8 days in Sanibel Island, Vanderbilt Beach & Destin Itinerary

8 days in Sanibel Island, Vanderbilt Beach & Destin Itinerary

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8 days in Sanibel Island, Vanderbilt Beach & Destin Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Drive:  14 h 15 min
1
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Vanderbilt Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
3
Sandestin
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Nashville

2
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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Visiting Bowman's Beach and Captiva Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, deepen your understanding at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), examine the collection at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island day trip planner .

Nashville to Sanibel Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Sanibel Island. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nashville in August since evenings lows in Sanibel Island dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Vanderbilt Beach.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

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Captiva Island
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Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach
Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach

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night
Vanderbilt Beach

Vanderbilt Beach
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center and then kick back and relax at Vanderbilt Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vanderbilt Beach vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Sanibel Island to Vanderbilt Beach in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sandestin.

Things to do in Vanderbilt Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Sandestin

Sandestin ©
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a 2400acre destination resort in Miramar Beach, Florida, United States, on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. On the 23rd (Fri), stop by Waterfront Gifts and Art, enjoy the sand and surf at Navarre Beach, and then walk around Destin Dog Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Santa Rosa Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Henderson Beach State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sandestin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vanderbilt Beach to Sandestin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Sandestin are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Destin, Waterfront Gifts and Art, Navarre Beach, Santa Rosa Beach
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Navarre Beach ©
Navarre Beach
Henderson Beach State Park ©
Henderson Beach State Park
Waterfront Gifts and Art ©
Waterfront Gifts and Art

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