The tropical climate of Bonita Springs combined with its location between the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay make it a hot spot for tourism, seasonal visitors and year round residents.
Along with beautiful beaches, parks and abundant nature, Bonita Springs offers wonderful shopping, dining, arts and entertainment, a Greyhound Track, historic landmarks and highly ranked national art festivals. Old historic areas of Bonita Springs add to its character and charm. Beautiful custom homes and planned communities for families and retirees in various price ranges offer something for everyone. In most areas, there is ready access to public schools, transportation, healthcare, and all types of professional services. Upscale residential and retail properties west of and along Tamiami Trail (Route 41), have transformed Bonita Springs into an area of elite living. The area continues to experience tremendous growth as it attracts more Snowbirds as well as an increasing population of well-educated, affluent year-round residents.
There is no doubt that Bonita Springs Florida is a thriving and rapidly growing city. Census data from 2010 revealed demographics of the population as of that time:
- Population Numbers: 43,914 people living in the city
- Race: largest numbers Caucasian, followed by Hispanic or Latino and very small numbers of African American, Native American, Asian and other ethnic groups
- Resident Types: 61.2% married couples, 27% individuals, 32.5% non-families,11.6% had an occupant 65 years of age or older
- Median Age and Gender: 54 years with slightly more men than women over the age of 18
- Ages: 13.9% under age 18, 5.9% from 18-24 years of age, 19.8% from 25-44 years of age, 28.8% from 45-64 years of age and 31.7% 65 years of age or older
- Income: Median income per household $53,452 and median per family $53,436.
This census data from 2010 during a period of recession doesn’t begin to reflect the rapid growth of Bonita Springs and current transformation into an area of elite living.
Bonita Springs has much to offer a professional business community. Bonita’s stable Baby Boomer population, growing community of educated professionals, abundance of affluent retirees and seasonal visitors from the US, Canada and Europe make the demand for professional services high and rapidly growing. An active Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce assists local businesses to acquire leads and customers through networking and low cost promotional activities. Bonita Springs also offers low business taxes and less costly commercial office space. A major advantage of older properties is that costly impact fees have already been satisfied. This can reduce tenant rental costs substantially, saving them thousands over the term of their lease.
Bonita Springs is easily accessible by air, major highways, bus and trolley service and rail. Nearby Southwest Florida International Airport in South Fort Myers serves over 8 million passengers annually. Also close to Bonita Springs, Naples Municipal Airport is primarily used for private aviation. Interstate 75 (I-75), part of the Interstate Highway System from Miami to Michigan, provides easy high speed access throughout Southwest Florida. US 41 (Tamiami Trail) was originally the only direct route from Tampa to Miami. Tamiami Trail South is a major thoroughfare where residents and visitors get quick access to beaches, shopping, restaurants, entertainment and professional services in and around Bonita Springs. Businesses located on South Tamiami Trail enjoy an abundance of new and repeat customers from the heavy influx of travelers on this roadway. Besides US 41, Bonita Beach Road (County Road 865) and Hickory Blvd. offer fixed route bus and trolley service via LeeTran, the Lee County Transit Department. Seminole Gulf Railway provides freight service and local daytime excursions in Bonita Springs.
Easy access to all types of travel in and around Bonita Springs makes it a highly desirable region for residents, visitors and the businesses who serve these customers.
Bonita Springs offers many attractions as well as a lifestyle where residents and visitors can enjoy a fun, healthy and quality life. This tropical area on the Gulf of Mexico truly has something for everyone: fine and casual dining, flee market and upscale shopping, bars and clubs, spas, fishing charters and tours, multiple golf courses, yoga and Pilates, theater, concerts, shows, and all types of sports and recreation. Bonita’s public beach and Barefoot Beach Preserve receive some of the highest ratings in the state. Nature enthusiasts enjoy shelling, tropical gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, dolphin and whale watching, and manatee excursions. Water-skiing, jet-skiing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, parasailing and paragliding are some of the favorite water sports. The Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track and the nearby Seminole Casino in Immokalee are popular attractions for tourists and residents. People come from all over to attend some of the best art festivals held in the heart of Bonita Springs.
Besides a lifestyle rich in fulfilling activities, families find Bonita Springs to be a great area for the education of their children. Bonita has two elementary schools, a charter school, a middle school for the arts, a preparatory and fitness academy and 30 high schools. It is close to an alternative school and an exceptional student center for special education. Florida’s Lee County School District contains eight high schools that received gold, silver or bronze medals in the U.S. Some highly acclaimed universities, colleges and technical schools are in the Southwest Florida area. These include Gulf Coast University, Florida Southeastern State College, Hodges University, Ave Maria University, Rasmussen College, Keiser University, Nova Southeastern University, Barry University, ITT Technical Institute and Southwest Florida College.
It is no surprise that the activities and lifestyle in Bonita Springs Florida are a powerful lure for more and more people to this region every year.