On our exploration trip scouting out the SouthWest Florida market (2003), we quickly learned that driving around Punta Gorda and Cape Coral without a good map is not a good idea. Because of all the canal systems, there are many dead ends and you can’t really tell where you’ve been or where you are going. And frustratingly, finding a good map is not easy (if you’d like a good map, just let us know and we’ll send ya one). At the same time, if you don’t know where the canals are, they are not easy to spot. Visitors from “up north” who drive the streets are stunned when we take them on a canal cruise, never realizing how many of the homes they pass on the road are waterfront homes with a canal in the backyard.
Click this link to send us a private email and we will email you a cape coral map or snail-mail you a real map (both of which show the different types of Cape Coral canal systems).
This Google map shows a small section of Cape Coral called the Yacht Club neighborhood. The map is good illustration of where the lakes and canals are. And notice the canal widths—some look like large channels and are 250′ wide, while others are smaller (the smallest being 80′ wide).