15 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

15 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast trip itinerary builder

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Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Punta Gorda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bradenton
— 4 nights
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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. Change things up with these side-trips from Marco Island: Ochopee (Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery & Nature & Wildlife Tours). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at South Marco Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tigertail Beach.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Marco Island sightseeing planner.

Hartford to Marco Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, Marco Island is somewhat warmer than Hartford - with highs of 89°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Naples

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Fort Myers Beach (Fort Myers Beach, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more) and Fort Myers (Spas & Edison and Ford Winter Estates).

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Naples trip itinerary planning app.

Naples is just a stone's throw from Marco Island. In September, daytime highs in Naples are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Sanibel Island

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): 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. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Sanibel Island Lighthouse, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then view the masterpieces at Harbour View Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sanibel Island road trip app.

You can drive from Naples to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sanibel Island can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Punta Gorda.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Punta Gorda

— 2 nights
Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): kick back and relax at Stump Pass Beach State Park and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Caspersen Beach and then take a leisurely stroll along Venice Fishing Pier.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Punta Gorda online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sanibel Island to Punta Gorda in 1.5 hours. In September in Punta Gorda, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Bradenton.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bradenton: Sarasota (Save Our Seabirds, St. Armands Circle, &more). It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Ringling.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bradenton road trip website.

You can drive from Punta Gorda to Bradenton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Bradenton

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Fishing Charters & Tours