8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Sarasota
— 2 nights
2
Naples
— 2 nights
3
Marco Island
— 1 night
4
Sanibel Island
— 2 nights

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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 8th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, admire the masterpieces at The Ringling, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sarasota driving holiday planning app.

New York City to Sarasota is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in Sarasota to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 92°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Sarasota

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

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Naples

Naples ©
On the 11th (Tue), stop by The Curiosity Shop, stroll through Edison and Ford Winter Estates, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Myers Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Naples Pier, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Naples day trip tool.

You can drive from Sarasota to Naples in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Naples sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Speed Boats Tours
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Naples Pier ©
Naples Pier
Speed Boats Tours
Fort Myers Beach ©
Fort Myers Beach

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night
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): go for a stroll along the water at Marco Island Marina, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marco Island online trip maker.

You can drive from Naples to Marco Island in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Marco Island are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Marco Island

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas
Marco Island Marina ©
Marco Island Marina

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Sanibel Island

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach, get lost in a book at Sanibel Public Library, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally view the masterpieces at Lorne's Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and then enjoy the sea views from Sanibel Island Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sanibel Island attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Marco Island to Sanibel Island takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Coral
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
J.N. ©
Sanibel Public Library ©
Sanibel Public Library

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