7 days in Captiva Island, Everglades National Park & Sanibel Island Itinerary

7 days in Captiva Island, Everglades National Park & Sanibel Island Itinerary

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Captiva Island
Taxi to Fort Myers, FL, Bus to Everglades National Park
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Everglades National Park
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Captiva Island

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with 2 Islands Gallery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Captiva Island day trip planning site.

Chicago to Captiva Island is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Captiva Island due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in March; daily highs in Captiva Island reach 81°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Everglades National Park.

Things to do in Captiva Island

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Everglades National Park

— 2 nights

Largest Subtropical Wilderness in the United States

A vast expanse of pristine wetlands, Everglades National Park holds the distinction of being the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S.
Get out of town with these interesting Everglades National Park side-trips: Dolphin Research Center (in Grassy Key), Everglades Alligator Farm (in Homestead) and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier). And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Shark Valley Visitor Center, contemplate the long history of Nike Missile Site HM-69, look for all kinds of wild species at Anhinga Trail, and trek along Pineland Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Everglades National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Captiva Island to Everglades National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Captiva Island in March, Everglades National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Everglades National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sanibel Island

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Myers Beach (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, stop by She Sells Sea Shells, get lost in a book at Sanibel Public Library, and enjoy the sea views from Sanibel Island Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sanibel Island online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Everglades National Park to Sanibel Island in 8.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Everglades National Park in March since evenings lows in Sanibel Island dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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