Cape Coral. The name alone invokes images of a tropical paradise. It is here that only 44 years ago, two men with a dream began building their vision of paradise - a place with over 400 miles of canals and palm-lined streets. Officially established in 1970, Cape Coral has grown into a strong, vibrant city of 100,000 people with a wealth of natural resources. Situated on the Intracoastal Waterway, near the Gulf of Mexico and only a stone's throw from the finest beaches in the world on Sanibel Island. Cape Coral possesses an outstanding array of choices and diversions for people from all walks of life.