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Scenic Hikes In Cape Coral

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Koreshan State Park Florida

Historic cottage at the Koreshan Settlement.

Hiking is one of the best ways to get a feel for a place, and scenic hikes in Cape Coral reveal spreading mangroves, winding rivers, and lots of natural beauty.

Perhaps the best way to find good local hikes is to ask the innkeepers of your Cape Coral, Florida Bed and Breakfast. That said, read on for a few trail suggestions.

The trail at Four Mile Ecological Park is easy and well maintained. The loop meanders some 1.3 miles along the Caloosahatchee River, and much of the trail is a boardwalk. Wonderful, large, spreading mangroves along the river offer cooling shade. Wildlife abounds, especially egrets, herons, and migratory birds. Keep an eye out for alligators, which sometimes make an appearance.

Pine Island has a short, pleasant hike through mangroves. St. Jude Trail is perfect for hot afternoons when you feel like stretching your legs but don’t want to get too hot. The path is largely shaded and quite short–just one mile round trip. You should bring bug spray if you plan to make use of the benches.

Koreshan State Park, in Estero, has trails along the river and around the park boundary. Walkers traverse pine woods and have ample opportunities to sit and rest. An interesting stop is ‘New Jerusalem”, a historic site of buildings and gardens created by the community of Koreshans who settled here in the early 20th century.

There may be excellent walking trails close to your SW Florida Bed and Breakfast. Ask around, and bring your walking shoes.

Billions of Butterflies

Monday, October 17th, 2011
Butterflies are back

Sit peacefully with the butterflies at the Fort Meyers Butterfly Estates.

There aren’t actually billions of butterflies at The Butterfly Estates, but there certainly are thousands of them. Located in the River District of Fort Meyers, Butterfly Estates is part butterfly conservatory, part botanical gardens, and part historic village. It is a delightful place to visit while vacationing at Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts in nearby Bokeelia and Cape Coral.

Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote, “Happiness is a Butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you!”

A few hours at The Butterfly Estates does calm and refresh the soul. Guests are invited to sit among gorgeous tropical plants and cascading waterfalls and watch butterflies as they flutter about in search of nectar. The Glazed Glass Butterfly Conservatory is over 3,500 square feet of fragrant tranquility. If you sit quietly enough, a butterfly may well rest on your shoulders or head. Take it as a good omen – the happiness Hawthorne thought it to be.

Fort Meyers is perhaps best known as being home to the Winter Estates of American giants Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. A visit to Fort Meyers is a fun break from days spent lounging on beaches, boating up and down the coast, and jumping waves in the Gulf of Mexico. Fort Meyers has several interesting historic sites, art museums, and nature centers. And Fort Meyers has the Butterfly Estates.

Hours and directions are available at The Butterfly Estates.

A list of Florida Bed and Breakfasts in Bokeelia and Cape Coral Florida is available at Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts.

 

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Friday, February 11th, 2011
Chouette rayée / Barred Owl

Barred Owl.

The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is one of many delightful spots tucked away in SW Florida. It is open daily (weather permitting) from dawn until dusk. Corkscrew is just over an hour southeast of Cape Coral FL Bed and Breakfasts, and an hour northeast of Naples.

The best way to visit the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is on foot. A boardwalk meanders more than two miles through marsh, cypress forest, wet prairie, and pine upland. Interpretive signs relate the various qualities of these four distinct environments, and volunteer naturalists wander the boardwalk, answering questions. It is best to allow two to three hours to walk the boardwalk, as there is much to see. (more…)

The Canals of Cape Coral

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

People tend to think of Venice, Italy, as the city of canals, yet Cape Coral, Florida, trumps Venice by a long shot. There are over 400 miles of canals and waterways in Cape Coral, resulting in hundreds of waterfront properties. These canals spill into the Caloosahatchee River, which in turn leads to the Gulf of Mexico.

West Indian Manatee are frequent visitors to the Caloosahatchee River and the canals of Cape Coral. Manatee can’t survive in cold water; when the water temperature drops and stays below 60 degrees, manatees head to warm, spring-fed rivers and the shallow, sun-warmed canals. Look for them while staying at a Cape Coral Florida Bed and Breakfast. (more…)

Golf in Southwest Florida

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Golf is an activity with die hard fans. Golfers will tolerate any kind of weather, from extreme heat to bracing cold. They love a challenge. They withstand sun burns, wind burns, sore backs and tired feet for the love of the game. They travel the world in search of the most challenging course, the most scenic course, the most fascinating course…. You get the picture.

If this sounds like you, come to Southwest Florida. There are more than a dozen excellent courses in and around Bokeelia and Cape Coral Florida, each with its own unique personality, and each worth playing. The ideal place to stay while improving your game is a Bokelia FL bed and breakfast or a Cape Coral Florida bed and breakfast – a little pampering may be the best way to end the day under par. (more…)

Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve

Saturday, March 27th, 2010
Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve in Southwest Florida

Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve in Southwest Florida

Between Bokeelia Island, Florida and the mainland is a slender channel known as the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve. Mangrove islands and seagrass flats line the shore of the mainland. Wildlife abounds: oysters, seabirds, fish.

The Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve is an ideal place to kayak, fish, or go birding while you are staying at a Cape Coral Florida bed and breakfast. Lush mangrove forests shade you as you explore meandering water trails. You’ll feel as if you could wait forever for that fish to bite, or for a closer look at a bird.

Experience the unique geography of SW Florida.

Bokeelia and Cape Coral

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Thousands of islands, countless beaches, and unlimited opportunity for rest and recreation – that’s what you’ll find when you stay at a Southwest Florida b&b on Pine Island.

Bokeelia sits at the northern tip of Pine Island, a quiet island protected by barrier islands such as Sanibel. Once you decide that you are ready to peel yourself away from the beach or porch, you’ll find the best way to explore the region may be by boat. You can island hop down to Sanibel, where you’ll have your choice of restaurants and shops. Or you can walk among the mangroves on Cabbage Key.

Pine Island itself is worth exploring. The Museum of the Islands sits in the center of Pine Island. It is a fascinating place to visit when you want to orient yourself to your surroundings. If you are a golfer, you’ll be drawn to the the Alden Pines Golf Course in Pineland. Dodge alligators as you enjoy the quintessential Florida Golf experience. Your innkeepers will arrange a tee time for you.

Bring your binoculars when you putter through Matlacha Bay. You’ll see pelicans, burrowing owls and bald eagles. Or look for playful dolphins and manatee.

Fisherman will be aware of the world-class fishing areas in the region, such as Boca Grande Pass. Bring your own boat, or take advantage of one of the many guide services in the area. Ask the hosts of your Pine Island Fl bed and breakfasts for recommendations.

In short, you are sure to enjoy your travel to Southwest Florida.

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