Day Two we decided to go to Bonita Beach, which is a beach town in South West Florida. It is located on a road-accessible barrier island called Little Hickory Island that lies between the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay.
We parked on the Bonita Beach Causeway (black cross on the map below) for free which was amazing and entered the water from here.
We took our paddle board and pumped it up on the side of the road and entered the water close to the top left corner of my cross.
We were so excited as pretty soon after we got into the water, we saw a manatee up close and personal. We also saw lots of pelicans, herons and other birds.
This is a great place to get out on the water and see some nature. Although, there were LOTS of people on boats with loud music, so it's not the most serene place to relax. But it was good fun and definitely a highlight of our trip!
Bonita Beach waters
The water around Bonita Beach is stunning. Crystal clear, super warm and beautiful to photograph. We took the drone and got some beautiful photographs from the sky, but I also got some lovely ones with my phone.
Be sure to pack a lunch and lots of water as it gets HOT out here. And also be careful to pay attention to the tides if you come with (or hire) a boat. One boat got stuck out here (see photo below) because they had "parked" on the sand and then the tide changed and they struggled to get it back in the water.
After our day on the water, we went to Micelis (pronounced Michellies) for dinner. It was a fun place to eat as they had a live band and great views. It's right on the water, so we watched the sunset over the mangroves. A great place for a casual dinner.
I had the Ahi Tuna with tri-citrus teriyaki for $15 and Jeremie had Stuffed Flounder (with shrimp, clam & crab meat) for $18. We also shared a mojito pitcher which wasn't great, but it was cheap and cheerful!