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Cape Coral boating, canoeing, and kayaking - find out about boat rentals, boat ramps, and marinas - fun on the water in our Southwest Florida paradise!
Cape Coral has over 400 miles of canals, lakes, the Caloosahatchee River and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico.
If you like boating, you will love it here!
It's so much fun to take the boat out for a day, head over to Ft Myers Beach and anchor off shore.
Then have a picnic lunch, and relax and float in the water. Or, head over to Sanibel to look for shells .......... or maybe Lover's Key to find a deserted stretch of beach.
You'll also want to explore the islands of Captiva, North Captiva, Useppa Island, Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, Pine Island and Matlacha.
There are so many places to discover amongst the canals, lakes, river, mangrove stands in the estuaries and bays, islands small and large, and the Gulf.
You'll be able to see dolphins, manatees, and all kinds of fish, and birds.
And when we get home, it's so refreshing to jump in the pool after being in the saltwater and having our hair and faces wind-whipped by the salty air.
Scroll down to see Cape Coral boat launches, marinas, boat rentals, kayaking information, and boating regulations.
Ft Myers Beach
To get more info and view photos of the the above launches, go to my Boat Ramps and Launches page.
Tarpon Point and Marina Village
When you think of Cape Coral boating options, don't forget, there is some fantastic kayaking in our area!
You can launch your kayak from the above marinas and boat launches or from these locations that specifically have kayak launches:
The D&D Boat Launch on Pine Island Rd in Matlacha is another good spot. Go to my Cape Coral Kayak Launch Sites page to get more information and see photos.
Eco Park Kayak Launch
Go to my Cape Coral Fishing Page for more boat rentals and fishing charters. Remember to practice safe boating.
Watch out for manatee zones, and sea grass beds.
Manatees are protected by law, they can not be hunted, captured, killed or harassed in any way.
Sea grass beds are homes to manatees and green sea turtles, another protected species.
Find out about the Cape Coral boating regulations regarding wildlife, plus laws, citations, about life jackets, safety, statistics and other information about everything to do with boating in Florida.
To make it fun for kids and adults, you can download a Scavenger Hunt at Florida By Water.
It is recommended that your dog wears a life vest if they are going on a boat or kayak. Many pet owners worry that their pets will overheat with a vest on and therefore don't use them, but there are more pressing concerns:
Go to BoatUS for more information about dog life vests and other boating information.
Well ....... I don't know about you, but when I think of boating in Southwest Florida, I think of airboat rides in the Everglades.
Well, you don't have to drive that far because we have the wonderful Archer Airboat Tours, just over in Matlacha, for scenic tours or fishing.
You will definitely want to go on this unique Florida boating experience at least once.
If you prefer something a little more relaxing, you'll want to know about the catamaran charters from Captain Bud at Sail Cape Coral.
You can go for a half-day, all day, sunset, or after-dark cruises.
It's so nice, I can't even describe it ......... you'll just have to go! For more information, go to Cape Coral Sailing.
For more ideas for cruises in Cape Coral and nearby in Ft Myers and even beyond to Key West and the Caribbean, go to my Cape Coral Cruises page.
Life is so much better on a boat. So buy, rent, or charter a boat ....... go kayaking, airboating, sailing, and cruising ....... just get out on the water and go boating!
For boating supplies in Cape Coral, West Marine, the world's largest boating supply store, is conveniently located at 1012 East Cape Coral Pkwy, (239)540-7300.
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