Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, Estero is a relaxed and laid-back village with a great mix of urban and rural activities. There is so much outdoor adventure to be had here, as well as a pawtastic range of dog-friendly restaurants, shops, and a highly-rated animal hospital, making this a destination that your pooch will enjoy just as much as you will.
There are some gorgeous dog walks to be had in Estero, with a few of these being at the Estero Bay Preserve State Park. This was the very first aquatic preserve to be established in Florida, and is home to such a rich diversity of wildlife. There are four trails that you and Fido can take here, each one meandering through undeveloped conservation land, including flatwoods and tidal swamps.
Every dog loves to eat, and there are certainly plenty of places at which your pup can do this in Estero. For Mexican-inspired dishes, the Cancun Bar and Grill will not disappoint, while Ruth's Chris Steak House is the place to go for an upscale meat-centric meal. If you would like to treat your pup to something special, Paw-radise Pet Gourmet has a dedicated dog treat bakery, with a menu of 15 different types of cookies to choose from.
With dog-friendly hikes, beaches, shops, restaurants and more, Estero is a destination that really caters to our favorite four legged friends!
There are a few things for you and your pooch to do in Estero's Coconut neighborhood, but the highlight has got to be the Koreshan State Park. Here you will find 11 historic buildings that used to be home to the pioneering colony that led to the development of Estero, and so long as you keep Fido on a lead, he will be allowed to explore these with you. In addition to this historic settlement, the park also boasts a tail-wagging nature trail, a fishing lake, picnic areas, and a dog-friendly, full-facility campground. Water is provided for dogs here, but you will still need to bring a lead and doggie bags.
The Ben Hill Griffin Pky/ Corkscrew Rd neighborhood is quite a busy one, meaning that there is always something going on to keep Fido entertained. If the two of you would like to indulge in some retail therapy, head to the Miromar Outlets, which has received countless awards for being a superb shopping mall. Most of the stores here are pet-friendly, and many also leave out bowls of water for dogs to sip from. After all of that shopping, treat your pup to a meal at one of the numerous dog-friendly restaurants in the area. Luna's Pizza serves up traditional New York-style pizza while Beef 'O' Brady's is famous for their award-winning wings.
Within the Corkscrew Rd/ S Tamiami Trl neighborhood lies Estero Park, a spacious, 55 acre multi-purpose park with so much to see and do. There are multiple sports facilities here, from bocci and horseshoe courts to a disc golf course, as well as a recreation center, ampitheater, playground, picnic shelters, four lakes, and K-9 Corral, a fenced-in dog park. With a wooded area, sand pits and grass lawns, as well as a separate section for smaller dogs, this is a park that dogs really love. There is a water fountain and doggie bags provided at the dog park, but you will still need to bring your own with you if you plan on exploring the rest of Estero Park too.
Less than 14 miles from the heart of Estero is the Hickory Blvd/ Mclaughlin Blvd neighborhood of Bonita Springs, which is famous for being home to the Lovers Key State Park. Encompassing 712 acres, including tidal lagoons and four barrier islands, this park is a haven for wildlife, and the 5 mile long, dog-friendly Black Island Trail is the best way to explore all of this. At the south end of the neighborhood, you will find a dog-friendly, off-lead beach, where dogs are able to run and swim as much as they want. There are such a wide range of dog breeds that visit this beach, and there are doggie shower facilities too for rinsing your dog off afterwards.
Just two miles outside of Estero lies the Bonita Springs neighborhood of Council, which is the pawfect place for you and Fido to go if you want to do some shopping. The stores at the Coconut Point Mall are dog-friendly, with many of them even handing out treats to canine visitors. After browsing the shops, take your dog to the DipidyDawg Gourmet Dog Bakery and Boutique, a speciality pet store with an on-site organic bakery for dog treats. If you would like something to eat too, the dog-friendly South Fork Grille serves up delicious surf and turf dishes, while The Brass Tap is famous for their selection of beers from around the world.