25 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

25 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Punta Gorda
— 4 nights
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Marco Island
— 5 nights
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Naples
— 6 nights
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Sanibel Island
— 5 nights
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Bradenton
— 4 nights

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Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta Gorda: Englewood (Blind Pass Beach, Englewood Beach, &more), Venice (Ideal Classic Cars Museum & Showroom, Spas & Wellness, &more) and Boca Grande Guide Service (in Boca Grande). And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Ponce de Leon Park, get to know the resident critters at Peace River Wildlife Center, and go for a stroll along the water at Fishermen's Village.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Punta Gorda tour itinerary builder.

Rochester to Punta Gorda is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Rochester in November: high temperatures in Punta Gorda hover around 81°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fishermen's Village ©
Fishermen's Village
Englewood Beach ©
Englewood Beach

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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. Get out of town with these interesting Marco Island side-trips: Museum of the Everglades (in Everglades City) and Ochopee (Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, walk around Frank E. Mackle Park, kick back and relax at Keewaydin Island, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Marco Island online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Punta Gorda to Marco Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in November, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tigertail Beach ©
Tigertail Beach

6
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Naples

Naples ©
Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Fort Myers (John Yarbrough Linear Park, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, &more), Fort Myers Beach (Lovers Key State Park, Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises, &more) and Cullum’s Bonita Trail (in Bonita Springs).

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Naples trip itinerary planner.

Naples is just a stone's throw from Marco Island. In December, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Naples Pier ©
Naples Pier
Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises ©
Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises
Naples Botanical Garden ©
Naples Botanical Garden

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Sanibel Island

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Explore Sanibel Island's surroundings by going to Cape Coral (Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library & Cape Coral). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, visit Redfish Pass, take a memorable drive along Sanibel Causeway, and enjoy the sea views from Sanibel Island Lighthouse.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sanibel Island online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Naples to Sanibel Island takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sanibel Island are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bradenton.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
J.N. ©
Sanibel Island Lighthouse ©
Sanibel Island Lighthouse

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bradenton: Sarasota (Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Ringling, sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, and steep yourself in history at Ca d'Zan.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bradenton trip maker site.

You can drive from Sanibel Island to Bradenton in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Bradenton sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bradenton

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sarasota National Cemetery ©
Sarasota National Cemetery
The Ringling ©
The Ringling