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Cape Harbour Vacation Rentals - Cape Coral

Cape Harbour Vacation Condominiums - Cape Coral

At the far southern end of Chiquita Boulevard lies Cape Harbour, the crown jewel of Cape Coral.  Luxury high rises flank a deepwater marina.  Waterfront restaurants serve delectable cuisine.  Boutique shops and colorful art galleries line a Mediterranean-styled promenade.  Cape Harbour is the most centrally-located boater’s paradise in Southwest Florida.

 

Cape Harbour Entrance

An ornate sign stands sentry as you reach the outer edges of the Cape Harbour property.  Shaded walkways meander towards the destination.

Shaded Walkway towards Cape Harbour

Tasteful landscaping, with live oaks and the shimmering fronds of tropical palm trees, offer subdued glimpses of the majestic buildings beyond.  Once you make that right turn into the Cape Harbour Marina, it's official...you've left the rest of your life behind and arrived in a true waterfront wonderland.

A Peek at Cape Harbour

Towering 15-story buildings reach towards the Florida sun.  Softly colored stucco rests easy on your eyes, providing the perfect counterpoint to the calming blue sky full of wispy white clouds.

Cape Harbour High Rise
The check-in process at the Cape Harbour Vacation Rentals office is a breeze.  Before you know it, you've got your keys in hand and are driving into the covered garage.  A security code grants you clearance to the stately elevator entrance.  As the elevator doors open to your selected floor, it's evident you've chosen a grand and comfortable establishment to vacation at.  Even the hallways look impressive.

A quick turn of the key opens the door to a luxuriously appointed vacation condominium.  Cozy furniture fills the rooms.  Subtle designer flourishes flavor the interior with a nautical motif.  A sliding glass window opens to a spacious, screened balcony, framing a breathtaking view of Pine Island Sound reaching towards the Gulf of Mexico.

Living Room at Cape Harbour

Each of the high rise buildings at Cape Harbour offers 110 lavish condominiums with water views.  You can choose from 1, 2, or 3 bedroom accommodations ranging in size from 1300 to 1800 square feet.

The fully-equipped gourmet kitchen has plenty of cabinet and counter space.  Full-size and modern appliances offer all the conveniences of being at home.  But you're not at home…you're vacationing at the opulent Cape Harbour Marina.  They've even got a blender, so you can make frozen margaritas while watching the yachts glide across the water outside.

Cape Harbour Kitchen

Cook up some fresh local seafood and enjoy it with your traveling companions in the dining area.  Or, take your dinner out to the table on your screened-in lanai.

Guest Bedroom Lanai

The bedroom is such an important point of any vacation rental.  A good night's rest is imperative to the enjoyment of your precious time away.  That's why your Cape Harbour vacation rental comes equipped with pillow-topped king and queen beds draped with extravagant 750 thread count Egyptian cotton linens.  A flat screen television and DVD player are hidden away in the armoire.   But your favorite relaxation option will be propping yourself up on a mountain of plush pillows and enjoying your view from the picture window as the lights come on between the palm trees and the final evening glisten fades from the calm water below.

Master Bedroom

The spacious master bath is appointed with thick, fluffy spa towels and boutique toiletries.  The walk-in shower is practically a room unto itself.

Guest bedrooms are as comfortable as the master bedroom with fantastic views, ample closet space, and even their own private balcony.

Guest Bedroom

You'll find yourself constantly drawn to the picturesque panorama framed by the windows and lanais.  Lush tropical greenery leaves you no mistake of the fact you're in Southwest Florida.  Water dances with the sunlight and meanders through the intricate Cape Coral canal system and the mangrove islands rising out of Pine Island sound.

Cape Coral Canal

In the evening, the lights of Fort Myers twinkle on the horizon and headlights from traffic crossing the Sanibel Causeway put on their lively show.

Sanibel Causeway from the Cape Harbour

When the urge strikes you to get out into the tropical air, you've got an entire neighborhood to explore just outside your door.  The Marina at Cape Harbour features a walkable Promenade with independently owned boutique shops, award winning art galleries, a luxury salon and spa, and full service restaurants all centered around a seventy-six slip deep water marina.  Elegant gables, arched entrances, wrought iron grillwork, tile roofs, and brick pavers bring a touch of the Mediterranean to this Cape Coral destination.

