4 Amazing Cape Coral Beaches
If you love yachts, lush tropical sights, warm, clear water, manatees, and fantastic culture, Cape Coral is your ultimate getaway. This region flourishes with dozens of yacht clubs, protected wildlife areas, delicious digs, luxurious resorts, and upscale hotels. Oh, and so many canals. Over four hundred miles of canals in Cape Coral offer flood protection, stunning waterfront estates, parks, and habitats for a thriving population of manatees. Hop on a boat rental and visit any one of these four amazing Cape Coral beaches:
- Lovers Key Beach
- Tarpon Bay Beach
- Captiva Beach
- Turner Beach
1. Lovers Key Beach
Lovers Key Beach is south of Cape Coral and in a wilder location, hosted by Lovers Key State Park and Lovers Key Recreation Area. This is the ultimate spot to go if you want peace and quiet, natural views, and lots of stunning birds to watch while you hang out on the beach. Still, the beach is well-maintained, clean, and less crowded than most others on this list.
At 1.5 miles long, there are plenty of sights to take in should you take a romantic stroll down the shore.
2. Tarpon Bay Beach
Tarpon Bay Beach, in Sanibel Island, is a quick boat ride (or drive, but boating is much better) from Cape Coral, and it is a stunning area filled with rich culture, delicious foods, interesting people, beautiful architecture, regal waterfront estates, and several luxurious hotels and resorts.
Tarpon Bay is a great location to boat or have a beach day.
You’ll be surrounded by nature almost all the way around, with just a quick glimpse of Woodring Road’s sophisticated line of homes. Though this bay is not technically a beach, it has great views, sandy shores, and a lot of peace and quiet close to all of the amenities we love.
Tarpon Bay Beach is on the island’s south side, overlooking the Florida coastline and the Gulf of Mexico. Tarpon Bay Road runs north and south, perfectly connecting the bay and beach. It’s a quick 1.4 miles away that you can drive, walk, or boat to (boating takes about ten minutes more but boasts gorgeous views around the eastern tip of Sanibel Island).
3. Captiva Beach
Captiva Beach is up the coast from Turner Beach, with a wealth of beach diners, shops, resorts, marinas, vacation homes, luxury hotels, and boat clubs to enjoy. On the beach, you will likely spot seashells, dolphins, and some stunning boats passing by. The beach is always immaculately clean. It can be crowded on weekends, especially in the summer, but it’s always a special place to visit.
4. Turner Beach
Turner Beach is perfect for fishing and swimming from the sandy shores or rock jetty. It’s on the southwestern tip of the island, almost touching Sanibel Island, giving you the best views of the Gulf of Mexico.
At Turner Beach, you’re at the convergence of Blind Pass, Blind Pass beach, Albright Key, Dinken Bayou, and the Patterson Island Preserve. If you cross Blind Pass Bridge, you’ll almost immediately see Castaways Bait Shop, The Mad Hatter (a great restaurant), Sunset Grill, and Lazy Flamingo.
Three Places to Dock and Dine in Cape Coral
1. The Boathouse Tiki Bar and Grill
The Boathouse is part of Yacht Club Community Park, close to Redfish Point on the Caloosahatchee River. This spot is unique because, while on the river, it is right next to the Yacht Club public beach. So if you want to lay out on the sand for a while before working up an appetite, this is the spot. The Boathouse Tiki Bar and Grill is entirely outdoors, with several tiki huts and beach umbrellas to cover the beautiful open-air deck.
This restaurant gives you beautiful views of the river, Cape Coral Yacht Club Park Fishing Pier, part of the marina, the beach, and some gorgeous villas on the other side of the river.
It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu ranges from breakfast sandwiches to biscuits and gravy, bagels, buffalo shrimp, chowders, chilis, salads, fried food baskets, burgers, seafood, and a wide variety of cold and refreshing drinks.
2. The Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar and Grill
This casual eatery is neatly nestled in a green wildlife area at the end of Glover Bight. The Rotary Club of Cape Coral North operates next door, but Marriott Bonvoy of Westin Hotel and Resorts owns and operates this restaurant.
In this same little marina cove, you’ll find the Marina Village Shops, Pinchers Restaurant (which is also good), High Tide Social House, Southwest Florida Yachts, Eva by the Sea, Gather, and Tarpon Landings Condos. From the patio, you can overlook the boats, Tarpon Point Marina, Destination Boat Clubs, Karen Greenside Island (in the background), and part of Glover Bight, looking towards Cattle Dock Point.
This is the spot to go for fresh seafood at lunch or dinner. The menu consists of various chowders, salads, and finger foods. We recommend the Crispy Chicken Sliders, though the Florida Salad is another fantastic choice that’s always refreshing.
3. Wheelhouse Grille
The Wheelhouse Grille is on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River, at The Landings Yacht, Golf, and Tennis Club. It has stunning patio views overlooking the river and Cape Coral skyline. This is the only waterside restaurant that offers complete skyline views of Cape Coral, as the others are too close to see much of the city.
The menu consists of delicious salads (try the Pecan Salad or classic Garden Salad), sandwiches, burgers, including a bison burger, and seafood like bang bang shrimp and ahi tuna.
Are you ready to have a fun-filled time at Cape Coral? Reserve your boat right away! You can get yours right here. Still in the research phase of planning your trip? No problem; perhaps these can help:
- 6 Best Cape Coral Restaurants on the Water to Get to By Boat
- Cape Coral to Sanibel Island: Navigating by Boat
- 10 Best Beaches in Fort Myers to Explore By Boat
- Snorkeling in Fort Myers
- Fort Myers Fishing Guide
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