11 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

11 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Florida trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Siesta Key
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort Myers Beach
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Everglades City
— 1 night
Drive

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Siesta Key

— 2 nights
Siesta Key draws most of its visitors with soft, white-quartz sand beaches and translucent ocean water.
Siesta Key is known for beaches, adventure, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Siesta Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, observe the fascinating underwater world at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Siesta Key vacation planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Siesta Key is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Siesta Key are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Siesta Key

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sanibel Island

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stroll through J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Whitney's Bait and Tackle, visit a coastal fixture at Sanibel Island Lighthouse, and then stop by Three Crafty Ladies.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sanibel Island tour site.

You can drive from Siesta Key to Sanibel Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Sanibel Island can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fort Myers Beach.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Outdoors · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Fort Myers Beach

— 3 nights
Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Myers Beach: Edison and Ford Winter Estates (in Fort Myers) and Naples (Lowdermilk Beach, Naples Pier, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Myers Beach, view the masterpieces at Harbour View Gallery, admire the majestic nature at Lovers Key State Park, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Myers Beach travel planning tool.

Fort Myers Beach is very close to Sanibel Island. In September, daytime highs in Fort Myers Beach are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marco Island.

Things to do in Fort Myers Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Marco Island

— 2 nights
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. On the 28th (Tue), kick back and relax at Tigertail Beach and then kick back and relax at South Marco Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Keep In Touch and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marco Island attractions planner.

Drive from Fort Myers Beach to Marco Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Marco Island sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Everglades City.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Everglades City

— 1 night
Everglades City is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, of which it is the former county seat. On the 30th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery, then stroll through Kirby Storter Roadside Park, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Everglades City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marco Island to Everglades City takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in September, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Everglades City

Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails · Museums

Side Trip