Cape Harbour Marina Promenade

Pignoli - An Epicurean Marketplace is a must-visit at Cape Harbour.  They sell a wide variety of gourmet cheeses, fine wines, gourmet grocery items and produce.  They offer catering services.  They also offer a sandwich menu and have limited seating indoors, with extra seating outside overlooking the marina.

Pignoli Epicurean Marketplace

Chef-owner Robert Cardoos is a well-known name in the gourmet food industry, having established 15 specialty food stores in Massachusetts and two in Rhode Island during his 40 year career.  Through Pignoli, Cardoos schedules food-based special events like cooking classes and wine tastings year-round.

Inside Pignoli at Cape Harbour
Be sure to stop in to Pignoli for a sandwich or salad plate during your stay.  For less than the cost of a stop at your local fast-food sandwich shop, you can indulge in artisan breads, roasted red peppers, high-quality deli meats, and imported cheeses.  Pignoli offers sandwiches you won't soon forget.  They also have an excellent Sunday Brunch.

Caprese Sandwich at Pignoli

Looking for something more along the lines of a fine dining experience?  Rumrunner's offers lunch and dinner with fantastic water views.  Fresh seafood and excellent steaks abound.

Rumrunner's Outdoor Dining

Whether you're relaxing at their comfortable bar, catching a quick lunch on one of their outside decks, or opting for the white linen tablecloth experience indoor dining promises...Rumrunner's is the Cape Coral dining destination.  This is where locals bring their out-of-town guests when they want to show off their Florida lifestyle.

The Bar at Rumrunner's

You can also visit Run Agrounds for coffee, pastries, and gelato (Italian ice cream).  They've got a full line of specialty coffee drinks available...everything from Cuban Espresso to the Run Agrounds Snickerdoodle.  Fresh baked pastries occupy one dsiplay case, while an endless array of gelato flavors fill the others.

Run Agrounds at Cape Harbour

The comfortable chairs at Run Agrounds are the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee while you check your email with their complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  For an alfresco breakfast, take your bagle or croissant out back and enjoy the view of luxury yachts on the water.

Gelato Flavors at Run Agrounds

Smack dab in the center of the action is Longboards Cabana Bar , an outdoor bar connected to The Joint , the restaurant next door.  They offer drinks, light food, and live music under the tropical skies a couple times a week (check the Cape Harbour Event Calendar for details).

Longboards at The Joint

Take a walk down by the water.  There are sidewalks and paths to explore all over the Cape Harbour property.

Walking Path at Cape Harbour

Maybe you're visiting Cape Harbour to celebrate a special occasion?  If so, you may want to consider renting The Pavilion at Cape Harbour .  This is the perfect waterfront setting for your event, whether it's a large wedding or a more intimate gathering.  First class catering, music, flowers, and photographs can all be arranged by the party planners at Pignoli.  They've been providing upscale catering and party planning services for over three decades, and will certainly add that magical touch to your special day.

Yearning to get out and see more of what Southwest Florida has to offer?  Cape Harbour is just a 3.5 mile boat ride to the Gulf of Mexico.  You'll also have access to the 400 mile network of fresh and saltwater canals which crisscross the city of Cape Coral.

If you don't have your own boat, you could always book passage with the Banana Bay Tour Company .  They offer sunset cruises, narrated eco-tours, lunch cruises to Picnic Island, and full day trips to Fort Myers Beach.  Their 49 passenger boat, the Coconut Woman, departs daily from the Cape Harbour Marina.  Their current schedule and rate information is available from their office on the Marina Promenade, across from Pignoli.

The Coconut Woman

If you'd prefer to travel by car, the pristine beaches of Sanibel and Captiva are just a short ride away.  Or head into Fort Myers to see a Major League spring training game.  Fish from the pier at Fort Myers Beach.  Golf courses are everywhere.  Take a day trip to Pine Island for art, history, and seafood served up Old Florida style.  Drive to 5th Avenue in Naples for the world-class shopping and gourmet dining.  Got Children?  Bring them to the Sunsplash Water Park right here in Cape Coral.  When you stay at Cape Harbour, there are attractions and recreation options in literally every direction.  Who could ask for anything more?

Sunrise from your Cape Harbour Balcony
Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or just some time alone...Cape Harbor Vacation Rentals has you covered.  Call them today and book the vacation you've been dreaming about.  You owe it to yourself.

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--writing and photography by Eric Taubert

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