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: Atlanta
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
1
Sarasota
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fort Myers Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

1
night
Sarasota

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. On the 1st (Sat), sample the fine beverages at Drum Circle Distilling, take an in-depth tour of The Ringling, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Venice Beach, then kick back and relax at Caspersen Beach, and then cruise along Myakka River State Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sarasota trip itinerary planning app .

Atlanta to Sarasota is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Sarasota can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Venice
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Myakka River State Park ©
Myakka River State Park
Caspersen Beach ©
Caspersen Beach

2
nights
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 (Mon), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then don't miss a visit to Fifth Avenue South, and then make a trip to Waterside Shops. On your second day here, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, identify plant and animal life at Otter Mound Preserve, then make a trip to Marco Island Center for the Arts, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Marco Island journey planner .

You can drive from Sarasota to Marco Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Fort Myers Beach.

Things to do in Marco Island

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Naples
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach ©
Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Barefoot Beach Preserve and Fort Myers Beach. Head to Miromar Outlets and Santini Marina Shopping Plazafor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Sun Harvest Citrus, admire the natural beauty at Happehatchee Center, and identify plant and animal life at Lovers Key State Park.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fort Myers Beach online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Marco Island to Fort Myers Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In June in Fort Myers Beach, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Fort Myers Beach

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Myers, Estero, Barefoot Beach Preserve
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Fort Myers Beach ©
Fort Myers Beach
Barefoot Beach Preserve ©
Barefoot Beach Preserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 8th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and then kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island journey builder app .

Sanibel Island is just a stone's throw from Fort Myers Beach. In June, daytime highs in Sanibel Island are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach

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