About this rental
Our Bonita Beach home is located near the Collier County/Lee County border, in Caroland, on McLaughlin Blvd., a peninsula of Little Hickory Island on Estero Bay, comprised of exclusive million-dollar private homes. We are only a 2/10 mile (STRAIGHT LINE) distance (ACROSS ESTERO BAY) to the Gulf of Mexico but are quietly nestled near the end of a unique residential peninsula.
Our deep-water private boat dock provides access to the Gulf of Mexico through a choice of passes, the largest of which is New Pass at Lovers Key. The dock’s outer section is 24 ft. in length.
Our tenants may motor or sail their boat from our dock to explore Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve and the Imperial River, or cruise via the Gulf of Mexico, past Fort Myers Beach to Sanibel and Captive Islands.
We provide a small boat for tenant's use. Oars, life jackets, and fishing rods are provided. Boat, kayak, paddleboard, and bicycle rentals are available nearby.
Our tenants view Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve from each room of this unique home, quietly situated near the end of this peninsula, but only 6/10 mile (BY ROAD) to the Gulf of Mexico at Beach Access # 5 on Hickory Blvd (at the end of our street) and enjoy viewing sunrise and sunset over Estero Bay and wildlife including; bottlenose dolphin, manatee, egret, pelican, heron, osprey, and bald eagle.
Our spacious single-level home provides easy access via the main entrance (2 steps) or attached 2-car garage (5 steps). The comfortably furnished spacious living room opens onto a large screened lanai. There is a formal dining room and a large kitchen with a breakfast nook.
Our custom home was built with a split design layout. It is 1950 sq. ft. "under air" and also a large screened lanai and an extra-large two-car garage. The master bedroom is located on the Northern side of the home with the two guest bedrooms located on the Southern side of the home. The main living areas (entrance hall, living room, dining room, and eat-in kitchen) are located in the center of the home. Each bedroom has windows on two walls which provide a nice view of Estero Bay on either side of the McLaughlin Blvd peninsula.
The main living areas (living room and dining room) have cathedral ceilings and carpeted floors. The front entrance foyer has porcelain tiled flooring into the main living areas with carpeted flooring. The living room opens onto the large lanai with tiled flooring and a bank of sliding doors that recede behind the lanai wall to provide a totally open transition from the living room onto the screened lanai.
The large master bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed with Chatham Wells 16 in. deep innerspring mattress. There is an adjoining master bathroom with an oversized tub. One guest room is furnished with a queen bed with Kingsdown 16 in. deep innerspring mattress. The second guest room has twin beds, each with quality innerspring mattresses. The guest rooms share a full bathroom located off of the connecting hallway to the guest bedrooms and to the main living area.
All bedding (box spring and mattress) and pillows are fully encased by a protective covering. We supply bed linens, extra pillows, and blankets. Each bedroom has more than ample closet space, bureau storage, night tables and lamps, and a clock radio. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet. The twin guest bedroom has two closets. The master and guest bedroom floors are carpeted.
Master and guest bathrooms have ceramic tile floors and ceramic tile tub surrounds, and heat lamps. Each is a full bathroom with a toilet and a combination tub and shower. The master bathroom has ample storage in the vanity, a large mirror with overhead lighting, and a medicine cabinet. The guest bathroom has more than ample storage in the vanity, an extra-large mirror with overhead lighting, a medicine cabinet, and a linen closet. The master bathroom has private access from the master bedroom. The guest bathroom is accessed from the hall connecting the two guest bedrooms and with the main living area.
The laundry room, located between the entrance foyer and the attached garage, provides a utility sink, large capacity washer, large capacity electric dryer, iron, and ironing board.
The kitchen has porcelain tiled flooring and is accessed either from the dining room or from the living room near the sliding doors onto the lanai. The kitchen is equipped with a stainless steel interior, almost silent when running dishwasher, frost-free refrigerator with ice maker, ceramic smooth top range with 5 radiant elements and speed bake convection oven, microwave oven, coffee maker and grinder, toaster, toaster oven, blender, electric can opener, and electric juicer.
The house is very well supplied with dishes, silverware, pots, pans, bed linens, blankets, towels, pillows, beach chairs, vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies, etc.
