Neighborhood Spotlight: Cape Coral

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Cape Coral may be Florida’s second-largest city by land, yet the vibe here is entirely intimate and inviting with activities for travelers of every style. Located just west of Fort Myers, Cape Coral is an easy place to reach and a perfect place to stay.

With more than 400 miles of saltwater and freshwater canals, Cape Coral’s meandering waterways create an idyllic setting to spend a few days. Reserve a waterfront vacation home with direct boating access, and you’ll soon find yourself gliding on the canals amid cool breezes and sailing out to open waters for a day of adventure.

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Life on land is just as full of discoveries. Among the wild wetlands of Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, a forest of mangroves runs along the Caloosahatchee River and a 6,000-foot boardwalk and walking trail is open for natural exploration.

Spanning nearly 340 acres of pristine wilderness, Yellow Fever Creek Preserve encompasses the headwaters of Yellow Fever Creek and a gentle, 2.5-mile-long walking trail. As part of a community-wide initiative, this area’s parks are undergoing a $60 million development, improvement and expansion program.

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As you explore protected lands, biking trails, and even in the vibrant downtown, keep your eyes open for one of Cape Coral’s most treasured sights: the tiny burrowing owl. Look around areas like the Cape Coral Library and you’ll be able to spot (and photograph from a distance) these long-legged birds around the community in cooler months.

Whether you’re seeking a vacation full of family memories or a quiet escape for two, Cape Coral has everything you need. Spend an exhilarating day at Sun Splash Family Waterpark or take a tour of Wicked Dolphin to go behind the scenes of the small-batch rum distillery. Discover waterfront dining and shopping at Cape Harbor, and roam alongside the locals at the Saturday farmers market. Tarpon Point Marina offers resort-style accommodations alongside restaurants, shops and spas. The Yacht Club is a community park on the Caloosahatchee River featuring a public beach, waterfront restaurant, boat ramp, and fishing pier.

Ready to start planning? Click here for our companion guide to the best of Cape Coral.

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