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Address: Sanibel Island, FL
Phone Number: 239-433-3855
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Pristine wilderness - a kayaker's paradise!!

Really beautiful waters - check out the dolphins! The Great Calusa Blueway goes on and on - a real treat for those that wish to paddle through the mangroves. You might also get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dameron, Maryland
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Dameron, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really beautiful waters - check out the dolphins! The Great Calusa Blueway goes on and on - a real treat for those that wish to paddle through the mangroves. You might also get lucky and spot a manatee! Plenty of bird watching to be done here as well - Bald Eagles, egrets, herons, osprey, etc. We really enjoyed our trip... More 

Thank Mako13Man
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I have traveled by boat from Canada to the Keys, and there is no prettier place than the 100 miles that comprise the Great Calusa Blueway. Generally calm waters, abundant wildlife, undeveloped islands and scenic vistas make paddling in this area a delight.

Thank Ada S
North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is the entrance to Sanibel and is absolutely beautiful. We watched the sunset here on a few nights. The fossilized shells are really neat too! We saw more dolphins off of the causeway than anywhere else during our stay!

1 Thank danielle21799
Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We took our own kayaks and kayaked the trail, which is about 1- 1 1/2 long, depending on your kayaking aptitude and how much you want to explore the mangroves. When we were there the tide was coming in, so the way in was more like a lazy river with easy paddling. On the way back, there were a few... More 

2 Thank shepherd35
Nashville, Tennessee
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Very nice and beautiful! You can pull off and many areas and picnic or fish. A great trip across a beautiful area to an amazing island (Sanibel). Worth the trip!

Thank Kay K
Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Paddling around the backwaters of Sanibel and Captiva, going into Pine Island Sound, San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico is truly awesome. These areas are only part of the Calusa Blueway but they're the ones I know best. There's amazing marine life all around you, fantastic birds, gorgeous beaches and it's always warm! You can venture way beyond... More 

1 Thank Flubba
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

I hate all the tolls in Florida. I'm from Ohio and I'm never prepared to pay for them while on vacation. I was thinking $6 was kinda steep! But in the end, it was probably worth it. I was wondering where does all the money go? Because it was really busy? The views crossing are awesome and plenty of parking... More 

Alligator Point, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

this was the first placed we stopped to fish on our trip. we pd the TOLL to get across 6$, drove to captivia(65 MORE MIN) could NOT find a place to park( If u r not a resident or dont have a parking pass dont think u will find a place to park after11 am) so we went back to... More 

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Walkerton, Indiana
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16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

On your way to Sanibel Island there are several small islands on the causeway that you may stop and enjoy the beach, or picnic or swim. They are free. We stopped and had the beach mainly to ourselves and my daughter swam, built sand castles, we ate and just enjoyed the weather. Don't overlook these places as a destination. Some... More 

10 Thank jreed37
Tamarac, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Enjoyed our first trip kayaking in this area, but found the maps I received thru the mail to be misleading, Was not able to find Mound Key with these maps, it was further southeast than indicated on the map. Ended up circling an un- named key near by. Should have gone to google earth before heading out.

Thank Fran O

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