From the Gulf of Mexico to the bays, sunsets to suntans, and the sea to the sky, Bonita Beach call you to cut loose where your family can enjoy spectacular scenery while swimming, diving, parasailing, boating, and sightseeing. Your vacation rental puts you within easy access to shops, beach gear rentals, restaurants, historical landmarks and great activities. As you consider your prospects, here’s a list of the top 12 Bonita Beach vacation rental locations to help you make your choices.

1. Bonita Beach

At Bonita Beach, your vacation rental faces the Gulf of Mexico or Estero Bay. You and your family can be on the beach in just minutes to spend your day fishing, swimming, windsurfing, or enjoying hanging out on your beach towel. If you bring Fido, he’s welcome to romp in the water off-leash and play on the shore with the kids at Bonita Beach Dog Beach.

2. Barefoot Beach

Your vacation rental at Barefoot Beach puts you in a casual and laid back place for a tranquil state of mind. You can look for seashells, frolick with the kids, or just sit in your beach chair with a cold drink. If you want to adjust the pace, Bonita Jet Ski and Parasail can set you up with the adventure you want. They offer sailboats, jet skis, and paddle boards. Visit them at Doc’s Beach House, where you can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

3. Fort Myers Beach

You can break out the flip flops when you stay on Fort Myers Beach where white beaches and blue water frame your vacation adventures. You can surf, swim, and build sand castles with the kids all day if you want. For some over-the-top excitement, hitch a ride on a smiley-face parachute with Paradise Parasail. You soar up to 500 feet above the water and experience some free-fall dips to either wet your toes or splash down for the most fun.

4. Sanibel

Sanibel’s special charm includes sugar-white sand beaches lined with exquisite seashells, and the tranquility you find when you book your vacation rental there. The J.N. Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a well-known bird sanctuary that covers about half of Sanibel Island, and boardwalks wind through the marshlands to allow access for viewing. If you enjoy photographing lighthouses, the 1884 Sanibel Lighthouse stands at the eastern tip of the island.

5. San Carlos Island

Reaching your little slice of vacation paradise on San Carlos Island is a matter of crossing a bridge between Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach. Imagine stepping out your front door onto the beach for a tranquil morning stroll, an invigorating swim, or a leisurely seashell hunt. A special treat for the kids, Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise engages guests in songs, dances, and games during a 90-minute cruise. The kids dress up as pirates, learn to talk like pirates, and join a mutiny. When you work up an appetite, the open-air Parrot Key Caribbean Grill offers dockside bar and grill service with live music and a view of Salty Sam’s Marina. A couple of other casual eateries featuring water vistas and entertainment include Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille and Bonita Bill’s Cafe.


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6. Estero

Whether your vacation rental in Estero is inland or on a deep-water canal, your family’s next adventure is only a few minutes away. For starters, Estero Community Park features lighted areas, including the playground, volleyball courts, and horseshoe courts. You can take your furkid to K-9 Corral in the park for an off-leash romp while you relax in the shade of the shelter if you wish. If you want an exciting adventure, Eco Paddlesportz offers kayak and paddleboard adventures to Lovers Key State Park, located between Estero Bay and the Gulf Of Mexico. You can access Lovers Key Beach by boardwalk for shelling, swimming, and sunbathing.

7. Bonita Springs

There’s something soothing about staying in a Bonita Springs vacation rental where you can feel your stress melt away. White beaches and the sparkling blue Gulf of Mexico make a good starting place for a vacation in paradise. Then you add museums, dining, shopping, and fine arts to amplify your enjoyment. If you want some excitement, Cruise Fish Dive offers scuba diving tours and dolphin cruises, jet ski rentals, fishing and helicopter tours.

8. Bonita Bay Community, Bonita Springs

Enjoy a well-appointed vacation rental in the Bonita Bay community, just 15 minutes from Bonita Beach. To get your family out on the open water, drop by Captain Ed’s Charter Boats where you can arrange a fishing excursion, a dolphin tour, or a sunset cruise. For a more personal experience, Gnarly Harley Paddle offers private paddle board tours to an island where you may snorkel or look for seashells. When you want a change of pace, swing a golf club at Highland Woods Golf & Country Club or one of the other golf courses in the area.

9. Pelican Bay Community, North Naples

A Pelican Bay vacation rental puts you in close proximity to visual and performing arts in addition to sun, fun, and sand. Artis-Naples features the visual and performing arts, including the Naples Philharmonic, which includes orchestra, opera, and the ballet. It is also home to the Baker Museum, a three-story, 30,000 square-foot museum that includes 15 galleries and a glass dome conservatory. East West Fine Art gallery displays rare paintings and stages cultural events designed to engage the community. To get the kids outdoors and moving, Pelican Bay Community Park includes a playground, a volleyball court, tennis courts, and trails for walking.

10. Park Shore Community, Naples

To indulge your inner captain, the Park Shore Marina and Boat Rentals include pontoons, fishing boats, cruisers, and kayaks. Marina staff provides safety instructions and life jackets with all rentals. For an experience you can’t get just anywhere, the Salt Cave features a myriad of relaxation and healing therapies. You might want to try out the salt cave, mineral wraps, crystal beds, and other spa services. The kids can hang out in the play space while the adults enjoy the spa.

11. Naples Beach

When you stay on Naples Beach, Naples Kayak Company and several similar entities offer rentals of surfboards, boats, jet skis, and paddle boards to enhance your water sports adventures. The famous Naples Pier stands out as one of the most popular attractions for visitors and locals as a place to fish, watch sunsets, and hang with friends. Erected in 1888 as a port for incoming ships, and rebuilt following several hurricanes through the years, the pier remains a symbol of the maritime history of the area. Besides the beach, the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens makes a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids.

12. Fort Myers

You can find adventure around every corner in Fort Myers. When you aren’t building sand castles with the kids, you can enjoy a shelling and dolphin tour with Banana Bay Tour Company. You might find some great shells to stash at your vacation rental. To slip in some educational activity, check out the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Guided tours feature the homes, gardens, and laboratory on the 20 acres of botanical gardens and historical buildings. If you want to browse for collectibles, be sure to visit the museum store and Historic Ford Cottage Shoppe. When you want to add some excitement with a twist, try a ride on the Murder Mystery Dinner Train to enjoy an interactive murder mystery play and a five-course dinner.

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