Know Before You Go

Getting Here

Arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork, payment and orientation before your rental period begins. Allow yourself plenty of time to get here due to unpredictable beach traffic and make sure to call us at 239-992-2137 if you’re running late so we can continue to hold your reservation.

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Orientation Video

Captains must watch the orientation video below. Pay attention – you will be quizzed on your comprehension of the video before you may leave the dock!

Limited Parking

Parking is extremely limited – you must carpool with your group to limit the number of vehicles onsite and allow our parking attendant to direct you upon arrival.

COVID-19 Procedures

In an effort to limit contact as much as possible, we ask that you remain in your vehicle after parking and a staff member will meet you at your car window to complete paperwork and take payment. Once all members of your party have arrived, a staff member will direct you to your boat. Once on the boat, a staff member will size up any children for life jackets and quiz the captain on the orientation video above to ensure comprehension before you may depart. We appreciate your cooperation with current social distancing guidelines while on the property.

Interactive Map of Estero Bay

Click here to access our interactive map of Estero Bay on your smartphone. Our interactive map is the easiest way to navigate the Bay with a marked channel so you can make sure you’re staying between the channel markers to avoid running aground. It’s also got points of interest so you can make your way to beaches, restaurants, and then back to us at the end of your trip! To use the map’s interactive feature, click the compass at the top right corner of the map’s screen and click “Allow” to turn on location services. Be sure your phone’s settings has location services turned ON to access this feature.


The following items are required to check in:

⦿ Valid driver’s license from the captain

⦿ Form of payment (cash or credit card*)

*You must bring a physical card if you wish to pay via credit card, the card you gave over the phone at the time of reservation was taken only in the event of a no-show or late cancellation and has not been charged in advance. If you completed our advance payment option via the form texted to your mobile device, please retain the emailed receipt and be prepared to show your receipt upon arrival.

⦿ Proof of Boater’s Safety Education if the captain was born AFTER 1987 as required by Florida law – more information on that here. If you were born BEFORE 1988, you do not need proof of Boater’s Safety Education to operate a boat.

Consider also bringing the following items for your trip:

⦿ Fishing license if you plan to fish – more information on that here. We do not sell fishing licenses – buy them online before you arrive.

⦿ Bottled water

⦿ Bluetooth speaker – the boat is not equipped with speakers.

⦿ Snacks and other beverages – we do not sell any food or drink items.

⦿ Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats & beach towels – we do not sell any of these items.

We provide life jackets for all sizes (including infants & children) and have a number of coolers available to borrow on a first-come, first-serve basis. We also sell ice and bait shrimp as well as rent fishing rods with tackle.

Call the office at 239-992-2137 for any additional questions. Thank you for choosing Bonita Boat Rentals and we look forward to seeing you!