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As a retiree, you may find yourself busy with volunteering, hobbies, cooking, crafts, entertaining, relaxing and making new friends. But for some, the best “hobby” of all time is…
…shopping. Lucky for retirees in Cape Coral, this area is a mecca for shopping enthusiasts.
Coconut Pointe® – This shopping center boasts 113 stores and 25 restaurants – all surrounding several acres of lakes with a boardwalk. It is a “Main Street-style” shopping destination with Mediterranean Revival-style architecture that is designed to fit gracefully with the architectural flavor of Southwest Florida…and in my humble opinion, it’s the best mall around!
Gulf Coast Town Center – This is a destination shopping mall featuring national retailers. This outdoor mall currently has over 100 stores and restaurants on 200 acres, with even more scheduled to open.
Tanger Outlets – If you’re headed to the beach or coming back from a trip to Sanibel, you’ll be close to the Tanger Outlets. This mall has more than 30 upscale designer outlets and brand name manufacturers like Brooks Brothers, Bon Worth, Coldwater Creek, Lane Bryant, and more.
Miromar Outlets – This is another outlet store, located further south in Estero. This larger mall has over 140 stores, as well as lots of tasty restaurants if you need to refuel during your shopping excursion.
Bell Tower Shops – This open air shopping plaza is best known for being a great place to shop or have a nice dinner before or after seeing a movie at the Regal Cinemas. The Bell Tower Shops are conveniently located on Daniels Parkway and U.S. 41. This mall hosts many special events, like Yappy Hour for dogs, live music concert series at the fountain, and several charity events. Notable retailers in the Bell Tower include Brookstone, Chico’s, Clarks, Draper’s and Damon’s, and Soma Intimates. There are also some amazing restaurants, including Blue Pointe Seafood, Cru, Bistro 41, Grimaldi’s Pizzaria, and Da Ru Ma Japenese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar.
In central and downtown Fort Myers, shoppers can browse traditional retailers like Sears and J.C. Penny’s in the Edison Mall or visit boutiques and antique shops in downtown Fort Myers. The Franklin Shops on First Street is home to many cute and quirky independently owned shops that specialize in unique gifts, art, and clothing.
If you’re looking for a good bargain, you could try the nearby Fleamasters Fleamarket, which features over 900 booths that feature one-of-a-kind merchandise.
Cape Coral is a very popular place to retire. Its surrounded by the water and has many golf courses and other entertainment possibilities. However, it also has more restrictions than other parts of Lee County. Depending on what you are planing to do, it might be a great city to live in for you or not. You could always spend some time there and see how much you like it.
Cape Coral Arts and Entertainment
This is the sixth installment of Top 12 Reasons to Retire in Cape Coral, Florida which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.
Cape Coral is fortunate to be home to many artistic and creative residents, many of whom are retirees. If you are worrying about not having enough to do when you retire, put your fears to rest!
One of Cape Coral’s crowning glories is its Cultural Park. The aptly named Cultural Park Theatre is located at the park. It provides a creative opportunity for theatrical residents who want to try their hand at acting or directing. Several plays and productions are produced each year, tapping into the amazing local talent.
Just a few minutes away in the other parts of Lee County, you can enjoy theatrical productions by:
•The Schoolhouse Theater on Sanibel
•The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at Edison College
•The Seminole Gulf Railway Dinner Train Theater
•The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers
•The Florida Repertory Theatre in downtown Fort Myers
Artistic retirees can join the Cape Coral Art League. They offer classes all year long and host workshops with nationally recognized artists. The art league has been active in Cape Coral for over 40 years, and they have over 200 members who participate in the activities and events.
Many retirees who are aviation enthusiasts have a side hobby of flying radio-controlled airplanes. The Cape has plenty of wide open spaces that are perfect for this pastime, including Seahawk Park, which is a 13.5 acre area that features a landing strip just for these type of planes. Every March, the Cape Coral SeaHawks host their annual Air Show, where they demonstrate how to fly large-scale model aircraft. It’s a fun event – and a fun place to visit – for aviation fanatics of any age.
There are also great places to entertain children and grandchildren in Cape Coral. If you’ve decided to make Cape Coral your home, chances are good that your family members up north will be visiting you soon and often! If you need to entertain your younger family members while they are in Cape Coral, consider SunSplash Family Waterpark for a day of a cool, wet fun. If your family likes action and excitement, take them to Mike Greenwell’s Family Fun Park for go carts, mini-golf, batting cages, arcade games and more.
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Golf Courses as far as the eye can see. =)
This is the fifth installment of Top 12 Reasons to Retire in Cape Coral, Florida which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.
