9 days in Tampa, Sarasota & Fort Myers Itinerary

9 days in Tampa, Sarasota & Fort Myers Itinerary

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Tampa
— 3 nights
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Sarasota
— 2 nights
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Fort Myers
— 3 nights
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Tampa

— 3 nights

Big Guava

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampa: Orlando (Universal Orlando Resort & Universal's Islands of Adventure). It doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tampa day trip website.

Houston to Tampa is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in December, things will get a bit warmer in Tampa: highs are around 78°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Sarasota.

Things to do in Tampa

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sarasota

— 2 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sarasota National Cemetery, then look for gifts at A Good Yarn, then admire the majestic nature at Ted Sperling Park, and finally get outside with Inshore Addict Charters. Keep things going the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, contemplate the long history of Ca d'Zan, and then admire the masterpieces at The Ringling.

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Traveling by car from Tampa to Sarasota takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sarasota are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fort Myers.

Things to do in Sarasota

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Fort Myers

— 3 nights
When in Fort Myers, make a side trip to see Sanibel Public Library in Sanibel Island, approximately Sanibel Island away.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Myers day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Sarasota to Fort Myers takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fort Myers can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Myers

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips