I have lived up and down the east coast of Florida my entire life, so I was excited when my job had me relocate to the west side of the state in Fort Myers. Although I was close to the Gulf of Mexico, I didn't want to settle into the city life. Luckily, we discovered Villas just over the bridge from Cape Coral.
Living in Villas is the best of both worlds, I have the endless sunny days and I am far from all the congestion of Tampa, Orlando, or Naples. The best areas in Villas are all along the Caloosahatchee River. If I want, I can drive a few miles west and hit a number of the best white-sand beaches in the state.
The restaurants in Villas are as diverse as the shopping. There are little high-end boutiques in Cape Coral and little beach shops that dot the coast all the way from Sanibel Island to North Naples and in between.