Why rent a car in Cape Coral?
Cape Coral is situated in Lee County in the US state of Florida, within sight of the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf coast’s warm waters and sandy beaches, the area’s verdant golf courses and popular family attractions, such as the Sun Splash Waterpark, make it an attractive holiday destination. With more than 400 miles of canals – more than any other city in the world – there’s also plenty of opportunity for boating, fishing and water sports.
A rental car in Cape Coral will help you get easier access to nearby islands, beaches and nature reserves you will not want to miss.
How to get to and around Cape Coral?
Your flight arrives at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, and a Cape Coral hire car will get you into the city centre in just over half an hour.
Fort Myers is popular for its beaches, fishing and shopping but it’s also home to the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Port Charlotte under an hour north, concentrates a third of all golf courses in Charlotte County. For a return to nature, the 380-acre Tippecanoe Environmental Park offers hiking trails and wildlife viewing.
Driving south, Bonita Springs, with its sparkling beaches, is 40 minutes away. Here is the home of Lovers Key State Park, an island that was once so remote, it was said only lovers went through the trouble of seeking its privacy. Today it’s a haven for wildlife and still lesser known than other state parks. Under an hour south, Naples, perched on the Gulf of Mexico, is famous for its spectacular beaches, warm weather and high-end shopping and dining – it’s one of the country’s wealthiest cities and boasts the highest rate of millionaires per capita.
What brands are available?
You can book your rental car in Cape Coral from one of the following companies:
Must-sees within an easy drive of Cape Coral
On the shore of East Lake Tohopekaliga, near Orlando and Kissimee, is St Cloud, a drive of three and a quarter hours northeast. Its Reptile World Serpentarium features reptiles from lizards and snakes to crocodiles and alligators as well as venom milking shows.
On the southern tip of Florida, is the Everglades National Park, a 1.5-million acre wetland and important habitat for many rare and endangered species, such as the manatee, the American crocodile and the Florida panther. The park is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. It has three entrances, which are not interconnected. Driving from Cape Coral via the I-75 S, use the Everglades City entrance through the Gulf Coast Visitor Centre (90 minutes from Cape Coral).
Tips and tricks for driving in the US
American cars usually have automatic transmission. Drive on the right side. An international driving permit is not compulsory but recommended. Carry it at all times along with ID (passport) and proof of insurance.
Speed limits vary from state to state; in general stick to 70mph on motorways. Beware that undertaking is not illegal in the US; to stay safe, don’t forget to signal before changing lanes.
Provided there is no oncoming traffic, you can turn right at red traffic lights. At a four-way stop, all cars should stop, and the one that arrived first sets off first followed by the others in the order of arrival.
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