When most people think about Southwest Florida, they typically associate it with Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, or Naples. But just across the way from Fort Myers is the quiet community of Cape Coral, which offers up the ideal destination for many retiring baby boomers.
With more than 400 miles of canals and an equally impressive number of outstanding golf courses, Cape Coral is a prime destination for anything water-related, and the golfing is top-notch as well.
Parts of Cape Coral definitely took a hit from Hurricane Ian in 2022, but it is bouncing back nicely and will be as popular a place to retire as it has ever been.
Cape Coral History
The history of Cape Coral is relatively short compared to some of the other cities across the state of Florida.
The area was purchased by Leonard and Jack Rosen after they flew over it in 1957. With the blessing of Lee County officials, the brothers set out to build one of the state's early master-planned communities, which they called Redfish Point.
As the area grew in popularity throughout the 1960s, people began referring to Redfish Point as “the Cape,” which eventually evolved into “Cape Coral.” That growth has continued for years, and it is actually increasing today after the city was recently named one of the “Best Places to Retire” by Forbes Magazine.
Cape Coral Lifestyle
Because it isn't as famous as some of the neighboring cities, Cape Coral has been able to maintain a very relaxed lifestyle despite its tremendous track record of growth. And because it is a master-planned community, you will find a great selection of parks that all seem to be located in just the right places.
One of the original landmarks of the city is Yacht Club Community Park, which is located right on the Caloosahatchee River. This is a great spot to put a boat into the water, but even non-boaters will enjoy fishing from the pier or taking a dip in the community pool.
For golfers, Coral Oaks Golf Course is the place to relax. This Arther Hills designed course features 8 lakes and 37 bunkers, which combine to make it both challenging and beautiful.
Cape Coral Culture
While Cape Coral doesn't have a long history, it does have a history that has been well-documented thanks to the Cape Coral Historical Museum. In addition to documenting the local history, the museum also boasts an impressive rose garden that is a must-see for all flower-lovers.
The area is also home to the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library, as well as the Cape Coral Arts Studio. When you combine these local destinations with the thriving theater scene located in nearby Fort Myers, there is plenty of history and culture to go around in Cape Coral.
Cape Coral Dining
No Gulf Coast town would be complete without great seafood restaurants, and Cape Coral is no slouch here with places like Fish Tale Grill by Merrick Seafood, The Twisted Lobster, and Point 57 to choose from.
Cape Coral Area Developments
Located just north of Cape Coral is Kings Gate in Punta Gorda.
Kings Gate offers easy access to beaches, marinas, wildlife sanctuaries, airports, and more, many within a 15-minute drive or less. A friendly, gated neighborhood community for residents age 55 and up, Kings Gate homeowners enjoy access to a recreation center, Olympic-sized swimming pool and spa, tennis courts, on-site activities director, and a variety of resident clubs and social events. Membership to the 18-hole golf course and facilities are additionally available. Prices start in the $300k’s.