8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast trip builder

Make it your trip
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Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Marco Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Naples
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sarasota
— 2 nights
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Sanibel Island

— 1 night
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 29th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and then stroll through Bowman's Beach. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Sanibel Causeway, enjoy the sea views from Sanibel Island Lighthouse, then view the masterpieces at Tower Gallery, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sanibel Island online road trip planner.

Pittsburgh to Sanibel Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Pittsburgh in May, expect Sanibel Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 90°F and 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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 31st (Mon), kick back and relax at Tigertail Beach, then go for a stroll along the water at Marco Island Marina, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marco Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Marco Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in May, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Naples

— 3 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Fort Myers (Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve & Edison and Ford Winter Estates) and Fort Myers Beach (Fort Myers Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more).

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Naples day trip planning app.

Naples is just a stone's throw from Marco Island. In May, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sarasota

— 2 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ca d'Zan, then explore the world behind art at The Ringling, 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 next day: stop by Just/Because, buy something for everyone on your list at St. Armands Circle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and finally admire the majestic nature at Ted Sperling Park.

Before you visit Sarasota, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Naples to Sarasota by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Fishing Charters & Tours