The largest master-planned community in the United States was cast in 1957, by the Rosen brothers from Baltimore, with an amusing comment and the tossing of some coins outside an airplane window. Out of the Rosens’ eventual $678,000 purchase from Franklin Miles of Miles Laboratories, the formerly wild and desolate Hungryland known as Redfish Point “never knew what hit it,” just as planned. In the ensuing years of rapid development and growth into a deliberately family-oriented, luxury waterfront-resort haven where everyone’s place in society was valued and celebrated, the passion for the peninsula rose like Fahrenheit mercury in the Cape Coral summer sun.
Captivated by the feverish pitch of celebrities stateside and salesmen sent overseas to promote the peninsula’s transformation, many Germans bought into the hype happening a half-stroke of a hemisphere away. They purchased land and contributed to building a strong community where everyone has been welcomed ever since. These formed what has grown into a large German community in Cape Coral today. Together with the entire Cape Coral community, this peninsula paradise poised in the Gulf of Mexico continues to be the vacation haven of choice for Germans and international visitors from around the small world we all call home.
Everyone is Welcomed Here
Feel free to join in the community’s celebrations and activities. The German-American Social Club sees to the knitting of the community’s closeness with year-round activities and events for all. The Social Club is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, and net proceeds from the club’s events and festivals are donated to local charities like Hope Hospice, Island Food Pantry and Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary. You need not speak German to join the club or participate in any events. You may have to pay a nominal fee for certain activities if you are not a member, but you may as well join since you will love participating with this friendly, positive community.
Annual Events in Cape Coral
- Oktoberfest is a two-weekend celebration of all things German, where more than 30,000 people descend on Cape Coral for pageants, live music, traditional food, carnival venues, beer, brats, dancing and more.
- Cape Coral Christmas Boat Parade begins close to Christmas from Bimini Basin and 4 Freedoms Park to sail the canals in the lower Cape.
- Cape Coral Arts Festival is the second weekend of January.
- Valentine Ball
- 15th Annual Florida Burrowing Owl Festival is February 25, 2017!
- Gartenfests held in February and March, in sunshiny gardens with good music and good food
- Red, White and BOOM! Independence Day celebration sponsored by Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral
- MangoMania is a festive, two-day summer festival held in July at the German-American Social Club on Pine Island Road.
Oktoberfest in Cape Coral
International Flights To Cape Coral
- Air Berlin,
- Air Canada,
- Air Tran,
- Silver Airways,
- Sun Country,
- Continental and
- American airlines offer non-stop flights between Southwest Florida International Airport and select international cities.
Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York are major gateways to SWFLIA. About 12.2 miles from Cape Coral, a tropical, Kokomo-esque setting inside SWFLIA welcomes you to three concourses upstairs with restaurants and shopping. Baggage claim is downstairs. Rental cars are across the street. Park offsite or on, and use the free cell phone lot for all those folks arriving from back home to join you in Cape Coral!
Watch rockets and space shuttles launch from Cape Canveral across the mainland, or comb Cape Coral beaches’ trove of hundreds of different seashells to collect from Gulf Stream deposits. Build forts and sand castles. Go crabbing. Golf, hike, fish, sail, ski, swim, sightsee, shop, dance, dine and parade around the peninsula awhile. Then sleep in peace treasuring every moment you spend in Cape Coral. We’ll keep the gemuetlichkeit mats out for your dream-come-true returns.
Gemuetlichkeit and Other German Terms You May Hear Here
Perhaps you don’t speak German, but you love attending those festivals and Friday nights’ dining and dancing. Stay in Cape Coral long enough, and you’ll come to understand our most popular German vocabulary. Starting. . .now:
Gartenfests: Held at the coming of spring and at the beginning of planting season.
Krombacher: Lee County’s only stop for the German pilsner is right at home in Cape Coral.
Hafenkapelle: The club’s 20-piece, Bavarian-style band performs costumed in traditional lederhosen.
Bratwurst, sauerkraut, schnitzel: Some things, you have to taste to believe.
Gemuetlichkeit is that cozy kind of good fellowship where coming together with others is akin to being with family. Gemuetlichkeit is what you keep with you wherever you go, the rib-sticking-good food and soul-sticking-good vibes: This is why you come to Cape Coral, just for the gemuetlichkeit of it.
