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Soutwest florida international airport (RSW)


The nearest airport is Southwest Florida International Airport, which is 30 minutes away from our Home. Even in high season you will experience a very quiet and relaxed airport. It is a completely new airport with the major advantage that the car rental agencies are right next door. When you step outside the airport, cross the street to the car rental terminal where you do the paperwork and after that pick up the car in the garage in the back.




ESTA approval for travel to the United States


What is ESTA travel authorization?  Passengers from countries that are subject to the Visa Waiver Program are required to apply for a supplementary authorization to enter the United States. This application is easy to submit by entering information at the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website. If you travel to the United States and you have an e-passport issued by a country under the Visa Waiver Program, you will have to apply for an ESTA travel authorization. This must be done preferably no later than 72 hours before departure. After this, you can still apply for ESTA, but if denied there may be not enough time to apply for the necessary visa. This ESTA travel authorization has  replaced the green I 94 form, that you previously needed to fill in on
board your flight to the United States. Requesting an ESTA travel permission costs USD 14. Important: When applying for ESTA, please make sure you enter the information exactly as stated in your passport.

www.esta.cbp.dhs.gov


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Interesting Websites


Great overview of all Airplane ticket prices
www.bookingbuddy.com


Car rental
www.carhire3000.com

The car rental prices offered on the website listed above are "All inclusive" prices, only one tank of gas needs to be paid at pickup (Sometimes this is also included). All required insurances are included.



Average Temperature SW Florida
 

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low
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January

24

11

February

23

12

March

27

14

April

29

17

May

32

19

June

32

22

July

33

24

August

33

24

September

32

23

October

30

20

November

27

15

December

24

12

Average Sea water Temperature
 

0C

Spring

22

Summer

30

Autumn

22

Winter

19

 
 


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Cape Coral Beach Yacht Club.



Cape Coral, Florida has its own beach at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Park in southeast Cape Coral. Located directly on the Caloosahatchee River, the park maintains a landscaped beach with playground equipment, BBQ grills, bathrooms and a fishing pier. There are also free racquetball courts, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, and public boat ramp. You can grab a meal at the   "Boathouse Tiki bar & grill", or refuel your boat. The Cape Coral Yacht Club Beach is also a great place to watch the sunset. The first Wednesday of every month from 4 to 7 p.m. the city hosts a "Sunset Celebration on the Pier", featuring live music and arts and craft vendors.



Cape Harbour



Whatever your mood, whatever your taste, they have you covered at Cape Harbour. Have a nice walk around or have something to eat. Four distinctly different atmospheres offer something for everyone. Fresh fish and fabulous steaks at Rumrunners; stone fired pizzetas made from scratch at The Joint; gourmet coffee, pastries and gelato made fresh in-house daily at Run Agrounds; and perfect cocktails at Longboards Cabana Bar. Be sure and visit Pignoli an Epicurean Marketplace. Cape Harbour can be reached by car and by Boat.




Tarpon Point Marina



With its grand opening in 2009, Tarpon Point Marina is a relative newcomer to the Cape Coral landscape. The marina is part of a larger full-service resort that includes vacation condos, a full-amenity spa and salon, shopping, and dinning, for instance the Nauti Mermaid Bar and Grill located directly across from the marina on the water. Reach Tarpon Point Marina by boat at ICW Marker #92 or by car taking Pelican to Rose Garden Road until you reach the left turn into the resort. Brand new and gorgeous, you can’t miss the three 19-story high-rise buildings or the fountain at the paver-stone entrance. Tarpon Point Resort offers a full service marina where you can also find kayak rentals.





