Local Attractions

Recreation

Shopping and Restaurants

Supermarkets

  • Publix Supermarket is our first choice of supermarket and there are very many branches in Cape Coral – biggest and best and convenient for 320 Bayshore Drive is at the Mid Point shopping centre at the junction of Santa Barbara Blvd and Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Shopping Malls

Specialist Food shops worth the journey

  • Paesano’s Italian Deli – steaks & meat (nicer than the supermarket), deli, Italian specialities, very drinkable reasonably priced wine, etc.
  • Merricks Seafood – every kind of fish and shellfish and a huge counter of ready to cook fish dishes; and do not forget their restaurant!
  • Oltimes German Bakery & Deli, 1507 SE 47th Street, Cape Coral
  • The Fresh Market 13499 S Cleveland Avenue Fort Myers, FL 33907 – bit like a miniature version of  Harrods’ food hall; the place to buy/grind coffee beans

Restaurants

Cape Coral

  • La Corte Courtyard Garden Bistro 1520 Lafayette Street, Cape Coral, Fl Tel: 239 542 2224 (previously Brew Baby’s). (We have yet to go. As Brew Babies it had a terrific ambience & nice atmosphere. The La Corte website indicates high prices and local comment suggests these may not be justified by the level of service and quality of cuisine.)
  • Bonefish, 900 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral (Average restaurant, good fresh fish, nice cocktails, can book but they do not seem to take much notice!  Can be very busy.)
  • Duffys 627 Cape Coral Parkway West, Cape Coral,  Fl 33914 Tel: 239 205 6771  (Sports bar with 100 TV screens (fortunately, no sound!) very popular with local residents. Reasonably priced with special offers some days. Food pretty average; soggy French fries when last there.)
  • Fishtale Grill by Merrick Sea Food 1229 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral (Food fabulous but air con makes it a bit chilly inside! Not a lot of atmosphere but if you like fish this is the place to go.  They have tables outside. Merrick’s fish shop is next door and a visit is a must.)
  • Five Guys 2612 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral Fl. Tel: 239 242 6620 (Best for Burgers & Fries – eat in or take out. The food is better at the outlet at 12460 S Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers.)
  • Ford Garage 1719 Cape Coral Parkway East, Cape Coral (Themed large burger restaurant with numerous beers; lots of fun but noisy; average food)
  • Pinchers Crab Shack, Tarpon Point, Cape Coral Fl (Cannot book, turn up and hope for a table. We went mid November 2016 and just walked straight in. Fun place, friendly staff and excellent food at a very reasonable price. Next to Westin Hotel and overlooks Marina.)
  • Rum Runners, Cape Harbour, Cape Coral (Todd Johnson is the Chef / Owner. Great view, good food, casual atmosphere; nicer sitting outside but slap on the anti-mosquito stuff before you go! Sue’s favourite in Cape Coral!)
  • Fathoms: Cape Harbour: (Nice to sit outside and look at the boats, average food but Cape Harbour is fun to wander round in the evening. Often there is live music in the central square which is actually round!)
  • South Cape Diner 1215 Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral, Fl 33904  Tel: 239 257 2183  (Friendly family owned place which offers an excellent breakfast at reasonable prices. Ideal for kids. We loved it.)
  • The Boat House Tiki Bar & Grill 5819 Driftwood Parkway Cape Coral, FL 33904  Tel: 239-945-2628  (Open air overlooking river at the Yacht Club – nice atmosphere, very average food, good live music; really it is all about the view and the buzz.)
  • The Twisted Lobster 1341 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral Fl 33990 Tel: 239 800 2879  (Only opened in April 2015. Ordinary what you would expect décor. Food very good and service brilliant but we went only a week after it opened!)

Ft Myers

  • Azure 15301 McGregor Blvd Suite #1 Fort Myers Florida 33908 Tel: 239-288-4296 (Same people who own Mad Fresh but a formal upmarket restaurant. Great food and a good wine list. Laid back but good service. Prices dictate a special occasion. Worth the journey. MUST BOOK.)
  • Cristoffs on McGregor, 10231 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers (Nice restaurant quite good atmosphere, food is good, however not quite sure if it’s worth the drive in the evening but very pleasant for a change.)
  • Mad Fresh Bistro 12995 Cleveland Avenue, Ft Myers, Fl. Tel: 239 362 2363 (Excellent food, limited menu – the best are the specials on the blackboard, know their wine – see the other blackboard! Small & very busy, lots of regulars so like a club, good fun! Not cheap. CANNOT BOOK.)
  • The Verandah, 2122 Second Street (on Broadway), Ft Myers (Formal restaurant and piano bar with southern style atmosphere. Award winning and definitely one of the best and classier restaurants in town. Sounds stuffy but actually quite good fun but prices dictate a special occasion.)

Sanibel

  • Gramma Dot’s at Sanibel Marina, 634 N. Yachtsman Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957 (Sit outside & look at the boats; great fried oysters and fries. Children love the place. Go by boat or car.)

Ice Cream

  • Good Licks Ice Cream 4643 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, FL (Fantastic Ice Cream Shop, really the best!)

Boaters Paradise

You can quite literally step from Lazy Tree into the Caloosahatchee River; the house has its own dock & boat lift.   It is 5 minutes by car or 10 minutes by boat to the Cape Coral Yacht Club and beach or turn your boat east down the Caloosahatchee river to the Gulf of Mexico and you will be at Sanibel Island in 20 minutes.