Tuesday, June 2, 2020 / by Julie Morgan
Bonita Springs Florida
In marvelous Southwest Florida, Bonita Springs sits on the Gulf Coast just south of Fort Myers and north of Naples. Located on the enchanting Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is in Lee County and makes up 41 square miles, which includes over five sq miles of water.
Bonita Beach is one of the favorite sun- drenched destinations within Bonita Springs. The beach is on a road-accessible barrier island just off Bonita Beach Road. The ten public entrance areas lead to white, sandy beaches and some of the most exquisite sunsets you can find. If visiting in the morning, you may catch dolphins playing in the Gulf. From tributaries off the Estero River, manatees can be viewed in their natural habitat.
The warm climate of Bonita Springs is considered tropical with 300 sunny days per year. Locals and visitors can easily appreciate and enjoy the beaches of Bonita Springs.
In addition to the public beach, the Bonita Beach park is over 2 acres in size and offers a beachfront park with an impressive boardwalk and swimming area.
Some of the most popular places to see while visiting Bonita Springs are the Center for the Arts, the Hertz arena, The Stage, and the SW Florida Event Center. From smaller live music venues to large, stadium style performances, Bonita Springs is supportive of live music.
There are also annual events that include music, food, and art, which provide an opportunity to socialize. An abundance of local bars and restaurants also offer outdoor seating and regular live music options.
Another point of interest in Bonita Springs is the picturesque Everglades Wonder Gardens. The Wonder Gardens showcase a wide collection of Florida wildlife. Exotic birds, panthers, alligators, reptiles are on display. They also provide a refuge for injured wildlife. There is a beautiful botanical garden on the property and several restaurants located nearby. It is a fabulous day trip when in the downtown area.
Several venues throughout Bonita Springs offer hiking and observing nature. The Black Island Trail, Imperial River loop, Deinor Wiggins Boardwalk trail and the Estero Bay Preserve State Park have hiking areas of various lengths and ability levels.
Bonita Springs hosts a generous number of visiting snow- birds who come for a few months each winter. Most of our visitors come from the Midwest, northeast, and Canada. There is a robust community of year-round residents, but tourism and hospitality is a substantive part of the economy. With unmatched weather and access to beaches and entertainment, Bonita Springs has much to offer.