Our home is equipped with a flat-screen 36 in. HDTV with a DVD and VHS player in the living room and a flat-screen 36 in. HDTV with a VHS player in the master bedroom, and a flat-screen television in the queen guest bedroom. Each television is equipped with extended basic cable service. Additional equipment includes; a stereo system with a CD player, portable telephones, an automatic telephone answering machine, and a clock radio in each bedroom. It is equipped with Ethernet and WIFI High-Speed Broadband Internet service from two providers.
There is rubbish and recycle pickup weekly. We also provide professional lawn maintenance.
There is a propane gas grill for outdoor cooking.
We ensure that our home is well maintained and properly prepared to our standards prior to each rental.
During Covid19, we've established rental guidelines and procedures for compliance with the SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP Plan to Re-Open Florida.
Due to owner SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS, we restrict rentals to NON-SMOKERS WITHOUT PETS (of ANY TYPE, BREED, WEIGHT, or SIZE). This restriction is included in our rental agreement. The LESSEE agrees that PETS (of ANY TYPE, BREED, WEIGHT, or SIZE) WILL NOT ENTER our home at any time during the rental. For any breach of this restriction, the LESSEE agrees to reimburse the LESSOR for the full cost of all treatment required to completely remove pet allergens from our property.
Maximum occupancy is six (6) persons.
Please be advised that maximum occupancy is limited to six (6) persons and our rental agreement stipulates that the property shall not be used for any function or gathering of more than the maximum number of occupants without our prior written permission.
As owners of a private residence, once a rental agreement is executed, our cancellation policy is strict.
If a rental is canceled after a rental agreement is executed, we would immediately make every effort to rent our home to another party.
If a replacement rental agreement is executed for the same term and rate, we would return to you the amount paid minus a re-booking fee of 10% of the total rent.
If a replacement rental agreement is executed for a shorter term or lower rate, we would return to you the amount paid minus (difference between original total rent and replacement total rent) minus a re-booking fee of 10% of the original total rent.
We believe the unique location of our Bonita Beach home directly on Estero Bay offers unique proximity to the estuary, aquatic preserve, beaches, and navigation to the Gulf of Mexico. While located in the quiet and exclusive private residential neighborhood on a peninsula of Little Hickory Island, it is a short drive to services, restaurants, shops, attractions, etc. in Bonita Springs, Fort Meyers Beach, Estero, and Naples.
Traffic on our street, McLaughlin Blvd, is minimal, comprised mainly of persons residing in homes at the end of the peninsula as well as occasional tourists viewing the area.
From our home, tenants may drive North on Hickory Blvd to Carl E. Johnson State Park at Lover's Key, and onto Fort Myers Beach or drive South to Barefoot Beach Preserve Park.
Why Kids Love It
fishing from our dock, seeing dolphins and manatee swim by, boating on Estero Bay, shelling at Bonita Beach.
There are several web sites for local bicycle, kayak, paddleboard, or pontoon boat rentals. You can navigate directly from our dock via Hogue Channel to the larger area of Estero Bay and out to the Gulf of Mexico.
The location is unique. Exclusive residential neighborhood with proximity to the Gulf of Mexico navigation and beaches. Little Hickory Island is one of the Florida Keys accessible via a small bridge at the Southern end of Little Hickory Island to the mainland of Bonita Springs and is also accessible via a bridge at the northern end of the island to Lovers Key and then to Estero Island and Fort Meyers Beach.
My husband and I have owned our custom home since 1987 when we had it built. We have enjoyed many vacations there with the opportunity to celebrate holidays with family members. We find the tranquil setting on Estero Bay to be very relaxing. We thoroughly enjoy watching dolphins, manatee, and various fish swim by our private dock, as well as seeing the beauty of this mangrove preserve with various tropical birds and plants.
Attractions Within Walking Distance
Bonita Beach Accesses: Hours: Dawn to Dusk
A ritual for residents and visitors is to gather at dusk on Bonita Beach to view the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico.
Google Maps and MapQuest show the distance from our home, 26761 McLaughlin Blvd. Bonita Springs, Fl 34243 to Bonita Beach Access # 5, 27010 Hickory Blvd., Bonita Springs, FL 34134 to be exactly 0.6 miles.
Parking on Little Hickory Island may be difficult during peak season weeks.
