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For two weekends in October, you will feel like you’ve been transported to Munich, Germany, by way of Oktoberfest in Cape Coral. The annual event, put on by the German-American Social Club of Cape Coral, happens every October. Guests can try a variety of German fare, listen to live bands play German music, dance on two dance floors and sample a mouthwatering selection of German and domestic beer. There is plenty of free parking available and children under 12 get in free. Oktoberfest Chair Juergen Wolfgang Schmidt said up to 30,000 people came out for one of the two weekends. This is the type of event people talk about for months. It’s one of Cape Coral’s most beloved events.
Cape Coral Oktoberfest is all about bringing people together with good food, freshly poured beer, a fun atmosphere, live music on three stages, and two dance floors. Look for the vendor selling traditional German clothes if you really want to get in the spirit. The festival features German favorites like knackwurst, bratwurst, schweinshaxe, schnitzel, currywurst and sauerbraten. Guests can expect to see the same German staples at Oktoberfest Cape Coral every year. There’s also carnival food and rides for the kids to enjoy. Where else can the whole family fully embrace German culture in Southwest Florida?
Oktoberfest in Cape Coral happens every October. Oktoberfest in Cape Coral’s address is located at 2101 Southwest Pine Island Road.
There are several large tents guests can sit under to enjoy their meal, a glass of beer and live entertainment. Set in Bavarian Biergarten, there are also plenty of benches to rest on as well. Local bands perform every year.
Sit-down dinners in the von Steuben Hall include:
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The tradition of Oktoberfest in Germany started in 1810 when King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Munich’s citizens attended the festivities. Horse races signaled the end of the event. They were held again the next year and quickly became an annual event, marking the beginning of the tradition of Oktoberfest. The horse races are no longer part of the tradition, but another one did survive. The first Agricultural Show was held a year later in 1811. It was designed to help boost the country’s agricultural efforts. Now it occurs every three years.
A carousel and two swings were built in 1818, along with a few small beer stands, which were replaced by beer tents and halls in 1896. The rest of the festival site became a type of carnival. Guests will enjoy roller coasters, carousels, a concert, and special German traditions.
The German-American Social Club of Cape Coral was founded in 1964. The club’s mission is to: “Promote good fellowship with a variety of social activities, to perpetuate traditional German festivals such as Oktoberfest, Karneval, Costume Balls, Folk Dances, etc., and to stimulate interest in the German language and customs.”
The German-American Social Club also features everything from Gartenfests to formal and masquerade balls. There is dinner and dancing every Friday night, and non-members are invited, too.
Whether you’re here for Oktoberfest in Cape Coral or you’ve stumbled upon it during your vacation to Southwest Florida or The Cape, this is one of the area’s most popular events. It’s a two-weekend party the entire family can enjoy. It features authentic German music, food and beer—not to mention clothing for men and women. Come out, have a good time, create precious, fun memories with your loved ones and meet new people! While you’re here it also doesn’t hurt to stay in luxury Fort Myers vacation rentals. Contact us today to book your vacation!
Now that Memorial Day and Independence Day are over, there’s only one summer holiday left to enjoy. With a variety of things to do in Florida for Labor Day Weekend, you should have no problem planning a fun-filled and memorable vacation. The kiddos may be back in school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a long weekend romantic getaway or unforgettable time with friends and loved ones.
Here are 8 things to do in Florida for Labor Day Weekend:
There are a variety of events throughout Southwest Florida, so whether you’re staying in Naples to the South or Fort Myers to the North, you should have no problem finding a variety of things to do for Labor Day Weekend.
Spend the day shopping at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, located at 26795 South Bay Drive in Bonita Springs.
Get to know your history at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The homes are open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and children 12 and younger get in free for the self-guided audio tour. This is how it works: One child gets free admission per each paid adult ticket. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates are located at 3583 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Visit the Bass Pro Shops Labor Day Festival at Gulf Coast Town Center. On Sept. 1 from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sept. 2, noon to 4 p.m., the retail store hosts a Labor Day celebration. The event features face painting, family activities, an archery challenge, bait toss, duck pond, free hot dogs from noon to 2 p.m. both days, free samples of funnel cake and cotton candy from 1-4 p.m. both days, crafts and workshops for the adults.
Luckily, Southwest Florida is so diverse; there are a variety of fun things to do on Labor Day no matter where you end up staying. For a truly Florida-style Labor Day Weekend, embrace the Sunshine State and all that it has to offer.
Is it really a Florida vacation if you don’t go shelling? The types of shells you’ll find depend on the beach’s location, the tide and whether or not there was a storm the night before. You may not be able to find the same shells on the same day at the same beach, but that’s part of the magic and allure of collecting seashells. Sanibel and Captiva Island are some of the best shelling destinations in the world. This is because Sanibel and Captiva’s southern currents help a variety of shells wash up on the shore. Sanibel’s east-west torque of its eastern end also works as a spoon to scoop up shells from deeper Gulf of Mexico waters. The gentle surf then deposits them on Sanibel’s coastline for shellers to find.
