Hotel at a Glance: Hampton Inn & Suites Cape Coral, FL
This Hampton Inn & Suites provides a comfy retreat along the Gulf Coast, amid Cape Coral’s winding canals. Amenities in the hotel’s spacious guest rooms include microwaves, mini refrigerators, and flat-screen HDTVs. You’ll be just a short drive from the area’s white-sand beaches and bird-watching opportunities, too.
- Free hot breakfast with make-your-own waffles and oatmeal
- Go swimming in the heated outdoor pool.
- Fitness center equipment: Precor treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, and free weights
- Award winner: The hotel received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014; guests loved the upgraded bedding and free breakfast.
Cape Coral, Florida: Gulf Coast Beaches near Fort Myers
Cape Coral lies near more than 400 miles of South Florida waterways perfect for fishing, boating, and swimming. The city’s beaches feature brilliant turquoise waters and soft white sands along the Gulf Coast. The warm coastal environment supports an abundance of wildlife, including migratory and native shorebirds as well as dolphins, manatees, and tortoises. For a chance to see them, head to the Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses 17 densely forested islands.
Just across the Caloosahatchee River from Cape Coral, you’ll find the city of Fort Myers. Art galleries and seafood restaurants line the downtown River District. A few blocks away, the city pays tribute to two famous Fort Myers snowbirds: Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Each of their winter estates has been preserved, and you can tour the grounds to see early automobiles, exotic flowers, and one of the country’s biggest banyan trees. Farther inland, the Southwest Florida Museum of History sheds light on the native tribes, Spanish explorers, and early American settlers who shaped the region.