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.

Activities

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 features

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)
How to get there

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 property listings offer a large selection of 30,253 vacation rentals near Southwest Florida. From 12,221 Houses to 13,372 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Southwest Florida area.

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

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

  • Key West: 1,761 vacation rentals
  • Naples: 7,744 vacation rentals
  • Siesta Key: 4,557 vacation rentals
  • Anna Maria Island: 3,880 vacation rentals
  • Fort Myers Beach: 8,613 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Southwest Florida! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Southwest Florida?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Southwest Florida:

  • Key West: 1,761 rentals
  • Naples: 7,744 rentals
  • Siesta Key: 4,557 rentals
  • Fort Myers Beach: 8,613 rentals
  • Marco Island: 2,760 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Southwest Florida?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Southwest Florida are:

  • Florida Keys Marathon Airport (MTH): 1,099 vacation rentals
  • St Petersburg Clearwater International Airport (PIE): 7,846 vacation rentals
  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW): 7,789 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Southwest Florida?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Southwest Florida. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • John's Pass Village & Boardwalk: 8,059 rentals
  • Gasparilla Island: 1,379 rentals
  • Bahia Honda State Park and Beach: 1,244 rentals
  • Sanibel and Captiva Island Visitor's Center: 7,536 rentals
  • South Beach: 1,593 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.

Explore destinations around Southwest Florida

Key West
1,761 vacation rentals
Naples
7,744 vacation rentals
Siesta Key
4,557 vacation rentals
Fort Myers Beach
8,613 vacation rentals
Marco Island
2,760 vacation rentals
Miami
6,695 vacation rentals
Sarasota
7,088 vacation rentals
Saint Pete Beach
4,447 vacation rentals
Saint Petersburg
9,400 vacation rentals
Islamorada
1,246 vacation rentals
Tampa
1,952 vacation rentals
Cape Coral
7,700 vacation rentals
Indian Rocks Beach
4,980 vacation rentals
Fort Myers
8,330 vacation rentals
Marathon
1,076 vacation rentals
Clearwater
6,592 vacation rentals
Madeira Beach
5,385 vacation rentals
Treasure Island
5,244 vacation rentals
Venice
3,356 vacation rentals
Longboat Key
7,580 vacation rentals