There are many things to do in the area within a short drive or boat ride away. This area offers such a rich environment of nature and history that the options are endless. There are also great opportunities for shopping and eating out.
Birding & Hiking
Bokeelia and the surrounding islands offer a large variety of bird life. The water and mangroves offer a rich environment for birds. This area is home to osprey, eagle, egrets, herons, wood storks, ibis, roseate spoonbills, pelicans, anhinga and many more fowl. Hiking is another option with tropical trails in and around Bokeelia. The Calusa Land Trust and the Lee County Conservation league continue to acquire natural areas and reclaim them for the public’s enjoyment.
Canoe & Kayak
The quiet, protected mangrove waters offer a wonderful setting for canoeing and kayaking. This is complimented with a variety of wildlife from birds and fish to raccoon and mangrove crab. These waters are the “nursery” for many shells as well as shrimp and fish. Along with the historic mounds of the Calusa Indians that originated from this area, you are in for a great ride. There are many canoe and kayak trails in and around Bokeelia. For the fisherman in your family, this can be a rewarding experience as you glide into a bay and land a big catch.
Fishing & Charter Services
The waters in this area are teaming with a large number of fish including snook, tarpon, sea trout, snapper, flounder, red fish, sheepshead, mackerel, shark and many more. You can try your luck on the private pier or boat to the world famous Boca Grande Pass just a few miles away. Originally, Bokeelia was a small fishing village and, long ago, also home to many coastal Indians that fished the waters. Today, this area is still a special prize for the fisherman in your family. From mangrove and flat-water fishing to the big waters of Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, there is a lot of fun to be had. Make reservations with one of the services below and arrange for your own private trip!
If you are a boater or fisherman, you will find this to be a great destination. From the quiet mangrove waters to the big deep water, you will find what you are looking for and with a number of Marinas to service and help you. You can bring your own boat or rent one from Four Winds or Harbor Hideaway.
There are many different types of eating establishments on Bokeelia and the neighboring islands. You can find great seafood along with whatever else you are hungry for. Pine Island also has a Winn Dixie grocery store along with several convenience stores.
Shelling & Charter Services
This area is great for shelling and is the 3rd best shell collecting area in the world. You can easily find whelks, banded tulips, kings crown, scallops, conchs, olives, and many more varieties washed up on the beaches. No live shelling is permitted but you won’t be disappointed by the abundance of seashell treasures. For an all day adventure on miles of wild, undeveloped coastline beaches call one of the following numbers for a private tour. Another option is to use one of the water taxi ferry services to access the pristine, unspoiled beaches of Cayo Costa State Park - just a short boat ride away!