Cape Coral Attractions

These are our Cape Coral must-see tourist attractions + top 10 list for a great vacation in this city

Cape Coral panorama
Cape Coral panorama

Well-known Cape Coral attractions are the Cape Harbour, Tarpon Point Marina, Pier, Beach, Sun Splash Family Waterpark, Pine Island, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Cape Coral Oktoberfest and much more.

Cape Coral Attractions

Especially with tourists from Germany the metropolis Cape Coral is very popular. The mild climate during the winter months attracts many snowbirds who want to spend a few months there. You can find beautiful vacation homes directly on a canal everywhere. Furthermore, many even have access to the Gulf of Mexico. That’s how you imagine paradise and that’s exactly what you’ll find there.

But the city also has many Cape Coral attractions to offer you can look at. You can also look at many things in the surrounding area and it will certainly not be boring there. What you should visit we have put together here. But you should have a rental car in any case so that you can reach them.

These are the top 10 attractions in Cape Coral:

1. Cape Harbour Yacht Community
2. Tarpon Point Marina
3. Cape Coral Pier
4. Cape Coral Beach
5. Sun Splash Family Waterpark
6. Pine Island
7. Sanibel Island
8. Captiva Island
9. Cape Coral Oktoberfest
10. Edison and Ford Winter Estate

1. Cape Harbour Yacht Community

View to Cape Harbour
View to Cape Harbour

The Cape Harbour Yachting Community is practically the lifestyle center in the city. Further known for the beautiful location of the two residential towers. Rarely can you enjoy such a wide view, the nature, the marina, or simply look at the sea. The good connection of parking spaces outside and in the residential towers themselves does not limit mobility in any way.

Surely this is a dream of every captain. Those who can afford it have their own boat there. In the Indoor Boat Storages the yachts are ready to sail into the adjacent Gulf of Mexico. But you also have the possibility to rent a boat for a few hours or the whole day. If you like it quieter just enjoy the sunset in one of the numerous restaurants.

Address:
Rumrunners
5848 Cape Harbour Dr
Cape Coral, FL 33914

Opening Hours:
The marina can be visited at any time
Daily from morning to evening
The restaurants have different opening hours

2. Tarpon Point Marina

Tarpon Point Marina
Tarpon Point Marina

Another highlight is the Tarpon Point Marina, which is similarly structured. The entire area covers a total size of 365 acres. Thanks to a depth of 8 to 12 feet, the marina can accommodate yachts and vessels of various sizes. In addition, Tarpon Point Marina, which has direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, is also considered one of the best fishing grounds in the region.

Due to the depth of the water, the marina is very well protected from storms. Furthermore, on the premises there is a rental station of kayaks as well as a mooring station for water cabs. By the way, there are also a few stores and restaurants where you can spend the evening. There is even a hotel where you can stay overnight and this is very convenient for tourists.

Address:
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
5951 Silver King Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33914

Opening Hours:
A visit to the marina is possible at any time
Daily from morning to evening
The restaurants have different opening hours

3. Cape Coral Pier

Cape Coral Pier
Cape Coral Pier

The Cape Coral Pier is one of the most beautiful sights in southwest Florida. It is located in the very south of the city and offers a wonderful view of the beach and the shore. There you can take the most beautiful vacation photos to remember. It is one of the most beautiful piers in Florida, which you should definitely visit.

It is very spacious and invites you to take long walks. We recommend to go there directly with the rental car and there are enough parking spaces. There you only have to drive to the Driftwood Parkway and the car can be parked there for free. From there you can reach the pier in a few minutes on foot. Our tip is to enjoy the sunset there from the tiki bar.

Address:
The Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill
5819 Driftwood Pkwy
Cape Coral, FL 33904

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday
8:00 AM – 9:30 PM

4. Cape Coral Beach

Cape Coral Beach
Cape Coral Beach

One of the top Cape Coral attractions is of course the small but beautiful beach. It has only a length of about 656 feet but is wonderfully maintained. By the way, it can easily keep up with the beach in Fort Myers Beach. Of course it is bigger there. In our opinion, this is perfect for tourists who have rented a vacation home without a pool.

Then you can spend a beautiful beach day there. Our tip is always to go there during the week and then you have the beach almost all to yourself. In the evening, countless tourists always meet on the beach to enjoy the romantic sunset. But you have to bring your own beach chairs and umbrella. You can not rent them there. But for that you can use the beach for free.

