Cape Coral, Florida is know as the Canal City, as it contains over 400 miles of canals. Some of the waterways go directly into the River and beyond, the Gulf of Mexico, while some natigate into lakes. For those residents or visitors whose properties are not located on canals but are into boating, there are five public boat ramps.
There is a program in place requires boaters to either pay a $10 daily fee to park their boat trailers while they are out on the water, or Cape Coral resident may purchase an annul decal for $50, allowing them to park their boat trailers as many times as they wish over the course of the year. There is also a provision for commercial Cape Coral businesses to purchase annual decals for $120 each. This provision applies to for-profit businesses, based in Cape Coral, which provide guide services, boat trips, construction and other services on the water.
The Yacht Club Boat Ramp, the Horton Boat Ramp and the Rosen Boat Ramphave electronic machines that generate a ticket when $10 is inserted indicating the date and time of expiration, which is valid until midnight of issue date. These machines accept quarters, $1 and $5 dollar bills, as well as all major credit cards for the boater's convenience. At the other two ramps, the BMX Boat Ramp and the Burnt Store Boat Ramp, there is a drop box for collection of the $10 parking fee. At these locations, boaters without annual decals are instructed to place $10 cash in the envelope provided, tear off the tab and place it in the vehicle window facing out, then insert the envelope with payment in the security drop box. Cape Coral Park Rangers & Law Enforcement personnel patrol the five park locations daily and must issue violation tickets to any vehicles/trailers that do not pay the daily fee or have a current resident or commercial decal.
For boat trips longer than 24 hours, you will need to call the Harbor Master at 239-574-0809 and a special permit will be issued to place on your vehicle window.