Vacation Guide to Southwest Florida

Bonita Springs Vacation Travel Guide

Bonita Springs Vacation Travel Guide


The first stop for visitors to the Bonita Springs area is the beach! When they’ve had enough sun, or encounter the occasional rainfall, it’s 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 1970’s, and the Everglades Wonder Gardens, which opened in 1936 as a refuge for injured animals. Be sure to check our pages of neighboring communities for more attractions.


Bonita Springs is growing, with a number of fine residential communities being developed east of  I-75 off of Bonita Beach Road. 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.


To get to the Gulf and its beautiful beaches, from U.S. 41 you’ll 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 you’ll see nice spots to stop for your sunning. Just before Lover’s Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach, you’ll see the Dog Beach entrance, where dogs are allowed to run free and play with fellow canine friends.


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 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.


The dining options in Bonita Springs 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, Carraba’s and Bonefish Grill. For watching sports while you dine, check out Bufalo Wild Wings on US 41, or Johnny Malloy’s on Bonita Beach Road.  Best bets for breakfast – Bonita Brunch, Skillets and Old 41 Restaurant.  Coconut Jack’s is waterfront (on the bay), offering a great menu and a unique feature – a non-smoking outdoor dining section.


The Bonita Springs 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 nearby 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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