Welcome to Cape Coral
A vibrant, up-and-coming waterfront community ideal for the whole family
Often recognized as one of Florida's top communities for families, Cape Coral is an even better draw for families who love the water. Sure, it's not hard to find waterfront living in Southwest Florida, but this community of approximately 200,000 residents isn't most places. Not only is the area surrounded by water - the Caloosahatchee River forming the city's eastern border, the Matlacha Pass flowing along the west - it flows from within Cape Coral.
Originally conceived in the late 1950s and further developed throughout the 1960s, the community features over 400 miles of navigable canals - the most of any city in the world — beating even Venice, Italy. More so than the roads, the canals (including freshwater and saltwater) are the city's central arteries and have rightfully earned the city the nickname "Waterfront Wonderland."
As one might imagine, the boating, fishing, and natural habitats are world-class, as is the city's housing. Contemporary, Mediterranean, and Spanish-influenced homes are the favored styles, though you'll find many opulent gems through Cape Coral's palm tree-lined canals.
What to Love
- Stunning Gulf Coast setting
- An abundance of grand and gorgeous waterfront homes
- Access to an array of waterfront parks and natural wildlife habits
You don't have to love the water to live in Cape Coral, but it will certainly make your time here that much more enjoyable. To say life revolves around the city's waterways and its access to the Gulf of Mexico is an understatement. Practically every neighborhood features a selection of homes with direct canal access and private backyard boat docks. The location lends itself to an active lifestyle, too. Canoeing, kayaking, and boating (both small craft and large yachts) are all favorite pastimes.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
If you're after the city's favorite local bar scene that features outstanding dishes well beyond standard pub fare, you'll find it at the Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery. Breakfast hot spot House of Omelets serves up an exceptional breakfast, with their signature being, of course, their unique and delicious omelets.
Located on Cape Coral's southern tip is the popular Safe Harbor Cape Harbour. A mixed-use, master-planned community, the marina portion features wet and transient boat slips and dry boat storage. There are four restaurants, several smaller boutique shops, and rental and tour companies within the complex’s commercial center.
Things to Do
If you enjoy being in, around, or simply nearby water, few places will make you happier than Cape Coral. With 23 miles of coastline, and over 400 miles of waterways, it is hard to escape, but not many residents want to. Many canals provide easy access to the Matlacha Pass and its abundant wildlife, the Gulf of Mexico, and numerous sports fishing areas.
The city also has over 30 public parks, including waterfront locations, golf courses, and a burgeoning arts and culture scene. The latter is regularly on display at the Cultural Park Theatre and the Cape Coral Art League.
Cape Coral is home to the Sun Splash Family Waterpark. The 14-acre park is the region's most prominent and boasts eight water slides, a lazy tubing river, a family pool, and an ecological boardwalk. Less than a mile and a half away is Gator Mike's Family Fun Park, which features Go-Karts, mini-golf, and zip-lining.
The Cape Coral community is home to several outstanding educational institutions, including: