Cape Coral Vacation Rentals Guide

South West FL / Cape Coral

Cape Coral Vacation Rentals Guide  

Located on Florida's gulf coast, southwest of Fort Myers, Cape Coral is the perfect vacation spot for those looking to explore all Florida's great outdoors has to offer. 

With 400 miles of canals and a myriad of nature preserves to explore, Cape Coral's boating, fishing, and water-sports make up an essential part of the vacation experience. Searching for a vacation rental with a dock? Look no further than the vast selection of Cape Coral vacation rentals.

There are tons of things to do at Cape Coral with many fun festivals and events to partake in while you visit this natural slice of paradise. This Florida gem will quickly have you addicted and keep you coming back year after year to explore what you missed. With the pride of ownership, Cape Coral is home to a wide selection of amazing vacation rentals.

Cities of Cape Coral, Florida

Cape Coral

Cape Coral is the principal city of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area and is the largest city between Tampa and Miami. The population in 2017 was calculated to be around 183,300 people. Well known for its 400 miles of explorable canals and waterways, as well as its nature preserves and golf courses, Cape Coral is a hidden gem for those looking to explore. 

The perfect spot for families, snowbirds and couples looking to relax and explore the great outdoors. 

Fort Myers

Located across the Caloosahatchee River, east of Cape Coral is Fort Myers, Florida. In 2017 the population was just under 80,000 people. Fort Myers is known as the commercial center of the county and is rapidly growing with many different sporting, dining, and touring opportunities. Fort Myer's two main claims to fame are the Winter Estates of both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, both of which are available for daily tours.  


Sanibel is a small city on Sanibel Island, just south of Cape Coral. In 2017, the population was around 7,400 people. Enjoy quiet beaches and Gulf views on Sanibel, while still having access to plenty of activities and dining opportunities. Sanibel is the perfect spot for couples, snowbirds and young families who want to relax on the beach in a quiet, safe community. 

Highlights of Cape Coral

  • The 400 miles of explorable waterways make hiring a boat or participating in water-sports a must-do activity. 
  • Several nature preserves are available to explore, perfect for a day out in the great outdoors. 
  • Go golfing at one of the several golf clubs available in Cape Coral and Fort Myers. 
  • Get away from the action and relax on Sanibel Island. Enjoy the Gulf breeze and uncrowded beaches. 
  • Visit Fort Myers and Sanibel Island for even more things to do and places to see. 
  • Explore a variety of dining opportunities in Cape Coral, fans of seafood will not be disappointed. 
  • Best Suited for outdoorsy types, such as active families, couples, and snowbirds.

Things to Do at Cape Coral

Cape Coral is a special place, perfectly suited for outdoor living. Here’s a handy list of things to do when you visit Cape Coral to help you find out if it’s the perfect fit for your next vacation. 

  • Explore the 400 miles of canals, either by renting a boat, or joining one of the many water-sport activities that are offered across the city.
  • Kayaking, Cruises, Jet Skiing and More!
  • Fishing (beach, boat and pier fishing).
  • Explore one of the many Nature Preserves, Four Mile Cove and Rotary Park come highly recommended. 
  • Cool off at the Sun Splash Family Water Park.
  • Visit the Winter Estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in Fort Myers. 
  • Relax on the quiet beaches in Sanibel and soak up the Gulf views. 
  • Biking.
  • Great unique restaurants.


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Statistics about Cape Coral

Use the search filters on Florida Rental By Owners website to look for accommodations meeting your criteria. There are currently 133  properties in Cape Coral listed for rent. 35  of the 133 total properties are listed as condos. 70 rentals have heated pools, which make them an ideal year-round destination. Many winter travelers are looking for long-term rental options, choosing the long term suitability filter renders 25  rental options for snowbirds. People loving traveling with their furry family members, Cape Coral has 10  rentals where you can bring your pet along on holiday.  19  properties are listed as being suitable for wheelchairs, which is certainly helpful for those with mobility issues

Vacation Rental Price Information for Cape Coral, Florida

Currently, prices range from  75$  per night and  $850  per night during the low season which typically runs the end of May to late October. Rates generally do not increase by a lot during peak-seasons, you'll usually pay around $ 3000+  per week during that time. For cooler weather, going to Cape Coral from around December to April is highly recommended.

Accommodation Types at Cape Coral, Florida

There is an abundance of vacation rental dwelling types, the majority being private homes: 

  • 72  rentals are listed as "house" rentals, accounting for 54% of the housing types.
  • 31 rentals are listed as "condo" rentals, are another popular rental type accounting for 23% of the rental housing types.
  • rental is listed as a "townhouse".
  • 1 rental is listed as a "bungalow".

Good Times to Visit Cape Coral, Florida

Generally, it is preferable to go to Cape Coral during the peak season of December to late March, as that is when the temperature is the most moderate. Off-season, which runs from the end of May to late October offers the least expensive and quietest times to rent a property. It should be noted that during the off-season, temperatures and humidity skyrocket, with maximums of up to 94 °F (34 °C), which might not be desirable for some. Additionally, while events are held across the year, it is far more likely that you will find an activity or event running during peaks-season.  

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Traveling to Cape Coral

There is a fair amount of airports within three hours of Cape Coral.  Whether you live in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond you are sure to find a final destination close by. Below are some statistics concerning driving distance that Cape Coral, Florida is from the two best airport options for local and international travelers. 

Southwest Florida International Airport - (RSW)

Southwest Florida International Airport is the closest airport to Cape Coral, being around 15 miles (25 km) distance from the city. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes. This airport is serviced by eleven major carriers, including American Airlines, Air Canada, United, WestJet, SouthWest, JetBlue, and EuroWings. Non-stop flights from this airport are available from across the United States and more non-stop flights are available from Toronto, Montreal, Ottowa and Dusseldorf for those outside the US. 

