19 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

19 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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19 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Tampa
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Sarasota
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Naples
— 7 nights
Drive:  30​min
Marco Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Sanibel Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Tampa

5
days
Sarasota

Sarasota
Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarasota: Venice (Venice Beach, Nifty Nic Nacs, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Ringling, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, make a trip to Sarasota National Cemetery, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sarasota trip planning website

Tampa to Sarasota is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sarasota can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Venice
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The Ringling
The Ringling
St. Armands Circle Association ©
St. Armands Circle Association

6
days
Naples

Naples
Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Naples side-trips: Barefoot Beach Preserve (in Bonita Springs) and Miromar Outlets (in Estero). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Naples Pier, admire the majestic nature at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue South.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Naples trip planner

Getting from Sarasota to Naples by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Naples sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marco Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Barefoot Beach Preserve, Miromar Outlets
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Naples Botanical Garden
Naples Botanical Garden
Naples Pier ©
Naples Pier
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

4
days
Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Venture out of the city with trips to Everglades City (Speed Boats Tours & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through South Marco Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tigertail Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Marco Island trip itinerary website

Marco Island is very close to Naples. In December in Marco Island, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Everglades City
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
days
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island
Change things up with these side-trips from Sanibel Island: Fort Myers (Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve & Edison and Ford Winter Estates) and Fort Myers Beach (Fort Myers Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more).

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island tour planner

Drive from Marco Island to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. In December in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers
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Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Fort Myers Beach ©
Fort Myers Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching