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Trip report: Jan. 2017

Bunche Beach... Paddling on the Great Calusa Blueway at San Carlos Bay

Bunche Beach - on San Carlos Bay between Sanibel and Ft. Myers - is a good kick-off location for the northern end of the Estero Bay region of the Great Calusa Blueway and Hurricane Bay. Launch from the Outdoor Activity Center (two launches, outfitter), or from along John Morris Road. We have not paddled here yet, but visited for future planning. We present this information for those who are interested. (Detailed map and photos below.)

paddle Bunche Beach, Great Calusa Blueway, kayak, canoe

Distance: varies
Location: Lee County
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Bunche Beach (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Rentals/Outfitters/Tours:

Kayak Excursions  (rentals, tours)

Eco Paddlesportz of Southwest Florida  (rentals)

Bunche Beach... Comments and Photos

The 718-acre Bunche Beach Preserve is a natural tidal wetland on San Carlos Bay including a sandy beach, mangrove forests, and salt flats. Part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, manatee and dolphin can be also be seen.


Bunche Beach Outdoor Activity Center

The outdoor activity center has two paddle craft launches, two wildlife viewing and fishing piers, a boardwalk, parking and restrooms. The outfitter at the activity center offers sales, rentals and tours. A channel leads out to San Carlos Bay.


John Morris Blvd.

Parking is available along John Morris Road, look for the trail access points to launch.

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