5 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

5 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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1
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
2
Naples
— 1 night
3
Sarasota
— 2 nights

1
night
Sanibel Island

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, stroll around Pond Apple Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Gene's Bookstore, look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and then stroll through Bowman's Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sanibel Island road trip planning site.

Thomaston to Sanibel Island is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. In August in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
J.N. ©
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach

1
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Naples

Naples ©
On the 3rd (Mon), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thenget to know the resident critters at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, and then take a leisurely stroll along Naples Pier.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Naples trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Sanibel Island to Naples by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Naples sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in Naples

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Naples Pier ©
Naples Pier
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens ©
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

2
nights
Sarasota

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the world behind art at The Ringling, get to know the fascinating history of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Siesta Beach, stop by Just/Because, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and finally sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarasota trip planner.

Getting from Naples to Sarasota by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Siesta Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach

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