Bonita Springs — I moved to Bonita with my kids 22 years ago because of its small town feel. In all that time, it has not changed much and that is what I love. It is laid back. It is less of a city than Fort Myers, and more relaxed than Naples.
Bonita is a beach town and I love living so close to the beach. I go to Doc’s, rent my chair and watch my grandkids play in the sand. Sometimes I go with my husband and have a drink and watch the sunset.
One of the best things about Bonita is all of the great mom and pop restaurants. On St. Patrick’s Day we have the best party around at Fitzgerald’s. And every Friday night we love to go to Buffalo Chips to eat the best wings and listen to karaoke. When we feel like an afternoon out, we love Flippers.
I love going to see my good friend Jose at Maria’s Restaurant for the best margaritas and Mexican food in town. We go there to sit and relax and enjoy the pace. On Cinco de Mayo they step it up and it is packed for the mariachi band.
When I go to the Post Office in Bonita, they know me by my first name and are always friendly. And just across the street the Center for the Arts has so many great events for the grandkids. It’s a town where neighbors all watch out for one another.
Families gather on Saturdays for Little League, swimming and just to play at the community pool and playground. The facilities are so nice.
We never miss an event at Riverside Park and it is wonderful that the City puts on such great events and that so many of them are free.
The best thing about Bonita though, is that it is genuine. From the young families to the retirees, everyone moves to Bonita because it is friendly. We all want that small town feel and that makes Bonita Springs the best place to live.