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Bonita Resort and Club

Bonita Springs, FL 34134-3702 PHONE: 1-239-992-5198 Map it / View Street Address

Featured Review: Bonita Resort and Club

by Sharon Sorensen, Ellicott City, MD 
First printed in Mar/Apr 2007

Bonita Resort and Club is a wonderful small resort located in Bonita Springs, FL on the Estero Bay with a short walk across the street to the beach. The beach access has a park with two picnic tables under cover and rest rooms available. The beach is full of shells, which makes it difficult to walk on without shoes, but great for shell collecting. In comparison to when we visited Sanibel Beach a few years ago, the shells were much more plentiful on Bonita Beach. Possibly this was because the beach was almost empty after the Memorial Day weekend. Even during the holiday weekend there was still plenty of space on the beach.

We had a one-bedroom unit which had a beautiful view of the bay. The unit furnishing were new and the entire resort appeared to have been recently painted. There was a queen bed in the bedroom and a comfortable sofa bed in the living room. The bathroom is through the bedroom with a laundry room off the bathroom. There is a full size washer and dryer in the unit. The unit has a small four-burner stove with an oven and microwave, but no dishwasher, safe or hair dryer in the unit -- the only negatives we found in the unit. I would not recommend this unit for two couples, but it is fine for a family of four. The lanai is screened, which makes it very usable. We were able to watch dolphins in the Bay from the lanai. A small pool with plenty of chairs is available, many pool "noodles" also available for floating around the pool. The resort was full, but we never saw the pool crowded. You can rent beach chairs or beach towels, each $5 for the week. Bikes are available at no charge for use each day; the problem is so much traffic on the road to Fort Myers Beach.

There are three floors with eight units (one-bedrooms) on each floor and a fourth floor with two units (two-bedrooms). There is a sundeck on the fourth floor. There is a sales office on site with units listed for $2,500 to $5,000 for the one bedroom. A plus are the four pontoon boats available for just the price of gas you used. It cost us $13 to take the boat out. Before taking out a boat, everyone must watch a safety and instructional video. The boats can be reserved 24 hours in advance for the morning or the afternoon.

Owners, exchangers, or renters can use the boat docks available at the resort at no charge. There is space for boat trailer storage during the week. A boat ramp is next door at the public park. According to the resort manager, boat owners need to call ahead to reserve space at the dock. There were five private owned boats docked there during our week.

There is a starter supply of paper towels, toilet paper, and soap. There is no weekly maid service. Towels are not replenished during the week, but you have a washer and dryer. We do not do a lot of cooking while on vacation, but there appeared to be an adequate small supply of pans, plates, bowls, etc. There are picnic tables and gas BBQ's for grilling. A number of people utilized this opportunity during the week. We found Mel's Diner the first night and enjoyed a delicious grouper dinner for $12 with a choice of four different preparations. The portions were large and the staff very friendly. The rest of the menu was also very reasonably priced. My husband liked it so much we went back for another meal. We had dinner at Henley's Cafe, advertised for home cooking. It was just O.K. with the staff polite but not friendly and some I did not really want preparing my food based upon their sloppy appearance. My husband's hamburger had the thinnest roll we had ever seen and we could hardly call it a hamburger roll. The local Banner Community newspaper had a 2 for the price of 1 coupon to Sanibel Steakhouse. We took advantage of this offer and had a delicious steak dinner. Without the coupon the price for dinner would be very expensive. Rhodes Restaurant has early an early bird menu from 4 - 6 P.M. You need to order by 6. The selections were limited but the portions were a good size (larger then average). There is a restaurant next door, which was closed for vacation the first part of the week. We did not dine there, as the menu was higher priced then what we like to spend. There is also a small deli store across the parking lot.

We believe this resort is a hidden "gem" and would not hesitate to return.

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