Finding Your Way
Finding your way around the city of Cape Coral can be difficult if you don’t know how the city is laid out. But once it is understood, getting lost will be a thing of the past. Here are the details:
Cape Coral is divided into four quadrants: SE, SW, NE, NW. The majority of street addresses are identified with these prefixes.
Santa Barbara Boulevard and Hancock Bridge Parkway/Embers Parkway are the center of the city. Santa Barbara is the east-west dividing line. Hancock Bridge Parkway/Embers Parkway is the north-south dividing line. The center of the city is where the two roads intersect.
The numbering system of the streets starts at the center of the city. Address numbers grow larger as one moves farther away from the center.
Starting at the center of the city and moving southward in the SW and SE quadrants, the street numbers begin at one and continue until 59th Terrace or to the river.
Moving to the NW and NE quadrants of the city the numbering system also starts with one and continues northward to 48th Terrace or to the city limits.
Next notice that when moving either southward or northward the roads run east and west. These east/west roads are called Parkways, Streets, Terraces, or Lanes. You will find that street and terrace repeat themselves in rotation while keeping the same road number. And there also will be an occasional parkway or lane used intermittently in naming the road types that run east and west.
Address numbers grow larger as one moves farther away from the center. Starting at the center of the city and moving westward in the NW and SW quadrants the street numbers begin at one and continue until 47th Avenue or to Matlacha Pass.
Moving to the NE and SE quadrants of the city the numbering system also starts with one and continues eastward to 26th Place or to the Caloosahatchee River.
Next notice that when moving either eastward or westward all Boulevards, Courts, Places and Avenues run North and South. You will find that Place and Avenue repeat themselves in rotation while keeping the same road numbers.
And there will also be an occasional Boulevard or Court used intermittently in naming the road types that run North and South.
Business and house numbers coincide with the bisecting street number. The first number of an address indicates the intersecting road it is closest to, and the second indicates the house number in that block.
Even numbers are assigned to the South and West sides of roads; Odd numbers are assigned to North and East sides of roads.
Streets without numbers like Dolphin and Bayview, for example, are typically located in the downtown area or in the Yacht Club area of the Cape, however there are some streets with names located outside of the downtown area, mostly in subdivisions.
Streets with names usually are followed by Boulevard or Parkway designation such as Cape Coral Parkway or Santa Barbara Boulevard.
Cape Coral has over 400 miles of canals, 27 miles of shoreline and is 114 square miles. Think of the road layout system of the city as a large grid, with an occasional canal that gets in the way. The grid is basic mathematics and easy to follow by using the numbering system described.
– Source City of Cape Coral