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Why We Chose SouthWest Florida – Part 2

A waterfront paradise… with lots of variety in waterfront property types and beaches.

Continuing along the Gulf of Mexico along Florida’s west coast, we explored Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Naples areas. The area felt right to us. With all the canal systems, the Caloosahatchee River, Charlotte Harbor, and of course the Gulf of Mexico… this we decided was a waterfront paradise with lots of variety in boating and beaches.

And while the other areas were too cold for us, we were expecting SouthWest Florida was going to be too hot. It wasn’t. Quite pleasant in fact… about 70 degrees on a typical November day and cool at night. Nice.

All of these communities are along the InterCoastal Waterway, another big plus for us. Talking with other boaters and doing more research, we soon confirmed the cruising options were endless.

We still hand the Panhandle in the back of our minds, but on closer inspection, the boating options were limited there. To get to the southern part of Florida from, say, Destin, it was a tricky trek to Cedar Key, then an overnight, and then south to Tampa and beyond.

By contrast, with the homebase of SouthWest Florida (and in particular for us, Cape Coral), the boating offers a lot more flexibility. Day trips to Sanibel and Captiva, Fort Myers, Boca Grande… all easy to do. Extended trips (in a day or more if you take your time) to Sarasota, Naples, Venice, The Keys, and even the Bahamas.

To our delight, Cape Coral and Punta Gorda were among the most affordable areas we researched in Florida. They said it was paradise, and we agreed.

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