“What kind of boating do you do?” is perhaps on of the most frequently asked questions for people in Cape Coral. Answer: The choices for short or extended cruising are dizzying. Our waterfront home is in Cape Coral, smack dab in the middle of some of the greatest boating Florida has to offer. From our home base where our ‘31 Express Cruiser is docked, it’s a short trip to enjoy casual or fine dining at waterfront restaurants and resorts in Cape Coral, downtown Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, Cabbage Key and more.
A great day out is to anchor off Fort Myers Beach, Lover’s Key Beach, North Captiva, or Cayo Costa. Naples, just two hours by boat, is one of our favorite southern route trips. We get a slip at Crayton’s Cove and stay a night or two so we have ample time to take in the renowned beaches, shopping, and dining. Traveling north there is much to explore in the beautiful beach towns of Venice, Sarasota, Tampa-St Pete, and Tarpon Springs.
For those who want to enjoy the serenity of just being on the water, there are well-documented anchorages along the entire coast. Boaters have their choice of cruising styles, either on the protected channels of the InterCoastal Waterway (ICW) or on the wide open, calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The photo above is a snap we took arriving at SouthSeas Resort on Captiva Island, another of our favorite trips whether for a day or an extended stay (top-notch marina facilities, pet friendly, BBQ grills, and a short walk to the beach).
If all of that’s not enough, there is indeed more: the Florida Keys, the entire east coast of Florida, and the islands of the Bahamas are all popular cruising destinations for Southwest Florida boaters. And for many sailors and yachtsman, Cape Coral is their home base for cruising the Great Circle or heading up the ICW to points much further north such as the Chesapeak Bay.