Cape Coral is a friendly boaters paradise with more than 400 miles of canals, more than any other city in the world including Venice, Italy. These waterways reach into our community from the Caloosahatchee river and the Gulf of Mexico. It truly is a boater’s paradise, with the Lee island coast regarded as one of the foremost boating grounds in the USA. Cape Coral is within easy reach of its offshore islands such as Sanibel, Captiva, North Captiva, Cayo Costa, Useppa Island, Lovers Key, Picnic Island, Cabbage Key, and the many waterfront restaurants in the area.
There is every water borne sport and recreation you could wish for, even flights in a seaplane from the Caloosahatchee River to give you a birds eye view of the city and surrounding islands. Cape Coral also offers some of the best golf courses in an area renowned for its golf, from top rated championship courses to the more relaxed ‘executive’ courses with challenges for every skill level. There are also good facilities for tennis players in the city.
Cape Coral also provides facilities for family fun, with a 12 acre water park, a family sports amusement centre, and a children’s science centre. Also within easy reach is the Edison museum which is just over the river in the beautiful McGregor Boulevard lined with 1800 palm trees.
The area provides a diverse range of things to occupy your time, with restaurants, shopping malls, and mile upon mile of beaches, some deserted, and some lively – take your pick. Sanibel and Captiva Islands are world famous for the shells to be found on the beaches, and Lovers Key, which also has a good shelling beach, is one of a number of nature reserves in the area. The tropical wildlife is special, with manatees, alligators, pelicans, an abundance of bird life and dolphin and manatee sightings in the wild are a common occurrence.
For a taste of old Florida visit Matlacha (pronounced "MAT-luh-shay"). The tiny community on Pine Island sits less 14 miles northwest of Bayside Villa and is easily a generation from the rest of the Sunshine State. No beach here. No condos. No chain restaurants. Once you go over the bridge, you feel like you're entering another world. Originally a shrimping and fishing village, Matlacha experienced an artistic revolution about seven years ago and galleries now line the main drag like cups of sherbet, their fluorescent colors revealing the lighthearted spirit that saturates the town's 1 square mile. The Matlacha Bridge is low and offers excellent evening fishing. Try Bert's Bar & Grill, a classic burger shack sitting right on the water for lunch, or head to Bert's in the early evening for the blues bands that typically perform there several nights a week.
And to round off the day just turn to the West - the sunsets are breathtaking.