Beaches in Lee County Florida - great for saltwater fishing

Beaches
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Lee County, Florida

 

 


 

 

 


Beach Park North
26082 Hickory Boulevard
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
A parking lot across the street from Little Hickory Island Beach Park ( Access # 10 )

Operated by the City of Bonita Springs

GPS 26° 21'30.58" N    81° 51'31.68" W
( Parking lot entrance )

Weather Florida 34134   Tides at Carlos Point, Estero Bay in Lee County FL

 

Bonita Beach Park North Bonita Springs

 

 


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Bonita Beach Park
bonita beach park bonita springs florida 27954 Hickory Boulevard
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

GPS 26° 19'54.28" N    81° 50'44.27" W
( Entrance )

 

Weather Bonita Springs Florida 34136   Tides near Carlos Point, Estero Bay in Lee County FL

 

bonita beach lee countyThis is a gorgeous white sand beach in Bontia Springs. The park is located at the south end of Bonita Beach. There are restrooms and changing facilities here.

Trying to find a parking spot for Bonita Beach can be challenging. Lee County has large orange, green and blue signs mounted on light standards that indicate the beach access number. Look at the bottom of the signs for the access number. Parking at access numbers 2 through 9 is free. Parking at access #1 is paid and is next to Doc's Beach House Restaurant.

Lee County Parks and Recreation has a parking sticker program in effect. If you plan to frequent Lee County parks and beaches you might consider buying a sticker. Here's a link to the parking sticker program.

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Bonita Beach Accesses

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Bonita Beach.


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Bowditch Point Park
bowditch point park fort myers beach fl 50 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Dawn to Dusk 7 days a week

GPS 26° 27'46.24" N    81° 57'58.48" W
( Entrance )

GPS 26° 27'47.38" N    81° 57'54.64" W
( Day boat dockage at Bowditch )

Weather Fort Myers Beach Florida 33931   Tides near Matanzas Pass, Estero Island in Lee County FL

 

The northern end of Estero Island is Bowditch Point Regional Park. This is a 17 acre park however 10 acres are set aside as a preserve area. Because the park wraps around the top of the island, visitors can go to the calmer backbay side with quiet waters or to the Gulf side. The backbay is the Matanzas Pass.

There is a parking fee. Lee County annual parking stickers accepted at this location.

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The park has nice facilities. There are outdoor showers, public restrooms and public changing facilities. Picnic tables and grills are on a first come - first served basis. They're especially nice because they are located in a shaded area.

For the fishermen, there are fishing coves specifically set aside for you. There's a boat dock - but no fishing from the dock itself, please. The docks feature 10 slips for boats up to 28-feet in length. No overnight dockage. There are more than 75 parking spaces available.

If you just want to walk around and enjoy the scenery and nature, this is lovely area. There are butterfly gardens and trails with benches. An "old Florida" style tortoise area can be found along the trails. There's an amphitheater type viewing area specifically designed to allow the visitor to experience vistas of Sanibel and far off beaches.

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Bowmans Beach Park
1700 Bowman's Beach Road
Sanibel, FL 33957
7:00AM to 7:00PM 7 days a week
City of Sanibel Recreation Dept. (239) 395-1860

GPS 26° 27'38.88" N    82° 09'09.64" W ( Entrance )

Amenities include picnic tables, grills, bathrooms and bike racks. Parking fee, great shelling, several miles of unobstructed white sand beaches.

Weather Sanibel Florida 33957   Tides near Captiva Island (So. End) in Lee County FL

 

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Captiva Northend Beach Access / Alison Hagerup Beach Park
14790 Captiva Drive
Captiva, FL 33924

captiva north end beach access

GPS 26° 31'33.33" N    82° 11'37.29" W
( Entrance to parking lot )

 

Weather Captiva Florida 33924   Tides at Captiva Island north end in Lee County FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crescent Beach Family Park
1100 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

GPS 26° 27'09.76" N    81° 57'17.85" W

Weather Fort Myers Beach Florida 33931   Tides near fort myers beach in Lee County FL

 

This is a smaller but very nice beach park. The beach area is 400' long and the park is around 2 acres in size. It's located at the foot of the Matanzas Bridge. Two beach volleyball courts are right in the center of the beach area. There's even an outdoor ping pong table here!

Hours are dawn to dusk, 7 days a week. This is a free facilty. There are two modular restrooms.

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Fort Myers Beach Public Access Points

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Fort Myers Beach.


Gasparilla Island State Park
Gulf Boulevard and Belcher Road
Boca Grande, FL 33921

GPS 26° 43'10.37" N    82° 15'41.00" W
( Above intersection )

NOAA Port Boca Grande, Charlotte 8725577

This location appears on both on the Charlotte County page and the Lee County page due to it's unique location.

