Cape Coral is located in Southwest Florida, in Lee County. It is the second-largest city in Florida and the largest in Lee County. It is located on the Caloosahatchee River, opposite Fort Myers, and divided into four quadrants of urban areas - Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast.
Cape Coral is well known for its panoramic beach views and temperate climate, an ideal place at any point in time. It also has a high rate of homeownership, as well as a low crime rate and pollution. Cape Coral offers affordable homes that are close to the beach. Whether you are a young professional looking for your first home or a retiree searching for a perfect retirement community - Cape Coral offers something for everyone.
More noticeable is Cape Coral's 400 miles of canals. That's more miles of canals than anywhere else in the world, more than even Venice.
Cape Coral has many great neighborhoods to choose from, but some are slightly better than others. If you're looking for charming homes in quiet areas, make sure to check out Del Prado and Pine Island Ridge. If you're a more active person who likes the outdoor atmosphere, consider living in Gulf Coast Estates or Island Park Village.
If you're considering buying property in this area, you should note that an area's boundaries can be a little fuzzy. However, the following places are either a part of Cape Coral or its close vicinity and are the best neighborhoods to consider:
Del Prado in Cape Coral is a great area to live. Del Prado features several safe streets and ranch-style homes with lush landscaping. The community is centrally located, and most parts are close to the elementary and middle schools.
Some homes that are available even have a stunning view of the Pleasanton Ridge. It is a neighborhood that has retained its charm and integrity and goes from 26th to 27th street between Okeechobee Blvd and Caloosahatchee Drive.
Real estate in Del Prado
The median real estate price is $385,501, with a median listing home price of $1,499,450. The average rental price is currently $2,585. Most of the residential properties are owned, and many of the residences in this neighborhood were built between 1970 and 1999. There are some older properties built between 1940 and 1969.
Education in Del Prado
The schools in this neighborhood fall under the Lee County School District:
- Caloosa Elementary School
- Cape Academy
Downtown Cape Coral is one traffic light away from Del Prado Boulevard. Here you will find numerous restaurants, buzzing nightlife, and year-round events. Communities close by are
Pelican, Hancock, and Trafalgar.
The south part of Del Prado has fast food joints and Cuban and Peruvian food. Northern Del Prado has the following restaurants:
- Gusto Cucina Italiana
- Bagel Factory
- Pho 38
- Famous Corner
- Joe Daddy’s Pizza
Pine Island, west of Cape Coral, is accessible by bridge, the only land-based access to Pine Island. Pine Island is a small town surrounded by mangroves, palm, tropical plants, and aquatic preserves. The waters boast some of the best fishing in Florida. And the natural surroundings will delight any nature lover and bird watcher.
Real estate in Pine Island
Pine Island is an island lifestyle with affordable waterfront homes and deep boat dockage. It's the perfect waterfront setting, minus the concrete jungle many touristy spots evolve to become - largely protected by zoning restrictions.
Here you can grab a waterfront home starting in the $400’S.
Education in Pine Island
You will find the following schools on Pine Island:
- Pine Island Elementary School
- Pine Island Middle School
The community of Matlacha comes before Pine Island. It's a small island but is filled with shops, oceanfront restaurants, and galleries.
Communities of Pine Island:
Four communities make up Pine Island: Bokeelia, Matlacha, St. James City, and Pineland, each having shops, marinas, and unique appeal. Other hot neighborhoods are Trafalgar, Burnt Store Lakes, Jacaranda, Punta Gorda Isles, and Tropical Gulf Acres.
Cape Harbour is located at the southern end of Chiquita Boulevard. In this yachting community, you will find dining, shopping, and luxury homes.
Real estate in Cape Habour
Cape Harbour is an expensive neighborhood and has a median listing home price of $579K. Apart from waterfront homes with access to canals or on the marina, it also has condominiums and villas with water views.
One waterfront condominium, The Marina in Cape Harbour, has condominiums nearby a deep water marina. Harbour Pointe is another community consisting of estate homes, mostly custom-designed. There is also a secluded private neighborhood on the island called Harbour Preserves.
Education in Cape Habour
The following schools fall under the Lee County school district:
- Nicaea Academy of Cape Coral
- Gulf Elementary School
- Gulf Middle School
- City of Cape Coral Charter School South
- Baker H.S., Cape Coral, FL
- Oasis Middle School
Things to do in Cape Harbour
Cape Harbour hosts many festivals, holiday events, dolphin boat tours, fishing tournaments, and weekly live music at some restaurants.
The Cape Coral Farmers Market is seasonal in the summer months, where you will find anything from fresh produce to seafood to bread. It operates from May to October.
Other amenities available to the community are pools, clubhouses, shopping, entertainment, and the marina.
Cape Harbour is a prime location. You can take a short boat ride to enjoy the pristine beaches and outdoor water activities at Captiva and Sanibel Islands. The community is also a short drive to neighboring Naples.
Other things to do around Cape Harbour:
- Downtown Fort Myers concerts, restaurants, and more
- Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery
- SW FL Military Museum
- 4 Mile Ecological Preserve
- Sunsplash water park - 10 minutes away
Matlacha Shores is a coastal neighborhood in Cape Coral with lots of restaurants, tours, and concerts.
