Hyatt Bonita Springs–Most Underrated Hyatt Beach


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If I told you that you could access a private island in a preserve all on Hyatt points, in Florida, would you believe me? Most people think of great beaches, especially Hyatt ones, as out of the country, like the Hyatt Regency Aruba or the Park Hyatt Maldives. But you can access one of Hyatt Hotel’s nicest beaches here in the sunshine state. I mean, there are plenty of nice beaches in the U.S. and especially ones at good Hyatt properties like the Hyatt Huntington Beach or the Hyatt Clearwater, but it’s hard to beat the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa’s private beach.

Bick Hickory Island Beach With no waves

The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa Beach

The Hyatt hotel shares the island beach with Pelican Landing. The beach is fresh off a multi-million dollar upgrade. Just take a look at the before and after pictures below.

You can see that before the fresh sand was brought in the water was up to the building in the picture.

Big Hickory Island Before Restoration

After the restoration, the beach is extra long and far away from the building.

Big Hickory Island After Restoration

The Hyatt hotel offers complimentary boat shuttle service to the island. The boat schedule is as follows:

Leave marina:

  • 9:45 a.m.
  • 10:45 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m.
  • 12:45 p.m.
  • 1:45 p.m.
  • 2:45 p.m.

Leave beach:

  • 10:15 a.m.
  • 11:15 a.m.
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:15 p.m.
  • 2:15 p.m.
  • 3:15 p.m.
  • 4:15 p.m.

Each morning we’d take the 9:45 am boat over and would have the beach all to ourselves for a good hour or so. The 12:45 boat ride is the busiest. There isn’t any commercial eatery on the island, so make sure to bring your lunch.

To get to the boat dock, simply hit “P” in the elevator for Pool and head towards the back of the hotel property. Don’t forget to make a stop by the pool towel station to pick up some towels to take with you to the island. I forgot them the first day, so had to walk all the way back to the towel station before the boat left. Luckily I had 15 minutes to spare.

Hyatt Bonita Springs Walkway to Docks

Hyatt Regency Bonita Springs Dock

The boat dock is also off a fresh renovation. This dock service Pelican Landing as well so both boats leave at different times towards the island, but Hyatt guests can only take the Hyatt boat.

Hyatt Bonita Springs Boat Dock Station

Big Hickory Island Boat Ride From Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Bonita Springs From Boat

Bick Hickory Island Boat Ride With Waves

A short 15 minute boat ride and you’ll find yourself at the beach. The boat ride is most enjoyable, especially for kids. There is a good chance you’ll sea birds, a reasonable chance you’ll see dolphins and a slight chance you’ll see manatees. It’s a nice enjoyable boat ride.

Big Hickory Island Boat Dock

Upon arrival at Big Hickory Island, guests will step out onto the dock, and have a short walk on a well groomed path to the private beach.

Big Hickory Island Arrival

Big Hickory Island Path

Big Hickory Island Building

The building has showers to clean off after a swim in the ocean. It also has bathrooms as well.

Bick Hickory Island Deck 2

Bick Hickory Island Deck

Bick Hickory Island Beach View From Deck Left

Bick Hickory Island Beach View From Deck Straight

Bick Hickory Island Beach View From Deck

The beach has plenty of chairs and seating up at the main building as well.

Bick Hickory Island Beach Chairs Left

Bick Hickory Island Beach Chairs Right

Bick Hickory Island Beach View From Chair 2

Bick Hickory Island Beach View From Chair

The beach itself is fantastic. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Big Hickory Island Building View

Bick Hickory Island View Back Towards Building

Bick Hickory Island Beach View Right Behind Chairs

Bick Hickory Island Beach View Right With little Waves

Bick Hickory Island Beach Waves

Bick Hickory Island Bird

Bick Hickory Island Beach With no waves

After a nice day at the beach it was time to head back to the dock and the Hyatt Regency Bonita Springs resort.

Bick Hickory Island Walk Towards Boat Dock

Bottom Line

You can’t go wrong with one of the Hyatt properties with a beach.

But if you are looking to use your Hyatt points for a nice beach in the U.S. I’d strongly suggest considering the private beach on Big Hickory Island in beautiful southwest Florida.

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Comments

  1. I stayed at the timeshare resort prior to the beach renovation. The beach was great, but not enough sand so I am glad to see more “beach.” Also, the timeshare resort is only 5 or so minutes from the regular hotel and you can take the shuttle between the two. Guests can access both hotels for free (except during peak holiday times). The timeshare resort has a lazy river which I loved! The regular hotel is great too with a rock climbing wall and beautiful grounds.

  2. Wow – just figured it out. This is a Category 2 hotel. So just 8,000 points a night? I am sold!

  3. Thanks for sharing! This Hyatt seems like a lot of fun… and you have to love the private island! As someone who owns a timeshare, I’d like to know which timeshare DealsWeLike was referring to so I can add it to my list of future places to stay. I love finding domestic locations so I can use our Southwest Companion pass 🙂

  4. Darn, I guess I was confusing it with the Hyatt Place Coconut Point which is close by. Do guest at the Hyatt Place also get to us the private beach?

  5. thanks for the break down! Going for the first time and didnt know what to expect. You really made it nice and clear. Now im looking forward to going all the more. thanks again!

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