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“Unspoiled treasure”
Review of Bunche Beach

Bunche Beach
Ranked #13 of 119 things to do in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 1 December 2013

We spent a week visiting Sanibel Island and its various beaches, but at the end of the day, this quiet little beach may have been our very favorite. We are nature lovers and dislike beaches teeming with people with ugly condos at our backs. Bunche's shoreline is the way nature intended, and it was very peaceful and quiet. If you walk far enough, you will come to a point with some seagrape and mangrove shade that curves around to where the river comes in. I ate my lunch here and felt like I was alone on a Caribbean island. Looks like a great fishing spot, and I would love to kayak there, too. Our kids found interesting creatures by wading out into the shallow, clear water, and the birding was amazing. The shelling was not extremely superb, but not bad. There was NO trash, NO smell, and if you think this beach is "muddy"--well, you have never seen a real mud flat! If you want a huge, wide beach packed with people, with restaurants, bars, and tacky souvenir shops nearby, this is not the beach for you, but if you like a secluded, quiet, natural beach, come to Bunche.

5  Thank gophertortoise
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

This beach is on the bay, facing Ft. Myers Beach. It has white sand for a short distance and is then more of a natural bay beach. There is a fee for parking. The water is shallow, with wide flats exposed at low tide. It would be a safe location for small children. High surf is not an issue.

2  Thank Kathy21943
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We particularly like this little beach. It's normally very quiet, unlike Ft. Myers Beach. Good parking close by and wonderful for an early morning stroll.

Thank Rebecca C
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

let me start by addressing the issues of the 4 terrible reviews. first, the beach is on the gulf and not on the river. second, sea grass is vital to the aquatic life. third, the water is clean i've waded out about 75 yards and could see the bottom. if you want touristy facilities9they're about a short walk off the beach) go to ft myers beach. the beach is quiet and i've never seen anything that the four negative reviewers claimed and it's the only beach i go to. you have no drunks or other misfits there.

5  Thank tone w
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

During our holidays in South West Florida we always go to Bunche Beach at least once. The trick to seeing the wading birds is to catch the low tide and be prepared to walk around closer (but not too close) to the birds. It can be hit and miss but when lots of birds are around it is wonderful.

3  Thank Bob-a-JobSussex
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