Florida is known for its picturesque sunsets and they are even better when they’re experienced on the water in the company of your loved ones. Any of our Vacation Planning Advisors can tell you where to find Southwest Florida boat rentals. Go on the water for a day and end it with a sunset, explore the islands around you and take in the area’s natural surroundings and breathe a sigh of relief—because you’re on vacation! If you prefer to let someone else take the wheel, you may choose from a variety of cruises leaving the docks of area marinas. Relax while you take in the views and learn about dolphins, manatees, alligators and other denizens of the deep.
If you have younger children and teenagers with you, they’d love a day at the local waterpark. Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral, FL is a great family-friendly option if you’re looking for things to do in Florida for Labor Day Weekend. There is a gift shop, a few options for food, a lazy river, 14 acres of waterslides and a kids’ play area.
Lovers Key State Park is more than just a beach. There is a picnic area, canoe and kayak rentals, and restroom facilities. There are also three barrier islands to explore, whether you embark on a tour with a park ranger or you decide to rent a watercraft yourself. Or you can enjoy five miles of trails on your own by bicycle or on foot.
For many people, Labor Day Weekend is the last hurrah before fall begins. There are so many things to do in Florida for Labor Day weekend to keep you occupied. Book a last minute holiday getaway today with Royal Shell today. Call us today.
Visit Southwest Florida and stay in any of our breathtaking vacation rental homes. There are a variety of things to do in Florida for Labor Day Weekend, and now that you have this guide, we hope you’ll take advantage of as many Labor Day activities as you can. Our Vacation Planning Advisors can help you plan the ultimate vacation so you have the perfect time! Grab a craft beer or a glass of wine and relax. Don’t forget to enjoy the sunset, too.
This is the only true waterpark in the Fort Myers area. People come from all over, including Sanibel and Captiva Islands, to cool off at Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral, FL.
Known just as Sun Splash to the locals, kids who grow up in Southwest Florida go on field trips to the popular waterpark, and then end up taking their children to enjoy everything the park has to offer. It’s great Many kids also choose Sun Splash for their birthday parties. If your son or daughter is having a birthday while you’re on vacation, this is a great fun-filled option the entire family can enjoy.
Sun Splash Family Waterpark is in Cape Coral, FL and it’s located at 400 Santa Barbara Blvd.
Hours change throughout the year. For more information, visit http://sunsplashwaterpark.com/hours.
For general admission and seasonal pass prices, go to http://sunsplashwaterpark.com/rates.
The Cape Coral waterpark is open for a portion of the year, from March to September; it’s closed from October through February.
The park has professional sand volleyball courts and it’s very kid-friendly. There’s a Lily Pad Walk for older children and adults where you can test your agility and trek over water as you grab onto a rope above. Kids can play on the child-sized Pro Racers. There is also a Tot Spot for kids to play in, complete with floating logs, alligators and an interactive play area specially designed for young children.
There are also aquatic programs; a gift shop for souvenirs and necessities; a few different food options; a lazy river; a kids play area; and 14 acres of water slides and pools.
There are slides for everyone, whether you’re looking for something easy and fun or you’re a daredevil seeking something with a little more adrenaline. Slides include Cape Fear, Fun-L-Tunnel, Zoom Flume, the 457-foot Electric Slide and Power Surge. There are three different speed slides as well. They are the Thunder Bump, Terror Tube, and X-celerator.
Cape Fear takes you through a dark tunnel from a 30-foot-high platform and eventually drops down 215 feet.
The Fun-L-Tunnel drops 30 feet without a tube. Riders then slide down 200 feet.
If you want to leave the park and come back later in the same day, you can! All you need is a hand stamp before you leave the premises. When you want to return, just show your hand stamp at the front and you’ll be good to go!
You can request a rain check if bad weather conditions considerably affect Sun Splash operations and your visit is cut short. Rain Checks are given out at the front gate and they’re usable until the end of the current season. For more information on Sun Splash Family Water Park’s weather policy, visit http://sunsplashwaterpark.com/park-info/ and click on the “Weather Policy” tab halfway down on the left.
The Ice Cream Shop, Tiki Express and Calypso Café all serve a variety of snacks, fast food and combo meals. Some things you can look forward to including hot dogs, chicken Caesar salads or wraps, hamburgers, Italian ice and ice cream. It’s one of the perfect things to do in Florida for Labor Day weekend and other holidays. Guests can also purchase beer, wine, water and soda. Outside food or beverages are not allowed inside the park.
If you need to store stuff, you can rent a locker at the gift shop. There is a one-time locker fee for a full day’s worth of unlimited access. A small locker is $11; a large one is $13.
Guests can rent a cabana from Pirate’s Cove Cabanas. Cabana rentals do not include admission to the park.
