If you love yachts, lush tropical sights, warm, clear water, manatees, and fantastic culture, Cape Coral is your ultimate getaway. This region flourishes with dozens of yacht clubs, protected wildlife areas, delicious digs, luxurious resorts, and upscale hotels. Oh, and so many canals. Over four hundred miles of canals in Cape Coral offer flood protection, stunning waterfront estates, parks, and habitats for a thriving population of manatees. Hop on a boat rental and visit any one of these four amazing Cape Coral beaches:
- Lovers Key Beach
- Tarpon Bay Beach
- Captiva Beach
- Turner Beach
1. Lovers Key Beach
Lovers Key Beach is south of Cape Coral and in a wilder location, hosted by Lovers Key State Park and Lovers Key Recreation Area. This is the ultimate spot to go if you want peace and quiet, natural views, and lots of stunning birds to watch while you hang out on the beach. Still, the beach is well-maintained, clean, and less crowded than most others on this list.
At 1.5 miles long, there are plenty of sights to take in should you take a romantic stroll down the shore.
2. Tarpon Bay Beach
Tarpon Bay Beach, in Sanibel Island, is a quick boat ride (or drive, but boating is much better) from Cape Coral, and it is a stunning area filled with rich culture, delicious foods, interesting people, beautiful architecture, regal waterfront estates, and several luxurious hotels and resorts.
Tarpon Bay is a great location to boat or have a beach day.
Captiva Beach is up the coast from Turner Beach, with a wealth of beach diners, shops, resorts, marinas, vacation homes, luxury hotels, and boat clubs to enjoy. On the beach, you will likely spot seashells, dolphins, and some stunning boats passing by. The beach is always immaculately clean. It can be crowded on weekends, especially in the summer, but it’s always a special place to visit.
4. Turner Beach
Turner Beach is perfect for fishing and swimming from the sandy shores or rock jetty. It’s on the southwestern tip of the island, almost touching Sanibel Island, giving you the best views of the Gulf of Mexico.
At Turner Beach, you’re at the convergence of Blind Pass, Blind Pass beach, Albright Key, Dinken Bayou, and the Patterson Island Preserve. If you cross Blind Pass Bridge, you’ll almost immediately see Castaways Bait Shop, The Mad Hatter (a great restaurant), Sunset Grill, and Lazy Flamingo.
Three Places to Dock and Dine in Cape Coral
1. The Boathouse Tiki Bar and Grill
The Boathouse is part of Yacht Club Community Park, close to Redfish Point on the Caloosahatchee River. This spot is unique because, while on the river, it is right next to the Yacht Club public beach. So if you want to lay out on the sand for a while before working up an appetite, this is the spot. The Boathouse Tiki Bar and Grill is entirely outdoors, with several tiki huts and beach umbrellas to cover the beautiful open-air You can get yours right here. Still in the research phase of planning your trip? No problem; perhaps these can help:
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