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Address: 18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908-3707

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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Hidden Local Gem

We live 5 minutes from this beach so we're frequent visitors. It's not a super well known location so it's not generally packed and can be a great place to catch the sunset... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Michelle M
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Apollo Beach, Florida
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108 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quite with few amenities. This is the local beach, but if you like to walk the sand it offers 2 miles to walk (both sides) back and forth . There is Kayak launching a few blocks away. No thrills, but I did like the walk.

Thank Frederick O
Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking to suntan and people watch this is not the place, this is a natural beach (not raked, not renourished) with amazing views of birds, critters, mangroves etc. A great place to see the "real" Florida.

Thank JEH_FL
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live 5 minutes from this beach so we're frequent visitors. It's not a super well known location so it's not generally packed and can be a great place to catch the sunset. There's nowhere to rinse off after your beach adventures so that can be a drawback, the parking situation is tight and the restrooms are a LONG walk... More 

Thank Michelle M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice beach to go to if you wish not to pay the toll to cross the bridge to head to Sanibel and Captiva. Far less crowded, too! There's a Publix Supermarket nearby and we picked up sandwiches for a picnic lunch. Easy parking, nice sandy beach, with ample room for lounging. Great swimming, nice setting. We had... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love coming here as a family. Pack lunches and drinks and you're set for the day. Parking is free in some areas and there is pay parking near restrooms (nearby raccoon is friendly, I asked)

Thank ZoesMom88
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

We love heading to the beach in the evening or at low tide and this was our favorite spot. Parking was free and easily accessible. We found huge muscles, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, and saw a beautiful sunset also. There were only 8 people at the beach also, so if you don't like crowds but like messing around with different... More 

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Parrish, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

We wanted to walk some trails before leaving Fort Myers and since Bunche Beach was close we went to check it out. There's a beach with paved parking & not much else. There are kayak's to rent but we didn't find any walking trails.

Thank Trish M
Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

No major logistical planning is required to go to Bunche Beach. Easy access from parking and short distance to the water. You can bathe in the water or the sun or both and be on your way in a jiffy. For the more aventurous there is usually available kayak rentals and a great boat ramp for your own water craft.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Who could complain about a beach that has limited parking, naked old men leering at young people, and hordes of mosquitos to boot? It's awesome - and I, for one, don't mind one bit that they spent millions on a building for county employees (overpaid park rangers), and put in parking meters to pay for it. The sand isn't the... More 

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Ft Myers, Fl
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We have been to Bunches Beach a couple of times. The last time the tide was way out and just starting to come back in hence a lot of sand to walk on and look at/for shells. There were also a lot of birds which were congregating along the incoming waters edge picking up easy meals. For whatever reason the... More 

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