22 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

22 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Marco Island
— 3 nights
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Sanibel Island
— 4 nights
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Punta Gorda
— 4 nights
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Bradenton
— 4 nights
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Naples
— 6 nights
Drive to Miami International Airport, Fly to Tapachula International Airport

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Marco Island

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. Go for a jaunt from Marco Island to Ochopee to see Nature & Wildlife Tours about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, contemplate the waterfront views at Capri Paddlecraft Park, stop by Keep In Touch, and shop like a local with Marco Island Farmers Market.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marco Island trip builder tool.

Tapachula, Mexico to Marco Island is an approximately 46-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tapachula in December; daily highs in Marco Island reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

4
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Sanibel Island

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Sanibel Island is known for wildlife, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: 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, explore the galleries of Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, and cruise along Sanibel Causeway.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sanibel Island trip planner.

Traveling by journey from Marco Island to Sanibel Island takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Punta Gorda.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Punta Gorda: Venice (Venice Fishing Pier, Brohard Paw Park, &more) and Englewood (Stump Pass Beach State Park & Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Sea Grape Gallery, see the interesting displays at Punta Gorda History Park, and have fun at Bayshore Live Oak Park.

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You can drive from Sanibel Island to Punta Gorda in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Bradenton.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Bradenton

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 (Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota National Cemetery, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Ringling, contemplate the long history of The Powel Crosley Estate, meet the residents at The Cat Depot, and sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Bradenton day trip planning tool.

Getting from Punta Gorda to Bradenton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Bradenton sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Bradenton

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

6
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Naples

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Fort Myers Beach (Lovers Key State Park, Bowditch Point Park, &more) and Fort Myers (Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fishing Charters & Tours, &more).

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bradenton to Naples takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Naples sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Fishing Charters & Tours