Canals, Distances and More in Cape Coral
Spending your time wishing you could be at the beach is a habit that takes a toll; instead of filling your days with ultimately exhausting and nonproductive daydreaming, why not put your energy to good use by actually planning a luxurious and rewarding trip? Stress deserves to be no part of this equation, so keep up the momentum you’ve begun; Villa Catalina Isles combined with the feeling of rewarding yourself with a long-awaited trip equals a getaway that’s worth the anticipation.
"The Cape" is known for its network of canals as well as fantastic beaches and a general atmosphere of unhurried celebration. Oktoberfest in the fall and the famous Red, White & Boom fourth of July festivities are a couple of high-profile events to plan your trip around, but any time would be a good time to move into Villa Catalina Isles for a week or two. Make a plan that includes day trips, fishing, shopping and swimming or just see where the breeze takes you as you wander along Cape Coral Parkway or float through the waterways.
Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach are close by, and even the Florida Keys are within reach. A nice long visit will acquaint you with historic homes (Edison and Ford spent time here), baseball training camps, nature preserves and the uncommon allure of convenient canals (as Villa Catalina Isles a few Cape Coral rentals boast of easy boat access). In case members of your group need further convincing, don’t forget to mention Sun Splash Family Waterpark, Eagle Skate Park and beach oppor-tunities galore. Now is the time to trade the dream for your holidays in this luxury accomondation.
Fort Myers, Southwest Florida International Airport
Orlando International Airport
Fort Lauderdale International Airport
Cape Coral Down Town (BMI office)
Fort Myers Down Town
Cape Coral Beach
Fort Myers Beach
25 to 45 Minutes
Sanibel & Captiva Beaches
30 to 60 Minutes
Next Tennis Court
Next Golf Course
Things to Do:
Are you a nature lover? Beach bum? Photographer? Fisherman? Water sports enthusiast? No matter your hobby or interest, Cape Coral is one of the most uncrowded and affordable Florida destinations. Best of all, there are plenty of free things to do in Cape Coral, so you can have a relaxing tropical Florida vacation without breaking the bank.
Experience Nature Like You've Never Seen it Before
Florida hosts one of the most unique ecosystems in the United States, and Cape Coral is surrounded by stunning natural parks and nature preserves. None is more famous than the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge, located on nearby Sanibel Island, is the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the nation.
The "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is known all over the world for its incredible migratory bird populations. While the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most popular free things to do in Cape Coral for any visitor, it is truly a must-see for bird watchers or nature photographers. Fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and informational nature programs are all also available at the refuge. There is a small fee to travel the course by car.
Operating in Matlacha since 1992, Gulf Coast Kayak has a long standing reputation in the community (20+years)! They are family owned and operated, avid outdoor enthusiasts who’s mission is to promote paddle sports safety and environmental stewardship through education and outreach. They believe in building community partnerships through meaningful participation and engagement and are active members of the Society for Ethical Eco Tourism (SEE), Florida Paddling Trail Association (FPTA) and American Canoe Association (ACA). Contact: (239) 283-1125, 4120 Pine Island Rd. NW Matlacha FL 33993
Another stunning natural location is the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve. In addition to spectacular waterfront vistas, this nearby location offers hiking and paddling trails in addition to plenty of recreational fishing and crabbing spots.
The whole family will love a trip out to Manatee Park, where both, families and nature photographers alike can get a look at the harmless creatures in the water. Your best chances of seeing a dozen or more wild manatees is to go when the Gulf water temperatures are relatively low. Be forewarned that, although park admission is completely free, there is a small fee to park the car.
Live like a Local
Another variety of free things to do in Cape Coral can be found at Yacht Club Community Park. The most popular feature of the family-friendly Yacht Club Community Park is the public beach. Take a stroll on the beach and hunt for shells. Bring the whole family and spend a day playing in the sand or swimming in the surf. A community pool is also located within the park.
Spend a day visiting some of Cape Coral's local shops. Just outside Cape Coral is the Shell Factory, a massive shopping/activity complex that has a gigantic collection of shells, coral, and shell-themed novelties, gifts, and jewelery.
If you're lucky enough to be staying at Villa Catalina Isles instead of a crowded and cramped hotel, you'll have your own kitchen at your disposal. Cook yourself a fresh Florida seafood dinner. Extra credit goes to those travelers who can catch their own dinner. 24-hour fishing is available at Four Freedom Park, Bernice Braden Park and Horton Park, while Four Mile Cove Eco Preserve, Jaycee Park, Sirenia Vista, and Glover Bight at Rotary Park all offer sunrise-to-sunset fishing hours. There is also lake fishing around the shore of Lake Argosy or you can fish from the Villas boat dock, as many guests do!
The Perfect Gulf Vacation
Cape Coral is also home to plenty of locally-owned restaurants, attractions and water sports. Go fishing with the family or spend all week in a hammock. Whatever you choose to do in Cape Coral, it's sure to be one of the most unique and memorable vacations you'll ever have.
Cape Coral Golf
Cape Coral Florida is located in Lee County, which sits right on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The temperate weather allows for ideal conditions for activities such as visiting beaches, shopping, and of course, golfing. Priding itself on the best golfing, Florida is home to world class, world famous courses. If visiting Florida, make sure to check out some of the best-of courses available in the Cape Coral area.