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Parks & Recreation

Beaches & Boating

Two of the most popular outdoor activities that attract visitors and new residents to Southwest Florida are beaches and boating. If planning to launch your vessel from one of Cape Coral's public boat ramps, please be aware of the City's Boat Trailer Parking Program. Click on the links below to get more details on each topic or scroll down to see all information.

Beaches
Boating 
* Boat Trailer Parking Program

 

BEACHES

There are many beaches in the state of Florida for people to enjoy, two of which can be found in the City of Cape Coral. The main beach is located within the Yacht Club Community Park on the southeast corner of Cape Coral at the end of Driftwood Pkwy. In addition to the Yacht Club public beach, visitors to the Yacht Club Community Park can enjoy a covered playground with equipment for children ages 2-12 that can accommodate persons with disabilities, as well as picnic tables and BBQ grills, the adjacent Yacht Club Pier, a public boat ramp and free vehicle parking (there is a small fee for boat trailers).

Cape Coral's other beach is located at Four Freedoms Park on the banks of Bimini Basin just south of Cape Coral Pkwy. Visitors to four Freedoms Park can enjoy fenced in playground equipment for children ages 2-12, picnic tables and BBQ grills. Alcohol is not permitted in either of the parks and animals are not allowed on the beach.

Both the Yacht Club public beach and Four Freedoms beach are open from dawn to dusk daily; however, there are no lifeguards on duty. Those who wish to go in the water should understand that they are both non-swimming beaches so going in the water is at their own risk.

For people who wish to swim, the Yacht Club Community Pool is located just a few feet from the Yacht club beach and features a heated Olympic Size pool and a kiddy pool with interactive Dewdrop fountain and underwater bubblers. A daily fee is required to use the Yacht Club Pool, but fully trained lifeguards are on duty at the pool during all operating hours.

Additional Waterfront Parks

All of the above parks have picnic tables that are available on a first come, first serve basis, and sunbathing is permitted (swim suits are required).

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BOATING
If you enjoy boating, you've come to the right place! The City of Cape Coral boasts over 400 miles of quaintly meandering canals, many of which have direct access to the Caloosahatchee River and Gulf of Mexico, offering a wide range of marine activities to boating enthusiasts of all ages. When combined with beautiful sunsets, great fishing, and cool breezes, Cape Coral offers a tremendous boating experience.

The City's waterways, which are overseen by the Marine Services Division of the Parks Recreation Department, can be accessed through the use of five (5) improved public boat ramps including:

In order to help fund boat ramp improvements and control boating traffic, the City implemented a Boat Trailer Parking Program which requires a daily or annual fee be paid when parking boat trailers for the day at any of the City's improved ramps that include paved parking lots and restroom facilities.

The City also oversees several additional unimproved freshwater boat ramps that are open to the public and do not require a daily parking fee; however, the majority of these sites are unpaved with limited parking available and have no restrooms or other amenities on site.

In addition to overseeing the boat ramps, the Marine Services Division manages the Chiquita Boat Lock located on the South Spreader Waterway, which is utilized to control boat traffic and maintain safe water levels.

Before going boating, particularly in a new environment, it is always a good idea to take a refresher course on Boating Rules and Safety. The following organizations offer instruction, workshops, and inspection service assistance to help keep residents and visitors informed and local waterways safe for all who use them:

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary – 549-1027
  • Power Squadron – 549-9754
  • Yacht Club Community Park (recreational boating seminars) – 574-0806
For a complete list of rules and regulations concerning recreational boating in Florida, visit the Boating page of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website at http://myfwc.com/boating/.

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BOAT TRAILER PARKING PROGRAM
Cape Coral's boat trailer parking program was established to help reduce an abundance of boat ramp traffic and provide funding for additional security and future ramp improvements to better service area boaters. This program requires boaters to pay a $10 daily fee to park their boat trailers at Cape Coral's five improved boat ramp locations while they are out on the water.

Through a partnership with Passport, the leading provider of mobile payments in parking and transit, drivers are able to pay to park from their smartphone, tablet or computer using a modern “app” technology without having to go to the meter at all. Cape Coral’s five improved boat ramp locations that utilize the Passport payment system include the BMX Boat RampBurnt Store Boat RampHorton Park Boat RampRosen Park Boat Ramp and Yacht Club Boat Ramp.


The Passport Parking app is free to download from the iPhone App Store and Android Google Play. Boaters can also manage their parking through the Passport mobile web application, which is accessible from any device with an internet connection. 

**PLEASE NOTE:  As of May 1, 2019, the City of Cape Coral has eliminated "pay envelope" boxes at all boat ramps so all daily fees must be paid through the Passport app.**

If a boater does not have a smartphone, they can call (239) 424-9459 to register with Passport. When using the Passport Parking app, boaters are reminded to enter the tow vehicle license plate number and not the trailer plate number when entering payment information.   

IMPORTANT NOTE: When entering payment information, Passport will require that boaters enter the zone number of the boat ramp location where they will be parked. Please see the Boat Ramp zone numbers listed below

Boat Ramp Locations:   Zone #:  
BMX  1960
Burnt Store  1961
Horton Park  1958
Rosen Park  1959
Yacht Club  1957

When using the iPhone app or internet site to pay for boat trailer parking, please be sure to pay BEFORE launching your vessel. Cape Coral Park Rangers & Law Enforcement personnel patrol the five park locations daily and must issue violation tickets to any vehicles/trailers that do not pay the daily fee or have a current resident or commercial decal.

ANNUAL PARKING DECALS
As another option to paying a $10 daily parking fee, Cape Coral residents may purchase an annual decal for only $50 (+ tax) allowing them to park their boat trailers as many times as they wish over the course of the year. There is also a provision for commercial Cape Coral businesses to purchase annual decals for $100 (+ tax) each. The provision applies to for-profit businesses, based in Cape Coral, which provide guide services, boat trips, construction, and other services on the water.

Annual parking decals are only available to Cape Coral residents and Cape Coral based businesses, and they are valid one year from the date of purchase. They may be purchased at the Parks & Recreation counter in City Hall (239-573-3128) or at the front counter of the Yacht Club Ballroom with cash, check, or credit card.

REQUIRED TO BRING:
  • Drivers license and vehicle registration
  • Proof of Cape Coral residency (i.e. local utility bill) w/ corresponding name address on it.

For additional information about the Boat Trailer Parking Program or for boater assistance, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department (239) 573-3128.

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For general information about Cape Coral Parks and Recreation, call (239) 573-3128. Or if you encounter an issue in a Cape Coral park, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department's non-emergency line at (239) 574-3223.