The Great Calusa Blueway in Fort Myers

The thought of a 190-mile paddling route might sound too daunting for a weekend warrior, but don't worry: The Great Calusa Blueway, completed in 2007 along the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel Island, can be experienced in short excursions fit for novices at kayaking or canoeing. Most of the area's inland waterways are calm and easy to navigate, offering up-close views of birds, dolphins, sponges, starfish and other wildlife. Guided archeological trips and family excursions are available and visitors can cast off in an assortment of area parks. There are minimal fees for parking and water access at the numerous put-in spots. (
Tom Uhlenbrock, McClatchey-Tribune file
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