A cabana rental includes:
Luxury Loungers are another option for $35 Monday through Friday; $40, Saturday and Sunday.
The Luxury Lounger can be reserved from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’d like more information, please call 239.574.0558 or email email@example.com. You may also secure loungers for the day at guest services or the ticket booth window.
If a day (or two) at Sun Splash Family Water Park in Cape Coral, FL sounds like the perfect way to cool off in the hot Florida sun, why not stay nearby so you can enjoy it as much as possible?
Royal Shell features a variety of vacation rental properties in Cape Coral. They’re perfect for families and they come in various shapes, colors and sizes. Let us know what type of vacation home you’re envisioning and our Vacation Planning Advisors will start searching for the perfect rental for your lifestyle and budget while you enjoy the waterpark.
Mangoes are so popular in Southwest Florida. They even have their own festival!
The 2022 Mango Mania Festival will take place Saturday, July 16th from 9 am to 4 pm and celebrates the area’s abundance of mangoes and other tropical fruit. It’s one of the most popular mango festivals in Florida.
You can thank the region’s climate for that stroke of luck. The climate here is similar to that of the mangoes’ native climates of India and Southeast Asia.
The Mango Mania and Tropical Fruit Festival will be held at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Catholic Church at 12175 Stringfellow Road in Bokeelia. Check for ticket prices. It’s fitting because Pine Island is especially suited to grow the sweet, tropical fruit.
Mango season in the Sunshine State is at its peak in the summer. It runs from May through October. There are about 50 types of mangoes grown on the island. There are usually more than 20 mangoes available to try.
Several cooling tents, air-conditioned portable toilets and misters spread throughout the festival will also help keep attendees cool.
There will be a tasting tent and places to buy whole mangoes, jam, smoothies, chutney, ice cream, tea and bread.
Home cooks and amateur chefs can enter a food and recipe contest. There will also be mango and tropical fruit-based beverages and food for sale. After all, it wouldn’t be Mango Mania without it. Don’t miss the free mango tasting table.
If you want to learn more about mangoes at the festival, you can attend educational talks about tropical plants, palms, art and more. Tropical plants and trees will also be for sale.
Don’t forget to say hi to the Mango Queen either!
If you’re not into mangoes, that’s ok, too. While your friends and family gorge on nature’s sweet nectar, there are options for you as well.
Vendors will be there to offer everything from mango trees to Native American jewelry.
There will also be an area for family-friendly games and mango-themed activities.
There is always live music to help keep you energized!
If you love mangoes so much, you can get them whenever you want from “The Mango Factory” or any other Pine Island mango farm. They’ll ship fresh mangoes to your door and all fruit is guaranteed to arrive in good condition and ripen properly, or you’ll get your money back on the damaged portion. More information can be found here: https://www.themangofactory.com.
If you’re local or don’t mind a bit of a drive, Pine Island Tropicals and Fruitscapes Nursery in Bokeelia on Pine Island are known for their mangoes and other tropical fruit. Have you ever tried a Barbados cherry, jujube fruit or black sapote? You can also try Seminole pumpkin or guava bread.
Mango Mania is the brainchild of former Chamber President, Jerry Myers. Normally for locals, Mango Mania and Pine Island go hand-in-hand. It started there, but it’s since grown and expanded into Cape Coral.
The idea for the original festival came out of desperation. Myers needed to pay the bills and he was desperate to raise money. The Chamber didn’t even have enough funds in their bank account to cover the electric bill. Myers had a field full of Pine Island mangoes and at a board meeting, he proposed the idea to hold a festival and sell them.
The festival started at Bokeelia’s Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal Church in 1996. It then moved to an empty field on Stringfellow Road and a KOA Kampground in St. James City, which the event soon outgrew. It lasted three years in St. James City before moving to the German American Social Club in unincorporated Lee County. According to an article from a local newspaper, no other venue on the island could handle the traffic and parking from Mango Mania’s thousands of attendees.
Mangoes are downright delicious, but cutting them can be tricky. Instead of leaving this page and searching YouTube for a video, we’ve provided one for you—so you can start enjoying your fruity treasure a little more quickly.
One of the best things about vacationing in Cape Coral is that it’s situated in the middle of everything. Naples and Fort Myers are both about a 30-minute drive away. Sanibel and Captiva Islands are about the same distance. Cape Coral also has a vibrant downtown and boating scene. You’ll have plenty to do when you’re not at Pine Island Mango Mania.
Let us know if you’re wondering where to find Southwest Florida boat rentals. After all, it’s not a Florida vacation if you don’t get to go out on the boat at least once. Royal Shell vacation rental guests get to take advantage of 30% off boat rentals from Port Sanibel Marina.
Whether you’re in Southwest Florida or not, let us know how you enjoyed your trip! We love helping our guests create memories that will stick with them forever.
Downtown Cape Coral is the latest must-see Southwest Florida vacation spot.
While Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami, its downtown strip is one of the smallest, yet most unique. Downtown Cape Coral might be fairly new, but it’s constantly expanding and growing into its own must-visit destination spot.
Since downtown Cape Coral is only a few blocks long, sometimes people miss it and ask, “Where is downtown Cape Coral?” It’s generally considered to be the first developed commercial area in the southwest corner of the city.
Once you cross over the Cape Coral Bridge from College Parkway and pass the first light at Del Prado Boulevard, you’re in what’s known as downtown Cape Coral.
Cape Coral after you cross over the Cape Coral Bridge. Downtown Cape Coral begins just after the first light at Del Prado Boulevard.
It might be fairly tiny, but it still has everything you need. You can find a CVS, grocery store, schools, coffee shop, restaurants, museum and bars.
According to the City of Cape Coral’s website, the boundaries of the redevelopment areas of downtown Cape Coral are Southeast 44th Street and Southeast 46th Lane, to the north; Southeast 17th Place and the Caloosahatchee River to the east; on the south side the area is bordered by Miramar Street and Bimini Basin, and Tudor Canal and Palm Tree Boulevard to the west. The entire Redevelopment Area consists of 432.2 acres.
Cape Coral is known for its 400 miles of canals, and some refer to it as a “Waterfront Wonderland,” because it has more miles of canals than anywhere else in the world. In fact, most of them are navigable and will take you to the Caloosahatchee River, Matlacha Pass and the Gulf of Mexico beyond. Some can even take you pretty darn close to your favorite downtown Cape Coral shops and restaurants. Besides, who doesn’t love waterfront living and vacationing?
Cape Coral was founded just 60 years ago, so it hasn’t experienced the type of gradual evolution from a pioneer settlement to a contemporary city that larger, more established cities like Fort Myers have. It also wasn’t initially designed for commercial development. Cape Coral’s early plans were to be a residential subdivision of Fort Myers. However, that doesn’t mean downtown Cape Coral doesn’t exist. In fact, downtown Cape Coral has plenty to offer. In fact, Forbes ranked Cape Coral as the fastest-growing city in 2017.
The cool part about downtown Cape Coral is that most of the shops are locally owned and save for a few of them, they aren’t chains.
Some of Our Favorite Downtown Cape Coral Things to Do Include:
There are so many restaurants to choose from. The previous list doesn’t even scratch the surface. These restaurants are all unique and each offers something different. A handful are open late and turn into downtown Cape Coral bars for the over-21 crowd. What type of food are you craving? Chances are we have it here.
Some of Our Favorites Include:
Nice Guys is so much more than a pizza place. So. Much. More. It’s like walking into your cool friend’s dimly lit basement in high school. There’s rock band décor everywhere and even a sweet retro pinball machine. Their cocktails are unique and anything we say here won’t do them justice. You’ve just got to try ’em for yourself. They also have a great selection of local beer. But, the pizza. The recipes are eclectic, creative and just wonderful. Have you ever had pizza with prosciutto and chili-infused local honey? You can now.
Slate’s has a delicious menu full of Caribbean and Cajun cuisine, designed to make your taste buds sing. If you’ve never been to New Orleans, you’ll at least be able to try some bites that’ll take you there in your mind. Slate’s owners created an award-winning restaurant and jazz club in St. Croix and they’ve successfully recreated the same concept here. The Sidedoor, Slate’s jazz club, offers live jazz music throughout the week. Doors open at 5 p.m. The best part? There’s no cover charge.
This place is a gem. Owned and operated by Merrick Seafood, one of Cape Coral’s oldest fish markets, you know the food has to be good. The inside is sleek, modern and whimsical. The outdoor deck is breezy and open, perfect for brunch and sangria. Fish Tale Grill serves everything from oysters to ginger tuna salad to bacon-wrapped scallops to sandwiches, lobster rolls and tacos.
This fun wine bar has a new take on pub fare, and the atmosphere is fun and casual. Delicious entrees include a bacon-brie sandwich sticky with fig jam, and fried bologna topped with a gooey egg and a healthy smear of roasted-poblano aioli. Users on Yelp also praised the deviled eggs.
This is Cape Coral’s most popular dive bar in downtown Cape Coral. A local food reviewer from the Fort Myers News-Press praised the burgers, volcano spring rolls, the chorizo pate and the specialty cocktails. It’s a great place to go with the family, and an excellent place to wind down with friends and loved ones.
During the tourist season, the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association hosts pub crawl events in downtown Cape Coral. The trolley service will take you to nine different bars along Cape Coral Parkway. It typically runs on Friday and Saturday nights.
Nice Guys Pizza and Nevermind Awesome Bar, and a few other places on the downtown Cape Coral strip, are also open late.
Dixie Roadhouse is the most popular spot for downtown Cape Coral nightlife.
