Bonita Springs : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs is a town south of Ft. Myers and Estero and north of Naples in south Florida. The population was about 55,900 in 2020 with an average age of 59.  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. Photo of Bonita Beach courtesy of Wikipedia and Jim Williams in the public domain.

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Where to Retire in Bonita Springs and Home Prices

There is a large selection of active adult and 55+ developments. Many of them are based around golf courses and are quite luxurious. Some have annexes at the beach.
Median home values have steadily increased and was about $502,179 in early 2022, according to Zillow, and up a whopping 35.7% during the past year.


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. It shares a barrier island along with Estero and Fort Myers that has great beaches. 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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