What is the Great Calusa Blueway?

Paddling the Great Calusa Blueway


Have you ever wanted to experience the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico in a calm, natural environment? Then the 
Great Calusa Blueway is for you! With the gorgeous sights and easy-to-navigate trails, this is the perfect adventure for anyone!

About the Great Calusa Blueway

Have you ever heard of or seen the Great Calusa Blueway? Do you know what a blueway is? A blueway is another word for a water trail or water path that typically features launch points and camping locations, making this the perfect place for those looking to canoe, paddleboard, or kayak through incredible scenery. The Great Calusa Blueway is located within three distinct regions of the Gulf of Mexico coast. This 190-mile marked trail meanders throughout these beautiful coastal waters supplying you with a once in a lifetime experience that you’ll never forget. Whether you’re an avid canoeist or a first-time paddleboarder, you are guaranteed to enjoy this blueway and the gorgeous scenery around it.  

Exploring the Great Calusa Blueway

While planning your exploration of this amazing natural feature, you are likely to run into the area’s other residents. It is very common for travelers of this blueway to come across the area’s native birds, dolphins, and manatees. During the first section of the blueway, find your way to Estero Bay. Estero Bay was the state’s first aquatic preserve and provides pristine waters for all of its visitors to enjoy. The route to this bay through the blueway winds through various mangrove islands and beaches behind Fort Myers Beach where you can experience both adventure and relaxation.

Paddling Resources

Whether you decide to paddleboard or canoe your way through the Great Calusa Blueway, there are many resources to take advantage of before hitting the water. As many of the blueways’ visitors are not native to Fort Myers Beach, there are a plethora of available rental companies to provide you with the necessary gear for your adventure. Mid-Island Water Sports, Lovers Key Adventures and Events, and Estero River Outfitters are all great options for local rentals. As the waterways are calm and no more than four feet deep, this is perfect for even beginners. For more information on adventuring down this blueway, make sure to check out this informative techniques, tips, and safety page.

While traveling to Fort Myers Beach, FL, make sure you add an adventure down the Great Calusa Blueway to your travel itinerary. While planning your trip, make sure you are taking advantage of the best accommodations Fort Myers has to offer with Sun Palace Vacations. Sun Palace Vacations offers the widest selection of private vacation rental homes on the island from one to six bedrooms, with most accepting small pets. All of our high-quality, fabulous family homes are well-equipped and exceptionally clean with sanitized, hotel-grade linens. We specialize in accommodating large groups for family reunions and special occasions. From luxury beach homes to cozy cottages, you are sure to find the perfect place for your next vacation. No matter what activities you choose to enjoy during your getaway to Fort Myers Beach, we’re sure you’ll find this area is a place you’ll want to visit year after year. We look forward to booking your vacation with us!