37 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

37 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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37 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  31​h
Port Charlotte
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Sarasota
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
Sanibel Island
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Marco Island
— 7 nights
Drive:  30​min
Naples
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte ©
Port Charlotte is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Don Pedro Island State Park (in Cape Haze), Englewood (Englewood Beach, Manasota Key Beach, & more) and Shell Factory & Nature Park (in North Fort Myers). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Fishermen's Village, stroll through Cape Haze Pioneer Trail Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Peace River Wildlife Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Charlotte road trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Port Charlotte is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Port Charlotte is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Port Charlotte, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Sarasota.

Things to do in Port Charlotte

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Englewood, Punta Gorda, Shell Factory & Nature Park, Don Pedro Island State Park, Cape Haze Pioneer Trail Park
Highlights from your plan
Stump Pass Beach State Park ©
Stump Pass Beach State Park
Fishermen's Village ©
Fishermen's Village
Englewood Beach ©
Englewood Beach

9
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarasota: Bradenton (Manatee Village Historical Park, Robinson Nature Preserve, & more) and Venice (Venetian Waterway Park, Venice Fishing Pier, & more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Ringling, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, explore and take pictures at Ed Smith Stadium, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarasota visit planner .

You can drive from Port Charlotte to Sarasota in an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Sarasota can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Venice, Bradenton
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
Myakka River State Park ©
Myakka River State Park

7
nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Get out of town with these interesting Sanibel Island side-trips: Fort Myers Beach (Parasailing & Paragliding, Fort Myers Beach, & more) and Fort Myers (Manatee Park, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, & more).

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sanibel Island driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Sarasota to Sanibel Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sanibel Public Library ©
Sanibel Public Library
Edison & Ford Winter Estates ©
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

7
nights
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 Big Cypress National Preserve (in Ochopee) and Everglades City (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Speed Boats Tours). Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, kick back and relax at Tigertail Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Keewaydin Island.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Marco Island trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Marco Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Marco Island sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Everglades City, Big Cypress National Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding

5
nights
Naples

Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. Step out of Naples with an excursion to Barefoot Beach Preserve in Bonita Springs--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Naples Pier, identify plant and animal life at Bird Rookery Swamp, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and stroll through Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Naples trip itinerary builder site .

Naples is just a short distance from Marco Island. In March, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Barefoot Beach Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Naples Botanical Garden ©
Naples Botanical Garden
Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary ©

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