13 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

13 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast sightseeing planner

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Punta Gorda
— 1 night
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Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bradenton
— 4 nights
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Punta Gorda

— 1 night
Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. On the 11th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Muscle Car City Museum and then stroll through Manasota Key Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Stump Pass Beach State Park, and then stroll through Englewood Beach.

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Kansas City to Punta Gorda is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Punta Gorda is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Punta Gorda can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Outdoors · Parks · 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 13th (Mon), take in the waterfront at Goodland Boating Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with Reel Kind Fishing and Tours, then look for gifts at Keep In Touch, and finally stroll through South Marco Beach. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Marco Island Historical Museum, view the masterpieces at Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Punta Gorda to Marco Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Marco Island are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Naples

— 3 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Revs Institute and Fishing Charters & Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Third Street South and Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Naples side-trips: Edison and Ford Winter Estates (in Fort Myers) and Coconut Point (in Estero).

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Naples is just a short distance from Marco Island. In September, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Naples

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sanibel Island

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, cast your line with a fishing tour, then kick back and relax at Blind Pass Beach Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), browse the eclectic array of goods at Sanibel Island Farmer's Market, then stop by Bailey's General Store, and finally stroll through Gulfside Beach.

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Traveling by car from Naples to Sanibel Island takes 1.5 hours. September in Sanibel Island sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bradenton.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Bradenton

— 4 nights

Friendly City

Bradenton boasts a handful of historical buildings, but its real claim to fame is as the home of Tropicana Products and its quirky culture.
Your inner history buff will appreciate De Soto National Memorial and Manatee Village Historical Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bishop Museum Of Science And Nature and AlexArt International Art Gallery. Step out of Bradenton with an excursion to St. Armands Circle in Sarasota--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Robinson Nature Preserve, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the masterpieces at The Ringling, and contemplate the long history of The Powel Crosley Estate.

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You can drive from Sanibel Island to Bradenton in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in September, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bradenton

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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