Cape Coral is directly West of Ft. Myers, in Lee County Florida. Since it is a "cape" two points of entry are by bridge. There are four points of entry into Cape Coral Florida: 1. Veteran's Memorial Parkway Bridge 2. Cape Coral Parkway Bridge (both bridges have a toll, the toll is reduced by 50% if you have a LeeWay transponder and are enrolled in the discount program. In fact, with the discount, the toll is as little as 25 cents during off peak times). 3. Pine Island Parkway/ Bayshore Dr. from North Ft. Myers which is a free alternative. 4. Get into the NW Cape via Burnt Store Rd., from Punta Gorda, in Charlotte County.
If you are flying you will likely either fly in by Tampa International Airport or Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).
Santa Barbara Boulevard divides the city into east and west, while Hancock Bridge Parkway (east of Santa Barbara) and Embers Parkway (west of Santa Barbara) divide the city into north and south. Thoroughfares going east to west are: Pine Island Parkway, Veterans Memorial Parkway, Cape Coral Parkway, and El Dorado Dr (listed from northernmost to southernmost). The North and South are Del Prado, Santa Barbara, and Chiquita (taken from easternmost to westernmost). The Cape is large and flat, areas are laid out far from one another; driving is a must. Cape Coral is the 2nd largest city in Florida by square mileage, so expect things to be spread out. The southernmost tip has the largest concentration of businesses and homes. A bike lane is provided and can be a handy way to navigate the SE and SW portions if you're inclined to be in those residential only areas.
Multiple beach accesses are one of this community's strong points. This includes typical beach/tourist activities on Ft. Myers Beach, nature trails and sea kayaking opportunities on Black Island in Lovers Key State park, and sunsets from Captiva's uniquely West facing beach (a tourist must).
Go Boating, Cape Coral has more canals than any other city in the world except Venice, Italy.
Shopping opportunities abound in nearby Fort Myers including the Tangers Outlet Mall. For unique opportunities there are multiple quirky and bohemian opportunities on Sanibel and Captiva which have boutiques and shops. For an enjoyable shopping experience spend time on Sanibel's Perriwinkle Way or for a mall experience go to the Edison Mall (SW Florida's largest) in Fort Myers.
A number of small restaurants may be found anywhere in the Cape.
Chains are also popping up around Cape Coral including: Ruby Tuesdays and Jason's Deli off Santa Barbara and Houlihans on Cape Coral Parkway.
But for the best SW Florida experience try to stick to the local hang-outs like:
Coffee Haus:The Coffee Haus, 2323 S Del Prado at the Coralwood Plaza. A very nice place to enjoy the best coffee in town. They also offer delicious freshly made sandwiches and salads, bakery, German cakes, iced and frozen coffee drinks. Here you can enjoy a very relaxing atmosphere. The Coffee Haus offers internet access and wireless. Additionally you can have business meetings here and order special caterings.
Many more dining options can be found along Cleveland Ave. which is a short drive (15 min.) away in Fort Myers.