19 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

19 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sarasota
— 5 nights
2
Sanibel Island
— 5 nights
3
Fort Myers Beach
— 3 nights
4
Marco Island
— 4 nights

5
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Visiting Stump Pass Beach State Park and Englewood Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manasota Key Beach and Venice Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Bradenton (De Soto National Memorial & Robinson Nature Preserve). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Sarasota National Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Bishop Museum Of Science And Nature, experience rural life at Mixon Fruit Farms, and admire the masterpieces at Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sarasota trip itinerary planning website.

Manchester, UK to Sarasota is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Sarasota. In May, Sarasota is much hotter than Manchester - with highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bradenton, Englewood, Venice Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sarasota National Cemetery ©
Sarasota National Cemetery
Stump Pass Beach State Park ©
Stump Pass Beach State Park
Manasota Key Beach ©
Manasota Key Beach

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nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Take a break from the city and head to Captiva Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blind Pass Beach Park and Sanibel Island Farmer's Market. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, stroll through Bowman's Beach, kick back and relax at Gulfside Beach, and get lost in a book at Sanibel Public Library.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island vacation planner.

Getting from Sarasota to Sanibel Island by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Fort Myers Beach.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Captiva Beach
Highlights from your plan
Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach
Blind Pass Beach Park ©
Blind Pass Beach Park
Sanibel Historical Museum and Village ©
Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

3
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Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach ©
Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bonita Springs Public Beach and Fort Myers Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Boca Grande Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Myers Beach: Bell Tower Shops (in Fort Myers) and Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum (in Boca Grande). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Koreshan State Park, view the masterpieces at Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery, and stop by Sun Harvest Citrus.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Myers Beach trip itinerary site.

Drive from Sanibel Island to Fort Myers Beach in an hour. May in Fort Myers Beach sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Fort Myers Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Fort Myers, Boca Grande, Koreshan State Park, Bonita Springs Public Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bonita Springs Public Beach ©
Bonita Springs Public Beach
Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum ©
Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum
Koreshan State Park ©
Koreshan State Park

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nights
Marco Island

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. Get outdoors at South Marco Beach and Cape Romano. Do your shopping at Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South. Get out of town with these interesting Marco Island side-trips: Naples (Clam Pass Park, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, &more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Keewaydin Island, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take an in-depth tour of Marco Island Historical Museum.

To see photos and tourist information, read Marco Island travel route planner.

You can drive from Fort Myers Beach to Marco Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Marco Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Naples
Highlights from your plan
Clam Pass Park ©
Clam Pass Park
Keewaydin Island ©
Keewaydin Island
South Marco Beach ©
South Marco Beach