Located in between the Caloosahatchee River and the Matlacha Pass, Cape Coral is one of the top South Florida cities to live in. With more miles of canals than any other city in the world (400 miles of navigable waterways to be exact), it’s no wonder Cape Coral is known as “A Waterfront Wonderland.”
Here’s what you can expect as a Cape Coral resident:
Cape Coral boasts around 265 days of sunshine a year, making it the perfect place to soak up a few rays. In January, temperatures average around 75 degrees while August brings in around 95 degrees. And don’t worry about the rain ruining your day. The city only has about 53 inches of rain per year.
While the city has a humid subtropical climate, expect to feel the cool air from the gulf breeze, especially in the summer.
If you love the beach, then you’ll love what Cape Coral has to offer. The city is home to two great beaches: the Yacht Club Community Park and the Four Freedoms Park.
Opened in 1962, the Yacht Community Club offers visitors a variety of waterfront amenities such as a fishing pier, a marina, boat ramps, picnic shelters, barbecue grills. The park’s public beach, which is located on the Caloosahatchee River, allows for swimming, kayaking, and boating.
The 3.2-acre Four Freedoms Park and Recreation Center is the perfect spot for those who are looking to sunbathe. The park’s sunbathe-only beach provides picturesque views of the Bimini Basin as you get your tan on.
Exciting outdoor activities
From fishing in a freshwater lake to biking around the city, there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures in Cape Coral.
For nature lovers, the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve is a great spot to observe animals such as snakes, eagles, tortoises, and herons in their natural habitat. Located along the Caloosahatchee River, the 365-acre preserve is home to a magnificent mangrove forest. Aside from bird-watching, visitors are also welcome to go kayaking, fishing, and hiking.
Cape Coral also has the largest population of Burrowing Owls. Those who want to spot these small, yet distinctive birds may do so outside the Cape Coral Library. Many of these owls also prefer to stay in vacant lots, golf courses, and other open areas.
Looking for something to do with the whole family? The Sun Splash Water Park is a fun, family-friendly area filled with pools, tunnels, and water slides. The 14-acre park, which is the largest waterpark in Southwest Florida, has a total of 16 exciting attractions. It is also one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Coral, Florida.
Cape Coral’s many canals give residents plenty of boating opportunities. The majority of these canals have easy access to the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico, giving boaters of all ages an incredible boating experience.
One of the best boat rental companies in the city is Boating Cape Coral. Both owners – Captain John and Captain Bob – have more than 40 years of boating and fishing experience.
The thriving craft beer scene
Big Blue Brewing, in particular, has won numerous awards such as the Best Beer award in 2018 and the Best Brew Pub award, also in 2018. The popular Cape Coral brewery also struck gold for their American Cream Ale, which won the “Lightest Thing You Got” award. Big Blue Brewing offers 24 different beers on tap, along with other local brews.
Unique community events
Cape Coral is no stranger to community events. Every January, the city holds an annual bike tour called Tour de Cape in Cape Coral’s northwest and southwest regions. Participants can join the 5K-bike tour, three-mile family bike ride, or the 15-30-62-100-mile bike tour.
The Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival also happens in January. It features more than 300 exhibitors showcasing their painting, photography, sculpture, fine crafts, jewelry, digital art, and mixed media creations. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, this music and arts festival is the largest special event in Lee County and draws in more than 100,000 visitors.