In 1957, brothers Leonard and Jack Rosen purchased the 103 square mile piece of land we now know as Cape Coral. Could they have imagined 60 years later Forbes would call it the 9th best place to retire in the entire country? Cape Coral boasts waterways, sun soaked skies, outdoor fun, and all the cultural offerings preferred by senior citizens.

Waterfront Wonderland

When the brothers planned Cape Coral, they wanted to make it a boaters paradise. They dredged out more than 400 miles of navigable waterways and canals. When all was said and done, they created a city with more canals than any other in the world - beating even the famed Italian city of Venice! Cape Coral rightfully earned the nickname of a “Waterfront Wonderland.”

Golf and Outdoor Fun in the Sun

Some estimates say Cape Coral has more than 350 days of sunshine every year. Retirees in Cape Coral can make the most of the sunshine with all sorts of great outdoor activities. Throughout the community, there are over 30 recreationals parks and 7 golf courses. If you aren’t afraid of driving for your tee time, Bonita Springs and Naples feature many world-renown golf courses.

If you prefer a nice nature walk, visit the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, Lake Kennedy Center, or Sirenia Vista Park. These are great places to fish, enjoy the sun, take a bike ride, or just have a picnic. As you walk, keep an eye out for the many exotic birds, West Indian manatees, burrowing owls, alligators or gopher tortoises. People of all ages enjoy southwest Florida’s wonderfully preserved nature.

Beach for the Family

Although Cape Coral is only home to one beach, you are only a 15 minute drive from great beaches! Fort Myers Beach is a great option for your teenage grandkids or adult children. It’s very active with watersports, bars, and a fishing pier. Sanibel Island is a gorgeous beach for families with young grandchildren. The waters are crystal blue and it doesn’t receive as much traffic.

Art and Culture

Cape Coral has witnessed tremendous growth in the cultural and arts scene. Every January, the community hosts the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts. This unique event attracts local and national artists alike. If you want to see the local art on display year round, visit the many art studios or Cape Coral Art League. If you want to catch a play or performance, you can visit the Cultural Park Theater or the Barabara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.


Healthcare is the primary employer in the Cape Coral community. It meets the national average for number of doctors, and has all the essential services needed for retirees and seniors. The Lee County Medical Center is the largest hospital in the area.


Cape Coral also offers a great community for retirees with its many activities and senior-friendly transportation. You can venture out on your own, or stop by one of the senior centers and go with a friend. We recommend the Lake Kennedy Senior Center, the Troy Ratino Senior Center, and the Friendship Center of Cape Coral.

Cost of Living

One of the most important questions for retirees is cost of living. With a fixed income, it’s important to find a place that will support your lifestyle. Cape Coral offers a cost of living 4% below the national average and a median home price of $210,000. These two factors make Cape Coral a comfortable place to retire on even a modest living.

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