From humble beginnings as a loose collection of cattle-ranching, logging and fishing communities, Cape Coral came into its own in the late 1950s. The Rosen brothers, developers who saw the potential for an easygoing, waterfront lifestyle in Southwest Florida, created communities with canals to cater to the boating lifestyle. Celebrities were brought in to tout the benefits of "the Cape," as it's known by the locals.
Today, this largely bedroom community for nearby Fort Myers offers a lively strip of restaurants and stores along Cape Coral Parkway, and an array of activities for kids including Sun Splash Family Waterpark, Mike Greenwell’s Family Fun Park and the brand new, 27,000-sq.-ft. Eagle Skate Park.
Nature lovers will want to explore Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, where a boardwalk takes visitors through a mangrove habitat. And don't miss the creature Cape Coral's famous for: the burrowing owl, which can be seen day and night throughout the community.
Lonely Planet Guidebook
Discover Florida's Island Sanctuary, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, with this new guidebook from Lonely Planet. Click here to view the e-book and view all the sights and activities Cape Coral has to offer!
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No other city boasts more canals than Cape Coral. Known as "The Cape" by locals, this easygoing waterfront community is naturally big on the boating lifestyle. Off the water, a variety of restaurants, stores and kid-friendly attractions help make the biggest city in Lee County feel accessible and well rounded. Click here to see!
On Water Activities
We owe everything to the warm Gulf waters that surround us. The soft, white sand beaches to play on, the millions of shells to find, or the days spent kayaking, boating or fishing – none of which would be possible without it. The water connects us to nature, and with each new discovery, to each other. Click here to view other water activities!
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