Bonita Springs, Florida
Barefoot Beach Bonita Springs Reviews
A Break from the Busy Beach Jul 21, 2011
Barefoot Beach Preserve is on the same land mass - Little Hickory Island - as Bonita Beach. The south end of the island is home to a preserve. County rangers offer a long list of activities and educational programs, ranging from guided canoe trips to presentations on protected species like sea turtles and wading birds.
There is very little development on the south end of Barefoot Beach and it is secluded from condominiums and commercial strips. You do have to make a slow drive from Bonita Beach Road to the preserve through a gated, upscale development. The entrance at Barefoot Beach Boulevard has a gatehouse and guard for private residences, which can make it hard for potential visitors to find the beach.
Likely visitors: People seeking a more natural beach away from the commercial area and crowded beaches like Ft Myers Beach.
Parking: $8 entrance fee per vehicle or free for Collier County residents with a beach parking permit. There are three parking lots.
Facilities: There is one building restrooms, showers, concessions and picnic tables.
Some things you will find: There is fishing gear and fishing ramps, two nature trails, aquatic butterfly and cacti gardens, shelling, lectures and guided tours, water equipment rentals and gopher tortoises crossing the road from the estuary to the beach.
If you're looking for a more relaxed, natural place to picnic, hike or just catch some rays while enjoying the beautiful Gulf Of Mexico, this is the beach for you.
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