Bonita Springs Beaches

Bonita Springs public beach

One of the best places in Southwest Florida to catch the sunset. The same shell bits that make barefoot strollers wish they had flip flops almost glow at sunset, mimicking the pastel pink and salmon hues cast upon the Gulf of Mexico nearly every evening. Doc's Beach House is a popular eatery. The county-run park at the south end of the beach offers showers, picnic areas and grills. Southwest Florida Beach Directory   map 

Doc's Beach House

Doc's Beach House is a landmark in Bonita Springs,FL. Located steps from the Gulf of Mexico and Bonita's Public Beach, Doc's offers a beachside dining experience like no other. Doc's friendly atmosphere draws everyone in. Come with the family, come with a date, come as you are!

With two floors of dining and a patio, there are plenty of tables to let us serve you. Or, if you prefer to eat with the sand under your feet, swing by the concession stand for some delicious food and head to the beach. Doc's menu consists of breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices.

Doc's beachfront hosts Bonita Jet Ski and Parasail, southwest Florida's premier watersports company. In addition to parasailing, Bonita Jet Ski and Parasail rents wave runners, hobiecats, aqua cycles, and, for the beach bum, lounge chairs and umbrellas.

When you're looking for great food, fun in the sun,and beautiful sunsets, Doc's is the place to be. Stopby anytime from 7:00 am until midnight! 

Little Hickory Island Beach Park

26082 Hickory Blvd. Bonita Springs, FL 34134 239-949-4615,

A white-sand beach combined with a feeling of seclusion is the main attraction at this beachfront park. Surf fishing is a favorite pastime for visitors. The beach is wide and clean and offers restrooms, picnic tables and showers. A ramp runs from the parking lot to the sand allowing accessibility for wheelchairs. Parking $1 per hour. Hours: sunrise to sunset.

DIRECTIONS: Head southeast down Estero Boulevard. It's on the right at Hickory Boulevard between condominiums.

DETAILS: Access #10 is in an isolated location just off Little Hickory Island with public restrooms and a great view of the gulf. Accessible parking available. Parking fee $1.00 per hour. Lee County Parking Pass accepted at this access.

HOURS: Dawn to dusk seven days a week

Barefoot Beach

Barefoot Beach is actually on the same land mass - Little Hickory Island - as Bonita Beach.

The south end of the island is home to Barefoot Beach Preserve. County rangers offer a long list of activities and educational programs, ranging from guided canoe trips to presentations on protected species like sea turtles and wading birds.

Barefoot Beach is in Collier County and further info can be found at Barefoot Beach Preserve

Dog Beach of Bonita Springs

Looking for a great beach where you’ll be able to take your BEST FRIEND in the whole world? 

Dog Beach in Bonita Springs is one of the only “pets permitted” public beaches.

Bonita Beach does not permit pets. Dog Beach is also known as the “Lee County Off-Leash Dog Area.”

It is located north of Bonita Beach Road where it curves north and becomes Hickory Blvd. It is physically located just north of the New Pass bridge and just before Carl Johnson boat ramp and Lover’s Key state park. It’s only a few miles south of Fort Myers Beach.

Open dawn to dusk, Dog Beach is more or less an Island sandbar.

The size of the beach varies with the tide and water level. Pet owners are on the honor system to control their pets and also pick up after them. Download or print the rules and brochure for Bonita Springs Dog Beach HERE. 

For further information Click Here for 'The Dog Beach Page


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Southwest Florida Shuffle

"From the first of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.

The first thing most locals will tell you is to ' The Naples Shuffle' your feet as you walk in the surf. By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.

It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense." alt="Southwest Florida Shuffle"

  • From the First of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.  
  • The first thing most locals will tell you is to your feet as you walk in the surf. 
  • By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.
  • It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense. 



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