12 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

12 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast trip itinerary builder

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Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
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Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sarasota
— 3 nights
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Sanibel Island

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Sanibel Island is known for wildlife, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Isabel Catholic Church, see the interesting displays at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, and kick back and relax at Captiva Beach.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sanibel Island trip maker website.

New York City to Sanibel Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Sanibel Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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 15th (Tue), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then look for gifts at Keep In Touch, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Keewaydin Island, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Capri Paddlecraft Park. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Marco Island Historical Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tigertail Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Marco Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Marco Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Marco Island can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Naples

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Fort Myers (Fishing Charters & Tours & Edison and Ford Winter Estates) and Fort Myers Beach (Fort Myers Beach & Lovers Key State Park).

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Naples trip maker site.

Naples is very close to Marco Island. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Sarasota

— 3 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Sarasota is known for adventure, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, identify plant and animal life at Myakka River State Park, look for gifts at Just/Because, and don't miss a visit to Sarasota National Cemetery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sarasota trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Naples to Sarasota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Sarasota, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Fishing Charters & Tours