42 Cape Coral

PopulationMetro: 739,224
Located near Fort Myers and within sight of the glimmering Gulf of Mexico, Cape Coral lands at #21 in our Product category.

Located near Fort Myers and within sight of the glimmering Gulf of Mexico, Cape Coral often gets overlooked in favor of glowing neighbors Sanibel Island and Fort Myers. But that’s slowly changing thanks to the recent christening of Southwest Florida’s first Westin property and a burgeoning culinary scene.

Cape Coral, which lands at #21 in our Product category, is serviced by Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). A 30-minute drive after baggage claim you’ll find yourself in a lively and friendly community with all the beauty that you’d expect from Southwest Florida.

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It may not have the soft, sandy beaches of its neighboring islands but it makes up for that in riverfront vistas and all the activities that come with a location on the banks of the Caloosahatchee. Add to that verdant golf courses, nature preserves and family attractions like the popular Sun Splash Family Waterpark, and you’ve got an appealing year-round destination.

It’s also attractive to students, who are drawn to the easy lifestyle and a dozen colleges and community colleges within 50 miles of the city center. Cape Coral lands in the Top 3 for University Ranking.