City Profile: Bonita Springs

By: VISIT FLORIDA staff

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A city with old Southern charm with rivers, bays and finger canals.

Bonita Springs started as a small fishing village that survived on proceeds from selling salted fish to Cuban traders from beachside thatched huts. The city has since grown to a prospering community of more than 43,000 residents. Old Florida homes, cypress trees and dangling Spanish moss give Bonita Springs a refreshing blend of old Southern charm and modernity. Bonita Springs is also replete with rivers, bays and finger canals that are excellent for fishing and outdoor recreation, and provide a scenic backdrop for waterfront lodging. Bonita's sparkling beaches are a perfect retreat from the stress of everyday life, and attract visitors from miles away.

Downtown Bonita Springs has been restored recently with the assistance of local government and the Community Redevelopment Agency. Downtown Bonita Springs was named a Main Street community in 1995, the only Florida non-city ever to be granted this accolade. Bonita Springs is also conveniently located minutes from Southwest Florida International Airport and Florida Gulf Coast University, which has led many to designate Bonita Springs the "Gateway to the Gulf."

Bonita Springs is a friendly, family oriented community, and is a year-round destination for all. In Bonita Springs you'll find small-town charm nestled amidst modern health care and business facilities, all surrounded by beautiful beaches and waterways that provide the perfect setting for a memorable Florida vacation.

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