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Located about halfway between Fort Myers and Naples, Bonita Springs is a beachfront community along the southern Gulf Coast of Florida that is perfect for dog lovers, fishing enthusiasts, and anyone looking to embrace outdoor activities.
Because it fits somewhere in between small-town community and booming tourist destination, Bonita Springs offers a unique hybrid of calm serenity and exciting amenities that ends up making it a perfect fit for many retiring boomers.
Bonita Springs History
Bonita Springs was originally referred to as “Survey,” which is what the Army Corps of Engineers surveyors called the area while they were mapping out southern Florida back in the 1870s. Developers who made their way to town much later decided that “Bonita Springs” would be a much better name for the town.
People began visiting Bonita Springs via the Fort Myers-Southern Railroad in the 1920s, but the big boom really happened following the opening of Interstate 75. After that, the town grew right along with its population as it quickly evolved into the Bonita Springs you will find there today.
Bonita Springs Lifestyle
Heading to the beach is what life in Bonita Springs is all about, and one of the most popular places to do just that is the Bonita Springs Public Beach. Here you will find miles and miles of beautiful white sand beaches that are perfectly made for doing absolutely nothing.
If you happen to be a dog lover, you can plan on being a regular visitor to Dog Beach, which is one of just a few leash-free, dog-friendly beaches in the state. Your four-legged friends will have a blast here running through the sand and swimming in the Gulf!
Bonita Springs Culture
The arts and culture scene in Bonita Springs doesn't compare to what you might find nearby in Fort Myers or Naples, but the beauty of living here is that you are always just a short drive away from those booming cultural centers.
One cultural attraction that many residents appreciate is the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. Here you will find the combination of the Center for Visual Arts and the Center for Performing Arts, which covers most of the bases for anyone looking to network with other art lovers.
Bonita Springs Shopping
Like any small beach town across the state of Florida, you will find lots of eclectic shops and boutiques throughout Bonita Springs. Most of them feature unique merchandise that is always changing, so every shopping trip here is an adventure.
One of the focal points of any Bonita Springs shopping trip should be Coconut Point Mall, where you will find all of the major stores you would expect. And if you are searching for a bargain, the Flamingo Island Flea Market is the place to be every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Bonita Springs Dining
When you are ready for a great place to eat in Bonita Springs, Coconut Jack's Waterfront Grille should always be at the top of the list. This fun little spot has all of the Florida seafood that you are looking for in exactly the environment you had in mind when you decided to move to the Sunshine State.
In addition to Coconut Jack's Waterfront Grille, Bonita Springs residents also love frequenting Lapa's Costa Rican Bistro for Latin American food, The Other Side Bistro for American dishes, and either Petar's Restaurant or A Table Apart for fine dining.
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With just the right amount of amenities mixed into one of the most relaxing environments along the Gulf Coast, Bonita Springs is the perfect destination for any boomer looking to enjoy their retirement years in peace and quiet. If relaxing on the beach with the family dog is your idea of a dream retirement, then Bonita Springs is definitely the place for you!