Tropical Bonita Springs is a treat for visitors and residents alike. With city access to both Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, there’s always a warm, sea breeze blowing through Bonita Springs. The city values community, the arts, and health. There are ten veterinary clinics and animal hospitals in Bonita Springs, as the town’s sensibilities extend to the pet population as well! Take your dog with you to The Fish House, a waterfront restaurant that focuses on seafood and has ample dog-friendly seating with a fantastic view!
If you want to see some of the natural beauty that makes Bonita Springs so popular, try hiking the Black Island Trail. This 2.7 mile looped trail is rated as easy to use. It’s great for hiking, cycling, and bird watching! You could also hike the Imperial River Loop Trail for a shorter, 1.2 mile hike. Both trails are welcoming to leashed dogs!
Bonita Springs is a sought after vacation destination, and is packed with dog friendly hotels. Start with Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa or Bonita Lake Resort. You will have to pay a pet fee, but on the other hand, you get to wake up in Bonita Springs.
Bonita Springs Dog Park in Spring Lakes/East Terry is woofderful! Your dog’s tail will start wagging the second you arrive. This park has just about everything. It spans 6.5 acres, giving dogs of every size a chance to stretch their legs! The fenced park has three separate areas, allowing small dogs, large dogs, and medium sized dogs the chance to play with their own size. There’s also plenty of shade! This park is usually packed with dogs, so shy pups may take a while to warm up to it. Enjoy drinking fountains to cool off, and a bench or two for tired owners.
The Bonita Beach Dog Park is everything the name promises and a little more. This beach is fully off leash, allowing your dog to run and play with other pups, or just splash about in the water to his heart’s content! You will need to walk through a small wooded area to arrive on the beach. While the woods is technically an off leash area, you should be aware that this park is not fully fenced in. It’s set back from the road (with the parking lot well out of sight by the time you arrive on the beach), but skittish dogs with poor recall should be kept on leash.
Bonita Shores is home to Sweetwater Adventures. If you have an adventurous pup and you can’t wait to hit the water, this is the place to go, as they allow dogs on their paddleboard and kayak rentals! If hitting the seas with your pup is a dream come true, but you’d like less paddling and more fishing, their private fishing charters are also dog-friendly. Bonita Shores is also home to a great restaurant: Sharky’s Pizza Pub. Grab a pizza or some American pub food and dine outdoors with your dog. Sharky’s Pizza Pub has a large patio, but call ahead if you want to dine during peak hours.
The Depot Park in Nuttinlikit Grove is a small park perfect for the whole family. There’s a fenced playground area so kids can play. There are also grassy sports fields. If there isn’t a game going on when you stop by, these could be perfect for exploring with a curious dog. This park has some of the quiet that larger parks in Bonita Springs can lack. It’s a great choice if you just want a calm neighborhood park; you won’t see big crowds, and its convenient location in this residential area makes it a winner. Bring a doggie bowl, as the drinking fountains are too tall for pups.
Riverside Park often hosts community events like outdoor movies and park fairs. It’s also a great place to go when there’s nothing going on. It has a lot of open, green space that's perfect for playing with your dog. Dogs have to be leashed when they’re in the park, but there’s plenty to explore. If you don’t want to pace a field, you can follow Riverside Park’s walking paths around the park. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, try Survey Cafe. This Imperial River District eatery is known for their soups, sandwiches, salads, and omelettes. Dine on the outdoor patio for a dog-friendly experience.