Bonita Springs was once just a small Florida town; however, the expansion of the railroad and the Tamiami Trail in the 1920s, as well as the popularity of roadside attractions in the 1930s, boosted its profile. It incorporated as a city briefly in the late 20s, then again for good in 1999. Homes in the area include high-rise condominiums and one- and two-story single-family homes for a wide range of budgets, many on the banks of the Imperial River or overlooking the dazzling Gulf of Mexico.
Home to 47,000 people, Bonita Springs strives to embody its motto: "Small town charm, big bright future." The beachfront city’s economy owes much to the retail and service industries driven by tourism, but its economic development council also works to attract new industries and jobs to diversify the economic climate. With low business taxes and city programs in place to assist individual businesses, business districts, and business organizations, Bonita Springs is a business-friendly environment that believes economic opportunity for everyone provides a higher quality of life for the whole community. They also embrace art and culture; the Bonita Springs Art League hosts local artists and traveling exhibits, and murals around town provide opportunities for artists, students, and community volunteers to work together.
Bonita Springs is a haven for lovers of nature and the outdoors. Riverside Park hosts celebrations, festivals, and movies in the park. The park is also home to the historic Liles Hotel and the Imperial River cottages, which have been restored as part of a downtown redevelopment. Bonita Nature Place offers learning experiences and outdoor family activities that emphasize environmental stewardship and an awareness of the unique natural setting that is southwest Florida. You can also visit Barefoot Beach Preserve Park, which is on one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands on the southwest coast of Florida. Bonita Springs shares its northern border with Lover’s Key State Park, which boasts trails for biking and hiking and canoe and kayak rentals. The park is made up of four barrier islands and is home to bald eagles, bottlenose dolphins, and West Indian manatees. Everglades Wonder Garden calls back to the heyday of roadside attractions in the area. Recently updated, it’s a tropical jungle home to flamingoes, parrots, and 40 alligators. Other highlights include a gift shop, orchid trail, butterfly garden, and art gallery. If abundant wildlife, outdoor activities, and sunsets on the beach are up your alley, browse our listings and discover Bonita Springs.