7 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

7 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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

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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: look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, gain insight at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), and enjoy the sea views from Sanibel Island Lighthouse.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sanibel Island trip planner.

Lafayette to Sanibel Island is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Lafayette to Sanibel Island is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lafayette in October since evenings lows in Sanibel Island dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
J.N. ©
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach

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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. On the 12th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at South Marco Beach, kick back and relax at Tigertail Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Marco Island trip planning app.

Drive from Sanibel Island to Marco Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Marco Island, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tigertail Beach ©
Tigertail Beach
South Marco Beach ©
South Marco Beach

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Naples

Naples ©
On the 13th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Edison and Ford Winter Estates, stroll through Fort Myers Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue South, and then take in the waterfront at Naples Pier.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Naples holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Marco Island to Naples takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Sarasota.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Naples Pier ©
Naples Pier
Speed Boats Tours
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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, then explore the world behind art at The Ringling, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sarasota road trip tool.

You can drive from Naples to Sarasota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium ©
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium