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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“This is a great beach State Park with lots to see and do. Hop in a kayak or lounge under an umbrella on the shore. Explore serene canals and lagoons that are favorite grazing spots for manatee and shorebirds. You may see the calm, turquoise waters broken by a dolphin’s dorsal fin or by the strike of an osprey’s talons. Lovers Key isn’t just a name either—the park is a popular romantic destination and frequently hosts picturesque gulf-side weddings.”
  • 86 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is a great hidden beach to go to with your dog or without... where dogs can run and play leash free. You have to hike your way to the beach..but if you like hounds on the loose come on by and check it out. It's on the right hand side down ESTERO BLVD..about 7 miles over Big Carlos Pass Bridge...and it's FREE!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐”
  • 10 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Amazing Beach offering soft white sand, shelling, to die for sunsets, and many small Free parking lots along bonita beach road, about every 2 blocks. Arrive early if you are going for sunset, because the parking can be hard to come by. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Flipper's is a nice choice from brunch or dinner, located right on a bay with great views and good food. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Lodging
“...because sometimes you want a little more sand to yourself! Take the trolley and decide where you want to catch a bite to eat or drink on the way back.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
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  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Great fun filled day with family or a group of friends. Rent a pontoon and sail away on the Backwaters through Bonita Bay. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Look for small parking areas between here and Bonita Beach Rd. I prefer the free ones that only hold a few cars each (look for the white wooden fences).”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“The entire island of Mound Key is one large historic site originally used by the Calusa indians. Great kayaking/canoeing, fishing, and bird watching. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
“This is another good place to fish off of...actually you go down the sides of this and you can fish on either side of the jetty. AND ITS FREE!! ⭐⭐⭐”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“This is the best and most dependable beach access point. It has restrooms, parking, and is handicap accessible. A short walk along the beach towards the north takes you to a beautiful pass.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“You don't have to take the trail if you're not a big hiker, but this area is a great place to spot Gopher Tortoises. You can even see them from the road.”
  • 1 local recommends
Premise
“Estero Bay is Florida's first aquatic preserve. The preserve protects the water, inlets, and islands along 10 miles of Estero Bay and provides critical habitat for many bird and fish species that depend on it for migratory patterns, feeding and nesting and breeding grounds. Visitors can enjoy the preserve from land or by water. Much of the undeveloped property in the Estero Bay are in conservation and provide great fishing and recreational boating opportunities. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Bar
“Flipper's is a nice choice from brunch or dinner, located right on a bay with great views and good food. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant

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