Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast is dotted with sugar-sand beaches – slivers of paradise on barrier islands.
Adventure within and find a maze of mysterious mangroves – leggy, saltwater tolerant trees – and wildlife that rivals destinations North Americans need passports to visit.
The shallow water keeps paddlers safely away from places powerboats travel, and it puts them closer to nature, where blush-colored roseate spoonbills feed at dawn, schools of silver-hued fish dart beneath their boats and lumbering manatees feed on sea grasses.
The Great Calusa Blueway, with nearly 190 miles of clearly marked waterways and trails provides a chance to explore the area’s back bays and estuaries.
Guided tours are available or paddlers may explore on their own as the go through aquatic preserves, wildlife refuges, creeks, bayous, rivers and mangrove forests.
The Calusa Blueway has been recognized as among the best US kayaking destinations by both Paddler and Canoe & Kayak magazines. http://www.leeparks.org/blueway/
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