8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Marco Island
— 1 day
Everglades City
— 1 night
Fort Myers Beach
— 3 nights
— 3 nights


Marco Island — 1 day

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 12th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Keewaydin Island and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Marco Island trip itinerary planner.

Huntsville to Marco Island is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Huntsville in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Marco Island: highs are around 80°F and lows about 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Everglades City.
Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches

Everglades City — 1 night

Everglades City is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, of which it is the former county seat. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): trek along Kirby Storter Roadside Park, then stroll around H.P. Williams Roadside Park, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Everglades City trip planner.

Getting from Marco Island to Everglades City by car takes about an hour. In March, daytime highs in Everglades City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fort Myers Beach.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trip

Fort Myers Beach — 3 nights

Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Myers Beach side-trips: Naples (Naples Pier, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more) and Edison and Ford Winter Estates (in Fort Myers). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Fort Myers Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Harbour View Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get a taste of the local shopping with Alliance for the Arts.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fort Myers Beach route planner.

You can drive from Everglades City to Fort Myers Beach in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in March, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sarasota.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips

Sarasota — 3 nights

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Sarasota is known for adventure, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Ringling, shop like a local with St. Armands Circle, admire the natural beauty at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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You can drive from Fort Myers Beach to Sarasota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Sarasota sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip

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