Named after a local medicinal spring, Bonita Springs history began in the 1870’s when surveyors working for the United States Government explored the Southwest Florida region. Originally named “Survey,” huge plantations were established to grow pineapples, bananas and a variety of tropical fruits.
Then in 1912 a man from Tennessee made plans to expand the town of Survey. He decided the name wouldn’t entice people to move to the area so the name was changed to Bonita Springs.
I don’t think people needed a name to entice them. After all Bonita Springs is one of Southwest Florida’s fastest growing cities, due in large part to its location between Naples and Fort Myers. Bonita Springs is a welcoming beach community that offers a lifestyle for just about everyone. From award winning planned golf communities to serene waterfront living, Bonita Springs exudes an urban setting with small-town charm.
If you’re living here seasonally enjoying the retirement lifestyle, or simply on vacation, there’s an abundance of things to do.
Beaches. People from all over the world flock to Bonita Springs’ pristine shoreline, which includes Bonita Beach, Lovers Key and Barefoot beach. The backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico will keep you wide-eyed along with its white sands, great shelling, dolphin sightings, and turtle nesting grounds. Swimmers, snorkelers, rafters, kayakers, and windsurfers will appreciate the aquamarine waters just steps away.
Shopping and Dining. Shop and dine to your hearts content here in Bonita Springs. There’s something to suite every taste. Choose from a plethora of shopping choices from outdoor malls to boutique shops. Enjoy casual dining or fine dining – all just minutes away!
Family Fun. While the beaches will keep kids and parents content for hours, there are also a variety of attractions to take the children or visiting grandchildren to. Whether it’s going to a water park, visiting the zoo, or heading to the museum, you’ll never run out of ideas or places to go in Bonita Springs or the nearby area.
Here’s some helpful information to keep handy if you’re visiting the area, or moving to the area for the season:
- Obtaining a Bonita Springs Parking Sticker: Parks and Recreation, 26740 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs, FL, 34135 (239) 992-2556. You will need property tax bill, Car or Truck Registration and Driver’s License Address must match on all. The parking decal you have acquired will allow you parking at Bonita Beach Park, Access #1 and Little Hickory Island Beach Park only. Parking availability is not guaranteed.
- Fishing Licenses: (239) 533-6000; Instant License Line (888) 347-4356
- Boat Ramps: The Imperial River Boat Ramp in Bonita Springs, (239) 229-0459
- Major Ports/Waterways: Port Boca Grande (Gulf) and Okeechobee Waterway (coast to coast through Lake Okeechobee).
- Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue: (239) 949-6200
- Lee County Office of the Sheriff: Emergency 911 or (239) 477-1000
- Bonita Springs Public Library: (239) 992-0101
- Lee Memorial Health System: (239) 466-4455
- Lee County DMV Offices & Services: Your Lee County DMV offices provide vehicle registration, drivers licenses, ID cards, tag and title services for cars, trucks, trailers, vessels and mobile homes.
- Registration, Tag and Title Services: Registration renewal or address change online or call 1-866-Go-Renew; Florida DMV online forms (to print off and fill out); Vehicle history report