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 holiday 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? Travellers enjoy fun activities like bird watching and golfing. Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Southwest Florida a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • 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 centre:

  • 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

Transport 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 centre. 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 near Southwest Florida?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 30,435 holiday rentals near Southwest Florida. From 12,307 Houses to 13,468 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:

  • Miami: 6,714 holiday rentals
  • Pinellas County: 9,294 holiday rentals
  • Key West: 1,769 holiday rentals
  • Marco Island: 2,768 holiday rentals
  • Madeira Beach: 5,377 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Southwest Florida! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals 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 rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Miami: 6,714 holiday homes
  • Key West: 1,769 holiday homes
  • Marco Island: 2,768 holiday homes
  • Madeira Beach: 5,377 holiday homes
  • Bonita Springs: 5,230 holiday homes

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 holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Southwest Florida are:

  • Florida Keys Marathon Airport (MTH): 1,098 holiday houses
  • Okeechobee, FL (OBE-Okeechobee County): 38 holiday houses
  • Naples Municipal Airport (APF): 6,701 holiday houses

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

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

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

  • Canopy Walkway and Boylston Nature Trail: 4,837 holiday rentals
  • Muscle Car City Museum: 2,207 holiday rentals
  • Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens: 7,481 holiday rentals
  • John's Pass Village & Boardwalk: 8,047 holiday rentals
  • Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden: 1,597 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 homes.

Explore destinations around Southwest Florida

6,714 holiday rentals
Key West
1,769 holiday rentals
Marco Island
2,768 holiday rentals
Madeira Beach
5,377 holiday rentals
Bonita Springs
5,230 holiday rentals
Apollo Beach
5,762 holiday rentals
7,065 holiday rentals
6,333 holiday rentals
412 holiday rentals
Saint Petersburg
9,381 holiday rentals
Cape Coral
7,712 holiday rentals
1,251 holiday rentals
North Naples
5,411 holiday rentals
1,104 holiday rentals
South Venice
3,201 holiday rentals
Fort Myers
8,321 holiday rentals
Vero Beach
736 holiday rentals
Saint Pete Beach
4,440 holiday rentals
Treasure Island
5,239 holiday rentals
Indian Rocks Beach
4,957 holiday rentals