Exploring the Blueway

On the Great Calusa Blueway on Florida’s west coast, conditions range from the Gulf of Mexico’s open water, through the bays of Sanibel and Captiva, and into sheltered mangrove creeks. The bird-watching is sublime, with dolphin and manatee sightings common.

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  • Explore Estero Bay

    Estero Bay was the state’s first aquatic preserve, and its pristine waters today reflect that move 40 years ago.
  • Paddling Pine Island Sound With mangrove tunnels, undeveloped barrier islands and fabulous fishing, Pine Island Sound is a subtropical playground.
  • The Caloosahatchee River The Caloosahatchee River and its meandering tributaries represent the newest leg of the Great Calusa Blueway.
  • Estuaries and Other Ecosystems From mangrove islands to oyster bars to sea grass beds, each ecosystem plays a role in the estuary’s health.
  • Tips for Photographing Wildlife

    It has never been easier to capture images of wildlife from a kayak than it is on the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail.

  • Stay Along the Blueway Should you decide to make your adventure last longer than a day trip, nearby campgrounds, inns and hotels offer a place to lay your head.
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