A favorite among locals from all over Southwest Florida, Dixie Roadhouse is a country bar through and through. It features nightly drink specials and free line-dancing lessons if you want to try something new. Shops in Downtown Cape Coral
As you wander around downtown Cape Coral and take in the sights, you’ll find many appealing shops you’ll want to learn more about. These are a few to get you started:
1. Perk & Brew
Perk & Brew is located in the heart of downtown Cape Coral just a few doors down from the popular Iguana Mia restaurant. Catch up with your loved ones or just enjoy a lazy Sunday. Perk & Brew features brewed coffee, craft beers, Sunday brunch, Monday night trivia, mouthwatering pastries and a Thursday open mic.
2. Revolution Records
Revolution Records adds a little something different to the Cape Coral downtown scene. The store is modern and a bit shabby, but it matches the unique band memorabilia on the wall. Revolution Records buys and sells records along with CDs, cassettes, record players and memorabilia. It’s a good way to spend the weekend or one of those rare vacation days when you have nothing planned. When you’re done, you can visit Perk & Brew and marvel over your new record purchases.
3. Karma and Coconuts
This art boutique and gift shop is unlike any other you’ll find in the area. Over 80 local artists are featured and the store also sells sage, incense and crystals. There’s also an onsite studio that has classes five days a week.
4. Noela Chocolate & Confections
Who doesn’t like chocolate? All products are made in the store’s Cape Coral factory, and Noela Chocolate uses nothing, but natural spices, juices and organic and fair-trade certified chocolate suppliers. Noela is not only a French word meaning Christmas, but it is the combined name of the owners’ two sons. Stop in sometime and see what the magic is all about.
5. Ice Sssscreamin
Not only is their ice cream amazing, but they offer 75 flavors. The ice cream is gourmet homemade and Ice Sssscreamin also has frozen yogurt, sherbets, Italian ice and sugar-free ice cream. The best part? It’s a traditional ice cream shop where you order through a window and eat your treasure outside.
Downtown Cape Coral is also home to a farmer’s market on Saturdays. Enjoy the Florida sunshine, catch up with friends, hear the latest gossip and get the freshest fruits and vegetables around.
Also look out for prepared foods, baked goods, made-on-site guacamole, homemade jams and jellies, pickles and olive mixes, salsa, cheeses and take-home foods.
The farmers market is normally on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it typically runs from October to May.
There are a variety of events and festivals in Cape Coral throughout the year, including Mango Fest and Coconut Fest. These are a few events in downtown Cape Coral:
1. The Taste of the Cape at Four Freedoms Park
This is one of the most popular events in Downtown Cape Coral. Come out and enjoy the best in Cape Coral culinary arts and music. Normally, about 20 area restaurants participate. There’s usually a variety of wine, craft beers and margaritas, too. You can sip on those while you catch up with friends and family and enjoy performances from local bands. Admission is free and food and beverage tickets can be purchased at the event. Proceeds go toward local student scholarships and community music outreach programs.
2. Red, White and Boom
This is probably the most popular event in downtown Cape Coral each year. In fact, people from all over Fort Myers come out to enjoy the Fourth of July show. The event takes place on Cape Coral Parkway at the foot of Cape Coral Bridge. Tickets are limited and include drinks, food and ride tickets.
3. Cape Coral Bike Night
Cape Coral Bike Night is also an attractive downtown event. Southwest Floridians come from all over to get together, talk about their favorite passion, listen to live music and eat great food. Each year, Bike Night takes place on the second Saturday of April, February, December and October.
4. Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival
This event has been taking place for decades and it’s hosted by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral. It is the largest juried art show in Southwest Florida. According to the Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau, this is Lee County’s largest special event of the year. In fact, more than 300 juried artists and artisans participate each year. Mediums include sculpture, fine art, photography, pottery, jewelry, mixed media and metal works.
Cape Coral is a hidden gem, and it’s beginning to get noticed even more as the years go by. That’s partly due to its attractive downtown area. Even if you’re staying on Sanibel or Captiva Islands or about a half-hour away in Fort Myers and Naples, Cape Coral is certainly worth a visit and finding Cape Coral vacation rentals to stay in is the way to do it. There are so many things to do in Cape Coral. Connect with Royal Shell today to learn more.
When you’re planning a trip to Southwest Florida, picking the perfect beach spot can be one of the most important parts of your vacation. While we have you covered there, it’s also important to have everything you need to look like you’re a beach bum pro.
Southwest Florida beaches are the best beaches in the country. We also offer the best beach accessories to make sure your Florida vacation and your beach time are enjoyable and as effortless as possible. Here are some of the best beach accessory ideas we can offer to make sure you get the most out of your Southwest Florida beach experience.
No one likes a cold drink that’s covered in sticky, white sand. Make sure you take a long beach cup holder that anchors into the sand and allows you to pick up your beach drink without receiving a hand full of wet sand. Make sure the beach you are visiting allows beverages before you break out the beach drinks!
