Welcome to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Lee County coast. Bunche Beach is located right between Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island. It is part of the 731 acre San Carlos Bay -Bunche Beach Preserve which is a completely natural preserve containing Mangrove Forests, Salt Flats, and Sandy Beaches. There is a huge variety of wildlife that calls this area home and it is an especially popular spot for bird watching.
We are open 9am-5pm daily December-April, and on weekends May-November, weather permitting. We are also available for deliveries to Bunche Beach at all other times. Even though we don't require reservations for rentals at this location, we do encourage them in order to avoid disappointment in case of unavailability. If you would like to go on a guided tour from Bunche Beach, please call ahead so we can arrange for a guide to be present.
There are many unique destinations to chose from when you launch from Bunche Beach.
You could head west toward Sanibel and Pine Island Sound, which will take you along an all natural shoreline of beaches and Mangroves with a great variety of Wading and shore birds.
Or you could head east toward Estero Bay and explore some of the mangrove lined canals all along the shoreline, and after a short paddle end up in Hurricane Bay at the northern end of Estero Bay.
You could opt for the quick paddle across to Fort Myers Beach (less than a mile) for lunch at one of the beach restaurants or just to hang out on the Beach.
Or you could explore Rock creek and the many mangrove tunnels that meander through the preserve.
These are only a few of the great destinations that this location offers within easy paddling distance, but there are many more challenging routes for more adventurous souls.
All our Kayak Rentals include maps of the area and suggestions of destinations that might interest you. Bunche Beach also happens to be the starting point for 2 phases of The Great Calusa Blueway, a 190 mile marked Paddling trail through the bays and islands dotting the Lee County Coast. Phase 1 will take you east through Estero Bay, while Phase 2 takes you west to Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass. Despite how challenging it may sound, The Great Calusa Blueway is not just for experts, but for novices as well and can be paddled in short trips ranging from a couple hours to all day to multiple days.