11 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

11 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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11 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Boston
+2
foot + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Marco Island
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h
3
Fort Myers
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sarasota
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + foot:  5​h 30​min
End: Boston

2
nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 10th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Tower Gallery and then don't miss a visit to St. Isabel Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, then browse the collection at Sanibel Public Library, and then identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

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Boston to Sanibel Island is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. In March, Sanibel Island is much hotter than Boston - with highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Sanibel Island Lighthouse ©
Sanibel Island Lighthouse

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): race across the water with a speed boat tour, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Winterberry Park. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Marco Island Historical Museum, make a trip to Marco Island Center for the Arts, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Marco Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Marco Island takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Fort Myers.

Things to do in Marco Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Speed Boats Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Speed Boats Tours
Marco Island Historical Museum ©
Marco Island Historical Museum

3
nights
Fort Myers

Fort Myers ©
Fort Myers is the county seat and commercial center of Lee County, Florida, United States. Get some historical perspective at Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Revs Institute and Lorne's Art Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (in Naples) and Fort Myers Beach (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Lovers Key State Park). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and tour the pleasant surroundings at Veterans Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Fort Myers road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Marco Island to Fort Myers in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in March, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in Fort Myers

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Naples, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral
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Edison & Ford Winter Estates ©
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Revs Institute ©
Revs Institute
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Sarasota National Cemetery. The Ringling and Ca d'Zan Mansion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Myakka River State Park, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Ted Sperling Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Siesta Key Rum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sarasota online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Fort Myers to Sarasota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Sarasota are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Sarasota National Cemetery ©
Sarasota National Cemetery
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens ©
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens