Barefoot Beach Preserve, Bonita Springs

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Must see · Beach · Wildlife Area
Dig your feet into the sand and watch tortoises go by on Barefoot Beach Preserve, one of southwest Florida's last undeveloped barrier islands. Hike the short path for views of the ocean and lush vegetation and consider a guided walk with a ranger to learn about the area's plant and animal life. You can also pick up a free informative recreation guide. Restrooms, showers, and a concession stand at which you can purchase food and drinks and rent beach equipment are available. The preserve also provides parking for a fee. A visit to Barefoot Beach Preserve represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bonita Springs trip itinerary maker site to plot your vacation.
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  • This is a nice beach where you can get away from the more crowded Bonita Beach. You have to drive through a neighborhood of million dollar homes to get to the preserve. It's not a bad deal at $8 a.....  more »
  • Lovely clean beach located in Bonita Beach. After driving through a beautiful neighborhood you will pay $8 to park, but well worth it. There are restrooms and a short boardwalk to the beach. This.....  more »
  • We loved this beach!!!! The best part was the 'hidden' path. Parking is $8 to get in and you can pay at the lot too. Once you go past the hut, my recommendation would be to go to the third lot all the way back. There were not as many people! If you pull all the way to the back of the 3rd lot where it starts to loop around, you'll see a white gate and a big dumpster. Go past those and you'll find a hidden path! It's about a 1.5 mile walk surrounded by trees, but also had hidden access to the beach along the way. When we were there, we saw many gopher tortoises that was fun for the kids! Be careful and don't park on the areas they have blocked off. The sand is perfect for making sand castles! The water was clean and we did see some park rangers checking on the place from time to time.
  • Very nice beach, it will cost you $8 to park all-day until sunset. Had lots of fun with family. If you are a Shell's collector this is the perfect beach for you. This park/beach has showers to rinse off and bathrooms. I recommend this beach to families with some children. Also the park provide you life jacket if you need it for kids FREE😊

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