There are four primary airports guests use when visiting our condo. The one you select depends largely on where you are coming from and your vacation itinerary. Since there is seldom a significant charge for returning a rental car to a location that is different from where you pick it up, you may also evaluate flying into one airport, and flying out of a different airport.
The typical drive time from the Tampa International and Fort Myers International airports is approximately one hour and twenty minutes – Tampa is more traffic dependent. The route is less complex from Ft. Myers. It is also easier / more convenient to refuel your rental car when returning it to Ft. Myers. Please note that Ft Myers airport is also referred to on occasion at Southwest Florida International Airport. The important thing to note though is the airport code, which is RSW. The airport code for Tampa International is TPA.
It typically takes about an hour longer to drive from Orlando International Airport (airport code MCO) than it does from Tampa or Fort Myers. However, since it is served by non-stop flights from so many locations, it is usually the best airport for guests coming from outside the U.S. (guests coming from large Canadian cities can usually find non-stops to other airports too) as well as for guests coming from western U.S. states.
The typical drive from the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, which is broadly referred to in the area simply as “SRQ,” is approximately 30 minutes. SRQ is served by American, Air Canada, JetBlue, Delta, United and WestJet. Non-stop service to SRQ varies with the season.
The typical drive from Punta Gorda Airport is approximately 45 minutes. It is served by Allegiant and Frontier. Allegiant offers some very low cost fares from some cities, but levies extra charges for checked bags and carryon bags that won’t fit under the seat in front of you. I guess that is true for most airlines today, but we’re a little spoiled since we typically fly Southwest, which doesn’t charge for checked or carryon bags.
Rental car prices can vary more than you might expect from airport to airport. Due to that, I think it’s a good idea to compare those prices before deciding what airport you will use. When we travel we typically use Enterprise because it does not charge for an extra driver if the driver is a spouse. Discount rental car companies usually charge for any extra driver. It is a good practice to carefully inspect your rental vehicle and document any damages with the rental company and with photographs before driving it off the lot.
Since we provide all of our guests with a comprehensive travel guide that covers the topics listed below, I won’t bore you with that information here.
Our Guide Includes the Following Information:
- What’s next – reservation confirmation
- Trip Cancellation / Travel Insurance information
- Things to consider bringing with you
- Driving directions to condo
- Upon arrival – checking in, getting keys from lock-box, parking and condo location
- Any problems – numbers to call 24/7
- Condo operations – WiFi, TVs, etc.
- Quick supply stop – Coffee for your first morning
- Shopping for groceries and adult beverages
- Restaurants, meat and fish markets – includes web addresses and commentary about our favorite dishes at approximately 30 great restaurants
- Things to do – includes many things you can do for free