Bunche Beach

Dedicated in 1949, Bunche Beach (officially called the San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve) is a 718-acre facility located on San Carlos Bay. The natural tidal wetlands are a particularly good area to see mollusks.

The Shell Museum's Science Director & Curator, José H. Leal, leads low-tide excursions at Bunche Beach. Dr. Leal, a world-renowned malacologist says, “Bunche Beach is a pristine area that is a classic example of the protected “back bay” coastal sections of Southwest Florida. Given the very gentle slope of the sandy beach area, low tides at Bunche Beach are characterized by exposure of very large expanses of sandy bottom, which enables the observation of the diverse and abundant local marine life.“

Bunche Beach is located at 18201 John Morris Road, Fort Myers, FL 33931

"Low tides at Bunche Beach are characterized by exposure of very large expanses of sandy bottom, which enables the observation of the diverse and abundant local marine life." - Dr. José H. Leal, Shell Museum Science Director

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