10 beach access points on Little Hickory Island are listed on the Lee County website:
Bonita Beach Accesses ()
Access points 2 to 9 are small free parking lots. Access points 1 and 10 have larger parking lots with a $2.00 per hour fee.
Link to Bonita Beach Park at access 1. There is a parking fee of $2.00 per hour.
Bonita Beach Park ()
Link to Little Hickory Island Park at access 10. There is a parking fee of $2.00 per hour.
Little Hickory Island Park ()
Favorite Places To Eat
Doc's Beach House, 27908 Hickory Blvd, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
The Cafe at Bonita Beach, 5900 Bonita Beach Rd SW #1101, Bonita Springs, FL 3413
The Fish House Restaurant, 4685 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Enzo's Italian Restaurant, 4351 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Komoon Thai Sushi & Ceviche, 3300 Bonita Beach Rd SW #101, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Coconut Jack's Waterfront Grille, 5370 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Mel's Diner , 28601 Trails Edge Blvd, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream, 15 8th St, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Buffalo Chips Restaurant, 26620 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Our home has a private boat dock onto Estero Bay. Our tenants may use it to dock a private boat or fish from the dock. The dock’s outer section is 24 ft. in length. There is a small (7 ft.) boat for your use (I’ve attached a photo).
We provide fishing rods and reels for tenant’s use to fish from our private dock.
High-Speed Broadband Internet connectivity is provided by two service providers.
Wired and Wireless service is provided by Comcast.
Wireless service is additionally provided by Century Link (Lumen).
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Oct 01 - Nov 18 2022
Nov 19 - Dec 02 2022
Dec 03 - Dec 16 2022
Dec 17 2022 - Jan 06 2023
Jan 07 - Jan 27 2023
cleaning 1 & 2 occupants: $200
cleaning 3 & 4 occupants: $250
cleaning 5& 6 occupants: $300
Tax Rate: 11.5%
Our weekly rental rates listed by season provide discounts relative to our peak season weekly rate.
Discount available for extended stay rentals (excluding Holiday and Peak Season)
Refundable Damage Deposit:
A $400.00 security deposit is taken on each rental to cover any International telephone charges, damage (beyond normal wear and tear), or extraordinary cleaning charges.
We expect a tenant to remove their personal belongings, food, etc., and to leave the house in a presentable condition.
The security deposit is returned after the house is checked.
Lodging tax: 11.5% (for a rental 6 months or less)
For any rental of 6 months or less, we are also required by law to collect and remit to Lee County a 5%
Tourist Tax and to collect and remit to the State of Florida a 6.5% combined (state and local) sales tax.
Cleaning fee: pro-rated per number of occupants
$200.00 for 1 or 2 occupants
$250.00 for 3 or 4 occupants
$300.00 for 5 or 6 occupants
Linen Fee: $50.00
Processing Fee: $150.00.
We accept payment by check for US funds or wire transfer.
We are not equipped to accept credit card payments directly but are able to receive payments through PayPal which would require an additional cost to you of 3% of any payment.
We request a deposit of 1/2 the total rent upon reserving time.
We request the balance and security deposit two months before the rental begins.
As owners of a private residence, once a lease is executed, our cancellation policy is strict. We would immediately strive to rent to another party. If a replacement lease is executed for the same term and rate, we would return the full amount paid less a re-booking fee of 10% of the total rental. If a replacement lease is executed for a shorter term or lower rate, we would return the amount paid less (original total rent less replacement total rent) less a re-booking fee of 10% of the original total rent.
Last updated on June 26, 2022
Hosted by Kathleen Geezil
Member since 2018
Year Purchased: 1987
About the owner: We are native New Englanders, growing up in Greater Boston MA. We've lived in southern NH and presently reside in Rhode Island. Starting in 1982, we acquired coastal homes in Massachusetts and Florida that we have made available for short-term furnished rentals.
My husband and I have owned our Bonita Beach custom home since it was built in 1987. Over the years we have enjoyed many relaxing vacations there with the opportunity to celebrate holidays with family members.
We did not offer our Palm Aire condo ( id 12280) for rent until 2022. For several years, we have rented our home in Bonita Beach Florida ( property id 4888) and have rented our home in Chatham MA ( property id 31022). There are many 5-star reviews posted for each property. With each home, our practice is to personally manage and communicate directly with tenants. Each property is our private home, equipped and cared for accordingly.
