14 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

14 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast planner

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

— 4 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Change things up with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Bradenton (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, meet the residents at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at The Ringling.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sarasota tour app.

Manchester, UK to Sarasota is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Sarasota, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Manchester in November; daily highs in Sarasota reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sanibel Island

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 6th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bowman's Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Three Crafty Ladies, then visit a coastal fixture at Sanibel Island Lighthouse, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Sarasota to Sanibel Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Naples

— 4 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Edison and Ford Winter Estates (in Fort Myers) and Fort Myers Beach (Fort Myers Beach & Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises).

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples trip planner.

Getting from Sanibel Island to Naples by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November in Naples, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Marco Island

— 3 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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): pedal to the sights with Sunshine Bike Tours and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tigertail Beach and then view the masterpieces at Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marco Island driving holiday app.

Marco Island is just a short distance from Naples. In November, daytime highs in Marco Island are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Fishing Charters & Tours