Many people may not know this but the city with the most canals in the world is not Venice, it is in fact Cape Coral! With more than 23 miles of coastline and about 400 miles of freshwater and saltwater canals, it is the preeminent location for boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
The city offer many public boat launches giving access to the Caloosahatchee River, the breathtaking Matlacha Pass estuary, and Gulf of Mexico, as well as many fresh water systems that are dream for any bass fisherman.
The main beach is located within the Yacht Club Community Park and in addition to the beach it offers a covered patio along with a playground for children, barbecue grills, picnic tables, boat ramp and free parking.
Four Freedoms Park is the newest beach in Cape Coral and it also offers a playground, bbq grills and picnic tables. Keep in mind that alcoholic beverages are not permitted in neither parks and animals are not permitted on the beach.
Cape Coral also offers many other waterfront parks, here is a list of them:
If you love to boat then Cape Coral is the perfect place for you, the city offer 5 improved public boat ramps. Here are the locations:
For a map including all boat public ramps (improved and unimproved) the city of Cape Coral offers, click here.
Kayaking is another popular activity in the area. Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve provides kayakers and canoers a unique experience as they glide under dense tree canopies and explore our native wilderness. The park also offer rentals in case you do not have your own kayak
Now, if you do own a kayak, here are some other locations you may want to check out as well:
BMX Boat Ramp – Launches into Shelburne Canal which connects with several freshwater canals as well as Alhambra Lake, Lake Kennedy and Saratoga Lake.
Burnt Store Boat Ramp – Launches into Rosemary Canal (saltwater) which connects with several canals and leads to Matlacha Pass
Chantry Canal / Rosen Park – Launches into Chantry Canal (saltwater) which connects with the Caloosahatchee River north of the mid-point bridge
Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve – This launch is located adjacent to the Kayak Shack and allows Kayakers to access the various creeks located within the preserve and Four Mile Cove located on the Caloosahatchee River (saltwater) just north of the mid-point bridge. Within Four Mile Cove, floating kayak docks have been constructed to provide people with places to rest or use as weather shelters.
Horton Park Boat Ramp – Launches into Everest Canal (saltwater) which connects with the Caloosahatchee River just south of the mid-point bridge
Seahawk Park – Kayakers and boaters are permitted to use the ramp located on the north side of Argosy Lake (freshwater)
Sirenia Vista – Although this park is undeveloped, Kayakers can use the ramp to launch their vessels and access the Caloosa Blueway (saltwater)
Yacht Club Boat Ramp – Launches into Redfish Cove (saltwater), which is a part of the Caloosahatchee River
The Yacht Club pier is the perfect place for families and anyone who is looking to catch redfish, flounder, and even snook. It's also one of the best places in town to spot tropical birds, dolphins and manatees.
Although, Cape Coral is full of natural habitats and wildlife to be seen, you may find it interesting that city is also home to Sunsplash Family Waterpark, a 14 acre water park featuring water slides and pools as well as a food concierge where you can obtain drinks and foods like hot dogs, hamburgers and the such.
Be sure to check out the park's website to find out if they are opened before you make a trip there as they are operational for only a part of the year.
Finally, Cape Coral is most certainly a great place for anyone who enjoys water activities, whether you are coming to visit or to live, the city is sure to meet all you water hobby needs.