8 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

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8 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

Start: Miami
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Sarasota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Fort Myers Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Miami

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. Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tigertail Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Marco Island to Everglades City to see Speed Boats Tours about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take a memorable tour with Tours, partake in some friendly competition at Xtreme Escape Game, and look for gifts at Keep In Touch.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marco Island trip planner .

Miami to Marco Island is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In July in Marco Island, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Sarasota.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Siesta Beach, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bean Point, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then examine the collection at The Ringling.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sarasota road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Marco Island to Sarasota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Sarasota, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Fort Myers Beach.

Things to do in Sarasota

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Siesta Beach, Bean Point, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium ©

3
nights
Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. Attractions like Fort Myers Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Myers Beach side-trips: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Naples) and J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge (in Sanibel Island). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, immerse yourself in nature at Lovers Key State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at In The Garden, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Fort Myers Beach visit planner .

Traveling by car from Sarasota to Fort Myers Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Fort Myers Beach

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Sanibel Island, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching