8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Roanoke
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Captiva Island
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Naples
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Sarasota
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Roanoke

1
night
Captiva Island

Captiva Island ©
To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Captiva Island day trip planner.

Roanoke to Captiva Island is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Roanoke in March; daily highs in Captiva Island reach 80°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Captiva Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach

1
night
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 12th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, identify plant and animal life at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), and then kick back and relax at Blind Pass Beach Park. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Sanibel Historical Museum and Village and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sanibel Island travel planner.

Sanibel Island is very close to Captiva Island. March in Sanibel Island sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Blind Pass Beach Park ©
Blind Pass Beach Park
Sanibel Historical Museum and Village ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Marco Island Historical Museum, then kick back and relax at South Marco Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Marco Island travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sanibel Island to Marco Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Marco Island, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
South Marco Beach ©
South Marco Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Marco Island Historical Museum ©
Marco Island Historical Museum

1
night
Naples

Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll through Bonita Springs Public Beach and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in a show at Artis-Naples and then kick back and relax at Clam Pass Park.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Naples road trip app .

Naples is just a short distance from Marco Island. In March, daytime highs in Naples are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in Naples

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bonita Springs
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Bonita Springs Public Beach ©
Bonita Springs Public Beach
Artis-Naples ©
Artis-Naples

2
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. On the 17th (Sat), kick back and relax at Venice Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manasota Key Beach. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at The Ringling and then identify plant and animal life at Robinson Nature Preserve.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sarasota online vacation planner .

You can drive from Naples to Sarasota in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Englewood, Venice Beach, Robinson Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Manasota Key Beach ©
Manasota Key Beach
Robinson Nature Preserve ©
Robinson Nature Preserve
Venice Beach ©
Venice Beach

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