A tenant will not find any of our homes to be an investor-owned typical rental with mid-range standard equipment, appliances, furnishing, etc. As property owners, we personally equip and manage property maintenance to ensure quality. A tenant will not find any of our homes to be a typical rental with mid-range standard equipment, appliances, furnishing, etc. As property owners, we personally equip and manage property maintenance to ensure quality.
Why this property? While staying with relatives in Fort Lauderdale, FL, we explored the West Coast and fell in love with Little Hickory Island.
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We have stayed here several times in the past and has never been disappointed. The house is well maintained and there is plenty of room for all to relax and enjoy their stay. Just about everything you need is there for you to use during your stay. The owners are wonderful. They are easy to work with and are very helpful in tying to accommodate all of your needs. A new dock was just built and it is beautiful. My family enjoyed fishing out there or sometimes just sitting and watching the dolphins and the manatees swim by. The house is conveniently located by the beach, several restaurants, and the grocery store. Almost anything you need is a very short drive away. Don't forget to go to Royal Scoop. It is the best ice cream around! I also recommend Docs Beach House and Rosati's Pizza. All a very short distance from the house.
This house is great and had everything you need. Beatiful view of the water. Owners were great to work with.
Highly recommended. This is a lovely property on a quiet cul-de-sac and close to a secluded section of beach in the Bonita Beach neighborhood. It is a large and well-maintained home--far more than what my father and I needed! It would be great for more people--easily 6 people. It has all you need--nice kitchen, very large screened in porch looking out onto the bay and, if conditions right, you can hear the waves on the nearby beach. Safe, quiet, clean. There is a small boat (although we never used it) and a dock. Fishing poles, beach chairs and umbrellas, 2 car garage, grill--it is all there and a wonderful home away from home. And all in the sun and warmth of south Florida. To be balanced (although there are very few downsides), the house is mostly carpeted and it is about a 15 minute walk to the beach (which was too far for my 84 year old father). Still, these are very minor quibbles, as this is a very nice property that will serve as an excellent home if you are looking for peace and quiet close to a pretty isolated part of the beach. We were there for 11 days in early February, and on our part of the beach, there were long stretches with no one close to us. Wifi worked well, as I had to be connected to work every day. You won't be disappointed staying here. Owners Kathleen and Michael were always available (although there were no problems), pleasant, and quick to respond (although as I said, there were no problems and we were happy to just do our own thing).
We had a terrific time at this Estero Bay home! Everything was clean and tidy, all the right cooking equipment, comfortable furniture, WiFi and varied activities for our crew. I spent many hours with my 4th and 2nd grade sons fishing from the dock and row boat, catching enough to keep it exciting but no whoppers (which is OK since my little guys were afraid of getting anything too large on their line). The provided fishing gear was great. We bought one bag of frozen shrimp at Master Bait and Tackle which lasted us all week. Very comfortable. We had my parents join us for dinner twice, and we had plenty of room on the lanai for all 8 of us. The beach is a nice walk through a quiet neighborhood. While it might be tempting to drive to the water, parking is very tight. Much more enjoyable to simply pack light and have a stroll. Spring Break weather was wonderful. And being close to my parents allowed us to see them frequently enough without our crazy crew overwhelming them. We love Hickory Grill and The Fish House for seafood dinners. Grocery store is convenient within a 10-min drive. We'll definitely check availability next time we are in the area!
Enjoyed every moment of it. Good communications with the owner. Porch is the greatest, looking over Estero Bay. Best restaurants, Zorba's for Greek Food, Komoon for Thai. Get off the highways to find nature. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve up by Ft. Myers, Lover's Key State Park has fine walking trails.
Our party of four stayed in this well-equipped and well-maintained, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in Bonita Springs for two weeks in January/February. The house is situated on the water with the screened-in lanai overlooking Estero Bay. Bonita Beach is a short walk through the architecturally-interesting Caroland development with easy access to the Gulf through Beach Access #5. Rental arrangements and details were very competently and professionally handled by the owners. We found the property to be the perfect accommodation for a relaxing Southwest Florida vacation.
We had a very relaxing and fun two week stay. We walked the beach everyday and sat with a glass of wine at night on the lanai. The lanai was a perfect place to hang out when we had had enough sun. My husband spent many hours fishing from the rowboat on the canal. We especially liked two restaurants, The Fresh Catch bistro in Ft. Myers and A Table Apart in Bonita Springs.
