8 days in Tampa, Sarasota & Punta Gorda Itinerary

8 days in Tampa, Sarasota & Punta Gorda Itinerary

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8 days in Tampa, Sarasota & Punta Gorda Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Tampa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Sarasota
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Punta Gorda
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Tampa

Tampa ©
Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Pete Beach and John's Pass Village & Boardwalk. Get out of town with these interesting Tampa side-trips: Treasure Island Beach (in Treasure Island) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in St. Petersburg). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampa driving holiday planner .

Charlotte to Tampa is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Charlotte in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 77°F in Tampa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in Tampa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Saint Pete Beach, John's Pass Village & Boardwalk, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Treasure Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Saint Pete Beach ©
Saint Pete Beach
Sunshine Skyway Bridge ©
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
John's Pass Village & Boardwalk ©
John's Pass Village & Boardwalk

3
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kayaking & Canoeing as well as Seminole Wind AirBoat Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Armands Circle and Bean Point. Explore Sarasota's surroundings by going to Venice (Caspersen Beach & Venice Beach). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Myakka River State Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Silver City Sarasota, and steep yourself in history at Ca d'Zan Mansion.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sarasota trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Tampa to Sarasota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Sarasota are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Punta Gorda.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Venice, Bean Point, Silver City Sarasota, Seminole Wind AirBoat Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bean Point ©
Bean Point
Kayaking & Canoeing
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens ©
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for gifts at The Potters Studio and Gallery and then take in the waterfront activity at Fishermen's Village. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Ponce de Leon Park and then admire the majestic nature at Stump Pass Beach State Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Punta Gorda trip app .

Drive from Sarasota to Punta Gorda in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stump Pass Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fishermen's Village ©
Fishermen's Village
Stump Pass Beach State Park ©
Stump Pass Beach State Park
The Potters Studio and Gallery ©
The Potters Studio and Gallery

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