Bonita Springs is a hidden gem between Fort Myers and Naples. If you’re looking, for seclusion, check out what Bonita has to offer. Known for its charming beaches and sand dunes, relaxation is inevitable. Our state parks are a great place to kayak and potentially see dolphins, manatees, parrots and beautiful landscape.
Bonita Springs is benefiting from the grow of both Naples and Fort Myers and is seeing an average increase in its population of 3-4% per year.
People have been living in Bonita Springs for quite some time; in fact, since the days of prehistoric man. Recent discoveries place humans in Bonita Springs around 8,000 years ago. Here are a couple of the milestones in its history:
In 1912, Tennessean J.H. Ragsdale, along with fellow investors from Fort Myers, purchased 2,400 acres around the town of Survey. He and associate, Dan Farnsworth, searched the area and laid out a small town with streets and avenues named after the investors.
The developers decided that the name, Survey, lacked sales appeal, so the town was renamed Bonita Springs! Indian Spring Branch became the Oak Creek; and Surveyor’s Creek was renamed, the Imperial River.