Best Cape Coral Beaches and  Best Beaches Near Cape Coral Florida

Cape Coral Beaches - so much fun fun fun in the sun at some of the best Southwest Florida beaches!

I'm dying to tell you about all of our favorite beaches in Cape Coral and nearby.

We have everything from small family beaches to out-of-the-way island retreats to party time beaches, either on the Gulf of Mexico or the Caloosahatchee River.

Some of the nicest beaches in the world are in SW Florida.

Do you love stretches of white sand, with palm trees and pretty blue-green water?  How about gentle waves and lots of beautiful shells?!

Well, you won't have a problem because there are several beaches to choose from. To start with, Cape Coral has Yacht Club Beach and Four Freedoms Park Beach .......... and within 45 minutes are Ft Myers Beach, Lovers Key, Sanibel, and Bonita Springs.  Just a bit further away, about an hour's drive, are Naples, Captiva, and North Captiva.

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The Cape does not have gulf beaches because we are surrounded by the waters of the Caloosahatchee River and Matlacha Pass.

These estuary waters are protected, our coastline is part of a preserve of mangrove forests that teem with aquatic life, and that's what gives us such great fishing in our area!

Cape Coral Beaches

Yacht Club Beach - Yacht Club Community Park

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Yacht Club Beach in Cape Coral, is on the Caloosahatchee River and it is a nice little family beach with a playground, fishing pier, and tikis for picnics.

A ballroom is available for parties and the monthly Sunset Celebration craft shows.

The beach's restaurant, The Boathouse, has good food and sometimes features live music.

Also part of The Yacht Club complex are a pool, tennis and racquet ball courts, and a marina. Parking is free.

From Cape Coral Pkwy, go south on Coronado Pkwy, it turns into Driftwood Pkwy, take it to the end.

Four Freedoms Park Beach

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Four Freedoms Park is the location of Cape Coral's newest beach.

The white-sand sunbathe only beach fronts Bimini Basin and is right off of Cape Coral Pkwy.

You will also find a playground, picnic shelters, grassy play area and recreation center.

Fort Myers Beach

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Fort Myers Beaches are a totally different scene from Cape Coral.

Shops, restaurants, playground, crowds, and lots of activity are at the beach right off the bridge.

Hang a right when you get off the bridge and go all the way to the end to go to Bowditch Point for a less crowded beach.

Paying for parking is easy with self-service machines.

Or go the other way and get to the beach from access points all along Estero Blvd.

Lovers Key State Park

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If you keep heading south on Estero Blvd, you will come to Lovers Key State Park Beach.

There are 2 beaches, the first has walking trails and the second one, a little further south, has a tram that you take to the water.

Public restrooms are available at both ends of the trolley.

Pay $8 for parking at the entrance.

What I like about these beaches is that they are in a more natural state, are less crowded, and have lots of shells for collecting.

Lovers Key Adventures offers bike, canoe and kayak rentals.

Sanibel Island

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I love to go to any of the Sanibel Beaches!

Blue green water, white sand and lots of shells, big sky, and gulf breezes ... what can be better?

Quaint shopping areas, beautiful homes, and sandy lanes make Sanibel Island so attractive.

The five public beaches are Lighthouse, Gulf Side, Tarpon Bay, Bowmans, and Turners Beaches, all on the gulf side from one end to the other.

Turners Beach is just before you head over the bridge onto Captiva and you can park on the Captiva side.

Parking for Sanibel and Captiva beaches are paid with self-service machines.

Captiva Island and North Captiva Beach

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Just on the other side of the bridge from Sanibel are the Captiva Beaches, starting with the Captiva side of Turner Beach.

Restrooms are available, parking is limited, and stores are nearby.

We also like to go to Captiva Beach, just beyond the village, it's one of my most favorite beaches.

The village is so cute, with terrific restaurants and little shops.

North Captiva Island, is only accessible by boat or small plane.  About 300+ vacation homes dot half of the island, the other half is a state park.

Beautiful beaches, resort amenities, plus plenty of Florida wildlife and nature, a few restaurants and shops characterize this island paradise.

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Barefoot Beach - Bonita Springs

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Barefoot Beach is located in a preserve and park on one of the many barrier islands along SWFL's coast.

Although it is a natural and wild beach, to get there, you have to drive through a mile stretch of some of the most luxurious homes in the area.

Once you get to into the park there is a nature trail where you see wildlife, public restrooms, showers, a concession stand ... and the most beautiful beach!

Hours run from 8AM-Sundown.  It costs $10 to get into the park and beach, regardless of how many hours you spend there.  Barefoot Beach is located off of Bonita Beach Rd.

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Dog Beach Park - Bonita Beach Dog Park

If you’re looking for the perfect destination for you and your four-legged friend, Bonita Beach Dog Park in Bonita Springs, Florida is the ideal spot for you.  

The Bonita Beach Dog Park is located on a tidal flat, so it's crucial to plan your trip accordingly. During mid to high tides, the beach can only be accessed by wading through water. However, once you arrive, you'll be greeted by breathtaking views and a spacious area for your dog to run free.

One thing to keep in mind is that this park does not have restrooms, but a portable toilet is available. Additionally, a dog rinse-off shower station is provided by a private donor to rinse your dog before leaving the park. It's also important to read and follow the park rules, which include no glass containers or alcohol allowed. Remember, this is an unsupervised facility, so it's up to you to ensure your dog's safety and behavior.

Bonita Beach Dog Park is the perfect place for travelers to come and bring their furry friend to enjoy a beautiful day at the beach.


One of my favorite beaches is Lowdermilk Park Beach in Naples.

You will find metered and unmetered parking spaces, public restrooms and showers, a concession stand, picnic tables, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, and two gazebos for rent. 

The beach has powdery white sand, plenty of shells, and views of the gulf that go for miles.

If you're lucky, you can set up under one of the several tiki huts along the back of the beach!

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Sunsets at all the beaches are magnificent, and I love how close to nature many of them they are.

You will love exploring all these Southwest Florida and Cape Coral beaches!

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Cape Coral Fishing
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Cape Coral Parks
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