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Calusa Blueway Festival

The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival and Lee County Parks & Recreation welcome you.

The annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival is among the fastest growing paddling festivals in North America. When many places are feeling the late-autumn chill, Southwest Florida continues to provide the perfect location for canoeing, kayaking and SUPing along sugar-sand shores and Gulf waters. Join us Nov. 1 – 3, 2013 in Fort Myers-Sanibel. Enjoy 75-degree weather, companionship of fellow paddlers and newcomers to the sport, and -- of course -- activities such as demos, speakers, instruction, evening socials, a film festival & photo contest, live music, fishing tournament, races, group tours, club paddles and more.

Festival Hours:

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Nov. 2-3; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 on the Causeway Evening events are at 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, Nov. 1-3

$5 daytime on the Causeway, kids 12 and younger free;
$15 evening events;
$75 all-inclusive pass also available

Buy your ticket by clicking here:


You can also purchase your $5 CaluSUP race entry fee and a $5 raffle ticket to win a $3,000 kayak at the site. Check out the kayak by clicking here.

Note: Matlacha-based events are Saturday, Nov. 3. Check out details by clicking on the schedule link for that date.


More about CROW:

All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit CROW, a non-profit located at 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957. Visit

The organization also is planning a special Saturday, Nov. 3, evening event at the festival’s host hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers-Sanibel, for festival attendees, VIPs and sponsors. In addition, CROW will have an informational and interactive display at the festival headquarters at Sanibel Causeway Island A.










Residence Inn by Marriott Sanibel Gateway, 20371 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, Fl. 33908

(239)[masked] (local) or (800)[masked] (reservations)
About it:  Residence Inn is perfect for canoeists, kayakers and Stand Up Paddleboarders. It is located a mile from the Causeway and the Festival’s main hub and adjacent to a public launch site at Bunche Beach/San Carlos Bay Preserve. It is located along Summerlin Road, which has a bicycle/pedestrian path. Parking is plentiful for vendors and kayakers with trailers. Among other nearby amenities are a Publix supermarket (same parking lot) and Tanger Outlet Mall (across the street). The Residence Inn is a new all-suite property with suites sleeping up to six. Rooms feature full kitchen amenities and a living-room area equipped with a pullout sofa. A daily hot breakfast buffet is free to guests.
The hotel has a 24-hour business center, fitness center, heated pool and Jacuzzi, and a sports court with BBQ grills and fire pit area for gatherings.
Parking: Ample parking at hotel and adjacent strip mall, which includes a Publix grocery store.
Security: Well-lighted parking lot
Event info: This is the site of the Thursday evening welcome event, which includes food and a meet-and-greet with the Canoe & Kayak staff, manufacturers, vendors and participants.
Distance to Causeway event site: 1 mile by car or by foot via the bicycle/pedestrian path; distance from Bunche Beach kayak launch by water: 3 ¼ miles.

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  • Scott

    The weather did not cooperate, but the vent was wonderful - especially the on-water instruction sessions. It was wonderful to have such experienced instructors teaching safety, rescues and strokes. The vendors and demos were a great experience too.

    November 4, 2013

  • Donna J.

    October 29, 2013

  • Beatriz C.

    Not a definite yes, but I will try.

    October 28, 2013

  • Jill

    This is a really fun event! Enjoyed it very much last year and looking forward to this year!!

    July 6, 2013

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