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!
See You In December!
November – time to think about the upcoming Holiday Season, time change from Daylight Savings Time back to Eeastern Standard Time ahh another hour of sleep, the coming of the winter solstice marking the official start of winter. For our Northern friends it’s time to break out the boots, gloves, parkas, snow shovels, rock salt and other “winterizing activities.” I know the drill, been there, done that! This will be my second “winter” in SW Florida and even though it’s weird having Thanksgiving Dinner on our lanai and then putting up Christmas decorations with shorts and a T-shirt, it really feels nice!
For those in the northern latitudes many start their “snowbird migration” post Thanksgiving to take in the warm sun, gentle breezes and yes the waters in the Gulf of Mexico still stay pretty warm. Being a former Massachusetts resident I know the lure of summering in Cape Cod and my New Jersey friends have always raved about summering on Cape May. Those are beautiful places to spend the summertime.
Our snowbird friends have learned that it also great to “Winter on the Other Cape”! Cape Coral and the surrounding area of Fort Myers, Estero, Sanibel, Naples and Marco Island become the winter go to destinations. And, with good reason – first of course weather no need to offer explanations just take a look at the weather icon in January or February and see what the local temperature and sun exposure is. Second there’s a lot to do from visiting the giant Flea Market, watching the sculptors at the Sand Sculpting Competition, boating and fishing on the Gulf (you don’t need to winterize your boat in SW Florida), lounging on the beach, shelling on Sanibel Island, hiking in a preserve, kayaking in the waterways….you can never run out of things to do! So to our Northern friends we say Come on Down and experience a bit of paradise by Wintering On the Other Cape!
There are plenty of venues to help you enjoy your stay. There is the traditional resort and hotels. There are also plenty of seasonal rental opportunities, from condos to homes. Should you be interested in a rental opportunity contact us and we will be more than happy to refer you to our rental agents. . Real estate activity is hot and heavy during “the season” many visitors or snow birds decide to become permanent residents. If your visit involves a possible permanent move we can help you find the right house or condo.
Spotlight on Marco Island !
Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Originally named San Marco Island by Spanish explorers, Marco Island is the largest barrier island within Southwest Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands. It is located adjacent to the start of the Evergldaes State Park.
TripAdviser.com states there are 87 things to do in Marco Island! My favorite is just hanging out on those white beaches soaking in that tropical sun and just chillin. White beaches? Check, , a sparkling Gulf of Mexico? Check, a frozen margarita in hand? Double Check—Life is Good! Okay so what else can we do? . Scavenge for seashells or hit the links for a sunny session of golf, explore the Evergldaes in a swamp buggy or airboat ( did the airboat its awesome!) Hike to your hearts content at the Rookery Preserve. Dine in a zillion waterside venues. Shop till you drop at the Esplanade Shoppes . I think there are more than 87 things to do!
Tigertail Beach offers 79 acres of pristine white sandy beaches, mangroves, tidal lagoon and critical wildlife habitat. Popular watersports include kayaking, fishing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Families are welcomed with a modern playground, children’s menu, and plenty of sand to play in and shells to collect at the beach. Cabanas and beach chairs are available. The friendly staff is there to help you with any questions you may have, so bring the whole family and enjoy an experience of a lifetime. We did Tigertail beach in early October. There is a lagoon area directly near the parking lot with Gulf of Mexico beaches behind the lagoon. for information click on Tigertail Beach
South Beach is located on the south end of Collier Drive – there is limited parking in the poublic lot. Restroom facilities are located at the parking area. It’s a short walk to the beach and again you have miles of pristine white sand and a glimmering Gulf of Mexico.
There are numerous beaches affiliated with the resorts lining Collier Boulevard. Marriott, Hilton, and other chain hotels have prime beachfront property.
Let’s Go to the Cocofest….
Saturday night its “Coco Rock” featuring national recording rock performers, Starship featuring Micky Thomas & Brian Howe of Bad Company on the main stage. Fireworks both Friday and Saturday Night. Located at the Sun Splash grounds in Cape Coral. Click on Cocofest for more information
I had heard about this market many times. Over 900 retail store booths under one roof! I think it is bigger than Mall of America. Well I was not disappointed. I found everything under the sun available here at Fleamasters! Fresh vegetables and fruits? Yes! Candy, Sweets, Cookies, anything food? Yes! Clothing and Apparel? Yes! Home décor especially Florida art Yes, Yes Yes! I don’t think there isn’t anything I have not found at the market. It’s a weekend experience only – open Friday, Saturday, Sunday. There is plenty of parking and food courts throughout the complex. Get yourself a map and start shopping! And its not all just about shopping… there are numerous events such as live music, festivals like the Watermelon and Pumpkin Festivals and other venues. With over 400,000 square feet of space it’s a whole day affair. The market opens at 9AM and closes at 5PM. Click on Marketplace for directions, events calander and more information.
Download the Cape Coral 2013-2014 Event Guide at this link Event Guide
Your complete guide to events and activities in Cape Coral from October 2013 – April 2014.