It’s also a good idea to bring along plenty of beach koozies to keep your drinks cold. Juice boxes for the kids and plenty of waters and beverages for the adults are important, too.
Do you have little ones that make messes? Add the beach and watch that mess multiply by mixing in wet and dry sand to the equation! The only thing worse than beach messes is kids trying to eat lunches on the beach with a towel. Avoid the mess and the loss of another beach towel by bringing a folding beach table that’s perfect for juice boxes, snacks and lunches!
If you have a table that’s sturdy enough, you can even play a game of beach poker under the tent to cool off and get a break from the sun’s rays.
Beach carts are a necessity for families heading to the beach. No one wants to be that mom or dad lugging everything from umbrellas to towels and kids over their shoulders. Find yourself a nice, collapsible beach cart that you can pull through the sand with ease. Beach carts ensure you only have to make one hands-free trip from the car to your beach spot.
A beach tent for adults and kids is a must-have beach item. Whether you are on the beach all day, or for a few hours, a beach tent provides much-needed relief from the sun during a snack, nap or even just for a breather while you reapply your suntan lotion. Make sure it’s an easy-to-pack-and-fold item that isn’t too bulky for your beach cart or vehicle.
Gone are the days when a regular terry cloth beach blanket on the sand would suffice. Beachgoers today can do better. In today’s beach world, you can find beach blankets that repel sand and are water-resistant. Many of them also have pockets to hold belongings like phones and keys you’ll want to keep clean from the elements. Microfiber beach blankets also work to create a plush environment for sunbathers and act as a quick-drying towel. Many of these fancy, new beach towels can also work as a yoga mat or exercise towel.
We realize the days of bringing a boombox to the beach are over. But that doesn’t mean the beach jams have to stop! Make a fresh beach playlist for summer or any other time of the year and make sure it’s available to play for friends on a portable Bluetooth speaker that’s charged up for your beach trip. Bring along a pair of headphones, too, for when it’s time to meditate in the sand and get lost in your own world.
Beach bags are all the rage right now. Big, bulky mesh bags that you can toss everything in, from beach towels to buckets and shovels for the kids, are not hip anymore. The perfect beach bag for a day at the beach is waterproof, has containers to hold and protect valuables, and looks good doing it with cute designs, tassels and monogrammed options.
A good beach umbrella that can handle and buffer a good Gulf of Mexico rain shower is very important. Beach umbrellas with aluminum poles that are adjustable are the best choice. Tilt adjustments are also a must because they allow you to angle the umbrella to protect yourself as the sun changes position.
Umbrellas should also have:
Beach chairs have come a long way in the last 10 years. These days, it’s easy to select an affordable beach chair that offers the following perks:
If you have kids, you cannot forget to take a good variety of sand toys to the beach to keep them busy throughout the day.
Other kid-friendly toys to bring include:
Whether you are sitting on the dock of the bay or on the beach, you need ultimate sun protection all day long! Make sure you select a sunscreen that you can use on both your face and your body. You should also look for a non-greasy formula and one that is water-resistant if you know you’ll be spending time in the water. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher for ultimate protection from harmful UVB rays and reapply often!
You have to drink plenty of water during a trip to the beach, especially on hot and humid days. Choose a reusable water bottle that can keep drinks cold for 24 hours and keep hot drinks warm, if you’re heading to see a Southwest Florida sunset on a cool and breezy winter night.
Whether you are packing a lunch, bringing drinks or need a place to keep things cool, a beach cooler is your friend. Soft coolers are all the rage right now, especially ones that have straps so you can walk onto the beach with the cooler on your back like a backpack. Coolers with wheels also get the job done for a family that needs a big cooler to hold everything for a long day at the beach.
You have everything you need now for the perfect beach experience in Southwest Florida. We also have the tips you need for shelling and vacation home rental tips for families.
The only thing left to do now is enjoy the beach and your Florida vacation. Are you looking to head to Naples, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach or Sanibel or Captiva islands? Why limit yourself? Book a longer Florida beach stay and explore all the beaches in the area because each one of them has something unique. The agents at Royal Shell can help you plan your perfect beach getaway vacation today.
Apple pie, family get-togethers and the American flag all make us think of the Fourth of July because they symbolize independence. Spending the holiday on the beach in Southwest Florida, or at least in warm, sunny temperatures, makes 4th of July Florida events even better for your holiday vacation getaway.
Whether you’ve already been to Southwest Florida’s Sanibel Island or Captiva Island or the mainland, it doesn’t hurt to revisit special memories and make new ones. The best 4th of July Florida events are truly made on the beach. There’s nothing like fireworks on the beach to get you in a patriotic state of mind.
The Fourth of July has officially been a federal holiday since 1941, but the holiday has been celebrated since the American Revolution. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.
Patriotic fervor became even more prevalent after the War of 1812, in which the United States again squared off against Great Britain. In 1870, Congress made the Fourth of July a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was extended to grant all federal employees a paid holiday.