Miami International Airport - (MIA)

Miami International Airport is the largest airport that is closest to Cape Coral. It is around 150 miles (240 km) away from Cape Coral. Depending on if you use toll roads, it will usually take around 2 and a half to 3 hours to get to Cape Coral. MIA services over 50 national and international carriers, with direct flights available across the world. For those looking to travel directly to Florida, particularly if you live internationally, MIA is your best bet. 

Transportation at Cape Coral

We've compiled a handy list of transportation options to help you get around Cape Coral as easily as possible. There are plenty of ways to get around Cape Coral and its surrounding areas, though a car is recommended for those looking to explore further than Fort Myers, or for international visitors landing at Miami International Airport. 

LeeTran Public Bus Service

The public bus service is the perfect way to get around Cape Coral and Fort Myers. With over 15 routes going to a variety of destinations, it's a cost-effective way of seeing the sights. Buses run every day except for major public holidays like Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  Bus passes can be purchased on the LeeTran website or at several locations in Cape Coral and Fort Myers.  

Ron's Airport Transportation

Ferrying passengers to Cape Coral since 2007, Ron's Airport Transportation is the perfect private shuttle service for those not looking to rent a car. Ron's Airport Transportation drives from Southwest Florida International Airport to a myriad of destinations across Cape Coral and Fort Myers. With friendly staff and affordable pricing, Ron's Airport Transportation is the best way to get to and from the airport. More information, as well as how to book, can be found on their website.

Bike and Boat Rentals

For a different way to get around Cape Coral, how about renting bikes? It's an affordable way to explore and get to know Cape Coral and is sure to make for a unique and interesting day. Some bike rentals that come highly recommended are Hollywood Bike Center and Billy's Rentals.

Of course, you'll also want to explore the 400 miles of canals in Cape Coral, right? What better way to do that with a boat rental? Cruise around the canals for hours, or head out to the open sea and fish. Some highly recommended boat rental places are Cape Coral Boat Rentals and Paradise Boat Rentals

Weather Statistics for Cape Coral

Looking at our average weather climate chart above, June to September is the warmest period with maximum temperatures of 91°F at most. Cooler temperatures start to show up in late November and last until around April, with lows of 56°F. The wet season lasts from May to October. As Cape Coral backs onto the Gulf of Mexico temperatures range in the hottest months of May, June, July, August, and September between 82 °F to a steamy 87°F.

Food and Drinks in Cape Coral, Florida

Cape Coral is full of fantastic restaurants. A few bars are available downtown, but there is not a selection of drinking establishments offered. Italian and seafood cuisine are well represented in the town, making it a real catch for fans of those cuisines.  Some favorite restaurants include:

  • Twisted Lobster, Slate's and Fish Tale Grill come highly recommended to seafood fans.
  • Fans of Italian food pay attention, as Gusto Cucina, Ciao Wood Fired Pizza, and Sicily Trattoria are all go-to spots.
  • Try Lehne Burger or The Dek Bar for old-favorites that kids will love.
  • For something different, why not try the Sakura Japanese Steak House or Ceno Grille for unique Mediterranian flavors. 
  • If you're looking for a night of drinking, then the Backstreets Sports Bar, Nevermind Awesome Bar, and Dixie Roadhouse are great places to check out.

Cape Coral FAQ's

What types of property can I rent in Cape Coral, Florida?

Florida Rental By Owners is full of a wide variety of vacation rentals in Cape Coral, Florida including condos, cottages, town-homes, duplexes, villas, holiday and private homes. The FlaRBO property selection is filled with many properties in Cape Coral. We recommend selecting a property based on your needs such as proximity to beach areas, waterfront docks, parking, wheelchair accessible, nearby attractions, and whether or not the property is pet-friendly or boat-friendly.

Should I rent a Condo in Cape Coral?

Of course! Cape Coral accommodations include condos that often offer unique amenities and the perfect space rather than a large private home, for example. House rentals are often great for family vacations, larger groups or those who prefer having an entire house and outdoor property to themselves. Cape Coral condo rentals are perfect for smaller families and couples. 

Can I rent a pet-friendly rental in Cape Coral?

Yes! We love our pets and we are sure you do too! has many pet-friendly rentals in Cape Coral. You can use our search feature to narrow down our Cape Coral rental properties to just show those that are pet-friendly.

Can I rent a boat-friendly rental in Cape Coral?

Cape Coral is the perfect place to bring your boat or rent one from a local vendor! (Florida Rental By Owners) has many boat-friendly rentals in Cape Coral. Use our search feature to narrow down our Cape Coral rental properties to just show those that are boat-friendly.

Is Cape Coral a good place for Snowbirds looking for a monthly vacation rental?

Yes, there are several rentals with monthly stays in Cape Coral that would be perfect for snowbirds and longer stay guests. Also, look just off the island to nearby Fort Myers and Sanibel Island. 

Will I pay any fees to book a property on Florida Rental By Owners?

Never! We never charge any fees to book a property on Florida Rental By Owners. And we never take a commission from an owner.  If you are looking for VRBO or Airbnb type rental or lodging accommodation why pay the extra fees? Use! We put you in direct contact with the owner or manager of the property or cottage rental in Cape Coral so you always get the best price.

I am a Vacation Rental Property Owner Can I List My Home for Rent on Florida Rental By Owners?

Yes! We have a multitude of subscription levels to advertise your vacation rental for any budget. Our Book Direct, No Commission Fee Subscription Model suits the majority of short term owners. You can view the details located on our  List Your Property page here.

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