Bonita Springs is a beautiful area just north of Naples known for its stunning natural atmosphere, exciting activities and recreation, relaxing lifestyle and luxurious amenities and the outstanding accommodations.
The city is located on both Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, which allows residents and visitors to indulge in numerous beaches, parks and natural reserves where they can participate in water sports and activities and enjoy the great outdoors in southwest Florida.
The climate in Bonita Springs is very tropical, which means that winters are mild, summers are warm and you are sure to experience a little bit of rain and humidity. This outstanding beach community is also home to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center and the prestigious Bonita Bay community. The luxury community is known as being one of the most environmentally responsible developments and has won multiple awards for its 1,400-acres of open space, beautiful lakes and nature preserves.
Bonita Springs has multiple walking and biking paths, trails for hiking, beautiful beaches and is surrounded by nature and natural landscapes.
Check out some of the top-rated and popular parks in Bonita Springs.
Parks in Bonita Springs You Don’t Want to Miss
Lovers Key State Park
Lovers Key State Park was so named because it was once an island so remote that only lovers went to the trouble to seek its privacy.
Today you don’t need a boat to get to the beach and it’s fairly easy to reach. The 2.5-mile beach is lined with natural vegetation and has been named as one of the top beaches in Florida by prominent sources such as the Travel Channel.
The beach is a haven for wildlife and the waters are home to manatees, bottlenose dolphins, bald eagles, marsh rabbits and other wildlife. On the beach you can take part in various activities such as swimming, picnicking, sunbathing, birding and shelling.
Lovers Key State Park is made up of four barrier islands including Black Island, Long Key, Inner Key and Lovers Key and spans over 1,616 total acres.
The state of Florida is currently in the process of restoring the islands to their natural plant communities, by removing exotic vegetation and allowing native plants to return or be planted.
Barefoot Beach State Preserve
Barefoot Beach State Preserve was established in 1990 and offers 342-acres of natural land and is one of the last undeveloped islands on Florida’s southwest coast.
The park has 8,200 feet of beach and sand dunes that support the growth of natural vegetation and provides nesting sites for sea turtles during the summer months.
The park is popular for its gorgeous surroundings and the many opportunities for recreation and activities such as fishing. Park Rangers avidly educate visitors and tourists about the importance of the environment and wildlife in Southwest Florida through lectures, guided walks and interpretive programs where participants learn about the many habitats of the preserve as well as the flora and fauna.
Barefoot Beach Preserve Park has a spacious parking lot, a one-mile nature trail, picnic areas, showers and a concessions area where visitors can rent equipment and purchase food and drink.
Bonita Beach Park
The word “Bonita,” means beautiful in Spanish, so it is no wonder that all the beaches and parks that line the coastline of Bonita Springs are truly beautiful. People from all over flock to Bonita Beach for the sun, sand and the pristine shorelines.
Bonita Beach is a wonderful beach that isn’t overcome with touristy shops, it’s speckled with beautiful homes that line the shoreline, the sand is soft and white and the waters are crystal clear.
The beach is known for great shelling, occasional dolphin sightings and turtle nesting grounds. Visitors can enjoy a nice dip in the waters, go snorkeling to find various species of fish, go kayaking, windsurfing and just enjoy a beautiful day by the beach.
Here you will also find Docs Beach House, which is a landmark restaurant located just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico.
Bonita Beach Dog Park
The Bonita Beach Dog Park is a strip of beach land just outside Lovers Key State Park and is one of the only off-leash dog beach parks where residents can let their furry friends run free and frolic in the shallow calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
You can’t find the beach off the main road, but if you follow the signs around the trees a clearing will open up to the park.
Ready to Take a Walk in the Park [in Bonita Springs]?
There are various other small islands, trails and parks to visit throughout Bonita Springs.
Whether you are looking forward to spending a relaxing day sunbathing and swimming or you prefer an adventurous day of snorkeling and exploring you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for in the Bonita Springs parks – just don’t forget the sunscreen!
If you are interested in learning more about Bonita Springs, the parks, the local amenities and the real estate options make sure to connect with Dan Humbert and Alberto Quiceno of the DNA Florida Real Estate team.
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