Bonita Springs/Estero Vacation Travel Guide

Location: Bonita Springs and Estero are growing areas, with fine residential communities and businesses filling in south of Fort Myers and north of Naples. To the west of U.S. 41, heading down Bonita Beach Road, you'll find the beaches. The Southwest Florida International Airport is just north of this area.

Attractions: The first stop for visitors to the Bonita Springs/Estero area is the beach! When theyíve had enough sun, or encounter the occasional rainfall, itís time for shopping and getting a bite to eat. Other activities might include a boat rental or a round of miniature golf. Some of the oldest Southwest Florida attractions are found here: the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing & Poker, which has been around since the 1970ís, and the Everglades Wonder Gardens, which opened in 1936 as a refuge for injured animals, and the Koreshan State Historic Site, which offers camping, canoeing and a nature trail. Be sure to check our pages of neighboring communities for more attractions.

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Beaches: To get to the Gulf and its beautiful beaches, from U.S. 41 youíll head west on Bonita Beach Road (County Road 865). Turn south on Barefoot Beach Road to get to Barefoot Beach or continue north on 865, which becomes Hickory Beach Boulevard. All along the way youíll see nice spots to stop for your sunning. Just before Loverís Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach, youíll see the Dog Beach entrance, where dogs are allowed to run free and play with fellow canine friends.

Shopping: The shopping destinations located in Bonita Springs and Estero have expanded greatly over the past several years. Coconut Point Mall  is the newest larger outdoor shopping center in the area, located off U.S. 41 at Coconut Road in Estero. This mall has a vast assortment of stores, such as Dillards department store, Best Buy, Tommy Bahama, Apple Store, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target, just to name a few. There is also a good variety of restaurants and a movie theater. Also in Estero, just off I-75 at Corkscrew Road, you'll find the Miromar Outlet Mall featuring approximately 140 stores and several restaurants. The Promenade at Bonita Bay is located in Bonita Springs, on the west side of US41. While Coconut Point has overshadowed the Promenade for shopping, you'll still find a number of boutique shops and restaurants here, including an Italian market/restaurant.  In season they host a weekly farmer's market and three excellent winter art festivals.  The Flamingo Island Flea Market is also located on Bonita Springs, just west of I-75 on Bonita Beach Road. It offers 600 retail spaces and is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Dining: The dining options in Bonita Springs and Estero are growing too and certainly too numerous to mention more than a handful here. For the finest of dining, options include Angelina's Ristorante for Italian, Roy's Restaurant for Hawaiin fusion cuisine and Chops City Grill steakhouse. Some national favorites include Outback, Bonefish Grill, TGI Fridays, Ruth's Chris and California Pizza Kitchen. For watching sports while you dine, check out Duffy's and Beef O'Brady's in Estero, Bokampers at Coconut Point or Johnny Malloy's on Bonita Beach Road.  Best bets for breakfast - First Watch, Skillets and Old 41.  Coconut Jack's is waterfront (on the bay), offering a great menu and a unique feature - a non-smoking outdoor dining section.

Accommodations: The Bonita Springs/Estero area offers a variety of accommodations for every budget. On the beach, there are vacation home and condo rentals. For an upscale retreat, the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort is a great choice. You'll also find a number of mid-range and budget hotels/motels. For seasonal stays, many of the fine gated communities have rentals available with a 30 or 60 day minimum.

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