Life in Southwest Florida is a blend of the some of the finest lifestyles that can be found anywhere. One of our greatest features is our waterways. You can easily find a home in many price ranges with access to the open water of the Gulf right from your backyard salt water canal. We have access to some of the finest boating in the country along the calm Gulf of Mexico. If you would like to go to the Keys and even Miami it is only a few hours of a very pleasant voyage.
I have personally traveled by boat South to the channel from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic at about Marathon Key, under the Overseas Highway bridges of US-1 and up to dock at the Miami Beach Marina. We anchored overnight in the center of the Keys, but it could have been a one day trip to Miami if we pushed it. The next day we traveled South down the coast to Key West and stayed there for several days before heading back up to Fort Myers. I can tell you that after being on the Atlantic, you can truly appreciate the calm water of the Gulf of Mexico in a boat.
Another option which I have not completely tried, although I’ve been about one third of the way, is to travel straight across the State of Florida up the Caloosahatchee River, across Lake Okeechobee and then to the Atlantic by way of the St. Lucie Canal and River. This is called the Okeechobee Waterway.
The waterway is 154 miles long and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean near Stuart, Florida to the Gulf of Mexico at Fort Myers. It is the only true cross Florida canal and river system that joins the east coast of Florida to the west coast.
The eastern reach of the waterway starts in the St. Lucie River, passes through the St Lucie lock and dam, and enters Lake Okeechobee through a lock at Port Mayaca. From Port Mayaca you cross 451,000 acre Lake Okeechobee by either a direct route to Clewiston, or a longer route along the south edge of the lake called the “rim route”. From Clewiston the waterway continues west on the Caloosahatchee River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico where the river separates Cape Coral and Fort Myers and finds the open Gulf right between Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island. It is a magnificent location for yachting, pleasure boating and of course amazing fishing. If you have no interest in boating you can still enjoy the fantastic views and world class beaches that come along with such a treasured location.
Our golfing is unmatched whether it is a public course or a PGA Tournament course. We have it all. If you are looking for other recreation we also just happen to be a couple hours by car from Disney in Orlando as well as all the world famous theme parks and attractions.
Our lifestyle is quite relaxed compared to the biggest cities in Florida, but if you want to visit, like we love to, Miami is only a two hour drive east and Tampa is about the same the north. We could not ask for a better location.
Our local amenities are as exceptional as you would expect for an international destination. You can find any restaurant style you want between Cape Coral and Naples to our South. The shopping is amazing and there are outdoor art shows and flea markets year around. We are very proud to have the Lee Memorial Hospital System with locations in Cape Coral and Fort Myers. They understand the need for outstanding health care, especially when caring for our senior population and now they are working to complete very soon the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
We are very blessed here in Southwest Florida to enjoy a great lifestyle. Please contact me anytime to discuss how I can be of assistance to you in any real estate transaction whether you are purchasing a home or if it is time to sell your home. I am here to be your Florida luxury real estate broker.