Fittingly nicknamed the “Gateway to the Gulf,” Bonita Springs and the adjacent village of Estero are no strangers to eager visitors (whether they’re migrating manatees or international travelers). These gorgeous photos can offer a little look into what makes the area such an attractive destination, for those arriving by land and sea alike.
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 Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are widely recognized as the “Seashell Capital of the World.” Here, the conch, junonia, lightning whelk and lettered olive are commonly found, as are fully intact sand dollars.
It may go without saying, but pictures don’t even do the area justice. Luckily, that just means you should plan a trip to Bonita Springs and Estero to take it all in for yourself (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.