Carla Bonten Rentals, Inc. Offers Special Rates on Rental Properties in Southwest Florida to European Visitors

Bonita Springs, FL, September 19, 2008 --( Carla Bonten, owner of Carla Bonten Realty, Inc., Carla Bonten Rentals, Inc. and Auctioneers by Carla Bonten, Inc. in Bonita Springs, Florida, announces special discounts on seasonal rental properties throughout Southwest Florida to European visitors.

Dubbed the “Early Booking Special”, Bonten is offering European clients a 10 percent discount on their entire stay, if they reserve by October 31, 2008 with a 25 percent deposit. In addition to the special discount, European travelers will notice great deals on vacation rental rates because the Euro is so strong and stretches farther in the U.S. on all purchases.

“Right now, it is cheaper for Europeans to vacation in Southwest Florida than it is to vacation in Europe! A stay in a luxury condominium on a golf course is inexpensively priced at a monthly rate of €2400 estimated, compared to nearly double that amount in Europe. Another good example would be a vacation rental with a picturesque view of the Gulf of Mexico and pristine sandy beaches begins at a monthly rate of €4600 estimated with Carla Bonten Rentals. The same type of rental property in Europe would cost €13000 estimated. This competitive pricing means Europeans will spend less and get more luxury, comfort and quality in a Southwest Florida vacation,” says Bonten. “There is no doubt about it – the strong Euro will buy a lot of vacation this year.”

Bonten knows what it is like to visit and vacation in the United States; she did this for many years before relocating and opening her real estate office in Southwest Florida. Rental clients often decide to purchase property after visiting the area, Bonten says. One of the goals of the rental program is to help improve the local real estate industry by attracting a larger number of visitors to the area.

Bonten recalls the price of traveling and renting in Florida five to 10 years ago when the prices weren’t so great for her European friends…. But now, she marvels that vacationers can travel from Europe and rent in sunny Florida for a quarter of what it used to cost. Coming to Florida is the new “inexpensive vacation destination” for European travelers.

“This is a great deal for clients who are looking for condominiums, coach homes, or private pool homes in golf course communities,” she says. “Southwest Florida remains one of the top travel destinations according to many travel magazines and is home to some of the world’s top beaches. There’s no need to stay in the damp and cold when Florida is so close and so affordable this fall and winter.”

Whether hitting the links for a round of golf, embarking on a safari in the Everglades, setting sail on a sunset cruise, or dining at an exclusive beachfront restaurant, Southwest Florida has it all…and at affordable prices. A nice dinner for two, including a nice glass of wine, costs between €35 and €50.

Bonten says, “Southwest Florida has wonderful cuisine, extraordinary performing arts shows and unrivaled shopping. Europeans will find a variety of entertainment options to explore – whether day or night. From casino boats, area casinos, deep sea fishing, parasailing to Disney World and Busch Gardens only a short drive away – Southwest Florida is truly a vacation paradise at unbelievable rates for the European visitor.”

Area shopping is second to none. Newly opened shops at Miromar Outlets, Gulf Coast Town Center, and Coconut Point Mall in Estero offer great deals on brand name clothing, accessories and goods for the home. Waterside Shops and Venetian Village in Naples feature upscale stores featuring top names like Tiffany, Cartier, Gucci, Hermes, Nordstrom’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

“For the motorcycle enthusiast, Harley Davidson offers prices on rentals and sales far below anything seen in Europe,” adds Bonten. “Sun, adventure and culture – everything to make a vacation memorable is in Southwest Florida.”

Florida’s Sunshine Riviera is easily accessible for European travelers, with Southwest International Airport in Fort Myers a quick commute. Airports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa are also just a two to two and one-half hour drive away.

Bonten markets to Americans and Europeans through her websites, newsletters and online media outlets. Bringing more people to Southwest Florida during this rental season will eventually mean more sales according to the Rental staff. They find once people visit the area they want to invest and return year after year.

A strong Euro combined with a reasonable real estate market makes now a terrific time for Europeans to vacation or to buy a real estate investment for the future. Purchase prices on condominiums, coach homes and single-family pool homes in Southwest Florida are at their lowest levels in many years and sales inventories are high.

For more information, call Melody at Carla Bonten Rentals, Inc. at 239-949-4960 or 1-877-949-4960 for more information about these special rates. A preview of rental properties is available online at

Carla Bonten Realty
E Sue Huff