19 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

19 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast visit planner
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Bradenton
— 4 nights
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Punta Gorda
— 3 nights
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Sanibel Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 3 nights
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Naples
— 4 nights
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Bradenton — 4 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 (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Ted Sperling Park, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Ringling, take in the waterfront at Riverwalk, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Siesta Key Rum, and steep yourself in history at Ca d'Zan.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bradenton trip maker website.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Bradenton is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Croix to Bradenton due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Bradenton are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Punta Gorda.
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Punta Gorda — 3 nights

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Gorda: Englewood (Spas & Wellness & Stump Pass Beach State Park), Venice (Black Duck Charters, Caspersen Beach, &more) and Boca Grande (Boca Grande Beach & Boca Grande Guide Service). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, grab your bike and head to Bayshore Live Oak Park, and head outdoors with Sea Grape Gallery.

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You can drive from Bradenton to Punta Gorda in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sanibel Island.
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Side Trips

Sanibel Island — 4 nights

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Sanibel Island is known for parks, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, visit a coastal fixture at Sanibel Island Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sanibel Island online travel planner.

Drive from Punta Gorda to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. In June in Sanibel Island, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive 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. Go for a jaunt from Marco Island to Ochopee to see Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, kick back and relax at Tigertail Beach, stroll through Keewaydin Island, and head off the coast to Cape Romano.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marco Island road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Marco Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Naples.
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Naples — 4 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Fort Myers (Fishing Charters & Tours, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, &more) and Fort Myers Beach (Fort Myers Beach & Lovers Key State Park).

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Naples trip itinerary builder website.

Naples is very close to Marco Island. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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