Between its sandy beaches and natural preserves, Southwest Florida has many attractions. But, for die hard golfers, the best attractions in the area are the golf courses!
With over 100 golf courses already being enjoyed by golfers – and many more to come – the Southwest Florida area is a golfer’s paradise. Why is that?
It’s been calculated that this area has more golf holes per person than any area of the United States!
If you’re visiting Cape Coral or the surrounding area, it’s easy to see why it’s considered the Golf Capital of the World. The area has public, semi-private and private courses in every area. The wide variety of choices means there is a golf course for every preference and budget. Prices will vary depending on the type of course and the season. Green fee discounts are especially common from June to September.
Most importantly, our mild climate allows golfers to enjoy their sport all year long. Greens and grasses thrive under the careful management of our course directors, and golfers are only stopped by the occasional rain shower (which typically passes in 15 minutes). Otherwise, you can be golfing 365 days a year in Cape Coral! Here are just a few of the private and public courses in Cape Coral, FL:
1800 N.W. 28th Ave.
1006 S.E. Fourth Place
Palmetto Pine Country
1940 S.W. Ninth Court
Club Royal Tee
11460 Royal Tee Circle
Golf lovers naturally gravitate to choosing a retirement home in Cape Coral. Learn more about homes in Cape Coral that are close to great golfing at my website. Whether you are a real estate buyer or seller in Southwest Florida, I will find the solution that fits your real estate needs. If you are ready to make a real estate transaction or if you have further questions contact me on line, call (239) 565-7867, or connect with me on Facebook. I’ll even send you a FREE Cape Coral Map if you’d like!
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Cape Coral is a wonderful place to live. There is a lot of open areas that have not been developed at all. Low crime, nice people.
It's what you make out of the place. We have some great beaches near by. Also this is a great time to buy with the prices so low and Mortgage Rates at all times lows. So I would say Yes.....
Cape Coral is a Great SPot for Nature Lovers
If you read our last tip, you know that Cape Coral has access to some of the most amazing beaches in Florida. But, the nature in Cape Coral is not limited to the beach. If you love the outdoors, Cape Coral has an abundance of activities for nature lovers of every kind. The city is home to several parks, including Saratoga Lake Park, Horton Park, Four Freedoms Park and more….
One of the better known parks for nature lovers is the Rotary Park Environmental Center. Through a grant from the Department of Environmental Protection and additional funding from local Rotary Clubs, this park has helped to preserve almost 100 acres of pristine Florida salt marsh.
You can explore the grounds on a nature trail or take advantage of the many gardening and environmental classes at the center. There’s also a butterfly house that is home to different species of butterflies and plants. If your dog enjoys nature as much as you do, he can accompany you to the park’s Wagging Tails Dog Park!
Another beautiful local park in Cape Coral is the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve. Many kayakers are especially fond of this park, which rents kayaks during season (from October to May). Whether you are walking along the trails or kayaking down the waterways, you will probably see many native Florida critters in their natural habitat. Common wildlife sightings include birds like eagles, herons and ibis, as well as raccoon, opossum, armadillo, alligators and more. The park’s 365 acres are protected to preserve this natural legacy for generations of Cape Coral residents in the future.
Not all wildlife in Cape Coral is found in a park. You might be surprised to learn that Cape Coral has the largest population of burrowing owls in the entire state of Florida!
Some Cape Coral residents share their neighborhoods with these special owls. The burrowing owl is a tiny owl that lives on the ground, unlike other species of its kind which normally nest in trees. This owl is both unique and in danger. It’s an endangered species in Canada, and a species of special concern in Florida.
The Cape Coral burrowing owl population is estimated to include over 1,000 pairs of birds. Fortunately, they are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and many Cape Coral residents have joined forces to help this cute creature. So, if you enjoy the pristine nature of this area, like many other residents, Cape Coral could be the perfect home for you.
CAPE CORAL IS A BOATERS PARADISE AND FUN FOR ALL WATER LOVERS
This is the second installment of Top 12 Reasons to Retire in Cape Coral, Florida which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.
If you own a boat, or have ever wanted to, then there truly aren’t many better places to live than Cape Coral, Florida.
Put simply, Cape Coral is paradise for water lovers. Those who are new to the area are often shocked to learn that this city has over 400 miles of canals and waterways! This makes it both easy and affordable to get a waterfront home, or have easy access to a canal.
Nearly half of Cape Coral homes on canals actually have water access directly to the Gulf of Mexico. Boaters often make Cape Coral their home, solely for that reason. In about 20 minutes, their boat is off the dock and in the sparkling waters of the Gulf – ready for fishing, water sports, or just good times!
