17 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

17 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast trip planner

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Fly
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Sanibel Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Punta Gorda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bradenton
— 4 nights
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Sanibel Island

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Sanibel Island is known for wildlife, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, enjoy the sea views from Sanibel Island Lighthouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea, and stroll around Pond Apple Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island tour itinerary planner.

Chattanooga to Sanibel Island is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Traveling from Chattanooga in January, expect Sanibel Island to be much hotter, temps between 75°F and 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Naples

Get out of town with these interesting Naples side-trips: Fort Myers (Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, &more) and Fort Myers Beach (in Fort Myers Beach).

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples trip maker tool.

You can drive from Sanibel Island to Naples in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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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. Marco Island is known for adventure, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Marco Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Goodland Boating Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Keewaydin Island.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Marco Island trip maker.

Marco Island is very close to Naples. Traveling from Naples in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Marco Island, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Punta Gorda.

Things to do in Marco Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Gorda: Venice (Venice Area Audubon Society, Spas & Wellness, &more) and Stump Pass Beach State Park (in Englewood). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, browse the different shops at Fishermen's Village, stop by Sandman Books, and savor the flavors at SW Florida Walking Tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Punta Gorda online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Marco Island to Punta Gorda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Punta Gorda are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Bradenton.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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SW Florida Walking Tours ©
Ghost / Vampire Tour
SW Florida Walking Tours
4.9

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Bradenton

Friendly City

Bradenton boasts a handful of historical buildings, but its real claim to fame is as the home of Tropicana Products and its quirky culture.
Explore Bradenton's surroundings by going to Sarasota (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Myakka River State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Ringling, contemplate the long history of The Powel Crosley Estate, sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, and stop by Sarasota Architectural Salvage - Downtown.

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Traveling by car from Punta Gorda to Bradenton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Bradenton sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bradenton

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
The Ringling ©
Must see
The Ringling
4.7
Myakka River State Park ©
Wildlife Area
Myakka River State Park
4.5