11 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

11 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

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11 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
1
Sarasota
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Marco Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fort Myers Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. On the 13th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Siesta Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sarasota National Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Ca d'Zan Mansion, and finally explore the world behind art at The Ringling.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sarasota holiday maker app .

New York City to Sarasota is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, Sarasota is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 86°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Siesta Beach, De Soto National Memorial
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Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens ©
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

3
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. Escape the urban bustle at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Parasailing & Paragliding. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Revs Institute and Fifth Avenue South. Change things up with a short trip to Naples Pier in Naples (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, make a trip to Marco Island Center for the Arts, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Marco Island travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Sarasota to Marco Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Marco Island can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fort Myers Beach.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Naples
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach ©
Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Fort Myers Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Myers Beach: Barefoot Beach Preserve (in Bonita Springs) and Edison & Ford Winter Estates (in Fort Myers). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Sun Harvest Citrus, look for all kinds of wild species at Lovers Key State Park, and get outside with Snook Hut Bait & Tackle.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Myers Beach itinerary maker app .

Getting from Marco Island to Fort Myers Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In October in Fort Myers Beach, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Fort Myers Beach

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Myers, Snook Hut Bait & Tackle, Barefoot Beach Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Edison & Ford Winter Estates ©
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Fort Myers Beach ©
Fort Myers Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 22nd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, visit a coastal fixture at Sanibel Island Lighthouse, and then browse the collection at Sanibel Public Library. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Blind Pass Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bowman's Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Sanibel Island online holiday planner .

Sanibel Island is just a stone's throw from Fort Myers Beach. In October in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach
Sanibel Island Lighthouse ©
Sanibel Island Lighthouse