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The Great Calusa Blueway
Dotted with mangroves that provide sanctuary for over 300 species of birds as well as multitudes of sea and animal life, including -- if you're lucky -- manatees and dolphins, the area is a Nature Lover's Paradise and a haven for those who long for a little slow travel. Numerous outfitters in the area offer guided trips, but for independent travelers, there are abundant rentals and launch areas; trail maps and GPS coordinates are also available.
Finally, if you're interested, the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival runs October through November.