15 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

15 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast trip maker
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Bradenton
— 3 nights
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Punta Gorda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sanibel Island
— 3 nights
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Bradenton — 3 nights

Bradenton boasts a handful of historical buildings, but its real claim to fame is as the home of Tropicana Products and its quirky culture.
Get out of town with these interesting Bradenton side-trips: Sarasota (Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Save Our Seabirds, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Ringling, steep yourself in history at Ca d'Zan, sample the fine beverages at Siesta Key Rum, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bradenton online trip maker.

Des Moines to Bradenton is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Bradenton is 1 hour. Traveling from Des Moines in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bradenton, with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Punta Gorda.
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Punta Gorda — 2 nights

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Stump Pass Beach State Park and then kick back and relax at Caspersen Beach. On your second day here, head outdoors with Sea Grape Gallery, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then trek along Punta Gorda Nature Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Punta Gorda road trip planning app.

Getting from Bradenton to Punta Gorda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Punta Gorda, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.
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Marco Island — 2 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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Tigertail Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Keewaydin Island and then get a taste of the local shopping with Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marco Island journey maker website.

Drive from Punta Gorda to Marco Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Naples.
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Naples — 4 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Fort Myers Beach (Fort Myers Beach, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more) and Fort Myers (Spas & Edison and Ford Winter Estates).

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Naples trip maker.

Naples is just a stone's throw from Marco Island. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sanibel Island.
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Sanibel Island — 3 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, cruise along Sanibel Causeway, get a taste of the local shopping with Harbour View Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bowman's Beach.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sanibel Island trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Naples to Sanibel Island takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sanibel Island are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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