8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast holiday planner
Make it your trip
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Bradenton
— 1 night
Drive
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Punta Gorda
— 1 night
Drive
3
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 1 night
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Bradenton — 1 night

Bradenton boasts a handful of historical buildings, but its real claim to fame is as the home of Tropicana Products and its quirky culture.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then buy something for everyone on your list at St. Armands Circle, then meet the residents at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and finally steep yourself in history at The Powel Crosley Estate. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Siesta Key Rum, admire the masterpieces at The Ringling, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bradenton trip planner.

Atlanta to Bradenton is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bradenton can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Punta Gorda.
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Punta Gorda — 1 night

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for gifts at Copperfish Books, then head outdoors with Sea Grape Gallery, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Gorda journey planner.

You can drive from Bradenton to Punta Gorda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sanibel Island.
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Sanibel Island — 2 nights

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stop by Three Crafty Ladies, look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and then stroll through Bowman's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Sanibel Island Lighthouse, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sanibel Island trip planning tool.

You can drive from Punta Gorda to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sanibel Island are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.
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Naples — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Naples Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at Revs Institute, and then take in the waterfront at Naples Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Myers Beach, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then explore the galleries of Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Naples journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Naples takes 1.5 hours. July in Naples sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.
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Marco Island — 1 night

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 4th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tigertail Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Marco Island trip planner.

Marco Island is just a short distance from Naples. July in Marco Island sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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