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Bonita Springs is a jewel of a vacation destination between Fort Myers and Naples in Southwest Florida. Situated on both Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Bonita Springs – and numerous nearby barrier islands – provide gracious opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming, tanning, strolling along the coast, or just relaxing on the beach listening to beautiful blue Gulf waves. It’s Florida’s northernmost west-coast city with a tropical climate – January mean of 64ºF – ensuring that even in winter, enjoying the great outdoors is a comfortable undertaking.

One of the last undeveloped barrier islands in the Bonita Springs area is home to Barefoot Beach Preserve Park, home to the sixth best beach in the United States, according to a 2013 ranking by Forbes. In addition to romping on this pristine playground, vacations will want to schedule time for other local attractions, including the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center; Lovers Key State Park, with 2.5 miles of pristine beach, 5 miles of hiking and biking trails, and frequent sightings of manatee, dolphin, gopher tortoises and wading birds; and Bonita Beach Park, with 2.5 acres of beachfront with a boardwalk, swimming area, gazebo and picnic shelters.

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Bonita Springs Florida Restaurants

Restaurants

Dining seaside is the order of the day – and night – in Bonita Springs. From local fresh-seafood restaurants and fine-dining steak houses, to Hawaiian and Asian fusion and Italian cafes, the cuisine choices are vast and scrumptious.
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Bonita Springs Florida Golf

Golf

Golf enthusiasts will be in fairway heaven when they see the 18-hole choices in Bonita Springs. The lush scenery affords a beautiful backdrop, and the temperate climate provides a comfortable environment for golfing year-round. From the novice to the well seasoned, golfers of all skill levels will find a place they’ll enjoy honing their craft.
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Bonita Springs Florida Fishing

Fishing

The Estero Bay estuary serves up year-round fishing that’ll make even the most seasoned fisherman’s heart skip a beat. Redfish, snook, and trout populate the bay’s mangroves and grass flats, while snapper, grouper, shark, and jack cravelle are ripe for the picking in the four passes leading in and out of the bay. Estero Bay is long and shallow, covering about 15 square miles, and is bordered on the west by a chain of barrier Islands: Estero Island, Long Key, Lovers Key, Black Island, Big Hickory Island, and Little Hickory Island. The two rivers dumping freshwater into the bar are the Estero River and the Imperial River. Enthusiasts can choose from a long online list of charter services for both bay and Gulf fishing.
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Bonita Springs Florida Shopping

Shopping

Just a half hour from the beach, shoppers can stroll several outdoor malls, making purchases from national retail stores, specialty boutiques, outlets, and much more. From clothes, shoes and souvenirs to kitchenware, bath products, and books, shoppers find it all in the various shopping venues of Bonita Springs.
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Things to do in Bonita Springs Florida

Other Things To Do

Often on a beach trip, when it actually comes to playing on the beach, we have to leave our four-legged family member behind. Not the case at Bonita Beach Dog Park where no leashes and no fences are no problem. Make memories for the whole family watching your best friend take a dip in salt water for the first time. Throw a Frisbee and delight in seeing Fido sprint across the sand to catch it midair. And while you play in the surf and sand with your spouse and kids, your buddy can do the same with his new-found leash-less friends!

If you’re feeling a bit water-logged, but still can’t get enough of the wet stuff, how about enjoying it from a somewhat dry vantage point-of-view by kayaking, paddle-boarding, jet skiing or parasailing? You’ll find plenty of options for renting equipment for each, if you haven’t brought along your own. And while you’re out there, you might just get up close and personal with playful dolphins, docile manatees, wild birds, and other beautiful flora and fauna.

You also could enjoy the beautiful Gulf and Estero Bay from yet another vantage point – underwater. Don your scuba or snorkeling gear and observe colorful fish; chase darting blue crabs; or marvel at lumbering horseshoe crabs, also known as “living fossils” since similar species have been around a staggering 400 million years. What better way to sneak a little lesson in for the kids, than by introducing them to a living species whose origin dates to prehistoric times?
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