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Matanzas Pass Preserve

Matanzas Pass Preserve 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 park offers a glimpse of natural Florida through a variety of landscapes. Over a mile of trails and boardwalks weave through the preserve through mangroves and even an oak hammock, leading to a beautiful panoramic view of Estero Bay. There's also a canoe&kayak landing here, but you'll probably want to come via the water - it'd be a heck of a walk toting a canoe!

My pics are pretty blurry as we recently visited again in June of 2012, and the mosquitoes were everywhere, and stopping at any point for more than half a second was ill-advised.

This park is open year-round from dawn til dusk. Free ethnobotany tours are offered sort-of monthly.

A little trivia regarding this site: We found a geocache here in 2001. Less than a month later Hurricane Gabrielle tore through and dislocated the cache. It was replaced, and has been found as recently as February of 2013 - making it one of Florida's longest-lived geocaches!


Bay Rd
Fort Myers FL
60 acres

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