The Barefoot Beach Preserve offers one of the last undeveloped stretches of beachfront real estate in South Florida. Collect an abundance of shells from the pristine sands, or watch the waves for dolphins, manatees or possibly even a gopher tortoise or a loggerhead turtle. Kayaks, chairs and umbrellas may be rented. The Leaning Center offers an aquatic butterfly garden and a Saturday morning lecture series.
Arrive early to find free parking at Lee County’s last free beech, the Bonita Springs Public Beach, which features a boardwalk, gazebo and eight picnic shelters. The restrooms are clean, and those arriving late will also find paid parking at a reasonable price.
Be sure to watch a sunset at Little Hickory Beach Park. For great views, catch the boat shuttle from the nearby Hyatt hotel to this island attraction.
Take Rover out for a lazy day on the sands at Dog Beach, which offers poop stations and a dog wash. No leashes required!