Celebrate America’s Independence Day in sunny Southwest Florida and relax on the beach before heading to one of the area’s hotspots to view one of the stunning fireworks shows.
Whether you’re looking for a Fourth of July parade or the largest fireworks display, this post will tell you all you need to know about 4th of July Florida events in Naples, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island.
Southwest Florida is a big area, so there’s a lot of ground to cover for America’s birthday bash. Regardless of where you’re staying or what you’re looking for, there are plenty of options for you to find something to do.
Most people celebrate Independence Day by watching a firework display, and Southwest Florida has plenty of options to choose from. If you’re watching the firework spectacle from the beach, don’t forget to bring a towel, folding chairs, sunscreen, water and bug spray.
Fireworks at The Naples Pier begin 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 from a barge 1,000 feet away from the pier
The Naples Police Department will strictly enforce parking and pay special attention to “No Parking” areas with a focus on the entire length of Gulf Shore Boulevard, fire hydrants and blocked intersections.
A good rule of thumb for viewing fireworks at the Naples Pier is to get there early so you can snag a parking space. Traffic is also always backed up after this event. Make sure you plan accordingly.
Located in the heart of downtown historic Bonita Springs, Riverside Park will feature kid-friendly events and July 4-themed activities. There will also be a firework and laser-light display at night for a star-spangled spectacular.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit downtown Fort Myers, now’s your chance. The WINK Freedom Fest starts in the afternoon and the downtown Fort Myers firework display begins at 9:30 p.m. It’s free and it boasts live entertainment and food trucks. If you’re staying in or near Fort Myers for the 4th of July, this is an ideal option.
Think red, white and blue but it’s really about the boom in Cape Coral. This is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in Southwest Florida, and also one of the area’s most talked about. Singer-songwriter Chase Bryant will headline the annual Cape Coral fireworks Independence Day celebration at 8 p.m.
From 5 to 10 p.m., expect vendors, kids park with rides, kids activities and of course, a firework display at 9:30 p.m. Guests must purchase a wristband to enjoy the rides. Each session lasts one hour and 15 minutes, and there are a limited number of wristbands available.
Red, White and Boom is free and located at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge in downtown Cape Coral, just east of Del Prado Boulevard.
Parking for Red, White and Boom is also free and parking lot locations include Club Square, Iguana Mia, the Veterans Museum or Big John’s Pizza. There will also be free parking and trolley service. For more information, you can call 239-573-3128.
If you are staying on Cape Coral or don’t mind a bit of a drive, there is also a Freedom 5k at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge at 7:30 a.m. Registration for the Cape Coral Fourth of July 5K, begins at 6 a.m. and runners can register for the Cape Coral 4th of July 5k at the Fort Myers Track Club website, freedom5kcc.com.
If you’re staying in the area for a while, there is also the Cape Coral Mango Fest on June 14 and 15. The 22nd annual Cape Coral Mango Mania features everything mango with food and recipe contests, music, food and drinks, and tropical plants and trees for sale.
A firework display starts at 9 p.m. from a barge off the end of Bailey Road. The best spot to view July fireworks is from the Sanibel Island Causeway.
It wouldn’t be a major holiday without a parade, and these options will help put you in the patriotic spirit.
The Fourth of July parade will take place on July 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Grab a spot near the start of the event on Broad Avenue South or wait for the parade to finish on Third Street South. Don’t forget to bring water and folding chairs.
Head over to Riverside Park at 9 a.m. for a Fourth of July parade and stay all day for fun-filled activities the whole family can enjoy. It’s a family-friendly event everyone can enjoy.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Bay Oaks Recreation Center and travels along Estero Boulevard to Times Square. Stick around Times Square near the clock until 2 p.m. for patriotic crafts, a watermelon-eating contest and a dunk tank. The event is free and parking is limited. However, free trolley service is available all day. Fireworks start at 8:45 p.m. at Times Square. Bringing your own beach chairs is encouraged. Also, keep in mind that the Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. to oncoming traffic
Start the Fourth of July festivities at 9:30 a.m. with a parade that travels along the main thoroughfare, Periwinkle Way, from Tarpon Bay Road to Casa Ybel Road. There will be an after-parade celebration at Jerry’s Shopping Center at 10:30 a.m. and the 39th-annual San-Cap Optimist’s Club Road Rally also starts at noon at Timbers Restaurant.
Whether you decide to spend the Fourth of July holiday week in Naples, Bonita, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Sanibel or Captiva Island, there are plenty of things to do for members of the entire family.
It just depends on what type of Fourth of July vacation you’re looking for. Try a laid back vacation rental in Bonita Springs or a Cape Coral vacation rental. Perhaps you’d like to try a Naples vacation rental and enjoy its high-end eateries and fancy boutiques. Whatever kind of trip you’re planning, our Royal Shell vacation planners can help make it happen.
