This area offers beautiful beaches that you have to visit between Naples and Sarasota.
Among the cities that you can find in Southwest Florida are: Bradenton, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, North Port, Punta Gorda, Naples and Sarasota.
If you are visiting from Miami (or the rest of South Florida) you can go north bound on I-75 until you reach your destination. On this route, you will go through ‘Alligator Alley’ where you will find several resting points and hopefully you can see some alligators, so pay attention to the area. On this road (the only fast one) you have to pay toll once, on each way, when entering Alligator Alley.
Another way, a little longer but with a different view and it may be an option if you are only going towards Naples, in Miami, go north on 8th Street ‘Calle 8’ (also known as US41). Using this road, you can get to Michigan if you want to. Obviously, with traffic, stop signs or traffic lights that may take you longer. On the way, you cross part of the Everglades until you reach Naples, continuing the road to Sarasota. In this area, in the Everglades, you can visit one of the many tourist centers about the park, with some shows with ‘Alligators’, rides on air boats and much more.
The islands of Sanibel and Captiva are one of the most visited places in this area of Florida. They offer incredibly beautiful beaches. It has many hotels in front of the sea perfect for a few days of relaxation.
Marco Island is also a good place to visit for the beaches and some party time. During Spring Break, in March, this area can get very crowded.
In Fort Myers you can visit the Edison and Ford House Museum. It’s a beautiful and interesting place to visit.
If you take I-75, you will also find several Outlets mall along the way. So if you go north to the Sarasota area you can stop at one of those shopping centers, all open so keep an eye on the weather of the day.
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