Cape Coral /ˈkɒrəl/ is a city located in Lee County, Florida, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico. Founded in 1957 and developed as a master-planned, pre-platted community, the city grew to a population of 170,834 by the year 2014. Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami. The population estimate for Lee County, FL was 661,115 for 2013, and the state population was 19,552,860. Cape Coral is known as a “Waterfront Wonderland”, since with over 400 mi (640 km) of navigable waterways, Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city in the world.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 120 square miles (310.8 km2). 110.09 square miles (285.1 km2) of it is land and 9.91 square miles (25.7 km2) of it (9%) is water. Cape Coral is a large peninsula and is bordered in the south and east by the Caloosahatchee River and in the west by Matlacha Pass. The city of Fort Myers lies across the Caloosahatchee River to the east, and Matlacha and Pine Island lie across Matlacha Pass to the west. Matlacha Pass is home to Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge and the state’s Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve.