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The Great Calusa Blueway is a trail through the coastal waters of Lee County which covers open waters through the Gulf of Mexico, small rivers, estuaries, and preserves in and around Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft. Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Sanibel and Pine Island. The Blueway was created by the Lee County Dept. of Parks and Recreation as a way to attract people to the area for the water sports and ecotourism opportunities. The Great Calusa Blueway consists of over 190 miles of trails that are marked by the county.
Water Sports and eco-tourism generate a lot of business for the area hotels, restaurants and small businesses. 1 in 5 jobs in Lee County is dependent on tourism and tourism related activities. Statewide, eco-tourism activities generate over $38 billion dollars annually.
Some of the spots that I have kayaked include the Caloosahatchee River in Ft. Myers, Pine Island Sound off Sanibel Island, Estero River and Manatee Park in N. Ft. Myers. There are a lot of tour operators that rent kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards and wind surfers. The non-profit association Paddle Florida recommends that you check out these tour operators before renting out their equipment and make sure they have liability insurance. They also recommend looking at Trip Advisor for customer comments and suggestions.
The pictures I have taken above include some of the areas along the Great Calusa Blueway.