29 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

29 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast trip planner

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Bradenton
— 5 nights
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Punta Gorda
— 5 nights
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Marco Island
— 5 nights
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Naples
— 8 nights
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Sanibel Island
— 5 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bradenton side-trips: Sarasota (St. Armands Circle, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Ringling, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Robinson Nature Preserve, and sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bradenton trip itinerary maker tool.

Tampa to Bradenton is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In February in Bradenton, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Punta Gorda.

Things to do in Bradenton

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

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Punta Gorda

— 5 nights
Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Gorda: Boca Grande (Boca Grande Beach & Gasparilla Island State Park), Venice (Ideal Classic Cars Museum & Showroom, Centennial Park, &more) and Englewood (Spas & Wellness, Stump Pass Beach State Park, &more). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alligator Bay Distillers, examine the collection at Muscle Car City Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Fishermen's Village.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Punta Gorda sightseeing planner.

Drive from Bradenton to Punta Gorda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Punta Gorda can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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. Explore Marco Island's surroundings by going to Ochopee (Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Museum of the Everglades (in Everglades City). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, walk around Frank E. Mackle Park, enjoy the sand and surf at South Marco Beach, and shop like a local with Marco Island Farmers Market.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marco Island visit website.

Drive from Punta Gorda to Marco Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Marco Island are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Naples

— 8 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Fort Myers (Centennial Park, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, &more), Estero (Mound Key Archeological State Park & Koreshan State Park) and Fort Myers Beach (Lovers Key State Park, Times Square, &more).

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Naples itinerary planner.

Naples is just a short distance from Marco Island. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in February, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Sanibel Island

— 5 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
When in Sanibel Island, make a side trip to see Veterans Memorial Park in Cape Coral, approximately Cape Coral away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, enjoy the sea views from Sanibel Island Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sanibel Island trip website.

You can drive from Naples to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Fishing Charters & Tours