26 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

26 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Captiva Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sanibel Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Punta Gorda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bradenton
— 4 nights
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Captiva Island

— 2 nights
Captiva Island is known for adventure, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, view the masterpieces at 2 Islands Gallery, make a trip to Captiva Island Historical Society's History Gallery, and explore the striking landscape at Redfish Pass.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Captiva Island trip itinerary builder app.

Dallas to Captiva Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Dallas to Captiva Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in July, expect nights in Captiva Island to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 91°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Captiva Island

Outdoors · Parks · Transportation · Adventure

Sanibel Island

— 5 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Sanibel Island is known for parks, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, take a memorable drive along Sanibel Causeway, visit a coastal fixture at Sanibel Island Lighthouse, and head outdoors with Whitney's Bait and Tackle.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sanibel Island day trip tool.

Sanibel Island is just a short distance from Captiva Island. In July in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Naples

— 6 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Little Hickory Beach Park (in Bonita Springs), Fort Myers (Spas & Edison and Ford Winter Estates) and Fort Myers Beach (Fort Myers Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more).

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples trip site.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Naples takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Naples are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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. Marco Island is known for adventure, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get engrossed in the history at Marco Island Historical Museum, kick back and relax at South Marco Beach, and stroll around Frank E. Mackle Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marco Island road trip site.

Marco Island is just a short distance from Naples. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Punta Gorda.

Things to do in Marco Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Punta Gorda

— 4 nights
Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Englewood (Englewood Beach, Stump Pass Beach State Park, &more) and Venice (Caspersen Beach, Brohard Paw Park, &more). There's more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alligator Bay Distillers.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Punta Gorda day trip tool.

Drive from Marco Island to Punta Gorda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Punta Gorda are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Bradenton.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bradenton: Sarasota (Save Our Seabirds, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Ringling, sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bradenton trip planning website.

You can drive from Punta Gorda to Bradenton in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Bradenton sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bradenton

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Fishing Charters & Tours