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Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail SEGMENT 12: PINE ISLAND / E


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While in the Cayo Costa neighborhood, be sure to stop at Cabbage Key, where there is a popular restaurant and lodge, made famous by Jimmy Buffet's "Cheeseburger in Paradise." The main route then leads to the tiny town of Bokeelia on Pine Island. From Bokeelia, paddle east of Pine Island through Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve and south to the artsy fishing village of Matlacha. Beyond Matlacha lies Picnic Island and the Koreshan State Historic Site. The romantic sounding Lovers Key / Carl E. Johnson State Park is the southern terminus of this segment. Once the possible hideout of the pirate Black Augustus, this cluster of barrier islands is the perfect place to hike, bike or land your kayak.

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  • Geographic Trail,
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  • Additional Notes Extreme caution should be taken in paddling to and from Cayo Costa and in crossing the various passes. Due to currents and boat traffic, these open water crossings should only be attempted by experienced paddlers in favorable weather conditions along the, Length of Trail (in miles) 57.5, Nearby Cities Sanibel, Cape Coral

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