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Parks

Centennial Park
Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park
Matanzas Pass Preserve

Boating & Fishing

Alva Boat Ramp
Centennial Park
Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park
Matlacha Boat Ramp

Sanibel & Captiva Multi-Use Trails

Sanibel & Captiva Multi-Use Trails

Sanibel Island is a little piece of Paradise sitting west of Fort Myers. We've been here before, but our visit over the 4th of July weekend was specifically to explore on some of Sanibel & Captiva's 22 miles of multi-use trails. We parked at the Welcome Center just past the bridge onto Sanibel Island, where there are designated spots for those parking longer than a few minutes. We unloaded our bicycles and started out across the street and down the trail. We rode through some residential areas, some commercials areas, and eventually through more isolated terrains, including an alligator sanctuary! Even along the roads, I found portions of the path to be just...intensely peaceful, with a silence and stillness you don't find near most populated areas. There were a few runners and some other cyclists, but the path was not even remotely crowded. It was hot, and rain threatened, so we only biked about 12 miles of the paths - we didn't even make it to Captiva, but it was totally worth the drive from southeast Florida to do it. We will absolutely be back during the winter to ride the rest of the trails! (Sanibel & Captiva Multi-Use Trails continued)

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Sanibel & Captiva Multi-Use Trails (Sanibel)
Sanibel Island is a little piece of Paradise sitting west of Fort Myers. We've been here before, but our visit over the 4th of July weekend was specifically to...
Matanzas Pass Preserve (Ft. Myers)
We first visited Matanzas Pass Preserve in 2001 during the height of our geocaching phase. Located on the southwestern coast of Florida in Fort Myers, this par...
Matlacha Boat Ramp (Matlacha)
The boat ramp in Matlacha gives the boater access to the Matlacha Pass. Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico may also be accessible. This is a 2-lane boat ...
Alva Boat Ramp (Alva)
I'd *like* to be able to tell you about the Alva boat ramp, but when we arrived, the lot was so full we couldn't even pull in to have a look! I think I'll be s...
Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park (Alva)
Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park is a popular stop for people kayaking in the area. This wildlife refuge is home to such threatened species as the scrub jay and ...
Centennial Park (Ft. Myers)
Centennial Park sits along the Calossahatchee River in historic downtown Ft. Myers. The park has been called "old-fashioned", in a good way, with a long pathwa...

 


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