Bonita Bay™ is a 2,400-acre master-planned community just north of Naples in Bonita Springs. Located on Southwest Florida’s ecologically sensitive gulf coast, the property incorporates a range of delicate ecosystems, from fresh- and saltwater marshes to mangrove stands, hardwood hammocks, a pristine river and creek, and Estero Bay that opens to the Gulf of Mexico.
Planners recognized that Bonita Bay required responsible and innovative development in order to preserve and enhance the environmental integrity of the site. At build-out, in 2010, fewer than 3,300 residences will have been constructed, a significantly lower density than the 9,240 units approved in the master plan. Intimate neighborhoods of single-family, villa, coach and carriage homes, as well as luxury high-rise condominiums, overlook the Gulf, bay, lakes, golf course property and nature preserves. More than 1,400 acres remain open space, including 230-acres of lakes, expansive nature preserve areas and 12 miles of bicycle and walking paths. The off-site golf courses, called Bonita Bay Club East, includes 895 acres of cypress wetlands, 190 acres of pine flats, lakes, hundreds of native sabal palms and open space. No residential development will ever occur on the site.
Bonita Springs, located midway between Naples and Fort Myers is one of the nation’s most active growth corridors. Less than three miles from Interstate 75 and only 20 minutes from Southwest Florida International Airport, Bonita Bay is bordered by Spring Creek to the north, the Imperial River to the south and the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve to the west. The entrance is on U.S. 41, a short distance north of Bonita Beach Road.
In addition to five championship golf courses, there are three waterfront parks, a private beach park, tennis center, fitness center and marina with access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico a short drive from Bonita Bay, the Beach Park offers residents a chance to swim, shell, and fish. It features an attended station, gazebo, picnic pavilions, beach chairs, showers and restroom facilities with infant changing stations.
Bonita Bay is the only community in Florida to offer five regulation golf courses for the exclusive use of its resident members. The three on-site golf courses are certified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary courses. The community’s two off-site golf courses, located on 1,034 pure golf acres without any residential development, became the world’s first private, 36-hole Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary. Each golf course site is anchored by a country club with formal and informal dining rooms, lounges, pro shop, and men’s and women’s locker rooms.
Health & Fitness
A fitness center and a tennis and swim complex complete with eighteen hydro-grid tennis courts, a heated lap-sized swimming pool with cabana and dressing rooms are located across from the Bonita Bay Club, is available to resident members.
The Marina Club offers easy access to cruising, shelling and fishing on the Gulf of Mexico, Estero Bay and Imperial River. The marina can accommodate almost any craft with a maximum allowed draft of three feet. Ninety wet slips are offered in three sizes (optional lifts may be installed) while three large buildings house 330 dry slips for boats up to 36 feet in length. The Marina Club also includes a bait shop, fuel and service showers and dressing facilities and a fully stocked ships store. Members enjoy dining and social privileges at Backwater Jacks, the Marina Clubs private restaurant overlooking the marina basin and the center of activity for club events.