Neighborhood Spotlight: Estero

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Often coupled with its neighbor, Bonita Springs, Estero is a village with a personality all its own and is home to some of the most appealing activities in Southwest Florida — from water sports to high-end shopping.

The Estero River flows right into Estero Bay, creating just the right conditions for kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding through scenic waterways. Running between Koreshan State Park and Lovers Key State Park is the Estero Bay and River Designated Paddling Trail, a 9-mile section of the Great Calusa Blueway that also crosses Mound Key Archaeological State Park. Paddle your way through mangroves and shaded banks, spotting turtles and wading birds along your journey.

Rising over Estero Bay is Mound Key Archaeological State Park, an uninhabited mangrove island that is steeped in history. Only accessible by boat or paddle craft, this 125-acre island was the center of civilization for the Calusa Indians who once inhabited these lands, and its mounds of shells remain to this day. Follow an interpretative trail to learn more about the history of the Calusa Indians in this Estero highlight.

Complete your day of adventure by exploring the wide variety of shopping and dining in Estero. Spend the day outdoors at Coconut Point mall, where over 110 brand-name shops and popular restaurants are surrounded by an easy-to-stroll boardwalk. At Miromar Outlets, you can browse among more than 140 premier outlet shops and casual restaurants, or simply make it a day of kid-friendly fun relaxing in the play area and cooling off with a colorful shaved ice. With live entertainment and hands-on craft and science sessions, every day offers something new to discover.   

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