Cape Coral is located on a large peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico, halfway between Tampa and Miami, and not far from Fort Myers. Its giant canal system crisscrosses the entire city and provides transportation, sport and entertainment. Cape Coral boasts many venues including a public yacht club, several golf courses and shopping centers. To the west of Cape Coral, the Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge and Aquatic Preserve offer extensive hiking and outdoor opportunities. The Caloosahatchee River offers an attractive beach and pier, which are perfect for swimming, fishing and walking. Beaches on the gulf of Mexico are also close by, featuring the added attraction of a varied wildlife and bird watching opportunities. Many residents own boats and yachts, and are fishing and sailing enthusiasts. If amusement parks are your jam, Cape Corla has more than 30, including the huge SunSplash Water Park. For those who like to spend some time indoors, Cape Coral boasts several museums and theaters, as well as a variety of indoor and outdoor festivals throughout the year.
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