Located just 10 miles south of Fort Myers is the city of Cape Coral, Florida, known as the “Waterfront Wonderland.” This coastal city of 180,000 residents is famous for its many canals, so move over Venice! With over 400 miles of canals, Cape Coral has more of these waterways than any other city in the world. Most of the canals are navigable and some have access to the Gulf of Mexico.
There is so much to see and do in Cape Coral. With easy access to the water, residents can enjoy boating, fishing and other water sports. But if the water is not your thing, you can hit the bike trails. Cape Coral has been designated as a bicycle-friendly community, with more than 90 miles of interconnected bike paths. While you are enjoying boating or biking, take note of your surroundings, as Cape Coral is known by birding enthusiasts for its wide variety of wildlife.
Take a day trip to beautiful Sanibel Island, just minutes away on the Gulf of Mexico and discover quaint restaurants and shops along the white sandy beaches. Or head over to nearby Captiva Island where you will find over 300 species of seashells along the scenic shoreline. Other recreational options in Cape Coral include the public Yacht Basin and Club, 30 recreational parks and an astounding seven golf courses.
Located in nearby Fort Myers is the Florida SouthWestern State College main campus, which offers two- and four-year degrees. Also in Fort Myers is Florida Gulf Coast University, which offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees.
To satisfy your culinary palate, pick up some fresh produce at the weekly Cape Coral Farmers Market, or if you feel like eating out, there is a good selection of seafood restaurants that feature fresh catches of the day.
For a taste of the arts and culture, you can catch a Broadway favorite at the Cultural Park Theatre, the longest-running theater in Southwest Florida. Each January, Cape Coral hosts the Cape Coral Arts and Music Festival, and year-round, the artists-owned Harbour View Gallery offers exhibits of local talent.
Other popular annual events include one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in the state, and the crowd-pleasing Cape Coral Cardboard Boat Regatta, held in April.
The median home value in Cape Coral is $224,000. The most popular neighborhoods are located in the southwest area of the city.
If the idea of great weather and access to some of the world’s best beaches appeals to you, Cape Coral may be the perfect city for you.