Address:
1039 Dolphin Dr
Cape Coral, FL 33904

Opening Hours:
From sunrise to sunset

5. Sun Splash Family Waterpark

Sun Splash Family Waterpark
Sun Splash Family Waterpark

The Sun Splash Family Waterpark is a popular water park in Cape Coral. Covering an area of more than 35 acres, the largest water park in the region offers numerous attractions for families with small and large children. In addition to exciting water slides, pools and small and large water basins, there is also plenty of space to relax in some quiet oases.

An extremely popular attraction at the park is the tranquil Main Stream river tube ride. The smallest park visitors, on the other hand, will get their money’s worth on the numerous playground equipment at the so-called Knirps site, such as slides and play animals. You will definitely have a lot of fun there and you should plan the same one whole vacation day there.

Address:
400 Santa Barbara Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33991

Opening Hours:
Saturday to Sunday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

6. Pine Island

Pine Island Florida
Pine Island Florida

Of course, the numerous islands in the area are also among the Cape Coral attractions that should not be missed. Pine Island is very easy to reach. It is also the largest island in the region. While the other islands usually have large beaches, this is not the case there. There are many agricultural areas where mainly tropical fruits like lychee and mango are grown and sold.

You should drive around the island and then you will quickly realize how big it is. You will also see many palm trees that are planted there. By the way, you drive over Matlacha to the island and there you should also stop briefly, it’s worth it. Our tip is to go north to the Bokeelia Fishing Pier where you can go out.

Address:
8421 Main St,
Bokeelia, FL 33922

Hours of operation:
Capt’n Con’s Fish House
Monday to Sunday
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

7. Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island Lighthouse
Sanibel Island Lighthouse

A beautiful island is of course Sanibel Island which you should visit. It can be reached via the Sanibel Causeway, which is a beautiful crossing. But you have to pay a toll there. It is estimated that the island was formed about 6000 years ago. It is a tropical island with beautiful white and soft sand.

You should see the Sanibel Lighthouse, which is a beautiful lighthouse that you can see from far away. There is plenty of parking in the area that you can use. But the parking fees are sometimes very expensive. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset from there, on a great beach.

Address:
Sanibel Lighthouse
112 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

8. Captiva Island

Captiva Island
Captiva Island

Right next to Sanibel Island is Captiva Island where many rich and famous people live in beautiful luxury villas. Furthermore, it is also a tropical island that you can even go by bike. You can even stay overnight in a beautiful hotel called South Seas Island Resort. Then there is a beautiful marina.

There is a public beach called Captiva Beach where you can enjoy absolute tranquility. Surely this is an insider tip for those seeking peace and quiet. But the parking fees are not so cheap. But you get a beautiful natural beach. It is important that you spray yourself with a mosquito spray before you go there, because of course there are mosquitoes.

Address:
14790 Captiva Dr
Captiva, FL 33924

Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

9. Cape Coral Oktoberfest

Cape Coral Oktoberfest
Cape Coral Oktoberfest

Every year the German American Social Club in Florida invites to the famous Cape Coral Oktoberfest. Something like this also exists in the USA and not only in Munich which you can imagine. Especially among the visitors, the German festival enjoys great popularity and is therefore celebrated with dirndls and lederhosen, home cooking and lots of beer.

With about 30,000 visitors, this Oktoberfest is also the most popular in America and provides with in-house harbor band as well as musicians from Germany for the for the great atmosphere. It always takes place annually on two weekends at the end of October in Florida. Therefore you should not miss it to go there once. There is dancing and singing on the fairground, schnitzel is eaten and beer is consumed. Just like the original, but with more sun. This is, of course, one of the Cape Coral sights when it comes to events.

Address:
2101 SW Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral, FL 33991

Opening Hours:
Always at the end of October on 2 weekends

10. Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Fort Myers in southwest Florida, has one of the most famous attractions to offer with the Edison Ford Winter Estates, in that museum and botanical garden form a wonderful unit. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were good friends and neighbors. They spent their time in the warm south of Florida during the winter months.

The house and the botanical garden can be visited and a variety of exotic plants await the visitor. A special highlight is the museum, where you can still find the laboratory where Henry Ford conducted his experiments. You can learn a lot about the history there and it’s also a great destination that you can do in an afternoon.

