8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Gulf Coast holiday planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Bradenton
— 1 night
Drive
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Punta Gorda
— 1 night
Drive
3
Sanibel Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Naples
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Marco Island
— 1 night
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Bradenton — 1 night

Bradenton boasts a handful of historical buildings, but its real claim to fame is as the home of Tropicana Products and its quirky culture.
On the 30th (Thu), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then browse the different shops at St. Armands Circle, and then stop by The Spice & Tea Exchange. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Save Our Seabirds, then meet the residents at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, then explore the world behind art at The Ringling, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bradenton planner.

Jackson to Bradenton is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jackson to Bradenton. In June, daytime highs in Bradenton are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Punta Gorda.
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Punta Gorda — 1 night

Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for gifts at Sandman Books, get outside with Sea Grape Gallery, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Punta Gorda online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bradenton to Punta Gorda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Sanibel Island.
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Sanibel Island — 1 night

Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stop by She Sells Sea Shells, look for all kinds of wild species at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and then kick back and relax at Bowman's Beach.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sanibel Island online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Punta Gorda to Sanibel Island in 1.5 hours. July in Sanibel Island sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Naples.
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Naples — 3 nights

Attractions like Naples Pier and Revs Institute make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Fort Myers Beach (Fort Myers Beach, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more), Barefoot Beach Preserve (in Bonita Springs) and Edison and Ford Winter Estates (in Fort Myers).

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Naples trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Naples takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Naples are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marco Island.
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Marco Island — 1 night

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 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Tigertail Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marco Island vacation planner.

Marco Island is very close to Naples. In July in Marco Island, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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