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Bunche Beach

18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908-3707
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Quiet, Lovely Beach

I recently visited my son and future daughter-in-law in Ft. Myers. They are nature lovers with... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kansas City, Missouri
Took the family to Bunche beach and was excited, but........

Took the family to Bunche Beach and was excited, but they started charging for parking along the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908-3707
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Reviewed yesterday

I recently visited my son and future daughter-in-law in Ft. Myers. They are nature lovers with kayaks, and Bunche Beach is their favorite beach in the area. We enjoyed our day there very much. It is clean and quiet, and no big crowds of people....More

Thank jillqkc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the family to Bunche Beach and was excited, but they started charging for parking along the road $2.00 an hour which was a surprise!!

Thank kevsChina
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

. get there early to park at least by 10am. really no people there. the bathrooms are down the road before the parking for beach so that's a little bit of a pain.

Thank Pris V
Reviewed May 30, 2017

I decided I needed to see a sunset, so, I chose this beach. It was early evening and there were some parking spots. People told me earlier in the day that it had been difficult to park. You pay $2 an hour to park along...More

Thank Cyntillate
Reviewed May 17, 2017

We enjoyed our visit to Bunche Beach. It was quiet and peaceful, without a lot of people. Parking is limited, but we didn't have an issue finding a place.

1  Thank JSR_Adventures
Reviewed May 16, 2017

We went here hoping to see the sun set over the water but it was a really cloudy day and we didn't get to see much. However, our experience was still great. It was very peaceful and there were hardly any people at the beach....More

1  Thank shannendee
Reviewed May 6, 2017

We love Bunche Beach. It is a great place to relax and enjoy a nice day at the beach. No restaurants or bars or noise ! Just a beautiful beach with large shallow water areas and plenty of walk-able beach front. I'm reviewing it because...More

2  Thank teresaxo
Reviewed May 6, 2017

Get there early so you can park on the street. There is a parking lot but it is a distance away. If that's what you need to do, drop off your beach stuff b4 you park. Nice beach with plenty of sand and birds.

1  Thank Sherri N
Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

Bunche beach is a hidden gem of a beach. At times during the week, it isn't too crowded and parking is nearby. You can also rent kayaks at a local concession stand. It is a great place to getaway for a couple of hours or...More

1  Thank Patti2
Reviewed April 22, 2017

I have visited this beach a couple of times. The first time, the "no seeums" just about carried me off in spite of my insect repellent. The second time was wonderful. There were more people there, but no bugs! My friend and I were able...More

2  Thank Linda S
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June 18, 2017|
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Response from Dorothy M | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not. It used to be some time ago but the Sheriff patrols have stopped that and it is a regular beach for walking and sunbathing. It is very safe !
Nelson E
May 31, 2017|
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February 28, 2017|
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Response from merlyn26 | Reviewed this property |
Parking is very limited. Be sure to wear shoes as there is a lot of debris and it is not a real sandy beach, however you can walk out into the water which was only ankle high when I was there.