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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.

Escape to Pine Island

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
End of the World

Find peace on Southwest Florida's Pine Island.

Florida is a large state with many different personalities. It boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and is home to dynamic, multi-cultural Miami, fun Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Disney, and artsy Sarasota. More than 18 million people call Florida their home, and more than 80 million people visit it each year.

Yet it is still possible to find quiet, secluded areas in Florida, far from the crowds and high rises. Indeed, many Florida Bed and Breakfasts are located in just such places. Pine Island, in Southwest Florida, is a good example. Plan a trip to a Pine Island, Florida Bed and Breakfast and see for yourself. (more…)

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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