November in the Cape
November – The last of the Halloween candy has been eaten, Daylight Savings Time goes to bed until next year, moderate temperatures prevail with early morning coolness giving way to sunny afternoons, the eagles are back in their nesting grounds as is the great horned owl family next door. You can tell its late fall in SW Florida by the turning of the license plates – meaning that the traditional Sunshine State Florida plates are now intermingled with out of state plates. Yes the emigration of the snow birds from Northern latitudes has begun!
Welcome Back Snowbirds! We love your trek back to SW Florida and spending the upcoming winter with us on the Cape!
Spotlight on Englewood Beach
A bit north of Cape Coral, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda you will find a great beach experience – Welcome to Englewood Beach, located on Manasota Key (a key is different than an island in that it has no water source) a beautiful beach area with numerous amenities. Parking is available for a nominal fee. Amenities include: basketball hoops, volleyball nets, a children’s play yard and horseshoe pit with plenty of eateries across the street. The boardwalk leads to a bath house with changing facilities and showers. There are plenty of grills and picnic tables available. The view is fantastic! Unobstructed views of the beach in all directions with the gentle blue green waters of the Gulf of Mexico lapping the shores.
F0r More information and directions: http://www.bestbeaches.org/best-beaches/manasota-key-beaches/englewood-beach/
Places to Visit – Koreshan State Park
The Koreshan State Historic Site is a state park in Lee County, Florida located on U.S. Highway 41 at Corkscrew Road. It was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in, 1976 under the designation of Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District. What was the Koreshan Unity? The Koreshan Unity was a communal utopia formed by Cyrus Teed, who took the name “Koresh”, the original Persian of his name. The Koreshans followed Teed’s beliefs, called Koreshanity. The main beliefs of Koreshanity, or Koreshan Universalogy, are Cellular Cosmogony, which is Teed’s unique form of Hollow Earth theory which puts forth the idea that the Earth, and universe are contained within a concave sphere, or ‘cell’. The Koreshans even conducted several experiments, similar to those conducted by believers in a Flat Earth. Other beliefs included reincarnation, immortality, collectivism, celibacy and alchemy.
Teed’s “New Jerusalem” was built in present day Estero in 1894 and for many years this utopian communal society lived in a self sufficient community. The dream faded with the death of Teed in 1908. In 1961 the last four members of the community deeded the property to the State of Florida. Today you can hike, camp, canoe and take the self guided or ranger guided tour through the community. For more information: http://www.floridastateparks.org/koreshan/default.cfm
Cape Coral Coconut Festival:
Come and celebrate Cape Coral! The Cape Coral Coconut Festival is an annual celebration of Cape Coral’s uniqueness to the Southwest Florida area. The event includes bands, entertainment, carnival rides, games, food, contests, fireworks, and much more!
Fort Myers Beach Get Ready to Hit the Sand!
The 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship is coming back to Fort Myers Beach November 21 through 30, 2014. Master sand sculptors will craft their works of art in sand in front of the Wyndham Garden Hotel. It is amazing what these artists do with just sand, water and their special tools! There is parking and shuttle information at the web site. – See more at: http://fmbsandsculpting.com/
Out and About – Wildlife Watching in SW Florida
This is a great time of the year to get together with nature! Hiking, canoeing, kayaking – the Cape Coral and surrounding area has it all for the nature enthusiast: From hiking the Corkscrew Swamp Preserve in Naples to Moonlight Kayaking at the Eco Preserve in Cape Coral. Or, for the less adventurous take a cruise on the Caloo or to Sanibel and see the dolphins! Whatever your taste you will be rewarded with a vast array of wildlife viewing!
Kayaking at Four Mile Eco Preserve: http://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/four_mile_cove_eco_preserve.php
Corkscrew Swamp Preserve: http://corkscrew.audubon.org/
Dolphin Cruise Fort Myers Princess: http://fortmyersprincess.com/
Paddle wheel River Cruise: http://jccruises.com/
Caloosahatchee River Cruise: http://www.purefortmyers.com/river-cruises/
Charlotte Harbor Preserve: http://www.wildlifeviewingareas.com/wv-app/parkdetail.aspx?parkid=224
Six Mile Cypress Preserve: http://www.leeparks.org/facility-info/facility-details.cfm?Project_Num=0105
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Give thanks for all the blessings, give thanks for your family and friends and take the time to enjoy the world around you. Best wishes and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!
Thank you for visiting our little piece of paradise! See you in November! If you are interested in visiting the SW Florida area or have decided its time to have your own piece of paradise whether seasonal or full time give us a call or email us we will be glad to help!