Road Trips in Southwest Florida

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Road Trips in Southwest Florida

Beautiful scenery and landscapes await around every turn in Southwest Florida. Where will you explore today?

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ALVA

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MARCO ISLAND

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Naples

Naples

East of Naples along Tamiami Trail (Highway 41) to immerse yourself in the region’s wild side and Old Florida culture. For glimpses of wildlife, try W.J. Janes Memorial Scenic Drive in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park or Loop Road in Big Cypress National Preserve. Backroad Route 92 takes you from 41 to the time-stilled fishing community and seafood restaurants of Goodland.

Sarasota

Sarasota

Views along the Sanibel Causeway and Captiva Drive star in many commercials, but all of the coast’s islands promise glimpses of sea and local color. The drive through Bonita Beach, Lovers Key and Fort Myers Beach and another from Lido Key through Anna Maria Island in Sarasota and Bradenton are particularly representative of island life.

To its north, Sarasota lays claim to a number of small organic and other farms you can visit. Look for the 2016 Agriculture Guide of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Cross the Manatee River from Bradenton to reach the historic attractions of Palmetto, a riverside beauty also known for its agricultural heritage.

Alva

Alva

From Fort Myers, head east along Route 80 to visit the historic small towns of riverside Alva and Labelle, and lakeside Clewiston. Glimpse the region’s rural, agricultural personality along the way. Or plan a trip to Pine Island to the northwest. Its four communities are known for exotic fruit farming, ancient Calusa shell mounds, an artists’ village and fishing.

San Carlos Bay

Birds soar overhead and dolphins frolic in San Carlos Bay as families picnic, swim and fish on small islands off the Sanibel Causeway. As you drive onto Sanibel Island, azure waters, lush vegetation, cyclists, shell-strewn beaches and tropical environs greet you; you’ll soon note that buildings here are no taller than the palm trees. Coast along Sanibel-Captiva Road and cross a tiny bridge at Turner Beach onto the casual, bucolic island of Captiva where bougainvillea, cactus and sand dunes dot the landscape. Small cottages and beach homes with tropical names populate the winding road to the downtown village of Captiva where restaurants and a small number of shops offer unique treats. Kick back, swim, fish and go shelling on the soft, sandy beaches. Family-friendly resorts and condos are plentiful for those who wish to linger a while longer.

Views along the Sanibel Causeway and Captiva Drive star in many a commercial, but all of the coast’s islands promise glimpses of sea and local color. The drive through Fort Myers Beach, Lovers Key and Bonita Beach and another from Anna Maria Island through Lido Key are particularly representative of island life.

For glimpses of wildlife, try W.J. Janes Memorial Scenic Drive in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park or Loop Road in Big Cypress National Preserve.

To delve into Southwest Florida’s rural, small-town character, plan day trips to Goodland on Marco Island, Pine Island near Fort Myers, Babcock Ranch outside Punta Gorda, Boca Grande near Port Charlotte, and Palmetto across the river from Bradenton. To the east, Sarasota and Punta Gorda lay claim to a number of small organic and other farms you can visit.

Views along the Sanibel Causeway and Captiva Drive star in many a commercial, but all of the coast’s islands promise sea glimpses and local color. The drive through Fort Myers Beach, Lovers Key and Bonita Beach and another from Anna Maria Island through Lido Key are particularly representative of island life.

Marco Island

Marco Island

To delve into Southwest Florida’s rural, small-town character, plan day trips to Goodland on Marco Island, Pine Island near Fort Myers, Babcock Ranch outside Punta Gorda, Boca Grande near Port Charlotte, and Palmetto across the river from Bradenton. To its east, Sarasota and Punta Gorda lay claim to a number of small organic and other farms you can visit.

The open road is waiting for you—all you have to do is hop in the car and go.

Now it’s your turn! Which places have you been? Where do you want to go? Please share your thoughts and experiences with us all!

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