Acknowledged as a place where residents and nature connect, Bonita Bay’s stewardship of the land is legendary. A respect for nature and its preservation guided the community’s design. More than half of Bonita Bay’s acreage was set aside for natural areas and open space, and residential neighborhoods were sited to take advantage of views of nature without impacting it. The result is a decidedly different community that embraces the unspoiled natural beauty of Southwest Florida.
For residents of The Ronto Group’s 26-floor, 120-unit Seaglass high-rise tower that is nearing completion, Bonita Bay’s setting offers an active, healthy lifestyle. Recipient of the America’s Healthiest Clubs award, Bonita Bay’s amenities range from a 60,000 square feet Lifestyle Center, to five championship golf courses, a Tennis & Aquatic Center that includes an 8,000-square foot Sports Center, a full-service marina, a residents-only private beach park, on-property hiking and biking trails, and three parks. The three-story Lifestyle Center includes a 20,000 square foot Fitness Center, a 9,000 square foot spa and salon, and the WAVE Café that serves healthy fast food, organic juices, and smoothies.
The Bonita Bay Club’s golf staff includes 25 PGA Professionals. Three on-property Bonita Bay West courses were designed by Arthur Hills. The three courses achieved Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status in 1995. Two Tom Fazio designed courses at the nearby Bonita Bay Club Naples provide a pure golf experience on over 1,000 acres that includes preserved wetlands but no residential development. It was the first private 36-hole club in the world to achieve certification through the Audubon International’s Signature Program and has been designated as a Certified Signature Sanctuary since 1998.
The Tennis and Aquatic Center’s renovated pool includes four lap lanes, a beach entry, and a spa. The Breezeway Bar and Café features a poolside outdoor dining experience and offers casual fare, including salads, grilled items, and fresh sandwiches. An open-air bar under roof is available for a poolside beverage. The pool deck features two fire pit areas with built-in seating that offers a perfect place to relax and enjoy cool spring time evenings.
A new 8,000-square foot Sports Center is positioned between the tennis complex and the aquatic area. The Sports Center includes a tennis pro shop with a professional staff, racquet services, a tennis retail shop, and dedicated men’s and ladies’ tennis locker rooms. Court assignment television monitors are placed throughout the facility. A covered patio overlooks and runs the entire length of the new Championship Court and provides a prime location for viewing matches.
Five new pickleball courts have also been completed. Located adjacent to the Bonita Bay Club’s Lifestyle Center, the cushioned/Laykold Gel courts are equipped with LED lighting. The pickleball complex includes a championship court and an IPTA certified professional.
The Bonita Bay Marina is located on the Imperial River just minutes from the waters of the Gulf. Wet slips and dry boat storage are available, as well as on-site fueling and light mechanical services. Owned by the residents of Bonita Bay, the Marina accommodates a variety of watercraft with a maximum draft of thirty-six inches. The wet slip lifts can hold vessels up to 16,000 pounds and the dry storage can fit boats up to 32-feet long. Trailer loading and unloading service is available for most boats. Charts, bait, tackle, and other items are available at the Ships Store.
Bonita Bay’s residents-only beach park is located on Little Hickory Island. Residents enjoy swimming, sunning, shelling, bird watching, and surf-fishing while surrounded by white sands and the clear waters of the Gulf. Picnic pavilions, grills, beach chair and umbrella service, showers, and restrooms equipped with infant changing stations are provided. Personal chairs, umbrellas, and other beach items are welcomed.
A network of on-property pathways is available for walking, jogging, and bicycling. Winding through Bonita Bay’s park-like landscaping and nature preserve areas, the pathways provide another healthy alternative to residents. The trails lead to every corner of Bonita Bay, including three parks.
Riverwalk Park runs alongside the Imperial River on the southern edge of Bonita Bay. The park is a sanctioned National Audubon community. A marina includes a boat ramp, 40 boat slips, and canoe storage. A bocce ball facility was added in 2013 joining the tennis, pickle-ball, and basketball courts already in place. The bocce facility was named recipient of a 2013 Green Star Honor Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society in the Park and Recreation category. Riverwalk Park also offers a playground, picnic areas, restrooms, pet stations, and a Parcourse fitness trail.
A canoe and kayak storage and launch facility is available at Spring Creek Park. The park’s shaded nature trails meander through a subtropical forest. An observation deck on Spring Creek provides a spot for appreciating the setting. Attractions include a bocce ball court, a picnic area with grills and tables, a children’s playground, a pet station equipped with a water fountain, gazebos, and restroom facilities.
Bonita Bay’s Estero Bay Park is being preserved to share its rich historical and archeological significance, including a series of 5,000-year old Native American shell mounds. An 800-foot boardwalk winds its way through coastal mangroves to reach a pier on Estero Bay. One of Estero Bay Park’s most treasured attractions is the Butterfly Garden that is planted with native and tropical flowers. The park’s nature trails are outfitted with interpretive signs to enhance the experience.
Visit the Seaglass Sales Center from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. Visit Seaglass online at www.seaglassatbonitabay.com.