Points of Interest in Cape Coral
As if the Gulf of Mexico isn’t waterfront enough, we have the Caloosahatchee River and more than 400 miles of navigable canals and waterways. Plenty of trails to walk, run, bike and hike lead you through self-discovery while getting back to nature in Cape Coral and across the bridges in Fort Myers. Bridges across the river to Fort Myers are SW on Cape Coral Parkway and Veterans Parkways.
- Spread your wings at the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House at the Rotary Park Environmental Center.
- Feed those culture cravings at Cultural Park, your one-stop home of the community Cultural Park Theater, the Cape Coral Art League and the Cape Coral Historical Society.
- Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library houses an extensive library and showcases an outstanding collection of military memorabilia including uniforms, medals, weapons, vehicles, books, photographs and letters.
- Feast the eyes spotting marine wildlife like manatees, dolphins and whales from Sirenia Vista Environmental Park. Loll about land and river points teeming with native wildlife, flora and fauna for those returning to nature to nurture their spirits.
- Tee off at choice golf courses open to the public, including executive-length Hunters Run, 18-hole Coral Oaks, and semi-private 18-hole Palmetto Pine, and 27-hole Royal Tee Golf Club.
- Strasser BMX Sports Complex hosts national and state BMX Motocross competitions.
- Dive into Sun Splash Family Waterpark’s water recreation wonderland with cooling-off fun for all ages.
- Railroad Museum of South Florida
- Castle Golf, Jungle Golf and Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf
- Ostego Bay Marine Science Center
- Bunche Beach
- Bowditch Point Park
- Imaginarium Hands-On Museum
- Manatee Park
- McCarthy’s Marina
- Regal Cinemas at The Bell Tower Shops Mall
Where to Stay in Cape Coral
- Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
- Hideaway Waterfront Resort and Hotel
- Cape Coral Bed and Breakfast
- Dolphin Key Resort
- Casa Loma Motel on the Waterfront
- Hampton Inn & Suites
- Villa Emerald Coast
Where to Dine in Cape Coral
Friday Night Dinner and Dining at the German-American Social Club, of course! And these fine dining establishments:
- Nelly’s Taste of Greece, 290 Nicholas Parkway NW, 33991, 239-242-2499, 1229 SE 47th Terrace, 33904, 239-257-3167
- Rumrunners, 5848 Cape Harbour Drive, 33914, 239-542-0200
- Chicago Select Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, 1217 Del Prado Boulevard,33990, 239-772-7707
- Monkey Bar Steak & Seafood, 1428 Lafayette Street, 33904, 239-549-8800
- Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro, 5961 Silver King Boulevard, 33914, 239-541-5600
- Foster’s Grille, 782 SW Pine Island Road, 239-573-4454
- El Tropical Restaurant & Lounge, 106 Hancock Bridge Parkway, 33990, 239-772-8858
- Ariani Ristorante Italiano, Del Prado Mall, 239-772-8000
- Loving Hut, 1918 Del Prado Boulevard #3, 239-424-8433
- Woody’s Surfside Island Rum & Grille, 2408 Surfside Boulevard, 33991, 239-282-9166
- Ford’s Garage Cape Coral, 1719 Cape Coral Parkway East, 33904, 239-540-3673
- Lobster Lady Seafood Market, 1715 Cape Coral Parkway West, 33914, 239-471-0136
- Fathom’s Restaurant & Bar at Cape Harbour Marina, 5785 Cape Harbour Drive #106, 33914, 239-542-0123
- DaRuMa Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi,13499 South Cleveland Avenue, 33907, 239-344-0037
Oktoberfest at the German-American Social Club in Cape Coral
Where to Shop Until You Drop in Cape Coral
Bell Tower Shops, Cleveland Avenue, pet-friendly!
Big Johns Plaza, Cape Coral Parkway
Coralwood Shopping Center, Del Prado Boulevard
Del Prado Mall, Del Prado Boulevard
Edison Mall, Cleveland Avenue
Shops at Surfside, Veterans Parkway And Surfside Boulevard