The local Department of Parks and Recreation keeps 5 boat launching facilities open to the public:
•BMX Boat Ramp, SW 7th Court just north of Trafalgar
•Burnt Store Boat Ramp, 230 Burnt Store Road South
•Horton Park Boat Ramp, 2600 SE 26th Place
•Rosen Park Boat Ramp, 2414 SE 15th Terrace
•Yacht Club Boat Ramp, 5815 Driftwood Parkway
For those who love to be on the water, but don’t have a boat of their own, dozens of charter fishing groups offer reasonably priced excursions, both near the shore and for deep sea fishing.
Even if you don’t know anything about boating, when you move to Cape Coral, you will meet plenty of people who do! If you start chatting up a neighbor, you might find yourself on his boat before the week is over. If you love the water, retiring to Cape Coral is the perfect choice.
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This is the first installment of Top 12 Reasons to Retire in Cape Coral, Florida which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.
If you prefer sunny, warm breezes over blizzards, Cape Coral real estate might be the right choice for you. Snowbirds (the affectionate name for our seasonal residents) have been enjoying mild southwest Florida winters since Edison and Ford started the trend of migrating south over a hundred years ago! If it’s January and you’re watching the Weather Channel, then you already know what you might be missing.
But just for fun, let’s take a look at the actual numbers. In Cape Coral, the average low temperature in January is 54.5 degrees. The annual snowfall is – zero! The area averages 355 days of sunshine, unlike most areas in the north, where gray skies are more common.
To rub it in a little bit, let’s look at the average January temperature and annual snowfall of other cities:
•Albany, New York: 22.2 degrees and 64.4 inches of snow (get out those shovels!)
•Chicago, Illinois: 22 degrees and 38 inches of snow
•Columbus, Ohio: 28.3 degrees and 28.2 inches of snow
•Des Moines, Iowa: 20.4 degrees and 33.3 inches of snow
•Detroit, Michigan: 24.5 degrees and 41.3 inches of snow
•Madison, Wisconsin: 17.3 degrees and 43.8 inches of snow (brrrrrr!)
•Omaha, Nebraska: 21.7 degrees and 30.1 inches of snow
Remember…Cape Coral, FL: 54.5 degrees and 0 inches of snow!
Cape Coral and southwest Florida are also lucky to have exceptional air quality. There is no heavy industry to create air pollution, and the gentle breezes from the Gulf Stream bring fresh air to the area daily. As of 2010, at least 93% of the days were ranked as “good” in the Air Quality Index (AQI).
If you’re ready to say goodbye to snow boots, mud rooms, de-icing, snow tires, frostbite, outrageous heating bills, and putting on 37 layers of clothing just to run to the store, it might be time to consider Cape Coral, FL. You may be surprised at just how affordable it is to own a piece of Florida sunshine.
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Your question is very subjective. My brother lived there but decided he liked the East side of the state more. He found as the house prices declined the area wasn't as nice as it started out as. It does have many homes with water access which makes even Key West accessible by boat. It is a pretty area. Utimately it will matter what you want to partake in as to it being a good area for you.
No, unless you have lots of money. We made the mistake of buying a home on a well, and a high percentage of homes in the cape are on wells. so my realtor said, no problem, they wont make you buy water asessment for at least 10 years. wrong, cost us 30,000 dollars when all was said and done. As a result, my husband could not retire. had to pay for the water. oh yes, when you lose your home, the weather is nice, so lots of people have set up tents in the woods. The mob runs cape coral. it is a corrupt city.
Be sure you have lots of money if you want to move to cape coral. You need to make sure the house you want to buy has assessments already in. We made the mistake of buying a house without assesments, the realtor told us they would not make us buy water assesment for 10 years. Wrong, it cost us 30,000 dollars when all was said and done. Husband could not retire. Move to Sarasota instead.
I live in the Cape and love it! This is a big change from living in New Jersey (where we raised our children. Not only is the weather a plus but we (my husband and I) have made many friend from all over the country, it is quite diverse. The Cape is one of those places where you have a substantial population, but having a small town feel. We also moved here because we got more house for our money; even though the economy is not where is was when we moved down, you still get a good value in a home. I would enjoy chatting with you about this great town and answering any questions you may have. Feel free to contat me anytime.
Yes, but I like Sarasota better.
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January 6th and a high of 73, not too shabby.
A great place to retire! Sun 95% of the year and plenty of beaches!
Absolutely. AJ, you are an agent who lives here, aren't you?