Towns below Fort Myers have started to flow seamlessly into one another since the opening of Florida Gulf Coast University in San Carlos Park and as a result of the growth of Estero and Bonita Springs, which were agricultural communities until the 1990s. In recent years the area has become a shopping mecca of mega-outdoor malls mixing big-box stores, smaller chains, and restaurants. Bonita Beach, the closest beach to Interstate 75, has evolved from a fishing community into a strip of upscale homes and beach clubs built to provide access for residents of inland golf developments.
Estero-Bonita Springs at a Glance
Elsewhere in The Lower Gulf Coast
- Cabbage Key
- Cape Coral, Pine Island, and North Fort Myers
- Fort Myers
- Fort Myers Beach (Estero Island)
- Gasparilla Island (Boca Grande)