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Cape Coral, Florida

Cape Coral is the largest city in Lee county with a population, in 2006, of more than 150,000. It is the second largest in Florida in size with a land mass of 114 square miles. It has over 400 miles of canals with thousands of homes on canals, some with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico by way of the mile-wide Caloosahatchee River or Charlotte Harbor. The city's Western border is a "no-build" ecological buffer zone with miles of pine forest, mangroves and tidal flats along Charlotte Harbor and area bays. The Northwestern  portion has been incorporated in the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park and this buffer zone now opens up miles of hiking trails for the avid explorer.

The temperate climate encourages tourism and attracts golfers, as well as fishing, boating and tennis enthusiasts. Visitors enjoy the community spirit identified in some of the community activities. The Holiday Boat-a-Long around Christmas boasts a parade of decorated and well-lit watercraft cruising area canals. An annual Jazz Festival sees thousands of residents gather at one of the local parks and each year the Arts Festival brings visitors and tourists from far and wide for a variety of arts and crafts.

Visitors enjoy the local Eco Park which offers canoe and kayak rentals for exploring the mangroves, walking trails including a boardwalk and a chance to observe some local wildlife. Bottlenose dolphin are often seen in area waters and manatees inhabit the shallow coastal waters and rivers, living off the rich and abundant plant life. The burrowing owl is an area favorite and an endangered species. They are about the size of a barn own and are often found in vacant lots. Many species of wading birds can be seen along the shorelines thrilling visitors and residents alike. The bald eagle readily makes homes in the more remote tall pines during its annual Florida winter migration.

This growing community boasts a number of activities and attractions. Sun Splash Waterpark is a family favorite. Access to some of the finest Gulf Coast beaches is a 30-45 minute drive from the Cape and the city's parks department is continually refining and active in the development of new recreation areas.

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Cape Coral Canal Access to Caloosahatchee River

Canal to Caloosahatchee River

 

 

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Chamber of Commerce serving Cape Coral

 

Nearby cities to check for activities and attractions: Naples, Fort Myers, Pine Island, Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach.

 

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