Most can agree that Cape Coral, Florida is a beautiful place to live, even if only seasonally.
Yes, I’m looking at you, snowbirds.
There are many reasons one would choose to live in this beautiful section of the sunshine state. However, Cape Coral is so much more than the 400 miles of canals- more than pristine sunny beaches or the Caloosahatchee River, which is fun to say five times fast.
No, Cape Coral is so much more than all of those things. In its young existence, roughly 44 years, it has well established itself as a top city in which to retire. In 2012, Cape Coral even landed on the Forbes Magazine list of the Top 25 places to retire. But don’t worry, there is plenty of space for everyone. Cape Coral is the third largest landmass city in all of Florida.
If that isn’t enough, here are some activities and yearly events that may seal the deal on making Cape Coral your home.
Presented by the German American Social Club
October 19-21 and 26-28
This annual two-weekend event will give you a whole lot of Munich in the sunshine state. As far as entertainment is concerned, Cape Coral Oktoberfest has non-stop music playing during all hours of the event. Should you feel the desire to break into your lederhosen and dance the Schuhplattler, the festival has two large dance floors to wow other Oktoberfest cape coral revelers with your fancy footwork. After all that dancing, you can shuffle on over to von Steuben Hall for Schnitzel and potato pancakes. It goes without saying, but of course, there will be more than enough Kolsch to wash down your fine German cuisine.
By Cape Coral Parks and Rec
Held in February, April, October, and December
This event will speak to more than just motorcycle enthusiasts. For the bike lovers, this is a great opportunity to check out the latest and greatest in motorcycle accouterments. There are plenty of vendors along SE 47th Terrace to please all your eating and drinking desires. And then there is the entertainment aspect of the event. While the future music acts have not yet been announced, the history of headliners will no doubt impress you. With names like Skid Row, Lita Ford, and Firehouse, rest reassured that you will not be bored by any means. This nearly quarterly event is on the second Saturday of February, April, October, and December. The cape coral bike night is an enjoyable event, and thousands of motorcycle riders agree.
By The Rotary Club of Cape Coral
After its inaugural event in 1994, the Cape Coral Cardboard Boat Regatta struggled to gain popularity. In 2002, the cape coral boat parade almost ceased to exist, but when a new committee oversaw the organizing, they opened up the event to other boating clubs – thus allowing the renewed interest to flourish to the popularity it has today. The regatta allows for several aquatic events – from juniors single and double paddles to parent/child teams and adult singles and doubles. There is even a “Paddle with Your Pet” category. There are very strict rules to making the watercraft. For example, the watercraft must be constructed with corrugated cardboard – any other materials to assist balance is prohibited. Seams must be glued, not duct taped together.
While the event is free to attend, proceeds from t-shirt and vendor sales go to charities that The Rotary Club supports. The regatta draws a large crowd every year, and it never fails to disappoint.
By Rotary Club of Cape Coral
This 33-year-old, two-day event is packed with a bounty of visual and auditory entertainment, attracting thousands upon thousands of art enthusiasts yearly. Festival-goers can view over 300 artists’ work in a variety of mediums such as metal, pottery, jewelry, photos, and canvas.
Enjoy the talents of the myriad of musicians spanning a wide variety of genres, sure to please even the most discriminating music lover. The event and event parking are both free. A diverse array of food and beverage vendors are on hand to satisfy any appetite or thirst you conjure up while cruising through the festival. If you are in the market for the perfect piece to hang over the mantle or place on the entryway table, the Cape Coral Art and Music Festival is the place to find what you’re looking for.
Again, there is so much more to Cape Coral than sandy beaches and sunshine. There is bountiful, fantastic seafood to be enjoyed. There are marshes the explore. The Historical Museum and Rose Garden is a great place the learn about the history if the area. There are year-round farmers markets to satisfy all your fresh food needs. For those who are on the quest for the perfect Caribbean rum, make a reservation for a tour of Wicked Dolphin distillery and sample their wide assortment of award-winning rums and “rumshine.”
Grab some R&R by cruising the canals and boating on the Caloosahatchee River. If you want to stay on dry land, you can bike the extensive bike paths throughout the city. Don’t have a bike? That’s fine – stop by Hollywood Bicycle Center and rent a bike for the day. Hop on over to Sanibel Island to do some shopping and check out one of the cozy restaurants. Take the kids out to dig for fossils. Who knows, you just might discover a new prehistoric creature. But at the very least, you might find teeth from a not so prehistoric alligator. Take a boat ride along the canals and look for one of the 3,000+ Burrowing Owls that call the banks their home.
There is so much more to Cape Coral than the fine events and festivals mentioned here. Eat good food, have fun shopping, or just enjoy what Cape Coral has to offer. Get out there and explore this fine city and, most of all, HAVE FUN!