15 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

15 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast trip planner

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Boca Grande
— 1 night
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Sarasota
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort Myers Beach
— 3 nights
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Sanibel Island
— 4 nights
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Boca Grande

— 1 night
Boca Grande is a small residential community on Gasparilla Island, in southwest Florida. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Cayo Costa State Park, then take an in-depth tour of Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boca Grande Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Boca Grande online trip builder.

Denver to Boca Grande is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Boca Grande is 2 hours. Traveling from Denver in May, expect Boca Grande to be much warmer, temps between 90°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sarasota.

Things to do in Boca Grande

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Sarasota

— 4 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Get in touch with nature at Robinson Nature Preserve and Stump Pass Beach State Park. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Englewood Beach. Explore Sarasota's surroundings by going to Manasota Key Beach (in Englewood), Venice (Ideal Classic Cars Museum & Showroom & Venice Beach) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Bradenton). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Save Our Seabirds, stroll the grounds of Sarasota National Cemetery, sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, and kick back and relax at South Lido Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sarasota trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Boca Grande to Sarasota by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Sarasota, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Goodland Boating Park, then head off the coast to Cape Romano, and then get interesting insight from Native Guided Fishing Charters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through South Marco Beach, then walk around Winterberry Park, then kick back and relax at Keewaydin Island, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Otter Mound Preserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marco Island trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Sarasota to Marco Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Marco Island sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Fort Myers Beach.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Fort Myers Beach

— 3 nights
Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. Relax by the water at Clam Pass Park and Little Hickory Beach Park. Step out of the city life by going to Bonita Springs Public Beach and Everglades Day Safari. Venture out of the city with trips to Tangerine Coastal Market (in Bonita Springs) and Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery (in Cape Coral). There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises and head outdoors with Snook Hut Bait & Tackle.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fort Myers Beach day trip website.

Getting from Marco Island to Fort Myers Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Fort Myers Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Sanibel Island

— 4 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Get some historical perspective at Sanibel Historical Museum and Village and Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Gulfside Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tarpon Bay Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, stroll around Pond Apple Park, and gain insight at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW).

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sanibel Island tour planner.

Sanibel Island is just a stone's throw from Fort Myers Beach. In May, daytime highs in Sanibel Island are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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