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A blog about vacations in Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs along with things to do and places to stay in Southwest Florida.

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Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach A Renters Guide to the Islands Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renters Guide to the Islands

Here in the Sunshine State, you have so many options to choose from when you’re planning your vacation. From super-popular theme park attractions in Orlando/Kissimmee/St Cloud, to airboat rides in the Everglades, Florida has something for everyone’s taste…especially if you like warm weather!

While you may have heard of the beautiful beaches here in Southwest Florida, we thought we’d give you a closer look into two in particular: Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach…after all, this is where all of our vacation rentals are situated.

If you’re planning on traveling to our neck of the woods, we want to ensure that you enjoy your stay as much as possible. So we’ve had to learn all about the festivities, local hot spots, and parks to ensure you’re informed about where to go and things to do.

Should you decide to download our free eBook simply by clicking the picture above, we’ll even email you from time to time about great deals on our vacation rentals so that you can save money on your trip!

Without further ado, here are 12 ways you can enjoy your Fort Myers Beach or Bonita Beach vacation:

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Matanzas Pass Preserve Sign Courtesy of Wikimedia User Ebyabe #12 Matanzas Pass Preserve   A Nature Lovers Paradise

This is the final installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

Fort Myers and Bonita Beaches are havens for wildlife, and provide an absolute paradise for nature lovers. If you want to appreciate the natural beauty and tranquility of the area, one of the places you may be interested in is the Mantazas Pass Preserve.

Matanzas Pass Preserve is located on the seven-mile long barrier island of Estero, in the town of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The 60 acre preserve runs along Matanzas Pass and is one of the few undeveloped, protected areas on the island.

Here, you will have the rare opportunity to view Estero Island as it was before it became the popular beach destination that it is today.

Three natural plant communities make up the Matanzas Pass Preserve:

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Boating on Fort Myers Beach2 #11: Best Places on the Islands of Southwest Florida for Boating

This is the eleventh installment of Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

A vacation to the islands of Southwest Florida isn’t complete without a day on the water! Ahh…just imagine the breeze through your hair and the sun on your face, as you cruise along the Gulf of Mexico. The calm waters of the Gulf and back bays are ideal for boating enthusiasts! Here are a few of the best boating destinations you may want to consider stopping at:

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#10 Best Places on the Islands for Fishing

Posted by Barb On September 21st

Tilapia #10 Best Places on the Islands for Fishing

This is the tenth installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

If you love to fish, and you’re staying on Fort Myers Beach or Bonita Beach, you’ve officially arrived in paradise. The fishing in Southwest Florida is an experience like no other, whether you’re an avid angler, a weekend fisherman, or just enjoy casting an occasional line as you bask in the sun.

Southwest Florida has some of the best backwater fishing in the state. This includes angling in the extensive network of bays, mangrove islands and tidal creeks that permeate the region. There are thousands of miles of shoreline, countless oyster bars and acres of seagrass beds that attract an abundance of saltwater fish.

Roaming these waters are four of the state’s most sought-after game-fish - snook, redfish, spotted sea-trout and tarpon. In fact, thousands of anglers come to southwest Florida each year for the chance at a grand slam, catching one individual of each species in one day!

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#9 Pet Friendly Areas – A Renter’s Guide!

Posted by Barb On August 31st

Dog Beach #9 Pet Friendly Areas   A Renters Guide!

This is the ninth installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

You don’t have to choose between spending time with man’s best friend and a getaway vacation to Southwest Florida. You can do both from your vacation rental on Fort Myers Beach or Bonita Beach! There are many pet friendly vacation rentals that welcome you AND your pet. One of the most popular spots for dogs and their humans (or any dog lover), is Dog Beach.

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#8 Barefoot Beach – A Renters Guide!

Posted by Barb On August 17th

Barefoot Beach01 #8 Barefoot Beach   A Renters Guide!

This is the eighth installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

If you are staying in one of the beautiful vacation rentals on Bonita Beach, you may want to consider taking a short drive south to visit Barefoot Beach.

Barefoot Beach is actually on the same land mass – Little Hickory Island – as Bonita Beach. However, the south end of the island is home to a preserve known as Barefoot Beach. This preserve consists of 342 acres of natural land, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast.

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#7 Bonita Beach

Posted by Barb On July 27th

Shells on Bonita Beach #7 Bonita Beach

This is the seventh installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

Bonita Beach may be one of the best places in Southwest Florida to catch the sunset. Although the beach does not have the same “sugar sand” as Fort Myers Beach, which is heaven to walk in, the shell bits that make up the sand at Bonita Beach have their own lure.

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#6 Little Hickory Island

Posted by Barb On July 6th

Little Hickory Island FL Sunset #6 Little Hickory Island

This is the sixth installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

Little Hickory Island boasts the barrier island community of Bonita Beach.

The beach facing the Gulf on the west side of Little Hickory Boulevard is very picturesque with soft white sand, natural coastal dunes, sea oats and an abundance of surf. Visitors and residents enjoy walking, shelling, swimming, surf fishing, and taking in the breathtaking sunsets at the end of each day.

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#5 South End of Estero Island

Posted by Barb On June 20th

Dog Beach #5 South End of Estero Island

This is the fifth installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

The South end of Estero Island is the perfect place to go for a quiet getaway. With white, sugar sand beaches spanning for miles, you will enjoy the private tranquility of the Gulf shores, yet still be only a short drive from the town center.

The south end of Estero island sits just north of Black Island, which is home to the beautiful Lover’s Key State Park.

Lover’s Key is the perfect getaway…whether you’re lovers or just a lover of peace, tranquility, and beauty. For years, this island was only accessible by boat. It was said that lovers traveled to the island to enjoy its remote and solitary beach.

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#4 Estero Mid-Island

Posted by Barb On May 26th

IMG 0878 #4 Estero Mid Island

This is the fourth installment of “Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach: A Renter’s Guide To the Islands”, which can be downloaded for FREE from our eBook library.

The area of Estero Island known as Mid Island generally spans from 4,000 to 6,000 Estero Blvd. This area of the island is a little quieter and more private than the areas near Times Square.

This area is also a popular launching point for boating, leaving from Mid-Island Marina. Or, many also like to take advantage of the dolphin tours from Mid- Island Water Sports.

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