Bonita Springs : Florida

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What it's Like to Retire in Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs is a town south of Ft. Myers and north of Naples in south Florida. The population was about 43,000 in 2008 where the average age is 54.  The town is very popular with retirees because of warm winters, easy lifestyle, and access to beaches and the Gulf of Mexico.  There are several public beaches and parks to be enjoyed. Photos of Bonita Beach courtesy of Wikipedia and Jim Williams.

Where to Retire in Bonita Springs and Home Prices

There is a large selection of active adult developments. Many of them are based around golf courses. Or you can live in a mixed generation neighborhood.
Like most of South Florida, Bonita Springs real estate tumbled in 2006, although not as bad as nearby Ft. Myers or Lehigh Acres. The median sale price was $294,750 in early 2016, according to Zillow.


What is special about Bonita Springs

Warm winters in south Florida. Close public access to the beach and parks like: Bonita Beach Park  (boardwalk and swimming area). Barefoot Beach Preserve Park -(one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida's southwest coast). and Little Hickory Island Beach Park There are any different developments to live in. Prices have returned to reasonable levels after going out of control in 2006.

What is not special about Bonita Springs

Traffic is heavy in season. Everything tends to be new and there is not much old charm.  The economic health of some developments is tenuous due to foreclosures and HOA dues defaults.

Who will like retirement in Bonita Springs

People looking for warm winters, particularly those who enjoy golf, tennis, boating, and going to the beach, will enjoy Bonita Springs.  Most residents are retired or close to it.

Local economy is driven by

Retirees and tourism drive the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Bonita Springs is on the Gulf coast, south of Ft. Myers and north of Naples on Florida's west side. Winters are warm enough that shorts and tee shirts will suffice on most January days. Summers are hot and humid and feature daily rain showers.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is some culture in Bonita Springs thanks to the programs run by the Art League of Bonita Springs. There is much more available in nearby Ft. Myers and Naples. The Bonita Springs Concert Band performs on Sundays in the winter months.


Crime in Bonita Springs is lower than the national average.

Medical facilities

Nearby Fort Myers has several large hospitals and so does Naples (which also has a Cleveland Clinic).


Fort Myers Airport (Southwest Florida International) is a major airport with frequent service and some low cost carriers. Seminole Gulf Railway offers excursions. Bonita Springs is below average in walkability when compared to other communities.


Valuable Links

City of Bonita Springs
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary


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  • State: FL
  • Environment: Suburban,Coastal,Boating Community,Golf Community,Gated,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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