Pelican Bay

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Situated between San Carlos Bay and Estero Bay, Pelican Bay is the perfect place to begin your paddling adventure. Whether you want to stay close by in the protected waters of Pelican bay, venture in to the mangrove island dotted Hurricane and Hell Peckney Bays, or explore the pristine sandy beaches of San Carlos bay, the options here are spectacular.

Kayak Excursions has a rental location at Getaway Marina @ Pelican Bay, right on the water behind the bait shop. Here we offer Kayak and SUP Rentals and Tours, and Guided Kayak Fishing trips.

Paddling in the area

 There are many unique destinations to chose from when you launch from Pelican bay.
 Heading west in to San Carlos Bay and toward Sanibel and Pine Island Sound will take you along an all natural shoreline of beaches and Mangroves. Here you can explore some of the mangrove lined canals, creeks, and tunnels. This area is home to a great variety of Wading and shore birds. You’ll be paddling in water mostly less than 4 feet deep.
 Or you could head east toward Estero Bay. After a short paddle you will end up in Hurricane and Hell Peckney Bays at the northern end of Estero Bay. These are shallow, mangrove lined bays, with lots of great fishing and exploring.
 Fort Myers Beach is less than a mile from our location. 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 Pelican Bay and the connected canals. Calm waters, beautiful views, and frequent Dolphin and Manatee sightings make this an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

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

 The Great Calusa Blueway passes right through Pelican bay. 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 hours to all day to multiple days.


December 1st – April 31st:   Daily from 9AM – 5PM

May 1st – November 30th:   Daily from 9AM – 5PM weather permitting

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, please call ahead or book online so we can guarantee availability.

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