Cape Coral Boating
Cape Coral, FL is a boater's haven, with more boating amenities than anything else. It is a medium-sized community that was created for boating. It was developed in 1957 and canals were dug in order to give water access to a lot of people at any given time. There are many marinas and at least five public boat ramps located in different areas of the city. When in Cape Coral, it feels like there is a boat ramp about every ten feet.
There are over four hundred miles of navigable waterways in the city, which is more than any other city in the world. This area of Florida is a fairly large peninsula on the Caloosahatchee River. Cape Coral is just east of Fort Myers and it averages three hundred and fifty-five days of sunshine per year, making the weather itself perfect for daily boating adventures.
The Chiquita Boat Lock, operated by the city Parks and Recreation Department, manages water traffic and water levels, since it has access to the Intracoastal Waterway from the river. Power boats, sailboats, canoes and kayaks inhabit the waters in this area, but the smaller vessels must stay clear of heavy large-boat traffic. Most canals have access to the Gulf of Mexico, but some are designated only for freshwater canals and lakes.
Going into the Gulf is advantageous if you aim for a close encounter with dolphins as they will often swim alongside the boats. There are plenty of boats to rent and there are always boats for sale, but beware that some rentals do not allow Gulf entry. There are boat slips everywhere and some have "live-aboard" authorization. It is important to note where fueling spots are located and good times to go, so that sitting in line is not a major part of the day.
The The public marina, the Yacht Basin, has eighty-nine slips and four transient slips for boats up to fifty-five feet in length. It is on the Caloosahatchee River at ICW marker 78. There is gas and diesel fuel there from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Boat slip renters have free access to the community pool and tennis courts at the Basin.
The Cape Coral Boat Club and Marina has over two hundred and fifty indoor slips for boats up to thirty-five feet in length. Call ahead and they will have the boat ready to go when the you arrive. They have other services included in the slip rental fee and there is access to the Gulf and the ICW from their launch ramp.
Many ramps have ten-dollar daily trailer-parking fees for use of the ramp, but a fifty-dollar decal can be purchased from Parks and Recreation for the year. Horton and Rosen parks are examples of this, and they both have large ramps and lots of room. Rosen Park has nineteen wet boat slips for boats up to forty feet in length.
Boat driving lessons are available in several places for new boat captains. Enjoy the water.