Cape Coral’s location on the Caloosahatchee River and its many miles of waterways have made it a popular destination for boaters, though all retires enjoy the sandy beaches along the river and nearby Gulf Coast (Cape Coral is not directly on the ocean), as well as the town’s 30 parks, 7 golf courses and proximity to Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach.
Bird watchers and hikers can also take advantage of the elevated nature trails twisting through Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve. Cultural enthusiasts will also find what to enjoy; Cape Coral boasts a vibrant arts scene, including performance spaces, a historical museum, arts league and theater.
Con: Summer weather can be stiflingly hot
Best For: Boatersters
Cost of Living: 7.6% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $125,000
Top State Income Tax: no state income tax
Crime Rate: 9.9% lower than national average