18 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast trip itinerary planner
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Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Sanibel Island
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Punta Gorda
— 3 nights
Drive
5
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. Marco Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get engrossed in the history at Marco Island Historical Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Keewaydin Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at South Marco Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Marco Island trip planner.

Paris, France to Marco Island is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Marco Island is minus 6 hours. In July, Marco Island is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Naples.
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Naples — 4 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Edison and Ford Winter Estates (in Fort Myers), Cullum’s Bonita Trail (in Bonita Springs) and Fort Myers Beach (Fort Myers Beach, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more).

Start your trip to Naples by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Naples is very close to Marco Island. In July, daytime highs in Naples are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sanibel Island.
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Side Trips

Sanibel Island — 4 nights

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Change things up with a short trip to Spas in Cape Coral (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, see the interesting displays at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, and kick back and relax at Captiva Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sanibel Island online vacation maker.

Getting from Naples to Sanibel Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Punta Gorda.
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Punta Gorda — 3 nights

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Punta Gorda side-trips: Englewood (Stump Pass Beach State Park, Englewood Beach, &more) and Venice (Brohard Paw Park & Caspersen Beach). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, play a few rounds at Riverwood Golf and Country Club, and examine the collection at Blanchard House Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Punta Gorda day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Punta Gorda takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bradenton.
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bradenton: Sarasota (Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Ringling, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Siesta Key Rum, contemplate the long history of The Powel Crosley Estate, and look for gifts at The Market Boutique and Events.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bradenton holiday planning site.

You can drive from Punta Gorda to Bradenton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Bradenton are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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