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Thomas Edison & Henry Ford Winter estate




The winter home of Thomas A. Edison, beautifully situated along the  Caloosahatchee River, is one of the greatest historic treasures within Lee County. In 1885, Thomas Edison first visited Florida. He bought land along the Caloosahatchee River and built a holiday home. The house was completed in 1886 and Edison called it "Seminole Lodge" The house served as a winter retreat and work place for the prolific inventor until his death in 1931.
Next to the house is the home of Henry Ford. Both houses can be visited. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates includes 20 acres of botanical gardens, nine historic buildings including Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory and Estates Museum filled with an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibit galleries. The Estates offers a variety of tours, offering something for everyone






Gulf Coast Town Center



Enjoy the village-like setting of Gulf Coast Town Center, located in Fort Myers, FL. The center features casual and upscale restaurants, as well as shopping that includes 20 anchor stores, 80 specialty shops and 30 eateries. A few of the many highlights of Gulf Coast Town Center are the Bass Pro Shops and Regal Cinema. Shopping destination featuring 20 anchor stores, over 80 small shops, 30 restaurants and eateries, a Regal Cinemas 16-screen theater and a Courtyard by Marriott. Gulf Coast Town Center offer premiere dining and retail choices such as Bass Pro Shops, Super Target, Belk, JCPenney, Borders, Golf Galaxy, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Bar Louie, Blu Sushi, Carrabba's, Miller's Ale House, PF Changs China Bistro and many more. Enjoy shopping down Main Street in a lush, tropical village-like setting.






Coconut point



Coconut Point is the center of focus for a 500-acre, master planned community that is more than a shopping center. The property has 1.2 million square feet of retail space, office condos and residential housing. We have 113 stores and 25 restaurants - all surrounding several acres of lakes with a boardwalk. We offer everything in every price range. Coconut Point is the place for people to gather, shop, dine, work, play, see a new film - you name it; in an open, Main Street-style shopping destination with Mediterranean Revival-style architecture that is designed to fit gracefully with the architectural flavor of Southwest Florida.




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Miromar outlet

For the Experienced Shopper, the Largest Outlet of South west
Florida.
"Over 140 top designer and Brand name outlets  plus Restaurants"


www.miromaroutlets.com





Tanger Outlet

Located in Ft Myers, just minutes from Sanibel and
Ft Myers Beach, for the bargain hunters a "must do".



www.tangeroutlet.com





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For the Kids


Castle Golf

7400 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908  


Smuggler's Cove Adventure Golf

17450 San Carlos Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Jungle Golf

17710 San Carlos Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Manatee Park

10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd.), Fort Myers, FL 33905





Zoomers Amusement Park

17455 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum

2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905

Sun Splash Family Waterpark

Cape Coral, FL

Naples Zoo
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette-Frank Road
Naples Florida 34102

Lakes Regional Park
7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33907




Explore the area by boat

Cape Coral is surrounded by water; it's a wonderful adventure to explore the area by boat. Relaxed cruising through the canal’s or a little further into the Gulf of Mexico.
For Boat Rentals information please visit: Cape Coral Boat Rentals, Cape Coral Boats, Boating Cape Coral. or one of the other Rental Companies.

...... a few nice places are described below to get an impression.

"Dolphins guaranteed on your way to these locations"

Picnic Island is a great first destination for your boat trip. It is in its natural state and has white, sandy beaches with a forest of scrub and small trees beyond. If our family only has time to take our guests
to one beach by boat, this is where we go. It is close and convenient and satisfyingly tropical. There is no other service on the island so you have to bring everything by yourself.
Cayo Costa State Park is a stunning location. The park is located north-northwest of Captiva Island and west of Pine Island. It is only accessible by boat, so its beach is pretty empty relative to other area beaches. This is one of our favorite destinations for a day trip by boat.
The Island has:
 

  • nine miles of white sand beaches,

  • shelling,

  • over five miles of nature trails through beautiful pine forests, oak-palm

  • hammocks and mangrove swamps,

  • Bike rentals,

  • bird watching (for those with no children or very quiet children) that

  • can include osprey and bald eagles,

  • camping,

  • cabins,

  • restrooms,

  • trash receptacles,

limited boat dockage (a fee per person), and transport from the boat docks to the Gulf beaches.
 

