Cape Coral is bordered by the banks of the Caloosahatchee River to the south and the Intercoastal Waterway to the west. But with more than 400 miles of fresh
and saltwater canals, one hardly needs to venture to either body of water to find something to do. Here, the thriving yachting culture is literally woven into the fabric of the city, and a subtropical climate promises weather as warm as the water is blue, ensuring visitors will find exciting things to do all year long.
Before coasting through miles upon miles of canals, you might want to grab a bite to eat. A guide might steer you towards Rumrunner’s Restaurant, a waterfront eatery where the taste of fresh seafood is perfectly matched to idyllic scene of boats lazily bobbing up and down in Cape Harbour. After the last of sip of frozen cocktail, walk to the harbor and hop aboard Banana Bay Tour Company’s Homes
and Harbors tours, where guides enrich views of the grandest mansions and most luxurious yachts with historical tidbits and local lore.
For a closer look into Cape Coral’s elite yachting culture, head to Yacht Club Community Park. This public yacht club features a public beach and BBQ grills as well as sunset celebrations, concerts, and comedy nights that draw families, locals, and vacationers to the waterfront. If you happen to find yourself in Cape Coral during the holiday season, don’t miss the Holiday
Boat-A-Long parade. Since 1976, more than 100 boats have gathered in the waters of South Cape for an evening of aquatic parading and holiday cheer. During this event––which is free to the public––spectators can watch as vessels of all sizes float past, some decorated in festive holiday
lights, some carrying costumed elves, and at least one bearing a sandal-clad Santa Claus.
Of course, it’s great to admire the water from a yacht or a harbor, but why not just jump in? Cape Coral’s beaches are perfect for swimming, but between the months of March and September, those who feel like splashing around swarm the 14-acre Sun Splash Family Waterpark. Here, visitors can take a 30-foot plummet down the dark tunnels of the Cape Fear waterslide or float lazily through the park on the Main Stream River Tube Ride.
This local treasure features a colorful garden with tall roses outdoors and a mix of antiques, shells, fossils, maps, and photos indoors, all amid a cozy setting.