Posted by Mark Washburn on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 11:49:01 AM By Mark Washburn / June 20, 2016 Comment
Cape Coral has been named one of the best cities for boaters, according to a new survey by financial website SmartAsset. The company ranks Cape Coral as the #5 place in the United States to live for boat owners. The city also comes in at #2 for highest net migration rate for retirees, according to SmartAsset. The amenities of the city are a tremendous draw for retirees. Cape Coral is an affordable place to own a boat. Cape Coral offers an ideal boating experience with gentle breezes, top fishing, and gorgeous sunsets. The ease for boat owners to enjoy hundreds of miles of fresh and saltwater canals, in addition to quick access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River, allows avid boat enthusiasts and hobbyists to enjoy a day of leisure on the water. The saltwater canals offer access to the Gulf; the freshwater canals offer access to lakes and basins for freshwater fishing. Cape Coral is home to over 400 miles of waterfront canals that meander into countless neighborhoods, many of which have direct sailboat access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River. Many boat owners opt to dock their boats behind their homes, giving them the freedom to take their boat on the water whenever they choose. With the ideal weather conditions and beauty of Cape Coral, it’s no wonder that Cape Coral rates as one of the best cities in the country for boaters. Cape Coral offers a wide range of marine activities for boating enthusiasts of all ages. Cape Coral has some of the lowest priced waterfront residential property in Florida, and with shorter access to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Five of the Top 10 cities were in Florida. In addition to Cape Coral, there was St. Petersburg (#2), Tampa (#4), Jacksonville (#6), and Miami (#7). The #1 city for boaters is Brownsville, Texas, according to SmartAsset. The analysis by SmartAsset focused on weather, cost, and convenience. The Cape Coral Marine Services Division of the Parks and Recreation Department oversees the city’s waterways. Local organizations also offer refresher courses on boating rules and safety (Coast Guard Auxiliary, Power Squadron, and Yacht Club Community Park).
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