Introduction to Bonita Springs, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida is 18 miles SE of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center) and 106 miles W of Miami, Florida. It's situated along the Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in Lee county. The Imperial River runs through the downtown area. The city has a tropical climate and the ambiance of a charming beach town. Bonita Springs includes upscale communities.
Bonita Springs History
In the 1870s, surveyors working for the United States Government explored the Southwest Florida region. After the workers left the region it was given the name "Survey." During the next few years only a small group of people settled in the Survey area. During the late 1800s huge plantations were established to grow pineapples, bananas and a variety of tropical fruits.
In 1912 a man from Tennessee made plans to expand the town of Survey. He decided the name Survey would not entice people to move to the area and the name was changed to Bonita Springs. It was named after the local medicinal spring.
Bonita Springs Attractions
The Promenade offers unique shops and a variety of restaurants. The Florida Everblades team is popular with hockey enthusiasts. The Germain Arena hosts various types of entertainment including popular concerts. Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track is located in Bonita Springs.
Bonita Springs Activities
The Gulf of Mexico is known for its beautiful beaches. Bonita Beach Park includes a boardwalk and a swimming area. Barefoot Beach Preserve Park is one of the remaining undeveloped barrier islands situated on the southwest coast of Florida. Little Hickory Island Beach Park is popular with residents and tourists. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary includes a large pristine wetlands area and offers nature tours to see manatee, turtles and a variety of birds, including white wood storks. Lover's Key State Park is a vast acreage consisting of four barrier islands.
The Everglades Wonder Gardens includes a wide variety of wildlife including exotic birds, panthers and bears. Estero Bay is a great place for fishing. The city features freshwater lakes which provide excellent fishing opportunities. The city offers some great golf courses such as Bonita Fairways, Highlands, Golf & Country Club, Spring Run Golf Club and Bonita Springs Golf Club. Delnor-Wiggins Pass, Caloosahatchee River, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve and Cayo Costa state parks are popular with outdoor enthusiasts.
Bonita Springs Transportation
Southwest Florida International Airport is close by.