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Bunche Beach

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Address: 18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908-3707
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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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Fun beach, cool experience

This is a fun visit because it is amazing to watch the tide here. Because of the slow incline, the tide appears to be huge. Saw many cool creatures. Only down fall is a very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fun visit because it is amazing to watch the tide here. Because of the slow incline, the tide appears to be huge. Saw many cool creatures. Only down fall is a very small permanent "beach area"

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Key Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This beach has lots of ocean life like seashells with crabs and snails, starfish, crabs, and much more. It is clean and has many tidal pools that you can find sea creatures in.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

had a class here from fgcu and it was so fun! beautiful beach to learn about the environment and shorelines.

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Ft myers
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful beach full of life. Southwest Florida at its best showing off its colors at sunset.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're looking for Sanibel, keep going! But if you want to watch the sunset or plop your beach chair down by the water, Bunche Beach is a good stop. It is more sought out by the locals, especially when they are avoiding the crowds at FMB and out on Sanibel. It isn't as 'beautiful' as Sanibel with regard to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We hit this beach 3 hours before low tide. Not really a shelling beach (lots of oysters) many king crowns (alive, so not in my pocket). You could walk almost to San Marcos (ft Myers crossing) but you need water shoes/crocs because you will be in ankle deep clear water & oyster shells are sharp. The beauty of this beach... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Nice place away from the traffic troubles of Fort Myers beach. Down side is the distance to the usually clean bathrooms & parking. A younger or older person would have trouble getting to the bathrooms quickly. Not much of a picnic area. Best thought of as a convenient place to get to the ocean water without much hassle. Can't go... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We came to visit family that lives in the local area. The plans were to go shelling at Sanibel. But the family said that you had to be out there by at least 7am because that beach becomes packed with people who are there for that reason. Plus, they were having a race on Sanibel that day also. So my... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is the perfect beach for a tranquil secluded setting, clean, soft sand and warm, soothing waters. The perfect place to read a book, sun bathe enjoying a gentle breeze, picnic, bird watch and simply enjoy the beauty of SW Florida!

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

I love this beach because it is not maintained like the other public beaches. You get to enjoy a real natural beach. Shelling, crabs, fish, birds even a raccoon if you're lucky. Awesome beach. We live here so we go frequently!

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