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. The city of Fort Myers lies across the Caloosahatchee River to the south, and Matlacha and Pine Island lie across Matlacha Pass to the west. Cape Coral was founded in 1957 as a master planned, pre-platted community; a so-called “water wonderland” by Real estate ... read more
developers, Leonard and Jack Rosen. With over 400 miles (640 km) of navigable waterways, Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city on earth. Most of the canals are navigable and some have access to the Gulf of Mexico. People come to this part of the state for its favorable climate, abundance of natural areas, wildlife watching opportunities and because of the region's legacy as a fishing hot spot.