Tourist in Your Own Back­yard

Won­der­ful get­away choices in South­west Florida

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - Mandy Carter is a lo­cal mom with a pas­sion for fam­ily travel, a pop­u­lar travel blog­ger in­clud­ing her own fam­ily blog at Acup­ful. com and the Dig­i­tal Con­tent & En­gage­ment Edi­tor for TOTI Me­dia.

Some­times you just need to get away ― but then re­al­ize you can’t. Luck­ily we live in a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion mak­ing for a won­der­ful lo­cal va­ca­tion! Here is a great three-day itin­er­ary for be­ing a tourist in your home­town.

FRI­DAY p.m.

Check into the Tri­anon Bonita Bay Ho­tel. This bou­tique ho­tel is a quiet place to get away from the week’s hus­tle. Once you are set­tled into your room, head to the ho­tel pool bar for happy hour while en­joy­ing views of the lake.

End the night by get­ting dressed up and splurg­ing on an in­ti­mate fine-din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at An­gelina’s Ris­torante. The menu is in­spired by the Ital­ian way of din­ing. It be­gins with an­tipasti, fol­lowed by the first course that con­sists of small pasta por­tions. Then onto the main en­trées and end­ing with deca­dent desserts. Reser­va­tions are highly rec­om­mended.


Be­gin the morn­ing with a Pop­si­cle Mi­mosa and de­li­cious break­fast sand­wich from The Eatery

by Ryan. This cozy café serves up a hearty or light break­fast to start your day the way you would like.

Ga­tors, flamin­gos and plants, oh my! Go back in time to see old Florida with a visit to the Ever­glades Won­der Gar­dens. This his­tor­i­cal road­side at­trac­tion also has more than 3 acres of botan­i­cal jun­gle to ex­plore. Check the cal­en­dar for spe­cial events and an­i­mal en­counter times.


Time for lunch. There are so many great restau­rants to choose from, but since you are on your way to hang out at the beach, en­joy a seafood lunch at Co­conut Jack’s. You are sure to see some wildlife if you dine on the out­door pa­tio … and maybe even a dol­phin. As you leave, take a photo in the big blue chair.

Bonita Beach Park is a fan­tas­tic place to en­joy some beach time. This 2.5-acre beach­front park fea­tures a board­walk, great swim­ming area, a gazebo and a num­ber of pic­nic shel­ters.

Af­ter some fun on the beach, you will en­joy let­ting some­one drive you around the wa­ter look­ing for play­ful

dol­phins, mys­te­ri­ous man­a­tees and an ar­ray of birds. Set sail with All Wa­ter Ex­cur­sion on its week­end Sun­set Dol­phin Cruise.

SUN­DAY a.m.

Sleep in! Once check­ing out of your ho­tel, take a short drive over to the Hy­att Re­gency Ho­tel to end you stay­ca­tion with an elab­o­rate buf­fet break­fast on the pa­tio at Tan­gle­wood.

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