Cape Coral, called 'The Cape' by residents, is a sprawling city in Lee County. Florida. It's located in the Fort Myers metropolitan area and is the largest city between Tampa and Miami. Known as the ?Waterfront Wonderland,? it was built in the late 1950s and early 1960s over a series of waterways and canals. Cape Coral has more canals than any city in the world, with the exception of Venice, Italy.
Cape Coral features a number of distinct neighborhoods. Once a community consisting largely of retired individuals, recent decades have seen an influx of young professionals and young families due to construction initiatives. The city is now a mix of old, young and seasonal residents, and offers amenities such as a golf course and plenty of shops and stores. Cape Coral is also spring training ground for the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball teams.
Commuters in Cape Coral easily access Fort Myers by car via the Cape Coral Bridge. A car is a must-have here, unless you don?t mind biking considerable distances. Certain neighborhoods do have bike lanes, but for the most part commuters drive the city?s four major thoroughfares ? Cape Coral Parkway, Del Prado Boulevard, Santa Barbara Boulevard and Pine Island Road. The three closest major airports are Miami International Airport (MIA), Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).
Renting in Cape Coral, FL
Apartments for rent in Cape Coral hover just a bit above the national average. For those who want access to the great amenities of a large city, but don't want to pay sky-high prices, Cape Coral could be a great fit.
Cape Coral Attractions
- Fort Myers Beach ? Enjoy the sun and surf, or get a little adventurous with parasailing and kayaking excursions.
- Edison and Ford Winter Estates ? Visit the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, which feature historic buildings, beautiful gardens and plenty of exhibits full of inventions and artifacts.
- Butterfly Estates ? An enclosed butterfly conservatory with exotic plants and a waterfall, this attraction allows visitors to walk among native butterfly species in a gorgeous setting.
Fort Myers Beach at sunset. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Straubmuller)
Edison?s Winter Estate in nearby Fort Myers. Photo courtesy of luvjnx)