6 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

6 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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

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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bowman's Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sanibel Island driving holiday planner.

Lafayette to Sanibel Island is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lafayette to Sanibel Island. In August, daily temperatures in Sanibel Island can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea
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J.N. ©
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach
Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea ©
Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea

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Naples

Naples ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Naples Botanical Garden, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll through Lowdermilk Beach. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Naples Pier, then get to know the resident critters at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Myers Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Naples trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Naples takes 1.5 hours. In August in Naples, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sarasota.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Fort Myers Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Naples Pier ©
Naples Pier
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fort Myers Beach ©
Fort Myers Beach

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Sarasota

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Save Our Seabirds, meet the residents at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, then get to know the resident critters at The Cat Depot, and finally kick back and relax at South Lido Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at The Ringling, then 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.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarasota vacation planner.

You can drive from Naples to Sarasota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium ©
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
The Ringling ©
The Ringling

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