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Bunche Beach

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Address: 18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33931
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Parrish, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is a free beach where many of the locals like to take their chairs and go there. It's a bit rough, you can get parking ticket for $1. Lots of birds come here when the tide is out. Lots to see.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Great for beach walks and exploring tidal pools. Also nice for families with small children as the water is very shallow and you can go out quite a way without gaining much depth. Photographers can focus on a variety of water birds and critters or beautiful evening sunsets over the water. The short boardwalk thru mangroves from the parking lot... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

We were staying on Summerlin at the La Quinta and drove down the side street to check out Bunche Beach Preserve around sunset. What a lovely surprise! The powder soft sand extended quite a ways to the low surf. There was a great variety of shore birds flying over and walking in the shallow water. What a soothing spot to... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Between Sanibel causeway and Ft Myers Beach, this is a hidden gem. Shallow water is great for families. Powder soft beach with some limited shelling opportunities and lots of shorebirds. Even saw a mama raccoon on the beach looking for handouts. Bathroom is available about 1/4 mile from beach on John Morris Road where security, and rangers park. Opportunities to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

We took a bunch of 4th grade students to Bunche Beach to learn about the Mudflats and its inhabitants. We found all sorts of fun and interesting things in the water. The water was clear and the beach was not very busy. There's not too much shade there. we did not see any restrooms.

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