45 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

45 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast trip planner
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Naples
— 9 nights
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Marco Island
— 9 nights
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Sanibel Island
— 8 nights
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Captiva Island
— 4 nights
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Punta Gorda
— 7 nights
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Bradenton
— 7 nights
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Naples — 9 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Fort Myers Beach (Parasailing & Paragliding, Fort Myers Beach, &more), Fort Myers (Spas, Manatee Park, &more) and Cape Coral (in Cape Coral).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Naples tour itinerary maker.

Fort Lauderdale to Naples is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marco Island.
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Marco Island — 9 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 (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll around Goodland Boating Park, and look for gifts at Keep In Touch.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Marco Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Marco Island is just a stone's throw from Naples. In September, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sanibel Island.
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Sanibel Island — 8 nights

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Step out of Sanibel Island to go to Cape Coral and see Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, stop by Bailey's General Store, don't miss a visit to St. Isabel Catholic Church, and kick back and relax at Blind Pass Beach Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sanibel Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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 September in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Captiva Island.
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Captiva Island — 4 nights

Captiva Island is known for adventure, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the exciting artwork at 2 Islands Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Captiva Pass, and make a trip to Captiva Island Historical Society's History Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Captiva Island trip planner.

Captiva Island is just a stone's throw from Sanibel Island. In September in Captiva Island, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Punta Gorda.
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Punta Gorda — 7 nights

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Punta Gorda side-trips: Englewood (Manasota Key Beach, Silhouettes Day Spa, &more) and Venice (Caspersen Beach, Venice Fishing Pier, &more). The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, play a few rounds at Riverwood Golf and Country Club, get outside with Sea Grape Gallery, and learn about all things military at Military Heritage Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Punta Gorda day trip planning tool.

Getting from Captiva Island to Punta Gorda by car takes about 1.5 hours. October in Punta Gorda sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Bradenton.
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Bradenton — 7 nights

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 (Save Our Seabirds, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more). The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, see the interesting displays at Bishop Museum Of Science And Nature, contemplate the long history of Ca d'Zan, and soothe aching muscles at Thrive Yoga and Fitness.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bradenton trip itinerary planner.

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 October, daytime highs in Bradenton are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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