Come for July 4th celebration week and enjoy some of the best Fourth of July celebrations in Southwest Florida. You might like it so much; you’ll want to stay for a lifetime.
There are so many different Fourth of July Florida events. You can’t go wrong whether you spend the holiday in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Ocala, Sanibel Island, or Captiva Island. Each area has something unique to offer. Bonita Springs and Cape Coral are located in the middle of everything. Naples is known for its food and arts scenes. It’s also near the Everglades if you’re looking for an adventure. Sanibel and Captiva Islands have beautiful beaches and the destinations truly feel like you’re on vacation. Let us know what kind of trip you’re thinking about taking and our Royal Shell Vacation Planners will make it happen.
If you are thinking about becoming a Florida regular, any of our agents will be more than happy to take you around to see our beautiful Southwest Florida homes. We can also help you plan a last minute holiday getaway! If you’re considering selling your home and buying a place in the Sunshine State, our agents know Southwest Florida like the backs of our hands. We can answer all of your questions, point you to the best beaches and show you some of the area’s best hotspots. Helping people find their dream home or vacation rental is what we do best. Contact Royal Shell today!
If you own a home in Cape Coral and you’re thinking about offering it for rent as a vacation rental property, here’s what you should know about Royal Shell rental management in Cape Coral.
Managing the property, its guests and keeping track of their scheduled arrival and departure times can become overwhelming, especially if you don’t live in the area. From late-night plumbing issues that need to be resolved right away to housekeeping and linen services, rental properties are a lot to manage, and it isn’t easy.
What sets Royal Shell apart are our guest services and in-house maintenance team. We value legendary customer service and strive to give every guest and owner the five-star treatment every single time.
Our maintenance team is also equipped to respond quickly and efficiently, in all areas from Naples to Captiva Island, around the clock 365 days a year.
Whether you live here or not, Royal Shell can provide vacation homeowners rental management in Cape Coral, along with much-needed peace of mind
Royal Shell has opened a new vacation planning and rental management office in Cape Coral. Let us take care of the small stuff. We’ll keep track of your guests’ vacation plans and help keep your home in tiptop shape. We can collect payments and make sure you get paid on time. We’ll coordinate with vendors, maintenance and housekeeping. Leave all the property management stuff to us.
The new Cape Coral location gives us more ways to market and reach our guests while providing more ease and convenience to our renters and owners.
If you’re in the neighborhood, feel free to stop by and say hi!
Royal Shell is in business for you—its owners and its guests.
We can’t wait to get to know you!
For one, our vacation planning advisers live and work in Cape Coral, and they give guests the Royal treatment. If someone doesn’t know where to go, where to eat, or what to do, our vacation planning advisers and Cape Coral office staff are the perfect people to ask. They can provide guests with all the information they need to have the vacation experience of a lifetime.
Royal Shell has its own state-of-the-art laundry facility along with its own vacation planning center, housekeeping, maintenance, IT, guest services and photography departments.
Our vacation planning call center is open seven days a week and guests can secure a vacation rental on our website 24 hours a day. Royal Shell also has 24-hour, seven days a week emergency guest services.
If you do wish to talk to someone about your Cape Coral rental property, we’re only a short drive away, or we could have someone come out and meet you. Delivering legendary customer service means a lot to us, and Royal Shell takes that seriously.
If you own a home in Cape Coral and you’re only here a handful of times a year, why not make a profit while you’re away? Whether you’re thinking about rental management in Cape Coral for your vacation property or you’re strongly considering it, any of our agents will be more than happy to answer your questions. We know Southwest Florida like the backs of our hands, and helping people create lasting vacation memories is what we do best.
The city is dotted with single-family homes, many on picturesque Gulf-access canals, and most of our Royal Shell vacation properties are near Cape hotspot, Cape Harbour. Cape Coral also has a more suburban feel compared to Naples, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs. This means it’s a good place for families to stay, or a couple looking for a quiet, low-key Southwest Florida getaway.
In February 2017, Forbes ranked Cape Coral as the fastest growing city in the U.S. If you want to be in a very popular city that’s quickly expanding and attracting new buyers, this is the place to be.
Another huge perk is that Cape Coral is also ideal for travelers on a budget. It’s close to Naples, the Islands and Fort Myers Beach.
If you want to zip over to Sanibel and Captiva Islands, it’s only about a 30 or 45-minute drive. If you want to head to Naples for the day, give yourself about an hour and a half. Bonita Springs and Fort Myers are about a 30-minute drive away, so they are much closer. If you have your kids with you, they’ll certainly appreciate that.
If you still have questions after reading this, we are more than happy to sit down with you and answer them. We understand handing someone the keys to your Cape Coral vacation home and letting someone manage your rental property is a big decision, and we want you to feel comfortable.
You can give us a call at (239) 322-5680 or visit our rental management office in Cape Coral at 1105 Cape Coral Parkway East. Contact us today. We look forwarding to getting to know you!