Cape Coral: the “Venice of America”
Cape Coral is modern city without skyscrapers and busy main streets. It is truly a tropical haven for nature lovers, boaters, anglers and those simply wanting to slip away to a waterfront paradise for a while! A hidden gem in Southwest Florida where time stands still and the worries of the world slowly slip away.
Also known simply as "The Cape," this iconic town is renowned for its casual waterfront lifestyle and relaxed ambiance. It promises a tranquil combination of scenic canals, nature parks teeming with wildlife and fun family activities from discovering alligators in the mangroves to the thrills of an adventure park.
Experience the beauty of immersing yourself deep in nature as you explore the 400 miles of scenic canals and nature preserves set between the Caloosahatchee River and Gulf of Mexico. Take a boat tour through the estuaries, head to sea on a fishing charter in search of the perfect catch and soak up the sun on the beach while the kids play safely in the calm waters. The activities and adventures are endless.
There are numerous opportunities to rent your own boat and in the south of Cape Coral you can find many amazing restaurants offering the chance to dock your boat and sit down and dine.
If you are bringing your own boat with you, there are five public boat ramps to cater to your boat launching needs, and plenty of restaurants and stores to explore along the Cape Coral Parkway.
Exciting family outings can be had in Cape Coral at Mike Greenwell's Family Fun Park, Eagle Skate Park, and at the breathtaking Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve – which is a mangrove habitat that you can experience by walking along meandering boardwalks. Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve covers 365 acres, and it is the second largest preserved natural space in the city. The area is comprised of a marshland and river system, and visitors are able to access the area by utilizing a series of walking trails or by kayaking.
Just remember to look for Cape Coral's most famous resident – the burrowing owl, often seen day and night throughout the community.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own kayaks or rent them directly from the preserve.
The Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly Garden, located at Rotary Park, is dedicated to preserving native butterfly species, and the house is a sanctuary for butterflies from predators. Once the butterflies have hatched, matured, and become grown, they are released back into the wild.
At the butterfly house, visitors are able to witness all four life stages of the butterfly, from egg to bright winged, with free tours on Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings.
As evening wanes, explore the buzzy streets where families mingle, honeymooners daydream in waterside cafes and yachts line the shores of the scenic marina.
Cape Coral Nightlife brings has a selection of bars, sports bars, dancing, comedy, live music, and entertainment.
For a fun night out on the town, there are several tiki huts, swanky waterside joints, and various kinds of bars.
Many of Cape Coral's restaurants feature live music and entertainment.
When renting your own private vacation home , relaxing by the pool in the evening with a glass of wine sounds like heaven!