Known as a "Gateway to the Gulf," the former tomato farming and fishing community of Bonita Springs retains its Old Florida charm. Tucked between Naples and Estero on the Gulf of Mexico, Bonita Springs attracts modern-day visitors who revel in sugar-white beaches, golf, shopping and a plethora of water activities.
Things to do in Bonita Springs
Beaches take center stage in Bonita Springs, where water skiing, jet skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking are popular. At Bonita Beach Park, take a stroll along the boardwalk, a dip in the family-friendly swimming area and enjoy the shade of its various picnic shelters.
Lovers Key State Park spreads across four barrier islands with pristine beaches, nature trails, unspoiled mangroves and a wildlife haven harboring West Indian manatees, bald eagles, roseate spoonbills and bottlenose dolphins. Do you crave a close encounter with native wildlife? Book an eco-educational tour to kayak with manatees at Barefoot Beach Preserve.
One of Florida’s roadside attractions, Everglades Wonder Gardens has a fascinating collection of Florida wildlife, including alligators, rescued tropical birds, flamingos, panthers and bears. Visit the on-site natural history museum and meander through the botanical gardens to see kapok and nut trees, orchids, bromeliads and butterfly gardens.
Join locals downtown at Riverside Park and take in the music, dance and theatre productions at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. For shopping, head to The Promenade at Bonita Bay and the old-fashioned Flamingo Island Flea Market. Top the day off with water-front dining at casual hotspots, such as Coconut Jack’s or Doc’s Beach House.
Getting around Bonita Springs
Rental cars are available at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, less than 32 kilometers from Bonita Springs. Many bike rental companies offer daily or weekly rates and will bring the cycles to your hotel. Buses and trolleys operate throughout the city center.