Know Before You Go

Getting Here

Please pay for your boat reservation at least 24 hours in advance via your reservation text message. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete paperwork, 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.

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*)

* All credit card payments must be paid via the link from your text message confirmation. We will only be taking cash payments in person.

⦿ 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!