Bonita Springs is considered the "Gateway to the Gulf," a community with small-town charm and some of the most attractive and affordable neighborhoods in Southwest Florida. Although a sunset cruise or a swamp buggy tour may sound appealing, many of the most outstanding attractions can be found at home in Bonita Springs' numerous gated communities.
Bonita Bay is a 2,400-acre residential enclave offering luxurious high-rise living and gorgeous views of Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. From $900,000 for a villa to more than $10 million for a single-family estate, residents can enjoy 90 holes of golf, miles of bicycle paths and nature trails, a 45,000-square-foot clubhouse and social or boating memberships.
At the end of Barefoot Beach is a beautiful county park and many of the bay-front homes offer boat access. The Brooks is a 2,492-acre development with four unique gated residential neighborhoods – Spring Run, Shadow Wood, Lighthouse Bay and Copper Leaf. Prices start in the low $400,000s to more than $4 million. Secluded Spanish Wells is 600-acres of picturesque homes nestled around three distinctive nine-hole golf courses. The clubhouse features fitness, tennis and fine dining. Carriage homes and condominiums start in the range of $350,000 and single-family homes from $500,000 to $900,000. The name Palmira Golf and Country Club says it all about luxurious amenities and challenging golf. Homes are affordably priced from $400,000 and the elegant clubhouse is the heart of all social gatherings.
Bonita Springs is also known for being home to Lovers Key State Park – a place many residents and visitors alike go to enjoy the miles of beautiful shores lined with vegetation, the plenty of hiking and bicycling trails, the pristine beaches, canoeing, bird watching, and much more. Wildlife is abundant in the park and visitors may be able to see West Indian Manatees, bottlenose dolphins, bald eagles, marsh rabbits, and other species.
Bonita Springs is served by the Lee County School District, which is composed of a large number of schools: nearly 50 elementary schools, 22 middle schools, 16 high schools, and two technical colleges. One of the colleges, Southern Technical, has a branch located in Bonita Springs.
Bonita Springs is home to plenty of vacationers in the summer and retirees year-round, thus the tourism, shopping, and dining industries flourish. Bonita Springs is home to a large number of businesses, also due to the low business taxes. The most common industries in Bonita Springs are maintenance and construction. WCI Communities, a home building company, is headquartered in Bonita Springs.