3 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

3 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Sanibel Island
— 1 day
Drive
2
Naples
— 1 night
Drive
3
Sarasota
— 1 night
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Sanibel Island — 1 day

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sanibel Island trip app.

Charlotte to Sanibel Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Charlotte in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sanibel Island, with lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.
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Naples — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get to know the resident critters at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, and then take in the waterfront at Naples Pier.

You can plan Naples trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sarasota.
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Sarasota — 1 night

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and then admire the masterpieces at The Ringling.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sarasota road trip planner.

Drive from Naples to Sarasota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Southwest Gulf Coast travel guide

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