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Paddle Estero Bay

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Estero Bay is a large aquatic preserve south of Fort Myers, in Southwest Florida. The long, shallow waters are clean and clear, making it an ideal place to paddle. Mangrove islands dot the waters, providing habitat for manatee, dolphins, and numerous species of birds. Plan to visit Estero Bay the next time you stay in a Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfast.

The Great Calusa Blueway is a 190-mile long paddling trail in Southwest Florida, and the section through Estero Bay is ideal for experienced and novice paddlers alike.

Estero Bay thrills and delights its visitors. Explore the maze-like mangrove tunnels of Hell Peckney Bay and take moonlight paddles along the Imperial River. Picnic on the beach at Lovers Key State Park and enjoy a drink overlooking the bay at Flippers Grill. You can rough it or indulge in luxury when paddling Estero Bay.

It would be impossible to experience all Estero Bay has to offer in just one day; travelers who lodge at nearby Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts in Cape Coral or Bokeelia will have ample time to explore the many cultural, historical, and natural attractions of Estero Bay.

Estero Bay Historic Attractions:

  • Koreshan State Historic Site: location of a former utopian society.
  • Mound House: a Calusa Native American site, and the oldest home in the area.
  • Mound Key: an island with large shell middens.


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.

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