Our family has returned to this private Bonita Beach home for the fourth year with our elderly parents(92 and 90 years of age) for our winter getaway. It has a beautiful view, quiet and relaxing area for reading in the sun or walking to the beach. The fishing, especially this year, was fantastic right off the dock. Almost every time we threw out we'd get a bite within minutes. We even snagged a 45-50 pound stingray. This home is well equipped to make your favorite meal or you could find a special place to eat from the numerous restaurants. Rib City and Pewter Mug are our favorites. We also found our evening treats at the Orange Leaf, Royal Scoop, or making blizzards in the kitchen. We highly recommend this home to anyone who would enjoy a quiet, relaxing getaway within the area of beaches, shopping, good food, and fishing.
We flew out from the Pacific Northwest to spend 2 lovely week with dear old friends who now live on the East Coast. This was an ideal house as it gave us each some private area. The spacious porch was a delight. We enjoyed the birds and "flying fish" Mullets, I believe. We even had a dolphin swim by one morning. The ladies had long walks on the beach which is only about 1/2 mile away. Perfect location!
Wir haben unsere Ferien über Weihnachten 2012 in Bonita Beach in diesem wunderbaren Haus sehr genossen. Das Haus ist sehr grosszügig und sehr gepflegt. Wir kommen gerne wieder.
English Translation: We enjoyed our holidays over Christmas 2012 at Bonita Beach in this wonderful home. The house is very generous and very well maintained. We will be back.
The house is very spacious and charming. Fishing off the dock was a favorite for all. We caught jack, ocean cats and trout. A few others that we were not sure what they were. While out there we saw a manatee. Location is convenient. Close to the beach and not very far, about 1/2 hour, from Naples. The neighbor is very quiet and at the end of the street so you don't get much traffic going by. The owners were wonderful to work with. We had a middle of the night arrival and they worked with us to accommodate our needs. The house, the location, and the entire experience is wonderful and we would definitely return. The house has everything you will need
Wir waren drei Wochen in Bonita Springs. Ein perfektes Feriendominzil. Morgens aufwachen, unglaubliche Ruhe, Delphine von der Terasse beobachten, Pelikane direkt am Bootssteg. Wer Lust auf Shoppen hat, das Miromar Outlet ist nur 20 km entfernt, Ausflüge nach Fort Myers oder Naples sind von hier leicht zu erreichen. Restaurants oder Supermärkte sind ebenfalls in der Nähe, ein Auto ist natürlich unerlässlich. Der Aufenthalt war ein nachhaltiges und erstmaliges Erlebnis, das wir nur jedem empfehlen können, der eine Auszeit aus einem stressigen Alltag möchte
English Translation: We spent three weeks in Bonita Springs. A perfect Feriendominzil. In the morning wake up, incredible peace, dolphins watching from the terrace, pelicans directly at the boat bridge. If you fancy shopping, the Miromar Outlet is only 20 km away, trips to Fort Myers or Naples are within easy reach. Restaurants or supermarkets are also nearby, a car is of course essential. The stay was a lasting and first time experience, which we can only recommend to anyone who wants a time out of a stressful everyday life
We stayed in this house for 3 weeks; it is in a quiet location about 15 minutes’ walk to the beach. Another 45 minutes’ walk south you reach Doc’s Beach House where you can buy food and drink. The house is well equipped with cleaning items to meet the requirement to leave the house clean and tidy before you depart. There are plenty of kitchen utensils etc. and there is a gas grill on the grass next to the lanai. Some of the furniture is not to the latest contemporary design, but the house was comfortable, convenient and clean and tidy when we arrived. My wife had to work for some of the time we were there and the Wi-Fi worked very well. The lanai is a nice place to eat and shelter from the sun. During our stay we saw a dolphin swim by and many different species of bird. Bonita Springs is a nice area with plenty of restaurants nearby. There are plenty of places to visit that are not too far away, such as Naples, Fort Myers Beach and the Corkscrew Sanctuary. The Everglades are about 1.5 hours away. If you want excitement and to see dolphins then try the ‘Sanibel Thriller’ speed boat ride, great fun! If we were in the area we would consider renting this house again.
