11 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

11 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Everglades City
— 1 night
2
Marco Island
— 1 night
3
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
4
Fort Myers
— 3 nights
5
Sarasota
— 3 nights

1
night
Everglades City

Everglades City is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, of which it is the former county seat. To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Everglades City road trip website.

Buffalo to Everglades City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Buffalo in October, things will get much hotter in Everglades City: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Everglades City

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ochopee
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery ©
Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery

1
night
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 31st (Sat), walk around Winterberry Park, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Tigertail Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at South Marco Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marco Island online attractions planner.

Getting from Everglades City to Marco Island by car takes about an hour. October in Marco Island sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tigertail Beach ©
Tigertail Beach
South Marco Beach ©
South Marco Beach

2
nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 1st (Sun), hunt for treasures at Sanibel Island Farmer's Market, look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and then stroll through Bowman's Beach. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Pond Apple Park, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Sanibel Island Lighthouse, thentake a memorable drive along Sanibel Causeway, and finally browse the collection at Sanibel Public Library.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sanibel Island road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Marco Island to Sanibel Island in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Fort Myers.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
J.N. ©
Sanibel Public Library ©
Sanibel Public Library
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach

3
nights
Fort Myers

Fort Myers ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Naples (Fifth Avenue South & Naples Pier), Fort Myers Beach (Lovers Key State Park & Fort Myers Beach) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Punta Gorda).

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Myers driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Fort Myers takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in Fort Myers

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Naples, Fort Myers Beach, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Naples Pier ©
Naples Pier
Edison and Ford Winter Estates ©
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Cortez Cultural Center (in Cortez) and Spas & Wellness (in Venice). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Siesta Beach, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Siesta Key Rum, explore the world behind art at The Ringling, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Plan trip to Sarasota with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Fort Myers to Sarasota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Siesta Key, Cortez Cultural Center, Spas & Wellness
Highlights from your plan
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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