Cape Coral Gulf Access

There is nothing like the ability to walk outside one’s home and go directly to the boat directly on the water. There is no need to plan ahead, and one gets more time on the water by having the boat docked right outside the home. Utilize the easy gulf access to load up and work on the boat at a moment’s notice, and wrap up the day by heading directly inside as soon as the boat is docked. Not all types of boats are appropriate for gulf access due to the sizes of the bridges, but smaller boats should work well.

Cape Coral Boating

Cape Coral Boating the Bridges and Canals

Boating is one of the most popular pastimes in Cape Coral, and there are many options in terms of water access, property type and value. Before committing to a property, one should consider the type of boat to be used and the activities that will be pursued. Property options and costs will vary depending on the type of water access, bridges, locks and lifts along the canal, canal width and access to the gulf.

YOU CAN HELP! To keep boating safe and enjoyable:

  • Learn and observe the rules of the waterway
  • Wear your life jacket
  • Stay sober
  • Know how to swim
  • Know the limits of your boat and your boating abilities
  • Keep your boat in good repair
  • Tell others where you are going
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions
  • Respect the rights of others
  • Check all your equipment before each trip

DID YOU KNOW?: The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a free boat inspection to advise boaters of state and federal safety requirements. Violations found during these courtesy exams will not be reported to authorities.

Cape Coral Locks and Lifts

Several locks and lifts are located within the Cape Coral area. The Chiquita lock, sometimes also called the Spreader Canal lock, is a large, man-operated lock located in the southwest area of the city. Many of the area’s largest yachts are contained behind the lock, as well as one of the best marina spots for both dry and wet slips. The lift at the southeast side of town, at the tail end of Ottersrest Lane, services only a few canals. The lifts above Veterans Memorial Parkway and by Matlacha in the northwest corner of the city are not currently being utilized.

Cape Coral Waterfront Lots

Cape Coral has been known as a Waterfront Wonderland for many years.  Extensive canal systems and close proximity to the Caloosahatchee River brought visitors from all over the world to enjoy a carefree lifestyle.  With over 400 miles of canals, Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city anywhere – including Venice, Italy!

Cape Coral Vacant Lots


Cape Coral Bridges

Bridge heights throughout Cape Coral vary from approximately 7 to 11.25 feet. Some of the finest Cape Coral neighborhoods are behind the bridges, as are many of the widest canals. Most 26 footers, certain cabin cruisers, and boats with t-tops or center consoles work well behind the bridges. Owners may need to bring down fishing poles or drop radar antennas for a time, but the neighborhoods are often worth the effort.