This home in an attractive up-scale neighborhood in Bonita Springs turned out to the a perfect place for a young family of four and a gramma. The house and property are well maintained, there is a "Florida room" overlooking the dock and bay which is nicely furnished, master bedroom and bath are separate from the other two bedrooms and bath which accommodate four. The house is unusually well equipped for cooking. At high tide we were visited by dolphins who played around and under the dock. Beach is a good walk or a short drive away....a good shelling beach.
The property's setting was prefect.The house was immaculate. The kitchen was outfitted with everything you would need to prepare a meal for two or twenty two. The house is in a very quiet neighborhood and was a short walk to Bonita Beach. We rented 2 kayaks for 4 days,which were delivered to the house. The dock was perfect for launching them. Having the kayaks enabled us enjoy the setting this house had to offer. On several occasions we saw dolphins swim by,not more than 10ft from the dock! At times it was hard to get out on to the main road because of heavy traffic.That was a small detraction considering all the plus'. I would definitely recommend this house for a vacation home and plan to return.
We spent two weeks in this home and enjoyed it very much. We especially liked taking the owner's rowboat out into the lagoon to observe dolphin, manatee, birds and fish. The kitchen is well equipped for preparing meals and we loved dining most mornings and evenings in the lanai. At night you can hear the sound of waves rolling ashore on the beach located about a quarter mile away. The home is very private as it's situated near the end of a penisula extending into Estero Bay. Everything you need is just a short drive, supermarket and other stores just five minutes away.
We were happy to find everything we hoped for at this vacation home. It was a very clean, spacious home located in a quiet residental area - so well equipped with sets of dishes, cooking pans, and appliances. We were there a few hours when the dolphins and manatees made their appearance in the bay. We enjoyed the variety of local beaches almost daily. We fished in the bay and out in the gulf catching many kinds of interesting fish - even a 2ft shark which was released after a few photos. It was a very special vacation at a beautiful vacation home. We'd love to come back another year!
We stayed at the house from March 12, 2010 to March 26. We are birders (birdwatchers to the uninitiated) making our first trip to Florida. We wanted a location that was within easy reach of many of south Florida's birding locations, and Bonita Springs fits the bill. We chose this house because of its location on Estero Bay, closeness to the gulf, its location on a cul-de-sac, and its features. Our roughing-it days are over, so we want a good kitchen, cable TV, Internet access, etc. We've rented houses up and down the east coast and a couple in the south; and we ranked this house as the top 1 or 2 of being the most comfortable, not only in terms of sensible amenities, but furnished in a style most closely matching our own. This was our first house that was equipped with an enclosed garage, and it turned out to be a nice feature. No more wiping condensation off the car windows in the morning and we could leave much of our birding equipment (e.g., spotting scope) in the car rather than lugging it in and out each day. However, by far the feature we enjoyed the most was the "lanai" (we call them porches where we come from!). Whenever we were around the house for lunch or dinner, we ate on the lanai and enjoyed the view of Estero Bay, including variously, Osprey, White Ibis, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Belted Kingfisher, and others. We made a special request of the owners to have perfect weather, and they obliged: two weeks of no rain; plenty of sunshine; and low to mid eighty temperatures. Ok, so maybe we were just lucky with the weather, but wouldn't it be nice if they could do that! We visited the beach primarily to check out the birds, but for you beachgoers, the house is within walking distance of Bonita Beach; and within short driving distance of other beaches. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, etc., within a few minutes of the house. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the house and would recommend it to anyone looking for a place in the Bonita Springs area.
This property is located on a good sized bay with easy access to the main channel into the Gulf. On several occasions dolphins and manatees would pass by the dock. A V-bottom boat is stored in the garage and is easy to launch from the dock. By attaching my trolling motor, fish finder and anchor (paddles, seat cushions & life vests were provided) my son, daughter and I were all set to find the nearby fish "hot spots". We fished every day catching Snook, Ladyfish, Jack, Sheepshead, Snapper, and Catfish. Top catches included a 23" Snook and an 8lb Catfish. We released the dozens of fish we caught so others can enjoy them also. The owners had two brand new salt water rods & reels available for use. My wife enjoyed our evening cruises around the bay and watching the manatees, osprey, bald eagles, dolphins, etc. The house was clean with large rooms, a wonderful "screened in" lanai perfect for eating your meals or napping on a lounge chair. It is near the street's end in a very quiet neighborhood; on warm nights we could sleep with the windows open. The beach was a little over 1/2 mile walk or you could park at the beach access sites as long as you arrived early. The owners were easy to work with and flexible on our arrival and departure times. Thank You Mike and Kathleen for sharing your wonderful home.
