Destination guide

The picturesque setting of Southwest Florida is ready to explore

The beaches and wildlife create a pretty picture of Southwest Florida. This city's bird watching, golfing and baseball games draw many visitors. Arcadia Opera House Museum, Imaginarium Hands - On Museum and John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art are a few of the top cultural sights. A vacation rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Sightseeing in and around Southwest Florida

Are you searching for attractions to see in the area? Travelers enjoy fun activities like bird watching and golfing. Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Southwest Florida a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Sun Splash Water Park (11.7 mi / 18.9 km)
  • Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium (4.7 mi / 7.6 km)
  • Butterfly Estates (5 mi / 8 km)
  • Westminster Golf Club (6.7 mi / 10.7 km)
  • Fort Myers Country Club (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
  • El Rio Golf Club (7.4 mi / 11.9 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida is famous for its breathtaking sunsets, island views and wildlife. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Southwest Florida is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Manatee Park (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Lovers Key State Park (19.9 mi / 32.1 km)
  • Barefoot Beach (26.7 mi / 42.9 km)
  • Dunbar Park (5 mi / 8 km)
  • Centennial Park (5.6 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Shell Factory and Nature Park (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)

Transportation to and around Southwest Florida

Fly into Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), the closest airport, located 11 mi (17.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Punta Gorda, FL (PGD-Charlotte County), which is 20.4 mi (32.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Southwest Florida?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 29,415 holiday lettings near Southwest Florida. From 11,915 Houses to 13,061 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover Southwest Florida area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Southwest Florida?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Southwest Florida. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Naples: 7,635 holiday homes
  • Jungle Terrace: 50 holiday homes
  • Miami: 6,291 holiday homes
  • Saint Petersburg: 9,332 holiday homes
  • Madeira Beach: 5,398 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Southwest Florida! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Southwest Florida?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Southwest Florida with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Naples: 7,635 holiday lettings
  • Miami: 6,291 holiday lettings
  • Saint Petersburg: 9,332 holiday lettings
  • Madeira Beach: 5,398 holiday lettings
  • Port Charlotte: 2,092 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Southwest Florida?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Southwest Florida are:

  • Naples Municipal Airport (APF): 6,596 self catering accommodations
  • Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ): 7,793 self catering accommodations
  • Albert Whitted Airport (SPG): 8,545 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Southwest Florida?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Southwest Florida. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Key West National Wildlife Refuge: 1,516 holiday rentals
  • Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary And Rehabilitation Center: 1,697 holiday rentals
  • Florida Keys Eco - Discovery Center: 1,543 holiday rentals
  • Punta Gorda History Park: 2,133 holiday rentals
  • Naples Pier: 6,354 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Southwest Florida listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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