29 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

29 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast sightseeing planner

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Bradenton
— 4 nights
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Punta Gorda
— 6 nights
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Marco Island
— 6 nights
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Naples
— 7 nights
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Sanibel Island
— 5 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sarasota (Sarasota National Cemetery, Myakka River State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Ringling, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Siesta Key Rum, contemplate the long history of Ca d'Zan, and relax and rejuvenate at Thrive Yoga and Fitness.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bradenton trip itinerary app.

Tampa to Bradenton is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Bradenton are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Punta Gorda.

Things to do in Bradenton

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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Punta Gorda

— 6 nights
Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Gorda: Englewood (Blind Pass Beach, Manasota Key Beach, &more), Boca Grande (Cayo Costa State Park, Boca Grande Beach, &more) and Venice (Venice Beach, Ideal Classic Cars Museum & Showroom, &more). There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, get to know the resident critters at Peace River Wildlife Center, walk around Ponce de Leon Park, and sample the fine beverages at Alligator Bay Distillers.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Punta Gorda day trip planning app.

You can drive from Bradenton to Punta Gorda in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In February in Punta Gorda, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Marco Island

— 6 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. Get out of town with these interesting Marco Island side-trips: Ochopee (H.P. Williams Roadside Park & Nature & Wildlife Tours). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Tigertail Beach, stroll through Keewaydin Island, and stroll around Canine Cove.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marco Island trip maker.

You can drive from Punta Gorda to Marco Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Marco Island are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Naples

— 7 nights
Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Bonita Springs (Tangerine Coastal Market & Barefoot Beach Preserve), Fort Myers (Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, &more) and Fort Myers Beach (Lovers Key State Park & Fort Myers Beach).

Discover how to plan a Naples trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Naples is just a stone's throw from Marco Island. In February, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Sanibel Island

— 5 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Sanibel Island is known for wildlife, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, examine the collection at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, soothe aching muscles at Ambu Yoga, and kick back and relax at Captiva Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sanibel Island visit planning site.

Getting from Naples to Sanibel Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Sanibel Island can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Fishing Charters & Tours