Cape Coral Canal Homes with Gulf Access

Did you know that Cape Coral has more than 400 miles of navigable waterways? (According to Wikipedia at least.) That’s more than any other city in the world! 

It’s important to note that not all of the canals in the Cape have access to the Gulf of Mexico. Still, the canal system is extensive and is a great option for boaters who wish to keep their boat docked behind their home. 

What Does Gulf-Access Mean?

You’ve probably noticed we don’t use the terms “oceanfront” or “ocean access” here on the Gulf Coast, because, well, it’s the Gulf of Mexico, not the ocean. So, when we say "Gulf-access homes," it simply means that the canal behind the property leads out into the Gulf of Mexico. 

With that said, not all Gulf-access homes have “direct access” to the Gulf. Furthermore, “direct access” doesn’t always mean no bridges to cross under. Let’s break it down:

  • Gulf Access = Canal leads to the Gulf, could have bridges, lifts or locks to navigate
  • Direct Gulf Access = Canal leads to the Gulf without any lifts or locks interrupting waterflow, could have bridges to navigate
  • Sailboat Gulf Access = Canal leads to the Gulf without any bridges, lifts or locks to navigate 

The map below highlights some of the areas in Cape Coral that have canal access to the Gulf of Mexico. We’ve also highlighted the access points where the canals lead out into open water. A common misconception is that all canals lead out to the bay, but in fact, there are a number of canals that are considered "fresh water" and only connect to other inland canals and lakes that do not lead out to the bay and Gulf.

Cape Coral Homes with Gulf Access

As you search from homes in the Cape with Gulf access, keep in mind the further away the property is from an outlet into the open water, the longer it will take you to idle to and from your home. Also, consider the height of your boat and the depth that you draw. Most of the properties will list the width and depth of the canal, along with the bridge heights you should be aware of. 

If you have any questions about the properties listed below, give us a call at 239-472-1950!

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