Estero and Bonita Springs are sandwiched along Florida’s Gulf Coast between Naples to the south and Fort Myers to the north.
For many years, Estero was a citrus community. Today, it lays claim to Florida Gulf Coast University and serves as a relaxing destination for all. Starting in year 2000, much development occurred and the housing stock is blessed with newer and attractive Mediterranean style architecture. The thriving community of Miromar Lakes has become a world class destination for snowbirds and year round residents alike.
Bonita Springs is a welcoming beach community in Southwest Florida, half way between Fort Myers and Naples, and home to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. Fishing and outdoor activities are popular here, as are the sparkling beaches. Most particularly, Bonita Springs harbors Lovers Key State Park, a place so named because it once was an island so remote only lovers went to the trouble to seek its privacy. Today, you don’t need a boat to get to the beach. It’s easy to reach, but still not as well-known as many other state parks. The 2.5-mile beach is lined with natural vegetation and is perfect for beachcombing and birding.
Visitors will be enjoy the nearby beaches and intrigued by Mound Key Archaeological State Park. Rising more than 30 feet above the water, miles from shore, ancient shell mounds transform the landscape of Estero Bay. Made of bones, shells and pottery pieces, this is believed to have been the ceremonial center of the Calusa Indians. Access to the site is by boat only, but the journey is well worth it.