7 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

7 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Marco Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Naples
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sarasota
— 2 nights
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Sanibel Island

— 1 night
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 10th (Sat), stroll through J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, then view the masterpieces at Tower Gallery, and then stroll through Pond Apple Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Captiva Beach, kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach, then view the masterpieces at Hirdie Girdie Gallery, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Before you visit Sanibel Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

New York City to Sanibel Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Sanibel Island sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Marco Island

— 1 night
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 12th (Mon), stroll through Tigertail Beach, walk around Frank E. Mackle Park, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marco Island trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sanibel Island to Marco Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Naples

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Fort Myers Beach and then see some colorful creatures with Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Lovers Key State Park, wander the streets of Fifth Avenue South, and then take a leisurely stroll along Naples Pier.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples journey website.

Naples is very close to Marco Island. In July, daytime highs in Naples are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in Naples

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Sarasota

— 2 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, take an in-depth tour of The Ringling, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Sarasota National Cemetery, then stop by Just/Because, and then browse the different shops at St. Armands Circle.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sarasota trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Naples to Sarasota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Fishing Charters & Tours