9 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

9 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Marco Island
— 1 day
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Naples
— 3 nights
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Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
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Sarasota
— 3 nights
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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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Capri Paddlecraft Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tigertail Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marco Island vacation maker site.

Miami to Marco Island is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in March, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Naples

— 3 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Speed Boats Tours (in Everglades City), Fort Myers Beach (in Fort Myers Beach) and Fort Myers (Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve & Edison and Ford Winter Estates).

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Naples trip planner.

Naples is very close to Marco Island. March in Naples sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sanibel Island

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach, and then walk around Pond Apple Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Veterans Memorial Park, then enjoy the sea views from Sanibel Island Lighthouse, and finally take a memorable drive along Sanibel Causeway.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sanibel Island holiday maker site.

Drive from Naples to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Sarasota

— 3 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Sarasota is known for adventure, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Ringling, make a trip to Sarasota National Cemetery, browse the different shops at St. Armands Circle, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sarasota tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Sanibel Island to Sarasota in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Sarasota are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Fishing Charters & Tours