Nicer home than the pictures imply, clean, and had plenty of space. Neighbors were friendly and the neighborhood is quiet and safe. House is located off the busy main beach road. The Dock is well keep with short access to Estero Bay and easy access to the Gulf. We listened to the mocking birds in the morning from the lanai and watched dolphins, rays and pelicans in the evening from the dock. A very relaxing “getaway”. The owners are honest. We rented bikes that were delivered and picked up at the house. We also rented a pontoon boat just up the main beach road. We took it for the day; it was about a 15min boat ride down to the dock at the house and about 30min to the 1st Gulf access. Restaurants in the area are generally casual, the food good, the locals are a fun easy going lot. Best restaurant experience was at “Randy’s” in north Naples. Bonita Springs is located between upscale Naples and middle class Ft Myers Beach.
This home is tucked away on a very private, quiet road and is at the end of a cul-de-sac. However, it is incredibly convenient to all of the offerings in Bonita Springs and Naples -- 1/2 mile to the broad beaches of Bonita Springs, minutes away from shopping, less than 1/2 hour to Naples. We have four young children and found this home to be perfect for us. VERY well maintained -- three bedrooms with incredibly comfortable beds, two full bathrooms, a full kitchen (with anything you may require) and an incredible view of Estero bay with access to the Gulf of Mexico. The home has four sets of sliding doors that fully "vanish" behind the living room wall to completely open the house to a beautiful lanai. Truly a calm, comfortable retreat! We spent our days on the beach (10 minute walk or an easy drive to any of Bonita's beaches) and spent each night taking a leisurely walk along the street -- without having to worry about traffic/conjestion that is prevalent on most other streets in Bonita Springs. The home had plenty of space for the six of us and was SO much better than a hotel/condo. We will definitely be back at this house! Owners were terrific to deal with and are very responsive.
Great location , house is on Estero bay and close to beach. Very friendly neighbors, if you like to fish for snook , this is one of the best fishing spots in backyard off dock!! Owners were very nice, accommodating and easy to deal with. Will most definitely be back
Stayed: March 2021Submitted: April 09, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. We're glad that you liked our location and fishing from our dock. We'd be pleased to have you return.And thank you for the compliment. We do try to accommodate vacationers as best we can.
We recently completed an 8 night stay at this home, and thoroughly enjoyed our vacation there. It is a great location, and the home is in impeccable condition. All rooms were perfectly clean, and I can't say enough about the supplies, kitchen-ware, towels, beach gear, etc. that the owners made available. Living room was very comfortable, and we really enjoyed our coffee and breakfasts on the screened in porch. We also loved fishing off the dock, and caught our fair share of fish as well as a few crabs! Dolphins and manatees were frequently seen as well. We definitely recommend this rental for a pleasant, laid back vacation, and we will be returning!
Stayed: December 2018Submitted: January 07, 2019
Matt,Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of our Bonita Beach home. We believe that the layout and location of our home is perfect for a relaxing stay. We strive to provide a comfortable home and are very pleased that your family enjoyed use of our dock.We look forward to your return.Sincerely,Kathleen and Michael owners
Great place to stay,
We have stayed here several times in the past and have never been disappointed. The house is well maintained and there is plenty of room for all to relax and enjoy their stay. Just about everything you need is there for you to use during your stay. The owners are wonderful. They are easy to work with and are very helpful in tying to accommodate all of your needs. A new dock was just built and it is beautiful. My family enjoyed fishing out there or sometimes just sitting and watching the dolphins and the manatees swim by. The house is conveniently located by the beach, several restaurants, and the grocery store. Almost anything you need is a very short drive away. Don't forget to go to Royal Scoop. It is the best ice cream around! I also recommend Docs Beach House and Rosati's Pizza. All a very short distance from the house.
Stayed: June 2018Submitted: January 07, 2019
Tammy,It is a great complement that you have selected our home for several return vacations. We're pleased that your family enjoyed being there. We appreciate your thoughtful description of our home, location, and activities.Kathleen
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