8 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Florida Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Florida journey planner

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Marco Island
— 1 day
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Naples
— 3 nights
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Sanibel Island
— 1 night
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Sarasota
— 3 nights
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Marco Island

— 1 day
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 13th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Marco Island Historical Museum, stroll through South Marco Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tigertail Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally stroll around Frank E. Mackle Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Marco Island trip planner.

Fort Myers to Marco Island is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Marco Island can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Naples

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Estero (Miromar Outlets between Naples & Fort Myers, Koreshan State Park, &more), Bonita Springs (Barefoot Beach Preserve, Bonita Springs Public Beach, &more) and Lovers Key State Park (in Fort Myers Beach).

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Naples trip planning site.

Naples is just a stone's throw from Marco Island. In January, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Sanibel Island

— 1 night
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): walk around Gulfside Beach and then don't miss a visit to Periwinkle Way.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sanibel Island route maker app.

Traveling by car from Naples to Sanibel Island takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in January, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sarasota.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sarasota

— 3 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Explore Sarasota's surroundings by going to Sunshine Skyway Bridge (in Tampa), Clearwater (Pier 60, Murielle Winery, &more) and St. Petersburg (James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art & The Dali Museum). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Ringling, identify plant and animal life at Myakka River State Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Saint Pete Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sarasota holiday builder site.

Getting from Sanibel Island to Sarasota by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Sarasota can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Sarasota

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trips