Cape Coral is a residential city of many canals and thousands of boats, located just upriver from famous Sanibel Island, Captiva Island and Pine Island. Touring drivers have to go through Cape Coral to get to Pine Island. The Cape Coral Yacht Club is a fine place to dock a boat while visiting the area. It is only a half hour from Sanibel by boat or car, and the Yacht Club has everything you need in one spot, yet is close to downtown shopping as well. Look for the giant nests of parakeets and parrots in the trees around the yacht club. There is a fuel dock, a bathing beach, tennis courts, a grand public fishing pier, and a dockside restaurant open for lunch and early dinner. There is a West Marine store and a small discount marine store right down the road. The discount boat store is on Layfayette St. behind MacDonalds. The West Marine is on Cape Coral Parkway next to the downtown Publix grocery store and an Ace Hardware. Speaking of fishing, the fishing pier boasts catches of snook, tarpon, sea trout, redfish, sharks, mangrove snappers, ladyfish, sawfish, stingrays, gafftop catfish, sheepshead, Atlantic spadefish, and many others. While Cape Coral has little of scenic interest itself, it is a perfect headquarters for exploring the wider area, from the gator farms inland, to the offshore islands and the Everglades. Look for dolphins and manatees in Cape Coral waters- they are plentiful. A half hour from the Yacht Club in Bokeelia, you may catch a tour boat to Cayo Costa Island State Park, on an uninhabited island. One thing Cape Coral has in plentiful supply is Burrowing Owls. Cape Coral is a last bastion of the little ground-dwelling owls, with many owls living in burrows in front yards and empty lots, even venturing to dig burrows in narrow median strips in parking lots. The tiny owls are ferocious little predators, feeding on the millions of little lizards and mice in the fields of suburban Cape Coral. There are nests on Yacht Club property. The Yacht Club is also a host to the Marine Patrols and a tow-boat company.