You come to Florida for the sun, right? Of course you do! So why not hedge your bets and book a trip to one of the sunniest spots in the Sunshine State? Here are our top picks for your next trip:
Sunny, friendly Bonita Springs is a smart choice for those who want a quiet escape away from the hustle and bustle of the major Florida hot spots. Bonita Springs is situated between Fort Myers and Naples, so you won’t have to drive too far for baseball and beaches. Bonita Springs enjoys a tropical climate, which means the area is almost always warm and humid. This Gulf Coast city averages nearly 300 sunny days each year and around 100 rainy days each year. That’s no “good time” to visit, since it’s a perfect fit for any season! Visitors love this quaint Southeast Florida beach town. With its sunny location on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bonita Springs features fantastic beaches, scenic parks, and great beachfront dining. It’s best to rent a car to get around, but there is a public transportation service known as LeeTrain (for Lee County) to utilize.
Although small in size, Fort Myers Beach is mighty in its appeal as a favorite beach destination among families, snowbirds and beach-lovers. Located on Florida’s Estero Island, the charming beach town has shores of heaping sugar sand, clear cerulean waters, and miles of wide coastline to enjoy. Fort Myers Beach is home to street musicians, trendy boutiques, bars and restaurants await the crowds. Considered the heart of Estero Island’s downtown, it is a lively area and the go-to spot for shopping, dining and people watching. Whether you want your vacation to be action-packed or full of relaxation, Fort Myers Beach won’t disappoint.
On average, there are 271 sunny days per year in Fort Myers. The US average is 205 sunny days. July is the hottest month for Fort Myers with an average high temperature of 92.0°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Florida. In Fort Myers, there are 6 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Fort Myers are February, December and March.
Grab your beach chair, your sunblock, and your volleyball set and come to Marco Island. For those who love the sand and the sun, while also staying out of the craziness of Florida’s “traditional” locales, Marco Island can’t be beat. Along with nearby Naples and The Everglades, this area is dubbed the “Paradise Coast” and with good reason. The largest of Florida’s “Ten Thousand Islands” Marco Island is also the most developed of the group. Luxury resorts, well-manicured parks, and flawless beaches dot the landscape. The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide endless entertainment and relaxation. Hunt for seashells while you pack together sand for the perfect castle. Take a fan boat through the Everglades to experience southern Florida’s amazing ecosystem.
It’s called the “Paradise Coast” for a reason. In tandem with The Everglades and Naples, there’s no bad to visit Marco Island with average temperatures in the 80s. Refreshing sea breezes keep visitors and locals alike comfortable and spectacular sunsets over the Gulf can be seen year-round. Beach lovers flock to Marco Island as it boasts over 350 sunny days per year!
Upscale, charming Naples serves as a perfect backdrop for a glitzy Florida vacation. This sophisticated beach destination is located right along the Gulf of Mexico, on southern Florida’s “Paradise Coast”. Miles of fine sand beaches, gentle turquoise waters, and friendly locals are synonymous with this area. Shoppers delight in searching for antiques, home furnishings, clothes and jewelry. With its beautiful neighborhoods and grand architecture, the atmosphere is elegant, yet relaxing.
Snowbirds flock here during the winter as it’s popular among retirees and those looking to escape the harsh northern winters. World class dining and shopping draw wealthy travelers to the area. The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide endless entertainment and relaxation, too. It’s called the “Paradise Coast” for a reason. In tandem with The Everglades and Marco Island, there’s no bad to visit with average temperatures in the 80s. Refreshing sea breezes keep visitors and locals alike comfortable and spectacular sunsets over the Gulf can be seen year-round. Beach lovers flock to Naples as it boasts over 350 sunny days per year!
In one of the US largest harbors you’ll find historic Punta Gorda, aka the “Fat Point”. This adorable small town is known as a hidden treasure of Florida thanks to plenty of natural attractions and friendly locals who go at their own pace. Centrally located between Sarasota to the north and Fort Myers to the south, Punta Gorda is a delightful location within a comfortable driving distance from Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Old-world Florida at its best!
You’re coming to Punta Gorda to enjoy sun, surf, and sand (including 129 square miles of sparkling waters) — and you’ll get that no matter when you’re here. It’s a comfortable 80 degrees on average, with the summer a little hotter and stickier than the other seasons. Watch out for a passing heavy thunderstorm in the summer too, but don’t worry too much, it will pass rather quickly.
Punta Gorda is frequently the warmest location in the continental U.S. on any given day from November to February. Over the past three years, Punta Gorda had the highest temperatures on 41 days, beating out more well known destinations like Miami, Naples and even Key Largo (according to National Weather Service statistics).