Sure, there’s Southwest Florida’s first Westin property. But people are coming here to live. It’s not only the safest midsize city in the nation, it’s also one of the most beautiful, ranked #3 in our Parks and Outdoors subcategory. What Cape Coral lacks in the soft, sandy beaches of its neighboring islands it more than makes up for in riverfront vistas and outdoor pursuits galore. It’s also one of the most accessible, with Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)—ranked #3 for Connectivity—a mere 30-minute drive after baggage claim. The city is attractive to students, too, who are drawn to the easy lifestyle and a dozen colleges and community colleges within 50 miles of the city center. Increasingly, graduates are putting down roots. According to Yahoo Finance, more than 50% of Millennials in the region own homes—the third highest rate in the nation. The booming Pine Island Road and Pine Island Village development will go a long way to sate residential demand in the area.