8 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

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8 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Sarasota
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Naples
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Salt Lake City

2
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at The Artful Giraffe, examine the collection at The Ringling, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Siesta Key Rum, and finally kick back and relax at Siesta Beach. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at St. Armands Circle and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sarasota online vacation planner .

Salt Lake City to Sarasota is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Sarasota. Traveling from Salt Lake City in October, expect nights in Sarasota to be much warmer, around 68°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Sarasota

Outdoors Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Siesta Beach
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Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
Siesta Key Rum ©
Siesta Key Rum

2
nights
Naples

Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour, learn about winemaking at The Naples Winery, and then take a leisurely stroll along Naples Pier. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Edison and Ford Winter Estates, stroll through Fort Myers Beach, and then look for gifts at Waterside Shops.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Naples online road trip planner .

Getting from Sarasota to Naples by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Naples, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Naples

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Fort Myers Beach, Edison and Ford Winter Estates
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Fort Myers Beach ©
Fort Myers Beach
Edison and Ford Winter Estates ©
Edison and Ford Winter Estates

2
nights
Marco Island

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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Keep In Touch, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Marco Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Naples to Marco Island takes an hour. In October in Marco Island, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marco Island

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Speed Boats Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, browse the collection at Sanibel Public Library, and then walk around Pond Apple Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sanibel Island holiday builder tool .

Traveling by car from Marco Island to Sanibel Island takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Sanibel Island can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Wildlife
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Sanibel Public Library ©
Sanibel Public Library