22 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

22 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast tour planner
Make it your trip
Fly to Miami, Bus to Naples
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Naples
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sanibel Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Punta Gorda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bradenton
— 5 nights
Drive to Tampa International Airport, Fly to Rio de Janeiro

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Naples — 5 nights

Attractions like Naples Pier and Edison and Ford Winter Estates make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Fort Myers (IMAG History & Science Center & Room Escape Games), Little Hickory Beach Park (in Bonita Springs) and Fort Myers Beach (Lovers Key State Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more).

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Naples attractions site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Naples is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, with highs in Naples at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marco Island.
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Marco Island — 4 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. Family-friendly places like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Frank E. Mackle Park will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Marco Island side-trips: Museum of the Everglades (in Everglades City) and Ochopee (Kirby Storter Roadside Park, Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Tigertail Beach, stroll around Winterberry Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Keewaydin Island, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Marco Island day trip website.

Marco Island is just a short distance from Naples. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sanibel Island.
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Sanibel Island — 4 nights

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Attractions like J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Captiva Beach make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, explore the activities along Captiva Pass, and walk around Pond Apple Park.

Plan my Sanibel Island trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Drive from Marco Island to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Punta Gorda.
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Punta Gorda — 3 nights

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Family-friendly places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Stump Pass Beach State Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Gorda: Englewood (Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay, Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park, &more) and Venice (Venice Beach, Caspersen Beach, &more). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Muscle Car City Museum and identify plant and animal life at Ponce de Leon Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Punta Gorda trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Sanibel Island to Punta Gorda in 1.5 hours. July in Punta Gorda sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bradenton.
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Bradenton — 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bradenton: Sarasota (Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Ted Sperling Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Ringling, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, and stop by The Market Boutique and Events.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bradenton day trip planning tool.

Getting from Punta Gorda to Bradenton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bradenton can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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