Address:
2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

History of Cape Coral

Today, Cape Coral is one of the most popular cities in the United States, and it may also be one of the youngest in the country. Where villas and vacation homes line up today, there was nothing but wilderness and swampland more than fifty years ago. The history of this small town in southwest Florida began in 1957, initially as the Rosen brothers’ version of a kind of “Venice of the United States.

With their specially founded company, the “Gulf American Land Corporation“, the required building areas were developed and the necessary infrastructure, in the form of roads and canals, was created. Thanks to the tenacity, but also the marketing strategies of the Rosen brothers, this venture was not one of the numerous construction projects in the United States that often begin as a hopeful version and eventually, due to lack of funds, remain unfinished.

When was the city founded:
In 1957

Who were the founders:
Leonard and Jack Rosen

A canal in Cape Coral
A canal in Cape Coral

Good strategy of the Rosen brothers

In the case of Cape Coral, the two brothers developed an effective advertising campaign that enabled the first houses to be built after only a few years, attracting more and more interested parties as time went on. However, not everyone was lucky with their new acquisition. The first areas in particular proved to be too far away from the nearest service and supply facilities. Those who were better informed beforehand were able to enjoy a plot of land that increased in value from year to year. This, in turn, attracted more investors and those willing to settle.

Where are the most expensive plots of land:
Rose Garden
El Dorado Pkwy

It is the American Venice

The dream of an American Venice could also be turned into reality, because today Cape Coral has a network of waterways that make up a length of about 397 miles. Several of the canals have access to the Gulf of Mexico. If one can afford it then one buys in any case a property at a canal. But this is of course much more expensive.

Length of the canals:
About 397 miles

Cape Coral
Cape Coral

Mild climate all year round

The city’s proximity to the Gulf favors a mild year-round climate that attracts sun-seeking tourists from the U.S. and abroad. While in the summer months the thermometer can climb beyond 86 degrees, the average temperature in winter is 75 degrees. So the weather there is almost perfect.

Summer:
86 degrees

Winter:
75 degrees

Many Germans live and reside in Cape Coral

The fact that Cape Coral is so popular with German tourists is not only due to the mild climate, but also to the fact that the clientele of the inhabitants consists of Americans and Swiss of German origin. It is estimated that about 40,000 Germans live there. But of course there are no exact figures.

This is also noticeable in the many German restaurants that have settled there, in addition to the numerous fast food restaurants. Many of them, as well as some of the cinemas, boutiques and wholesale markets located there, are open around the clock, sometimes every day. So you are well supplied there and you can even buy German food.

Number of Germans in the city:
About 40,000

Boat House Tiki Bar & Grill
Boat House Tiki Bar & Grill

Shopping, Marinas and Yachts

But not only the shopping streets of Cape Coral invite to stroll, just as recommendable is the “Cape Harbour Yacht Community“, which is located in the far south of the city. If you want to do more than just look at the yachts anchored there, you can also rent a boat. Thanks to the numerous canals, many of the idyllic offshore islands can be reached from Cape Coral, such as Sanibel Island, Captiva Island or Pine Island. Here the visitor still has great chances to find spacious and lonely sandy beaches.

But also the Caloosahatchee River, which flows past Cape Coral, as well as the Intercoastal Waterway, offer numerous opportunities in terms of water sports, such as water skiing and the like. For people who don’t enjoy these activities, the many golf courses offer another form of relaxation. Together with neighboring Fort Myers, the region around Cape Coral is a true Mecca for golfers.

Which islands to visit:
Sanibel Island
Captiva Island
Pine Island

Many attractions can be reached quickly

Because of its central location, many of the numerous attractions that the state of Florida has to offer can be reached by car from Cape Coral. In just under two to four hours by car, well-known attractions such as Walt Disney World Resort, Epcot Center, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Cypress Gardens, Jungle Garden, Busch Gardens, Ringling Museum, the Everglades, the city of Miami, Lake Okeechobee, Gatorland and many more can be easily reached.

Distances:
Walt Disney World Resort ( 186 miles )
Miami ( 155 miles )
Everglades ( 86 miles )
Busch Gardens ( 136 miles )

Our opinion

Now you have learned a lot about the Cape Coral attractions you can visit. It will certainly not be boring there. But we recommend to rent a car directly after arrival at Southwest Florida International Airport. Because the car is the most important means of transportation in Florida, you should know that. After that you can visit everything wonderfully and that is a lot of fun. So one should do this as well. Furthermore, you can also rent a convertible because of the warm temperatures.

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