Fittingly nicknamed the “Gateway to the Gulf,” Bonita Springs and the adjacent village of Estero offer beautiful views with endless photo opportunities. The following photos from our visitors offer a glimpse into the beauty of this natural area.
Mangroves galore grow around The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, so take a stroll on one of many winding boardwalks and observe this iconic foliage by land…
…Or head to the tranquil backwaters of Estero Island and kayak among the mangroves for a dose of eco adventure.
Like giant pieces of driftwood, these dead trees bring life to Lovers Key – a state park with secluded beaches, hiking and biking trails, and estuaries ideal for kayaking.
This area offers travelers the opportunity to sightsee in style. From wildlife tours on a nostalgic, triple deck paddlewheeler to romantic sunset cruises aboard a sailboat - there's something for everyone.
How about a maritime aerial for good measure? Pictured here, Estero Bay is a haven for boaters and countless species of birds, among other wildlife. It’s just northwest of Bonita Springs.
Bonita Beach is as good a place as any to start. After all, the coastline of Fort Myers is recognized as the “Seashell Capital of the World.” Here, Florida fighting conch, lightning whelk and lettered olive are commonly found, as are fully intact sand dollars at certain times of the year.
It may go without saying, but pictures don’t even do the area justice. Luckily, that just means you should add a visit to Bonita Springs and Estero to your future travel plans (and to take incredible photos of your own).
At the end of the day, no matter how many shells you find, how many dolphins you spot or how many miles of shoreline you walk, watching the sun set over the Gulf is something you simply can’t leave out of your itinerary.