8 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

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8 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

Start: Grand Rapids
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Sarasota
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Naples
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Grand Rapids

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 30th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nokomis Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ted Sperling Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Crescent Beach, sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Sarasota itinerary maker .

Grand Rapids to Sarasota is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Grand Rapids in March, things will get warmer in Sarasota: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Sarasota

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Siesta Key, Venice Beach, Nokomis Beach, Historic Spanish Point
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach ©
Venice Beach
Crescent Beach ©
Crescent Beach
Nokomis Beach ©
Nokomis Beach

1
night
Naples

Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. To find out how to plan a trip to Naples, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sarasota to Naples in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Naples, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Naples

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Conservancy of Southwest Florida ©
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
The Naples Winery ©
The Naples Winery

2
nights
Marco Island

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. On the 3rd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Keewaydin Island and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at South Marco Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capri Paddlecraft Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Marco Island holiday planner .

Marco Island is just a stone's throw from Naples. In April in Marco Island, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Keewaydin Island ©
Keewaydin Island
South Marco Beach ©
South Marco Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

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 5th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, then identify plant and animal life at Pond Apple Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sanibel Island trip planner.

Drive from Marco Island to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. In April in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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