25 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Fly to Miami, Bus to Naples
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Naples
— 5 nights
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Marco Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sanibel Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Punta Gorda
— 5 nights
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Bradenton
— 5 nights
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Naples — 5 nights

Edison and Ford Winter Estates and Thomas Edison Congregational Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've included these beaches for you: Fort Myers Beach and Lowdermilk Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Naples side-trips: Edison Park (in Fort Myers), Fort Myers Beach (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Times Square, &more) and Bonita Springs (Bonita Springs Public Beach & Barefoot Beach Preserve).

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Milan, Italy to Naples is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Milan to Naples, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Milan in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Naples, with highs around 34°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.
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Marco Island — 5 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 Historical Museum and Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Keewaydin Island. Explore Marco Island's surroundings by going to Ochopee (Kirby Storter Roadside Park, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more) and Museum of the Everglades (in Everglades City). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tigertail Beach, stop by Keep In Touch, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and head off the coast to Cape Romano.

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Marco Island is very close to Naples. In April, daily temperatures in Marco Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) 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.
Step out of the city life by going to J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Blind Pass Beach Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sanibel Island Lighthouse and Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach, see the interesting displays at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea, and view the masterpieces at 2 Islands Gallery.

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You can drive from Marco Island to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Punta Gorda.
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Punta Gorda — 5 nights

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Muscle Car City Museum and Ideal Classic Cars Museum & Showroom are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Stump Pass Beach State Park and Caspersen Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Englewood (Manasota Key Beach, Englewood Beach, &more), Boca Grande (Cayo Costa State Park & Boca Grande Beach) and Venice (Centennial Park, Venice Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Punta Gorda Nature Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gasparilla Marina.

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You can drive from Sanibel Island to Punta Gorda in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Punta Gorda are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Bradenton.
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Bradenton — 5 nights

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Bradenton boasts a handful of historical buildings, but its real claim to fame is as the home of Tropicana Products and its quirky culture.
Get some historical perspective at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Manatee Village Historical Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Ringling and Sarasota National Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Bradenton side-trips: Sarasota (St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ca d'Zan, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Robinson Nature Preserve, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Siesta Key Rum.

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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 April, daily temperatures in Bradenton can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
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