12 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

12 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cape Coral
— 1 night
Drive
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Naples
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort Myers
— 3 nights
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Cape Coral — 1 night

Cape Coral is a city located in Lee County, Florida, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico. On the 13th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Islands, examine the collection at Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Coral day trip site.

Chicago to Cape Coral is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In May, Cape Coral is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 90°F and lows of 69°F. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Naples.
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Naples — 4 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Shark Valley Visitor Center (in Everglades National Park) and Fort Lauderdale (Bonnet House Museum and Gardens & Fort Lauderdale Beach).

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Coral to Naples in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to Marco Island.
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Marco Island — 3 nights

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. Marco Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the waterfront activity at Isles of Capri Marina, pedal to the sights with Island Bike Shop & Bicycle Rentals, and kick back and relax at South Marco Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Marco Island trip maker site.

Marco Island is very close to Naples. In May, daytime highs in Marco Island are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. You'll set off for Fort Myers on the 21st (Sat).
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Fort Myers — 3 nights

Explore Fort Myers' surroundings by going to Siesta Beach (in Siesta Key), Horseback Riding Tours (in Bradenton) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Sarasota).

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Fort Myers tour planner.

You can drive from Marco Island to Fort Myers in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in May, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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