If you want to enjoy Fort Myers from a different perspective, Pure Florida offers several boat trips enjoying the broad Caloosahatchee River and its natural inhabitants. Located at the Marina at the Edison Ford Winter Estates, this boat tour company is no newcomer to the local waterways.
Five Generations in the Maritime Business
Father-and-son partnership, Lance and Harry Julian, have navigation in their blood with five generations of the family living and working on the water from New Zealand to Hawaii and from the Amazon to Nova Scotia. The Julians themselves have 25 years’ experience in maritime tourism, including providing entertaining boat trips and educational eco tours from their Pure Florida business located just south of Fort Myers in Naples.
Their comprehensive boat tours include nature spotting and wildlife watching along with tales about inventor Thomas Edison and his good friend Henry Ford who spent many happy days pottering about in boats on these same Caloosahatchee River waters. Kayak rentals are also available from the dock.
Cruises take place aboard the MV Edison Explorer which provides ample protection from the heat and sun with both open-air and undercover areas. Passengers are accompanied by a certified captain, naturalist and historian who will provide a fascinating narrative during the tour as well as pointing out some well-disguised creatures and birds. The crew will also answer any questions about the river and the wildlife you will see along the way.
Caloosahatchee River Tours with Pure Fort Myers
The 90-minute river tours depart from the Edison Marina in search of dolphins, manatees and many other marine creatures that inhabit the river and its mangrove forests. The banks are home to bird rookeries where egrets, herons and other birds nest or gather for the night. Overhead, keen-eyed voyagers are likely to spot bald eagles and ospreys hunting for a fishy meal.
Every trip is unique as there is always something new and different to see from season to season and from one day to the next. The area attracts many migratory birds during the winter months.
These educational eco tours depart daily every two hours and pre-booking is recommended (239-263-4949 or visit the Pure Florida website) as popular times fill up fast. The price does not include refreshments but passengers are welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks along with a sunhat and a camera.
Fort Myers Sunset Cruises
Those looking for a more relaxed cruise, perhaps after spending the day on Fort Myers Beach or exploring the Edison & Ford Edison Winter Estates will find the Sunset Cruises with Pure Fort Myers are the perfect end to the day. Evenings are often the best time to see birds returning to their rookeries and animals feeding.
If you are lucky you will see dolphins playing in the wake of the boat or swimming ahead of the bow wave – it’s an exhilarating sight. These sunset cruises generally depart in the late afternoon/early evening depending upon the time of year and they last around 90 minutes. Southwest Florida is known for its vivid red and orange sunsets and the chance to see them reflecting on the water is a definite must-do.
Once the sunset cruise is over there are plenty of restaurants for an evening meal nearby, or enjoy a meal at Pinchers, which is located right at The Marina at Edison Ford.