Matanzas Pass Preserve, Fort Myers Beach

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Matanzas Pass Preserve is a 60-acre (24 ha) area of protected land in Lee County, Florida, located one mile south of Matanzas Pass Bridge off Estero Boulevard on Estero Island in Fort Myers Beach. The preserve has trails and a paddle craft landing. It is along the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail.
Work to maintain the preserve is carried out by Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve. The main entrance is on Bay Road behind Beach Elementary School, just beyond the Estero Island Historic Cottages.
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  • This is the definition of hidden gem. On the crowded Estero Island, amongst all of the beachfront condos, tacky souvenir shirts and convenience stores is this oasis of natural beauty. A short, but...  more »
  • Great variation: hiking trails, historic structures, Flora fauna, great views of the bay and Matanzas pass. We saw dolphins too! The cottage is almost 100 years old and the docent was very informative. As to the closed trails, there is a 1.5 million dollar restoration plan that is scheduled to start in Fall 2019. As to the open trails, nice shaded Stroll. Good for everyone in the family.
  • Love this place. It was a lil hard to find but well worth the search. Really enjoyed the look out. It was very calming and peaceful.

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