Cape Coral, Florida
Sometimes called the Venice of Florida, the City of Cape Coral is reputed to have 400 miles of canals with access to the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico. Convenient to some of Southwest Florida’s vacation giants and renowned beaches, it is located near Fort Myers (just across the river), Pine Island (to the west), and North Fort Myers (to the east).
Cape Coral’s history is relatively short in the Southwest Florida scheme of things. “The Cape,” as locals refer to it, began as a loose collection of cattle-ranching, logging, hunting, and fishing communities; not until the 1950s did developers aggressively sell Cape Coral to northerners pining for an affordable lot in the land of sunshine.
More recently modern waterfront condo-marina complexes have attracted an upscale wintering crowd of boaters. A new destination condo-hotel resort appeals to the tourist crowd looking for adventure and affordable luxury accommodations.
Families & Nature-Lovers
Families on vacation find activities for children that include Sun Splash Family Water Park, Mike Greenwell’s Family Fun Park, and Eagle Skate Park. The beach at Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Park hosts weekly sunset celebrations and other family events.
Nature-lovers can explore the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, where a boardwalk takes visitors through mangrove habitat. Cape Coral is famous for the burrowing owl, which can be seen day and night throughout the community and has inspired an annual festival.
The city boasts a large and eclectic collection of independent restaurants including Italian, Mexican, Cuban, German and, of course, American, reflecting its equally diverse population.