Barefoot Beach Preserve, Bonita Springs

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Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
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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  • Beautiful beach, lots of shells, very litlle seaweed and gentle waves. Bonus of the tortoises in the parking areas. To get to it, you drive through an expensive housing area then end at the beach...  more »
  • In town with family and decided to head to the beach for a day. This place did not disappoint. Super convenient and you can’t beat the $8 parking. We arrived around 11am on a Saturday and found...  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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