20 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

20 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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20 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Wellington
Fly:  32​h
Sarasota
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
Sanibel Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
Captiva Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Naples
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
Marco Island
— 1 night
Fly:  32​h
Wellington

5
days
Sarasota

Sarasota
Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at MUSCLE CAR CITY LLC and South Florida Museum. Get some historical perspective at De Soto National Memorial and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarasota: Military Heritage Museum (in Punta Gorda) and Venice Beach (in Venice). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Ringling, savor the flavors at Pepper Palace, examine the collection at Sarasota Classic Car Museum, and don't miss a visit to Sarasota National Cemetery.

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Wellington, New Zealand to Sarasota is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Wellington to Sarasota. Traveling from Wellington in January, Sarasota is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Punta Gorda, Bradenton, Venice Beach
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The Ringling
The Ringling
South Florida Museum
South Florida Museum
MUSCLE CAR CITY LLC
MUSCLE CAR CITY LLC

4
days
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sanibel Historical Museum and Village and The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. Popular historic sites such as Edison and Ford Winter Estates and Sanibel Island Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Myers Beach (in Fort Myers Beach) and Sun Harvest Citrus (in Fort Myers).

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Sanibel Island day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sarasota to Sanibel Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Captiva Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach
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1
day
Captiva Island

Captiva Island ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Captiva Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Captiva Island itinerary tool .

Captiva Island is very close to Sanibel Island. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Naples.

Things to do in Captiva Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach
Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea
Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea

5
days
Naples

Naples
Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Artis—Naples and Koreshan State Historic Site. You'll explore and learn at The Revs Institute and Naples Art Association. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Third Street South, get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue South, take in the waterfront at Naples Pier, and examine the collection at Naples Depot Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Naples trip planner .

Traveling by car from Captiva Island to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Naples

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Koreshan State Historic Site
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Artis—Naples
Artis—Naples
The Revs Institute
The Revs Institute
Koreshan State Historic Site ©
Koreshan State Historic Site

2
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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Marco Island Historical Museum, view the masterpieces at Malenda Trick Art Gallery, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stop by Island Trends.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Marco Island day trip planner .

Marco Island is just a stone's throw from Naples. In January, daytime highs in Marco Island are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Marco Island Historical Museum
Marco Island Historical Museum
Malenda Trick Art Gallery ©
Malenda Trick Art Gallery

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