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Why Go to Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Florida
Cape Coral: Renowned Gulf Coast beaches, verdant golf courses and family attractions like the popular Sun Splash Family Waterpark make Cape Coral an appealing destination for visitors. Located near Fort Myers and within sight of the glimmering Gulf of Mexico, Cape Coral is a vibrant and friendly community with all the beauty that you expect from Southwest Florida. With more than 400 miles of canals, boating, fishing and water sports are a significant enhancement to the quality of life here in Cape Coral. And don’t forget the golf courses, tennis courts, athletic parks and nature preserves that Cape Coral offers.
Fort Myers: Compared to its party neighbors on the eastern side of the state, this gulf-side vacation spot is quieter but no less interesting. The hustle and bustle you'll find in cities like Miami is replaced by family-friendly beaches and historic homes – like the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Both historic figures are credited with transforming Fort Myers into the lush hideaway it is today. Being one with nature is also important to the city with dozens of wildlife and nature preserves scattered throughout the area, such as Manatee Park. Since most of the coastline is preserved land, beach goers congregate on the narrow Fort Myers Beach. Another big draw to the city: spring training. Two major league baseball teams, along with die-hard baseball fans, flock to the warmer weather to get a first glimpse at the upcoming lineup. With such a diverse offering, it's easy to see why the "City of Palms" rivals its larger neighbors in southern Florida.
Best Things To Do in Cape Coral/Fort Myers
Surrounded by both salt and freshwater, Cape Coral & Fort Myers' natural surrounding are the prime reason for visiting. Numerous natural preserves in the area will help you get one with nature, including the popular J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to many native animal species. History buffs will make a beeline for the Edison & Ford Winter Estates while baseball fans will want to score tickets to spring training. After you've experienced the sights and sounds of Cape Coral/Fort Myers, lounge on the peaceful beaches to unwind.
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Best Months to Visit
The best time to visit Cape Coral/Fort Myers is between March and May. Although the sun is up and rates are down, visitors wanting a quiet vacation should be on the lookout for spring breakers. The summer months see the most crowds, especially families, so plan to book at least six months in advance if you'll be traveling then. Like other tropical locales, Cape Coral/Fort Myers also sees an influx of travelers in the winter season when high temperatures are in the mid to upper 70's.
Culture & Customs
Like many other Florida beach destinations, Fort Myers is a relaxed place with friendly residents. But keep in mind that a little politeness goes a long way, and it's important to remember proper etiquette. Downtown Fort Myers is 30 miles from the closest beach, so keep the swimsuits just for the shore. Shorts and T-shirts are widely accepted, although you may want to pack nicer clothes for dining out.
Where To Eat
Fringed by both the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River, Cape Coral & Fort Myers' menus are dominated by seafood.
In Fort Myers, for the catch of the day, recent visitors recommend Skip One Seafood Market south of downtown, known for catching its own shrimp as well as local favorite Prawnbroker Restaurant and Fish Market. If you're looking for a unique experience, try The Veranda, located in two early 20th-century homes near the historic downtown district. Families in town for a beach vacation also have an abundance of more casual establishments to choose from. You also can't go wrong with restaurants like Capone's Coal Fired Pizza or Mel's Diner in Fort Myers or Cape Coral.
In Cape Coral be sure to check out local favorites Pinchers Crab Shack or Bubba's Roadhouse & Saloon. For an adults only experience, take a tour of the award winning Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery. Started in 2012, Wicked Dolphin Distillery is located in Cape Coral, just miles from the fertile sugarcane fields of Florida. Their award winning rum is is handcrafted in small batches. After touring the distillery you are invited to their tasting room where you will sample their different rums and a few new one's they may be working on at the time!
Getting Around Cape Coral/Fort Myers
The best way to get around Cape Coral & Fort Myers is by car. A car will facilitate your fun – plus, the alternatives may give you a headache. The available public transportation has a reputation for being inconvenient and unreliable. Also, aside from the tiny historic downtown, travelers say it's not easy to walk around due to the distance between attractions. To get to the Cape Coral/Fort Myers area, many visitors fly into Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), located in Fort Myers proper.
If you'll be spending a lot of time in the state parks, consider doing so on two wheels. Multiple preserves, such as Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve and the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, have extensive boardwalks throughout the parks. The city is also home to the Tour de Parks route that connects six parks (including JetBlue Park) that are ideal for exploring by bike.
Car - BEST OPTION! - You'll probably want your own set of wheels. Cape Coral & Fort Myers, though somewhat small, is still too spread out to get around on foot, and public transportation is spotty. And considering the Lee Island Coast offers several miles of gorgeous shoreline, you'll want that car so you can fully explore. Still, there will be rush-hour traffic (particularly around Interstate 41 and Interstate 75), so keep that in mind as you travel to the beach.
Bus or Trolley - In the city, LeeTran, the county's public transportation system, maintains both bus and trolley services. The trolley system runs along the beach as well as the river district, but it doesn't take you into downtown. The system runs from 5 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday with more limited service on Sundays and holidays. Bus fares start at $1.50 while the trolley will only set you back 75 cents. Passes are also available and range from one day to one month (for bus service) and one to three-day passes are available for trolleys.
Boat - The city, bordered by the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico, is a boater's paradise. There are 20 public access marinas to set sail and dock at if you bring your own boat, but there are also many opportunities for boat rentals as well as sailing schools and kayak and paddleboard rentals.
Where To Stay In Cape Coral
Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village
Take in the gorgeous surroundings of Western Florida when you stay at waterfront The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. The 19-story tall building provides guests with views of the Gulf of Mexico, Caloosahatchee River and Tarpon Point Marina. Equipped with a full kitchen and balcony, the two bedroom, two bathroom suite is perfect for up to six people. Enjoy relaxed elegance amid the serene natural setting of Cape Coral. Stroll the Promenade Shops or take a water taxi to nearby beaches. The adjacent Tarpon Point Marina offers direct access to the Gulf of Mexico plus kayaking and fishing charters. Energize at the state-of-the-art WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio and renew at any of the three outdoor pools or Esterra Spa & Salon. The resort also has an on-site boat slip (available for guests at an additional fee). Whether you're out on the water or relaxing at the on-site spa and salon, you will find plenty to do during your stay in Cape Coral, Florida.
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