Cape Coral is one of the top US summer destinations on Airbnb

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Fancy a relaxing gondola ride down a Venetian canal, but don’t want to fly to Italy this summer? Try Cape Coral, Florida instead.

This small Florida town has over 400 miles of canals, more than anywhere else in the world, including Venice. Known by locals as a ‘waterside wonderland’, the city of less than 200,000 people was just named one of the top summer destinations in Airbnb’s latest Travel Trends Report. . The report found the most searched destinations in the country. Cape Coral came in at No. 6, ranking just behind many other Florida panhandles, including Mexico Beach and Cape San Blas.

Cape Coral’s waterways can take you to the Caloosahatchee River, the Gulf of Mexico, and Matlacha Pass. Or, you can travel via the canal to vibrant downtown Cape Coral.

Downtown Cape Coral is relatively new but is already booming. The city was founded only around 60 years ago, and in 2017 Forbes named Cape Coral the fastest growing city in the country. Downtown Cape Coral offers everything you’d find in a big city, from restaurants, bars and shops to an art gallery and history museum.

But there’s still a small-town charm that only Cape Coral has to offer. The Farmer’s Market is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Stop to savor fresh produce, home-made guacamole, homemade jams, and meet the locals. Or, you can book a visit to the nearby Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and indulge in some of the best spirits the region has to offer.

But no attraction can compare to the nature of Cape Coral. The city is located on the Florida coast, just across the Caloosahatchee River from Fort Myers. It is a particularly interesting ecosystem with bays, rivers and estuaries galore. You can explore the coastline by kayak to get a close look at the bustling coastline, filled with mangrove islands, oyster bars and seagrass beds.

On a trip to Matlacha Pass National Refuge, you might spot threatened and endangered species such as the Eastern Indigo Snake, Indian Manatee, or Bald Eagle. Or you can explore the 97-acre Rotary Park Environmental Center with its salt marshes, wetlands and boardwalk. Four Mile Cove Ecological Reserve is also a famous local hotspot where you can relax as the sun sets and maybe even watch dolphins in the water up close. Don’t forget to pack bug spray, this is the south coast of Florida after all.

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