8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

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

1
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. On the 26th (Sun), walk around Frank E. Mackle Park and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): kick back and relax at Keewaydin Island, kick back and relax at South Marco Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tigertail Beach.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Marco Island trip itinerary builder.

Miami to Marco Island is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Marco Island sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tigertail Beach ©
Tigertail Beach
Keewaydin Island ©
Keewaydin Island

3
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Naples Pier and Lowdermilk Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Fort Myers Beach (Wind and Water Sports, Fort Myers Beach, &more).

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Naples tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Marco Island to Naples by car takes about an hour. July in Naples sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sarasota.

Things to do in Naples

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Fort Myers Beach
Highlights from your plan
Naples Pier ©
Naples Pier
Fort Myers Beach ©
Fort Myers Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, then admire the masterpieces at The Ringling, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Cat Depot.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sarasota online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Naples to Sarasota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Sarasota can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium ©
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
The Ringling ©
The Ringling
The Cat Depot ©
The Cat Depot

2
nights
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island ©
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
On the 1st (Sat), identify plant and animal life at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, view the masterpieces at Tower Gallery, and then head outdoors with Whitney's Bait and Tackle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with 2 Islands Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Captiva Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bowman's Beach, and finally let little ones run wild at Sanibel Community Playground.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island road trip website.

Traveling by car from Sarasota to Sanibel Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Sanibel Island sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Captiva Island
Highlights from your plan
J.N. ©
Bowman's Beach ©
Bowman's Beach
Captiva Beach ©
Captiva Beach