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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 718-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. Bunche Beach is an especially popular spot for bird watching. Kayak Excursions has a rental location at the Bunche Beach activities center, located next to the Parking area just after the little bridge on John Morris Road. Here we offer Kayak and SUP rentals & tours.

Paddling in the area

There are many unique destinations to choose from when you launch from Bunche Beach. Heading west toward Sanibel and Pine Island Sound will take you along an all-natural shoreline of beaches and Mangroves. This area is home to a great variety of Wading and shorebirds. You’ll be paddling in water mostly less than 4 feet deep. Or you could head east toward Estero Bay. Here you can explore some of the mangrove-lined canals all along the shoreline. After a short paddle, you will end up in Pelican and Hurricane Bays at the northern end of Estero Bay. Fort Myers Beach is less than a mile from Bunche Beach. You can easily paddle over for lunch at one of the many restaurants or just to hang out on the Beach. If you want to stay close, 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. There are also many more challenging routes for more adventurous souls. 

The Great Calusa Blueway

Bunche Beach also happens to be the starting point for 2 phases of The Great Calusa Blueway. What’s that you ask? It’s 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. The Great Calusa Blueway is not just for experts, but for novices as well. It can be paddled in short trips ranging from a couple of hours to all day to multiple days. 


We are open 9am-5pm daily, weather permitting. Our last rentals depart at 2pm. During the summer, we highly recommend morning departure times, because afternoon thunderstorms are a frequent occurrence. 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 or book online so we can guarantee availability.



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People on SUP and kayaks raising their paddles
People kayaking on a lake

This activity is unavailable due to Hurricane Ian. However, there are activities available at other locations. Please check out our activities at Pelican Bay.