Cabbage Key is home to the Cabbage Key Inn & Restaurant which is a popular destination. It is a popular destination because it is your only option in the surrounding of Cayo Costa to eat something. Cabbage Key is a small, peaceful island with no beaches but beautiful, tropical trees. Originally inhabited by the Caloosa Indians, in 1938 Alan Rinehart built his winter home there in old Florida style.
This home has become the Cabbage Key Inn. It is said that Mr. Rinehart’s mother, the author Mary Roberts Rinehart, penned some of her famous mysteries there. (I had never heard of this author – but did
recognize the famous phrase she penned – "The butler did it.") The walls of the restaurant are papered in dollar bills – an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 worth! According to Florida Historic Homes by Laura Stewart and Suzanne Hupp, "the practice began years ago when a pessimistic patron tacked a dollar on the wall with his name on it. That way, or so the story goes, even if he lost everything, he could still come back to the pleasant island for a drink."

Local legend says this is where Jimmy Buffet got his inspiration for the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise"

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Recreation



Coral Oaks Golf Course
1800 Northwest 28th Avenue
Cape Coral, Fl 33993
www.capecoral.net

Cinemas:
Marquee Cinemas - Coralwood 10
2301 Del Prado Blvd S #900, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Coralwood Mall
Regal Belltower stadium 20
13499 Bell Tower Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33907
Belltower Shops
Hollywood Theaters - Coconut Point 16
8021 Cinema Way, Estero, FL 33928
Coconut Pointe Estero
Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 & IMAX
Gulf Coast Towncenter Ft Myers
Gulf Coast Town Center

Gulf Coast Kayaks
4530 Pine Island Rd NW
Matlacha, FL 33993
gulfcoastkayak.com

Matlacha
3922 Pine Island Rd NW
Matlacha, FL 33993

Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve
SE 23rd Terrace
Cape Coral, FL 33990

Cape Coral parks and recreation

Cape Coral Yachtclub and parks 360 degrees


Fleamasters Fleamarket
4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33916

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Fort Myers Beach
Estero Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Sanibel Island
Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wildlife Drive
Sanibel, Fl 33957

Captiva Island
Sanibel Captiva Rd
Captiva, FL

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
7751 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33912


Shopping



Bell Tower Shops
Daniels Pkwy and U.S. 41
Fort Myers, FL 33907
www.thebelltowershops.com



Publix Supermarkets & Pharmacy
2420 Santa Barbara Blvd.
Cape Coral Fl. 33904
www.publix.com



Fishermen´s Village
Marion Avenue 1 mile west of 41
Punta Gorda
www.fishville.com


Edison Mall
4125 Cleveland Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33901
www.simon.com/mall



Tanger Outlet Center
20350 Summerlin Road
Fort Myers, Fl 33908
www.tangeroutlet.com



Coconut Point Mall
7996 Mediterranean Drive
Estero, Fl 33928
www.simon.com/mall



Periwinkle Place
2075 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel
www.periwinkleplace.com



Gulf Coast Town Center
9903 Gulf Coast Main Street
Fort Myers, FL 33913
www.GulfCoastTownCenter.com/shop



Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Road
Estero
www.miromaroutlets.com



Coastland Center
1900 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34102
www.coastlandcenter.com



Dining


Carrabba´s Italian Grill
762 Pine Island Road
Cape Coral, FL
www.carrabbas.com


Bone Fish Grill
900 SW Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral, FL
www.bonefishgrill.com


Geo´s Italian Restaurant
1140 Ceitus Terrace
Cape Coral, FL 33991
www.geositalianrestaurant.com


Outback Steakhouse
1642 Pine Island Road NE
Cape Coral, FL
www.outback.com


Chili´s
1760 NE Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral, FL 33909L
www.chilis.com


Bubba´s Roadhouse & Saloon
2121 SW Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral, FL 33991
www.bubbasroadhouse.net


Olive Garden
1910 NE Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral, FL 33909
www.olivegarden.com

Rumrunners
5848 Cape Harbour Drive
Cape Coral, FL 33914
www.capeharbour.com

Run Agrounds
5789 Cape Harbour Drive # 101
Cape Coral, FL 33914
www.capeharbour.com

Starbuck
2384 Surfside Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33991
www.starbucks.com

Restaurants in a row:
   Cape Coral
   Captiva
   Estero
   Fort Myers

   Fort Myers Beach

   Matlacha

   North Fort Myers

   Sanibel

   Bonita Springs


 
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