Real estate in Matlacha Shores
The median price of homes in Matlacha Shores is $420,000. The average rental is $2,467, 90% higher than compared to other neighborhoods.
Many properties here are mainly single-family homes. Sizes range from 3-4 or 4-5 bedrooms. The majority of the properties are owned, but there is a high percentage of vacation homes.
Education in Matlacha Shores
There are no schools in this neighborhood, but schools nearby include:
- Gulf Elementary School
- Trafalgar Middle School
- Mariner High School
What's nearby and things to do in Matlacha
People are drawn here for the many recreational activities you can do on the water.
Restaurants in Matlacha:
- Blue Dog Bar & Grill
- Island Pho and Grill
- Arekie - Indian Fusion Cuisine
- Babcock Ranch Eco Tours
- True Tours
- Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens
Tarpon Point is a neighborhood with luxury waterfront homes and beach access not too far away. There are high-rise buildings with spectacular water views.
Located close by is the community of Tarpon Springs, consisting of luxury condominiums. Three waterfront communities make up Tarpon Springs: Tarpon Estates, Tarpon Gardens, and Tarpon Landings. They each have access to the marina, fine waterfront dining, and other amenities of Tarpon Point.
The Tarpon Point Marina is located in southwest Cape Coral, at the tip of Florida's Gulf Coast, where warm waters meet white sands.
Real estate in Tarpon point
Properties here are a combination of single-family homes, condos, and townhouses. These are newer builds between 2004 and 2018. Prices range from $330,000 to $2,300,000 with a median sale price of $665,000.
Tarpon Point Marina is a community established back in 2004. It features larger homes that were completed in 2013 and are competitively priced today.
Education in Tarpon Point
Schools in this neighborhood include:
- Grace community school
- Cape elementary school
- Captain school of cape coral
- Ida S. Baker High School
What's nearby and things to do in Tarpon Point
The communities and residents of Tarpon point enjoy the benefits of the deep water marina, which allows access to the Gulf of Mexico. Tarpon Point meets where the Caloosahatchee River meets the Gulf of Mexico. Amenities on-site include pools, fitness centers, a private clubhouse, and parks.
Activities in Tarpon point include water sports, fishing, kayaking, boating, and a Nature Reserve. The Marina Village is within walking distance from Tarpon Point. What you will find here are high-end restaurants, cafes, and shops.
More activities to check out:
- Restaurant Boat Dockage
- Boat Rental
- The Ships Store
- Sunset & Dolphin Tours
- Kayak Paddleboard Rentals
- Eco Guided Tours
- Beach Run
Yacht Club Islands
The population of Yacht Club Islands is 1580 residents. This area was the first to be developed in Cape Coral in the 1960s. The Yacht Club Islands are in Southeast Cape Coral. Bordering them to the north is Cape Coral Parkway, to the west is Bimini Canal, and to the south and east is the Caloosahatchee River.
Real Estate in Yacht Club Islands
The neighborhood of Yacht Club Island still features homes from the 1960s mixed with modern luxury properties. Homeowners make up 75%. Buyers are attracted to this area in the hopes of securing older homes to either renovate or restore. Bayshore Drive, Coral Drive, and Dolphin Drive in recent years have seen major property development. Surrounded by water, this neighborhood has many waterfront homes with amazing views.
Properties in this area range in price from between $549,900 - $989,999. The median sold price is $570,073. The Yacht Club is a community with single-family homes ranging in size and price, from $519,900 to $2,395,000.
Education in Yacht Club Islands
Schools closest to this neighborhood include:
- Grace Community School
- College Board Academy
- Captain School of Cape Coral
- Cape Elementary School
What's nearby and things to do in Yacht Club Island
The Yacht Club Islands have direct deep water access to the gulf. This makes it one of the best areas in Florida for boating.
The Yacht Club community has the only beach in Cape Coral. Here residents are spoiled with:
- boat ramps, the marina, fishing piers
- tennis courts
- Picnic Shelters
- Racquetball Court
- Shuffleboard Court
- Horseshoe Pits
- Swimming Pool
- BBQ Grills
The Yacht Club community park also features a ballroom. It's an original part of the history of Cape Coral. Today many events, weddings, parties, and gatherings take place here.
Nothing says waterfront dining like The Boathouse Tiki Bar and Grill. It is a favorite at Cape Coral's Yacht Club Beach and has the freshest seafood. A unique feature of the Boathouse is that you can catch your fish at the nearby pier, and they will be more than happy to cook it for you.
Overall, Cape Coral is known for its Gulf Coast beaches and family-friendly fun activities. There are many vibrant and unique neighborhoods and communities boasting canals, access to boating, fishing, and water activities - a perfect mix of quality living.
Cape Coral Rankings by Niche:
- Best Cities to Retire in America #10 of 228.
- Cities with the Best Public Schools in America #81 of 228
- Best Cities for Outdoor Activities in America #97 of 228