I often have people asking about our more than 400 miles of canals in Cape Coral. So I put this together, from various sources, in hopes to help draw some understanding. Hope you find it informative.
The differences In Cape Coral Canals
Cape Coral FL is a water lover’s paradise; there are more than 400 miles of canals in this area ready for fishing, boating, relaxing and fun. If you are unfamiliar with our area and the differences in the types of canal front homes there are, it can be confusing as to what type of canal property you will be buying. These are some questions you may need to ask: What is the proximity to the river, the Gulf of Mexico, the ease of navigation, is it salt water or fresh water? These are some of the questions you should find answers to before you buy. The various canals can be really confusing and hard to understand. The trip to the river longer than you would want to take. Here are some insights to these thoughts below.
Direct Sailboat Access: direct often refers to sailboat access, and is the most desirable of the Cape Coral waterfront choices. These types of properties are in high demand and that is reflected in the greater asking price. There are no bridges to contend with so the size/height of your boat isn’t a factor.
A solution, the Marina at Cape Harbour is the closest marina to the Gulf of Mexico in Cape Coral. About three and a half miles from the Gulf of Mexico and located in the SouthWest section of Cape Coral. You can reach this if you take Chiquita Blvd. to Cape Harbour. Their 76 deepwater wet slips that can accommodate vessels up to 65-feet. Annual and transient dockages (15 slips) are available to residents and the public; no live-aboard allowed. Their Boat House also offers indoor storage for smaller boats.
Not Direct Access:
The difference is the time it takes to actually navigate to the river. Some are quick and take just minutes; others are full of twists, turns and no wake speeds that it could you more than an hour to actually reach open water.
Gulf Access with Bridges:
There are bridges in your route to the river that have size restrictions. The bridge height restrictions DO accommodate most boats, but if you plan to have a sailboat or an extra-large model, this type of access may not be suitable. Also, on busy week-ends, exit to the river can be time consuming.
Fresh Water Canals:
These canals are often for aesthetic purposes only. They have a great view, but no access to navigable waterways. Fishing can be interesting. These types of canals are not meant for major boating. Some of these canals do lead to a string of lakes that allow personal water crafts, and fishing boats.
Whatever your boating needs one of these canals can be right for you. If I can help with any other questions or needs, please call or drop me an email. If I do not have the answer, I usually call Cape Coral Harbor Master. A good thing you may want to do, if you have serious plans of buying a house to do some serious boating and expecting to get to the Gulf of Mexico.