Bonita Springs, a welcoming beach community in Southwest Florida between Fort Myers and Naples, offers residents a suburban feel and a great place to own a home. Bonita Springs is loved by people who spend their days outdoors at beaches, parks, and golf courses.
If you would prefer to be surrounded by full-time residents who focus on a more community-based style of living, then Bonita Springs might end up being a better match than Naples. The homes in Bonita Springs consist of beachfront condos, traditional Florida-style homes in golfing communities, and large estates with dock access on canals.
Bonita Springs isn't a low-key, boring destination but rather an active place to live with plenty to do throughout the year. The atmosphere is engaging and empowering – residents are often helping each other and being neighborly. It's also home to numerous cultural destinations, including the Center for Visual Arts and Riverside Park.
When it comes to dining, Bonita Springs has a number of notable eateries, including Angelina’s Restaurante, a fantastic, upscale spot for Italian dishes in a cozy space with intimate booth seating and a patio. DeRomo’s Gourmet Market, Restaurant, and Banquets is a full-service dining destination offering a restaurant and market. Looking for a place with great seafood and water views? Award-winning Coconut Jack's Waterfront Grille and pet-friendly The Fish House Restaurant are great picks.
There are several fantastic shopping spots in Bonita Springs. Flamingo Island Flea Market has 600 booths ranging from clothing to handcrafted arts, jewelry, food, and more. The seasonal Bonita Springs Farmers Market runs every Saturday from October to April. The Promenade at Bonita Bay has some of the finest retail stores, unique boutiques, high-end salons, and delectable restaurants. Located in neighboring cities, shop your favorite high-end, luxury retailers at Waterside Shops, Mercato, Coconut Point, and Miromar Outlets.
The many outdoor activities keep residents busy most of the year. The Everglades Wonder Gardens offers a botanical garden and refuge for over 300 rescued, rehabilitated, and non-releasable birds and reptiles. Truly a Bonita Springs treasure and continues to capture the Old Florida charm. Farmer Mike’s U Pick is a great place to take the family. Visit on the weekend and shop for fruits and veggies, or enjoy their seasonal events like haunted corn mazes, pumpkin patches, Christmas trees and lights, hayrides, sunflower fields, and more.
Bonita Springs also is home to several fun water activities. Some visitors may wish to check out Seaside Kayaking to rent kayaks and journey through the canals and open bay areas or go to Adventures Kayaking for guided tours. Your four-legged friends will love to run free and play at The Bonita Springs Dog Beach. Many people visit who don’t even have dogs but enjoy watching them run and play with their furry friends on land and water. If you long for a beach away from the crowds, Little Hickory is the place to go. Great unspoiled beaches and billions of shells to pick from to add to your collection.
Bonita Bay: Five world-class courses are found here at Bonita Bay Club. Weave your way through the natural wetland terrain of the Marsh course, rolling hills of the Creekside course, and challenge yourself on the long Bay Island course. This club offers both seasoned golfers a challenge and newcomers a space to grow their love for the game.
The Nest at Pelican Landing: Golfing at one with nature makes the perfect golf day. At The Nest experience bald eagles, herons, bobcats, egrets, foxes and pelicans in their natural habitat while you play one of their two 18-hole courses.
The Colony Golf and Country Club: Spanning approximately 6,802 yards, this golf course was designed by renowned golf course architect and former U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate. 18-holes with a par-72 championship golf course is complemented by their newly renovated Club House that offers dining, cocktails and camaraderie.
Residents in Bonita Springs are served by the Lee County School District. Public schools include Bonita Springs Elementary School, Bonita Springs Charter School, Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts, Oak Creek Charter School of Bonita Springs, and Bonita Springs High School.
The city is also home to several private schools, including Knox Academy, Bonita Migrant Head Start Center, Bonita Head Start, and Noah's Ark Academy-Bonita Springs.
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