By Maureen Gobi

The Cape Coral region of Florida is one of the most popular destinations for retirees and vacation home buyers from the Northeast who love boating and beachside living. Cape Coral is a large peninsula and is bordered in the south and east by the Caloosahatchee River and in the west by Matlacha Pass and the city of Fort Myers across the Caloosahatchee River to the east. The city has over 400 miles of canals, more than any other city in the world. Most of the canals are navigable and many provide access to the Gulf of Mexico. The canal system makes for protected waterfront marine living for tens of thousands boating enthusiast. Cape Coral’s temperate climate, abundant forests, and access to the Gulf of Mexico make it an ideal destination for boating, fishing, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. Cape Coral is the perfect destination for any outdoor enthusiast, and from hiking one of the many trails at the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park to fishing at the Cape Coral Yacht Club there are activities for just about everyone. Coral Oaks Golf Course is a great place to work on your game. Sirenia Vista Park has kayak routes to Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, where birds wade amid mangroves. The region offers gulf coast living at its best, with spectacular year-round weather and some of the most spectacular sunsets in Florida.

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