mangrove trees.... More 

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Jellico, TN
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I was the leader of a recent excursion with friends and I might add not a very good one. My recommendation for this attraction would be stay on the boardwalk sections of the Preserve. We did not and with my poor leadership , found ourselves literally going around in circles. We "abandoned ship" and left through a service entrance. My... More 

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Son, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Nice boardwalks through native mangrove forests. Well maintained, although you do need a good pair of walking shoes if you are leaving the main boardwalk trail and after rain it does seem to get muddy. Good opportunity to see wildlife and nature as it was in South-West Florida before the human invasion began .....

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Livonia, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Nicely done - it's an educational, safe walk thru the mangroves to the river. Quiet spot with a variety of trails. We went twice and would probably have gone again if we'd found it sooner!

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This is a neat off the beaten path walk with a boardwalk for most of the way so if you have little ones a stroller will let you see most of the nature. There is a nice short pier to see one area of the waterway and a good way to see what Fort Myers looked like before all of... More 

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Treasure Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Matanzas is the perfect environment to be away from it all and enjoy the peace and quality customer appreciation pampering..........enjoy fine dining........tranquil view of the bay on the dock.............listen to fine jazz.........harvest the moment of overall tranquility...............Great staff from 'JC' Steve to the pleasurable Myriam, Carol, Glenn and many others..........A must go to place in Fort Myers Beach...

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