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 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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Southwest Florida?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 31,164 house rentals around Southwest Florida. From 12,787 Houses to 13,712 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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:

  • Naples: 8,010 vacation rentals
  • Sarasota: 7,270 vacation rentals
  • Florida Gulf Coast: 30,048 vacation rentals
  • Siesta Key: 4,721 vacation rentals
  • Miami: 7,632 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 travelling 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:

  • Naples: 8,010 rentals
  • Sarasota: 7,270 rentals
  • Siesta Key: 4,721 rentals
  • Miami: 7,632 rentals
  • Fort Myers: 8,626 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 travelling 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 lodging choices in Southwest Florida are:

  • Florida Keys Marathon Airport (MTH): 1,107 home rentals
  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW): 8,402 home rentals
  • Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ): 8,223 home 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 holiday in Southwest Florida?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices 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: 8,367 vacation homes
  • Del Tura Golf and Country Club: 4,256 vacation homes
  • Florida Gulf Coast University: 14,115 vacation homes
  • Fairway Village Golf Course: 7,925 vacation homes
  • Eagle Ridge Golf Club: 9,754 vacation homes

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

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