Bonita Springs/Estero Vacation
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
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
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
Mall featuring approximately 140 stores and several restaurants. The
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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