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Gulfside City Park
End of Algiers Lane
Sanibel, FL 33957

GPS 26° 25'31.88" N    82° 03'58.12" W
( Entrance )

Weather Sanibel Florida 33957   Tides at Captiva Island south end  in Lee County FL

 

 

 

 

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Lighthouse Beach Access on Sanibel Island
Southern end of Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957

GPS 26° 27'05.29" N    82° 01'02.13" W
( Entrance )

Weather Sanibel Florida 33957   Tides at Captiva Island south end  in Lee County FL

 

Sunbathing, shelling, restrooms, surf fishing away from swimmers, fishing pier, lighthouse, fabulous views, wildlife. The lighthouse itself is not open to the public.

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Little Hickory Island Beach Park ( AKA Access # 10 )
26082 Hickory Boulevard
Bonita Springs, FL 34136
(239) 229-0649

GPS 26° 21'30.58" N    81° 51'31.68" W ( Entrance )

Weather Bonita Springs Florida 34136   Tides near Carlos Point, Estero Bay in Lee County FL

 

There are pay stations in the parking lot.

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Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931
(239) 463-4588

GPS 26° 23'28.91" N    81° 52'15.76" W ( Entrance )

Weather Fort Myers Beach Florida 33931   Tides near Lovers Key State Park Lee County FL

 

 

 

 

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Lynn Hall Memorial Park
950 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Parking lot is open from 6am - 11pm ( fees apply )

GPS 26° 27'14.48" N    81° 57'24.73" W ( Entrance )

Weather Fort Myers Beach Florida 33931   Tides near Lynn Hall Park Lee County FL

 

This beach is a bit wider than many south Florida Gulf beaches, and is heavily used. It's nice because you can just lounge on the beach or go shelling. The park has good amenities: a playground, picnic pavillions with grills, outdoor freshwater showers, and a playground. There's even a fishing pier!

The park has over 100 parking spaces. There is a fee to park. The maximum vehicle length in this parking lot is 20'. You are not allowed to park a trailer or boat trailer here.

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San Carlos Bay Bunche Beach Preserve
San Carlos Bay Bunche Beach Preserve 18201 John Morris Road
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Dawn to dusk 7 days a week

GPS 26° 28'46.91" N    81° 58'03.10" W
( Entrance to preserve )

 

Weather Fort Myers Florida 33908   Tides near Matanzas Pass, Estero Island in Lee County FL

 

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This preserve located on San Carlos Bay is over 700 acres, and is considered a natural, "Old Florida" area. It emcompasses beaches, Mangrove forests, and salt flats. The park was originally a half acre in size, and was dedicated in 1949. It was named after Dr. Ralphe Bunche - the first African American to receive the Novel Peace Prize. The park was left virtually unchanged until early in this century, when invasive / exotic vegetation was removed and adjacent acreage was purchased.

There is an environmentally friendly facility at the park. Although there is no running water, there are composting restroom facilities. All electric for the building is through solar power.

There are two piers that double as fishing piers and wildlife viewing areas. Shoreline fishing is easily accessible. Hand launching a canoe or kayak is permitted and you can get fairly close to the water with your vehicle to make launching easier. No trailers are allowed however, so your canoe or kayak has to come in on top of your vehicle, or in your truck.

Lee County Parks & Recreation Parking Stickers are honored at this location. No pets or alcohol permitted.

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Turner Beach
17200 Captiva Drive
Sanibel, FL. 33957
City of Sanibel Recreation Dept. (239) 395-1860

GPS 26° 28' 59.43" N    82° 11'00.12" W ( Entrance )

Weather Sanibel Florida 33957   Tides near Captiva Island (So. End) in Lee County FL

 

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Sanibel and Captiva Islands Public Beach Accesses

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Sanibel and Captiva Islands.


Useful Links

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Saltwater Fishing at Beaches in Lee County Florida  

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Areas in Lee County Florida Include; Alva, Boca Grande, Bokeelia, Bonita Springs, Buckingham, Burnt Store Marina, Cape Coral, Captiva, Charleston Park, Cypress Lake, East Dunbar, Estero, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers Shores, Gateway, Harlem Heights, Iona, Lehigh Acres, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Matlacha ( on Matlacha Island ), Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores, McGregor, North Fort Myers, Olga, Page Park, Palmona Park, Pine Island Center, Pine Manor, Pineland ( on Pine Island ), Punta Rassa, Sanibel, San Carlos Park, South Fort Myers, St. James City, Suncoast Estates, Three Oaks, Tice, Villas and Whiskey Creek.
Areas of Brackish and Saltwater in Lee County Florida Include; Big Jim Creek, Black Bay, Broadway Channel, Caloosahatchee River, Charlotte Harbor, Daughtrey Creek, Dinken Bayou, Esteroo Bay, Estero River, Fish Trap Bay, Fourty Acre Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Halloway Bayou, Hancock Creek, Hardworking Bayou, Hell Peckney Bay, Hendry Creek, Hurricane Bay, Jewfish Creek, Jug Creek, Ladyfinger Lake, Little Bokeelia Bay, Little Hickory Bay, Little Pine Creek, Manatee Bay, Marsh Point Creek, Matalacha Pass, Oyster Creek, Pejuan Cove, Pine Island Sound, Powell Creek, Punta Blanca Bay, Punta Blanca Creek, San Carlos Bay, Sanibel Bayou, Shell Creek, St James Creek and Tarpon Bay.

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